Success Stories 2018-09-05T02:58:48+00:00

Success Stories

Success Stories

Your Social Welfare Law Experts

Your Social Welfare Law Experts

Here at T.A. Law we often get asked by new and prospective clients this question; “what is your success rate?” Our answer is usually “everyone’s case is different” however we believe that on average we achieve positive outcomes in at least 80% of our cases. We want to share news of our successes with our clients and visitors here, so we plan to blog our successes on this page as and when they happen. Please note that in order to maintain client anonymity and confidentiality, we can only share anonymous information. Not all successful cases will be listed here; only a small sample from April 2018 onward.

Home Saved before Christmas

By | November 15th, 2018|

Our client approached us with just days to go before being evicted due to mortgage arrears. We urgently prepared witness statements along with an application to suspend the warrant and emailed these to the court prior to the hearing. After considering the evidence the Court decided that the warrant of eviction be suspended and our client could remain in his home. Client was happy and relieved not to be facing homelessness just before Christmas. Another outstanding result from our fantastic housing team!

Another PIP Success for our Client

By | October 6th, 2018|

Our client had been awarded high rate mobility and high rate care on DLA for an indeterminate period some time ago. In 2016 she received the transition to PIP application which she completed with the help of a relative. Following this and a home visit from a DWP Health Professional she was awarded PIP enhanced rate mobility and enhanced rate care for two years.

In early 2018 she received the renewal form from DWP, and decided to approach us for assistance with completing the forms. Our adviser looked at the case, and having considered the client’s serious life-limiting health issues could not understand why the award had not been made for longer than two years. Our adviser reviewed all the client’s health information, and after completing the renewal forms drafted a letter of support which outlined the award that we considered should be made for our client taking into account age and health conditions; this was submitted to DWP for their consideration.

We have just heard from our client with the fantastic news that she has been awarded enhanced rate mobility & care for ten years – and this was without a DWP Health Professional visit – it was all considered on the medical evidence and our submissions alone.

What a fantastic start to the weekend – we love it when our clients get news like this  – it makes what we do so worthwhile.

PIP Award and Backpayment

By | September 5th, 2018|

This was our client’s first application for PIP after having to finish work due to a deterioration in her health condition. It took the DWP five months for a decision to be reached, in which they awarded her 0 points. With our expert assistance she appealed this, as she was unable to care for herself and was reliant on her daughter care for her. After waiting a further eight months for a tribunal hearing, a decision has now been made in her favour awarding her the Standard Rate of the Daily Living Component. This will also award her a hefty £3000 in back payment. Another roaring success for our brilliant benefits team!

Successful Review of Unsuitable Accommodation

By | August 20th, 2018|

Our client came to us after having been offered accommodation under the Housing Act 1996 which she felt was unsuitable for her and her family’s needs as she had significant health problems. She accepted the accommodation having been in shared temporary accommodation for some time and in the light of there being only one offer of suitable accommodation under the Act. However the accommodation was outside her preferred area and as a result impacted on her ability to attend her hospital appointments. Further, one member of the family decided to move out, as the cost of travelling to work was too high. A review was requested, and the council agreed that the accommodation was not suitable, both because of the health considerations and because the accommodation was not affordable. The council agreed to pay a discretionary housing payment until our client was moved, clearing the rent arrears and paying the ongoing rent. Our client has now been offered a three bedroom house in the area of her choice, and is very happy with the outcome. Result!

Rent Reduced and Arrears Written Off

By | July 4th, 2018|

We requested a review of the suitability of a client’s temporary accommodation on the basis that it was wholly unaffordable to her. Following our letter, we received a call from the Local Authority stating that they were aware that the rent was unaffordable and they did not expect the tenants to meet the full rent, just what they can afford to pay. As of 2nd July 2018, they have successfully renegotiated their agreement with the housing providers and the rent has been significantly reduced. They are also agreeing to write off all of the arrears to date. This makes the property now affordable to our client who is understandably relieved and overjoyed. Another win for our clients from our fabulous housing team!

PIP Decision Set Aside

By | April 25th, 2018|

We were asked for help by the family of an Eastern European gentleman who had poor English. He had become disabled and claimed PIP, but was refused despite having very limited walking ability. His family helped him to appeal and accompanied him to a Tribunal Hearing where the Tribunal Service provided an interpreter. The family felt that their father’s description of his walking difficulties was not being correctly relayed by the interpreter. They tried to explain this at the Tribunal but had been incorrectly perceived as trying to interrupt and had been told to be quiet. The Tribunal refused the man’s appeal, and the man and his family were rightly left with a sense of injustice.

We wrote on behalf of the client to the Tribunal service pointing out the errors and possible breach of the rules of natural Justice. The tribunal decision was successfully set aside allowing the man another opportunity to put his case properly to the Tribunal, at which he received an excellent result.

Homeless Family Found Home

By | April 24th, 2018|

From our fab housing team: Client, partner and 2 kids living with relatives for over a decade; property became unsuitable. We advised Client make homeless application to Local Authority (LA), LA unlawfully refused to take application. Our team wrote to LA asking to take application under threat of Judicial Review. LA agreed and has now housed client and family in suitable accommodation. What another great result!

Client’s Eviction Delayed

By | April 10th, 2018|

Another good result from our team. Our Client had received an order for sale for her property due to non payment of legal fees, which had resulted out of a lengthy legal procedure. Our client was unfortunately experiencing a period of ill health. An approach to the Claimant was unsuccessful as they refused to agree an adjournment. As a consequence we wrote to the court asking the Court to suspend the Order for Sale for a period of 6 months, on terms, which was successful, and thus allowing our client to complete her treatment in peace.

Huge Overpayment Wiped

By | April 4th, 2018|

Fantastic outcome at tribunal this week – our brilliant benefits team conducted a successful appeal for a vulnerable client facing an £85,000 Income Support and £70,000 housing & council tax benefits overpayment totalling  £155K+; tribunal decided it should not be recoverable from our client, in turn Crown Prosecution Service have decided not to continue with criminal charges in the Crown court so no threat of imprisonment or loss of assets via Proceeds of Crime Act. What a result!