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Claims 
 
 

Annual Report 
 
 

2012/2013 
 
 
 
 
 

JULY

 
 
                                                          CONTENTS  
   
 
Executive Summary  
 
Section One 
-  Introduction 

 
 
 
 
 
Section Two 
-  Public Liability Claims  

 
 
 
 
 
Section Three 
-  Service Personnel Employer’s Liability Claims 
13
 
 
 
 
 
Section Four 
-  Civilian Staff Employer’s Liability Claims 
17
 
 
 
 
Section Five 
-  Motor Claims 
18
 
 
 
 
 
Section Six 
-  Clinical Negligence Claims 
20
 
 
 
 
 
Section Seven 
-  Area Claims Offices 
22
 
 
 
 
 
Section Eight 
-  Insurance and Indemnities  
25
 
 
 
 
 
Section Nine  
-  Law and Practice   
27
 
 
 
 
 
Annex A 
-  Common Law Claims & Policy Organisation 
31
 
 
 
 
 
Annex B 
-  10 highest value cases settled 2012/13 
  35
 
 
Distribution List  
36
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
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Executive Summary  
 
 
1. 
Total DJEP-CLC&P cash payments in the year 2012/2013 were 
£108.9 million. Over the same period recoveries totalling £621,653 
were achieved.    
 
2. 
The highest value claim settled in year was £3,227,255.    
 
3. 
The total number of new claims brought against MOD was 5,827  
 
 
4. 
2,517 Service Personnel Employer’s liability claims were settled at 
a total cost of £51.3 million.   
 
5. 
724 Civilian Employer’s liability claims were settled at a total cost of 
£18.2 million.  
 
6. 
517 Public Liability claims were settled at a total cost of £25.0 
million.  
 
7. 
1,825 Third Party motor claims in the UK were settled at a total cost 
of £4.8 million.    
 
8. 
17 Clinical Negligence claims were settled at a total cost of £7.1 
million.  
      
      9.   
ACO Afghanistan settled 616 cases at a total cost of £690,700.       
 
10.   
ACO North West Europe settled 369 cases at a total cost of 
£613,462.   
 
     11.   
ACO Cyprus settled 368 cases at a total cost of £400,973.  
 
12. 
ACO South Atlantic Islands settled 2 cases at a total cost of 
£550.00.          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Section One 
 
 
Introduction 
 
 
Organisation 
 
1.1 
Common Law Claims and Policy ( DJEP-CLC&P ) was a stand alone 
Division headed by a 1*, part of the 2* Directorate of Business Resilience.  With 
effect from 1 April 2013 it  transferred to become part of the Directorate of 
Judicial Engagement Policy.  From that date the formal branch title changed to 
‘Directorate of Judicial Engagement Policy – Common Law Claims & Policy’, 
referred to in this report as the Claims Unit. 
   
1.2 
The Claims Unit is primarily responsible for processing common-law, non-
contractual compensation claims against and on behalf of the Ministry of 
Defence at home and abroad. It is not responsible for contractual, quasi-
contractual, maladministration, sales or estates matters. Details of the staffing 
and work of the Claims Unit are at Annex A. 
 
 
Responsibilities 
 
1.3 
In addition to being responsible for processing common law compensation 
claims, the Claims Unit also has a number of other important responsibilities 
such as providing claims policy advice, handling claims against foreign forces 
based in the UK and providing advice on insurance and indemnities.  It 
undertakes a variety of secretariat tasks and during the period of this report 
continued to deal with a large number of Parliamentary Questions, Ministerial 
Correspondence, Treat Official Correspondence and Freedom of Information 
requests.   
 
 
1.4 
Area Claims Officers (ACOs) and their staff are located in areas where 
there is a sizeable defence presence – Afghanistan, Cyprus, North West Europe, 
and the South Atlantic Islands. ACOs are accountable to the appropriate Civil 
Secretary, but have a professional responsibility to the Head of the Claims Unit.  
 
 
Policy and Procedures 
 
1.5 
When compensation claims are received they are considered on the basis 
of whether or not the Ministry of Defence has a legal liability to pay 
compensation. Where there is a proven legal liability, compensation is paid. To 
deal with cases on any basis other than legal liability requires difficult subjective 
judgments to be made that would undoubtedly lead to inconsistency and 
 
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unfairness. The only major exceptions to this rule relate, as explained below, to 
claims arising from low flying and to certain claims settled in theatre by Area 
Claims Officers.  
 
1.6  The amount of compensation paid is determined by common law 
principles which, broadly, take account, as appropriate, of an individual’s pain 
and suffering, degree of injury, property losses, past and future financial losses 
and level of care required. Levels of compensation including these elements can 
vary greatly depending on an individual’s circumstances. Advice is sought where 
necessary from Treasury Solicitor’s Department, and our commercial claims 
handlers’ panel solicitors for cases brought in England and Wales; the Crown 
Solicitor in Northern Ireland; and Morton Fraser Solicitors, the Department’s legal 
adviser in Scotland. Queen’s Counsel and junior barristers are also consulted on 
high profile or complex cases or where a point of law needs to be explored. The 
majority of cases are settled through negotiation without claimants having to take 
the Ministry of Defence to court. 
 
 
 
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Section Two 
 
Public Liability Claims 
 
 
 
2.1 
The majority of claims submitted to the Claims Unit’s Public Liability Team 
(PLT) are for personal injury or property damage. Most personal injury claims 
come from civilians, either in the UK or in countries where the UK armed forces 
operate, since members of the armed forces themselves are compensated for 
injuries under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme without needing to take 
legal action.   
 
2.2 
Property damage claims usually emanate from personnel working and 
living in service accommodation who have had their belongings damaged, for 
example, by poor maintenance of their accommodation (mould and damp) or by 
poor maintenance of infrastructure (potholes on MOD establishments). 
 
2.3 
Public liability claims have risen rapidly in recent years because of the 
large numbers of claims submitted by Iraqi nationals. While the number of claims 
submitted peaked some time ago, the cost of claims actually settled rose sharply 
in 2012/2013 as a result of the conclusion of negotiated settlements in many 
cases.  
 
 
 
 
 
2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 
Number of PL Claims 
771 416 334 
Received 
Number of PL Claims Settled 
227 
251 
393 
Amount Paid (£) 
£4.4M 
£9.0M 
£23.7M 
800
£24,000,000
600
£21,000,000
£18,000,000
£15,000,000
400
£12,000,000
£9,000,000
200
£6,000,000
£3,000,000
0
£0
10/11
11/12
Dec-13
10/11
11/12
Dec-13
Claims received
Amount paid
Claims settled
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Iraq 
 
2.4 
The MOD is currently dealing with 375 claims of abuse by Iraqi nationals 
arising from the years between 2003 and 2009.  204 further such claims have 
now been settled, at a total value of £10.575M.   Many of these claims are for 
compensation for unlawful detention. UK forces believed that their UN mandate 
entitled them to detain Iraqi nationals where this was required for security 
purposes, but subsequent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights 
have established that this was not necessarily the case and that such detainees 
may be entitled to compensation.  In such cases compensation is offered on a 
“tariff” basis, with the sum to be paid determined primarily by the length of 
detention, ranging from £1,500 for a few hours to £115,000 for 3 years or more.  
 
2.5  
Many such claims further allege that the claimant suffered ill-treatment 
while being detained. Where these claims are proven or at least credible, the 
claimant will be paid additional compensation.  The most serious such claims 
have been or are being investigated by the service police forces with a view to 
bringing any personnel found to have been responsible for mistreatment to 
account.  
 
 
Afghanistan 
 
2.6. 
ACO Afghanistan in Lashkar Gah continues to handle claims locally in 
Afghanistan.   Details are provided in Section Seven – Area Claims Offices. 
 
 
 
Maritime Claims 
 
2.7 
Maritime claims by and against the Ministry of Defence result mainly from 
collisions, oil spillage, gunnery/missile firing accidents, damage to static property, 
wash damage, fishing gear damage and the salvage and recovery of Ministry of 
Defence property. Expenditure during 2012/2013 increased slightly owing to 
settlement of one large claim ( approx £44,000 ) together with several other 
smaller ones.   
 
 
 
 
 
2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 
Number of property claims 
13 9 21 
received 
Number of property claims settled 


13 
Amount paid (£) 
£34,050 
£23,783 
£83,234 
Number of salvage claims 
1 1 0 
received 
Number of salvage claims settled 
5 0 1 
Amount paid (£) 
£29,042 
£8,600 
£17,991 
 
  6
 
 
 
 

 
 
20
18
16
14
12
10
£50,000
8
6
4
2
0
10/11
11/12
12/13
£0
Property Claims received
10/11
11/12
12/13
Property Claims settled
Salvage Claims received
Salvage Claims settled

Property Claims paid
Salvage Claims paid
 
 
 
 
2.8 
The Ministry of Defence provides assistance to ships in distress in UK 
waters and regularly helps in other parts of the world. If as the result of the 
assistance given a vessel is salved, the Department is entitled to claim salvage 
based on the value of the ship and its cargo. Part of the amount in salvage is 
paid to the crew of the assisting ship or aircraft in accordance with the Merchant 
Shipping Act 1864. It is Ministry of Defence policy not to claim salvage when life 
saving has been the main aim of the assistance given. Although uncommon, 
salvage claims by members of the public for the successful recovery of our 
property can likewise be made against the Department. The figures for salvage 
claims reflect the net effect of salvage claims paid by Ministry of Defence and of 
successful recovery of MOD assets. 
 
 
 2010/11 
2011/12 
2012/13 
Number of maritime recovery 
3 3 0 
and salvage claims initiated 
Number of maritime recovery 
1 0 1 
and salvage claims settled 
Amount recovered (£) 
£85,596 
£0 
£91,144 
 
 
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£100,000
3
2
£50,000
1
0
£0
10/11
11/12
12/13
10/11
11/12
12/13
Claims received
Claims settled

Amount Recovered
 
 
 
 
2.9 
In addition to the work undertaken by the Claims Unit, the Flag Officer 
Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland (FOSNNI) and the Flag Officer 
Sea Training (FOST) have delegated authority to settle claims of up to £8,000 
per fishing gear claim, £5,000 per collision claim and £1,000 per oil spillage 
claim. 
 
 
 2010/2011 
2011/2012 
2012/2013 
 
 
Number of claims settled by 
14 

12 
FOSNNI 
 
Amount paid by FOSNNI  
£23,660 
£12,132 
£26,937 
 
 
Number of claims settled by 
15 

13 
FOST 
 
Amount paid by FOST  
£36,595 
£12,725 
£25,979 
 
 
 
 
Total amount paid 
£60,255 
£24,857 
£52,916 
 
 
 
Low Flying Military Aircraft Claims 
 
2.10  The activities of low flying military aircraft can give rise to claims for 
compensation from members of the public. The most common claims are those 
involving injury to, or death of, livestock and/or damage to property, although 
claims are sometimes received for personal injury. Many of the claims are for 
relatively small amounts. Such claims are handled on an ex gratia basis, 
because the Royal Prerogative gives an absolute right for all military flying 
 
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link to page 10 activity, and an injured party has no legal rights of redress for compensation1
They are however investigated in the same way as if the principles of common 
law legal liability applied.  
 
2.11  A procedure has been in place since 1994, following consultation with 
farming unions and landowners’ associations, for dealing with claims relating to 
death or injury to livestock. The procedure was most recently updated in 
December 1999 after a round of consultations with the National Farmers Union, 
the Country Landowners’ Association and other similar bodies. In accordance 
with the Livestock and Animal Compensation Claims Guidance the claimant 
should report the incident promptly, provide veterinary evidence and a fully 
quantified claim.  
 
2.12  This is a category of work that requires particularly careful monitoring to 
identify potentially fraudulent claims. Cases are referred to the Ministry of 
Defence Police if the evidence indicates there is a potential problem. 
 
2.13  The increase in expenditure during 2012/2013 reflects the expected 
fluctuation from year to year and also a number of high value cases which began 
in earlier years which were settled.   
 
 
 2010/11 
2011/12 
2012/13 
Number of claims received 
143 
130 
85 
Number of claims settled 
99 
88 
82 
Amount paid (£) 
£0.67M 
£0.46M 
£0.68M 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                 
1  Lord Drumalbyn set out this approach in a Lords Written Answer on 22 
November 1971 (Official Report Column 888):  
 
"… No remedies exist in law against any military aircraft flying by virtue of the 
Royal Prerogative for the purpose of the defence of the Realm or of 
training or of maintaining the efficiency of the Armed Forces of the Crown. 
The ... Ministry of Defence will, however, pay compensation on an ex 
gratia basis if satisfied that the damage has been caused by a military 
aircraft."
 
 
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£700,000
£650,000
£600,000
£550,000
£500,000
£450,000
150
£400,000
£350,000
£300,000
100
£250,000
£200,000
50
£150,000
£100,000
£50,000
0
£0
10/11
11/12
12/13
10/11
11/12
12/13
Claims received
Claims settled

Amount paid
 
 
 
 
Visiting Forces Claims 
 
2.14   The Claims Unit handles third party claims against Visiting Forces based 
in or visiting the United Kingdom under the provisions of Article VIII of the NATO 
Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and Section 9 of the Visiting Forces Act 
1952. Such claims could be made on behalf of any of the states which are 
signatories to the agreement or are invited to train in the UK, but primarily involve 
the USA, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Claims are investigated and 
handled in exactly the same way as if British Forces were involved and, if 
satisfied that the Visiting Force is liable, the Ministry of Defence pays 
compensation on its behalf. In the case of NATO countries, the Sending State is 
billed for 75% of the amount paid, the United Kingdom paying the other 25%.  
 
2.15  In order for the UK to comply more fully with its obligations under the 
NATO SOFA, the Visiting Forces Act 1952 has been amended to allow the 
transfer of liability from the Visiting Force to the UK MOD in certain claims.  Once 
legal proceedings have been issued, and at the request of the Visiting Force, the 
Secretary of State for Defence may make a declaration that liability in the 
particular claim is transferred.  The new arrangements came into force on 6 April 
2013. 
 
 
 
 
 
2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 
Number of visiting forces claims 
32 26 26 
received 
Number of visiting forces claims 
32 26 28 
settled 
Compensation paid (£) 
£173,044 
£508,195 
£588,008 
 
 
 
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60
600,000
500,000
400,000
30
300,000
200,000
100,000
0
0
10/11
11/12
12/13
10/11
11/12
12/13
Claims received
Claims settled
Amount paid
 
 
 
 
Visiting forces breakdown 
 
Low Flying 
Property 
Personal 
Vehicle 
2012/13 
RTAs Total 
Damage 
Injury 
Related 
Claims Received 



15 

26 
Claims Settled 



18 

28 
Compensation Paid (£) 
£0 
£4,641 £556,396 
£26,971  £0  £588,008 
 
 
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Financial Recoveries 
 
2.16  Where the Ministry of Defence sustains loss or damage to equipment, or 
property, which has been caused by a third party, the Claims Unit will seek to 
recover those losses from the third party. The main causes for action against 
third parties are occasions where Ministry of Defence static property has been 
damaged by vehicles, fire, water or the negligent actions of a contractor. 
 
2.17  Less often, the Unit will seek to recover compensation from third parties 
overseas following road traffic accidents, and will also assist visiting forces to 
make recoveries in the UK if requested to do so. 
 
2.18  The number of recoveries processed by PLT in each of the last three 
financial years is shown in the table below.    
 
 
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 2010/11 
2011/12 
2012/13 
Number of claims notified 
14 
12 
14 
Number of successful 
5 3 7 
recoveries 
£37,061 £35,258 £24,064 
Amount recovered (£) 
 
40,000
15
20,000
0
0
10/11
11/12
12/13
10/11
11/12
12/13
Claims notified
Amount recovered
Successful recoveries
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Section Three 
 
Service Personnel Employer’s Liability Claims 
 
 
3.1 
Since 1987 Service personnel have, like any other employee, been 
entitled to sue the Ministry of Defence for compensation where they have 
suffered harm as a result of the Department’s negligence occurring after that 
time. Claims cannot however be made for alleged negligence which occurred 
before 1987.   
 
3.2 
It is important to be clear that service personnel or their families do not 
have to go to law to obtain recompense for injuries or death suffered during 
military service. The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) is a 
compensation package for members of the Armed Forces which provides 
modern, fair and simple arrangements with more generous benefits for the more 
severely disabled. It provides compensation for significant injuries, illness and 
death that are caused by service including when they result from warlike 
incidents or terrorism. The AFCS is designed to provide compensation, 
irrespective of fault, across the full range of circumstances in which illness, injury 
or death may arise as a result of service. The AFCS does not seek to affect a 
person’s right to make a civil claim if the illness, injury or death was caused by 
the Department’s negligence. In cases where payments from the AFCS are 
already in place, common law damages will be abated. However, in the unlikely 
event that payments from the AFCS are not in place at the time of settling 
common law damages, the damages figure will be passed to the Service 
Personnel & Veterans Agency (SPVA) who will abate the AFCS as appropriate 
 
3.3 
The handling of routine personal injury claims from Service and ex-
Service personnel has been contracted out since 1 July 1996. Royal & Sun 
Alliance held the contract until 30 April 2007.  Since that time Gallagher Bassett 
International Limited have handled such claims, following competitive tender 
exercises.  Claims that are contentious or are of a political or sensitive nature are 
handled in house by the Claims Unit.  
 
3.4 
The number of service personnel employers’ liability claims and amounts 
paid are shown below: 
 
 
 
 2010/11 
2011/12 
2012/13 
Number of claims received 
2583 
3535 
2793 
Number of claims settled 
1745 
2495 
2517 
Amount paid (£) 
£67.3M 
£46.3M 
£51.3M 
 
 
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3000
2500
60,000,000
2000
1500
40,000,000
1000
20,000,000
500
0
0
10/11
11/12
12/13
10/11
11/12
12/13
Claims received
Claims settled

Amount paid
 
 
 
3.5   High numbers of Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims relating to Army 
service in Northern Ireland have continued to be received and settled where 
appropriate. These account for 66% of all claims received in 2012/13 and 27% of 
the sums paid out under this heading in the same year.  
 
 
Combat Immunity 
 
3.6 
Among the claims being handled in-house are those which relate to 
operational service in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is open to the Ministry of Defence 
to plead a defence of combat immunity in those claims where the injury was 
sustained engaging the enemy in the course of hostilities.  
 
3.7    The Department is facing a significant number of personal injury claims 
emanating from deaths and injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of these 
claims have been brought on dual grounds, with claims based both on common 
law and the European Convention on Human Rights. The claims in negligence 
are typically based on:  
 
a.  Allegations that a commander on the ground was negligent in his 
actions or made decisions that were wrong 
 
b.  Allegations that equipment provided by MOD was inadequate; 
 
c. Allegations that pre-deployment training provided by MOD was 
inadequate. 
 
 
3.8 
The Supreme Court upheld the doctrine of combat immunity in a judgment 
in June 2013 but limited its sphere of application. The specific claims which were 
at issue remain to be determined by the lower courts.  
 
 
 
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Summary of “Group Actions” 
 
 
Nuclear Test Veterans 
 
3.9 
As recorded in the last Annual Report, the Supreme Court in March 2012 
upheld the Government’s contention that there is no evidence of excess illness 
or mortality amongst former soldiers who had  worked on nuclear tests as a 
group which could be linked to their participation in the tests or to exposure to 
radiation as a result of that participation. Formal and well-documented 
procedures were in place to ensure the health and safety of those participating in 
the tests. Personnel Safety Plans were prepared and used for each operation 
and environmental monitoring was undertaken. Personal monitoring and 
protective clothing was used where appropriate for each trial. The effectiveness 
of these procedures is demonstrated by the fact that the majority of participants 
received little or no additional radiation exposure as a result of participation. As a 
result of this decision the claims against the Department were dismissed, and the 
role of the Claims Unit is now limited to the recovery of the costs incurred by the 
government in this litigation from the claimants’ insurers. These discussions are 
still in progress.  
 
 
 
Radiation Compensation Scheme 
 
3.10  The Ministry of Defence is a member of the nuclear industry’s 
Compensation Scheme for Radiation Linked Diseases. This is a no-fault scheme 
where there is no requirement for claimants to prove negligence on the part of 
the Department in order to receive compensation. The Scheme, which the 
Ministry of Defence joined in 1994, was set up and is run jointly by the 
participating employers and Trade Unions and does not affect a claimant’s right 
to seek legal redress. 
 
3.11  The Scheme provides for the assessment of a case, on an agreed 
technical basis, in order to determine the probability that a cancer contracted by 
a worker could have been caused by occupational radiation exposure. The 
amount of compensation payable in a successful case is determined by 
negotiation between the solicitors representing the parties, based upon the same 
guidelines that would apply if the case had proceeded to Court. 
 
3.12  The Scheme provides for payments to be made for lower levels of 
causation probability than would be allowed by the Courts: “full” payment of 
compensation may be made at a level of 50% causation probability and lesser 
payments down to a level of 20% causation probability. . 
 
 
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3.13  During financial year 2012/2013, the Scheme received 15 new claims 
from former Ministry of Defence employees who believe their illness is 
associated with exposure to occupational ionising radiation.  £50,879 
compensation was paid during this period.      
 
 
 
 
Asbestos Claims 
 
3.14  Members of the Armed Forces exposed to asbestos dust and fibre during 
service before 15 May 1987 are prevented by law from receiving compensation 
from the Ministry of Defence (see paragraph 3.1 above). As controls over the use 
of asbestos were introduced in 1970, this exclusion applies to most of those 
service personnel who were exposed to asbestos.  
 
3.15  Compensation in the form of a War Pension is available, however, to all 
former members of HM Forces suffering from Service attributable illness or 
injury. War Pensions are paid by the Service Personnel Veterans Agency, are 
non-discretionary, not means-tested and are made on a no-fault and 
retrospective basis. They are up-rated annually and are tax-free. The Service 
Personnel Veterans Agency also makes provision for the widows of Service and 
ex-Service personnel whose death is attributable to service in the form of a War 
Widows Pension.     
 
3.16  Former civilian employees, who are not bound by the provisions of 
Section 10 of the Crown Proceedings Act 1947, are, of course, able to pursue 
common law claims for compensation ( see section 4 below ).   
 
 
 
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Section Four 
 
Civilian Staff Employer’s Liability Claims 
 
 
4.1 
Since 1982, the Ministry of Defence has contracted out the handling of its 
civilian employee Employer's Liability claims. Gallagher Bassett International 
Limited is the current contractor and was awarded a new four-year contract to 
handle all newly notified civilian Employer’s Liability claims from 1 May 2012. 
Many of the claims relate to asbestos related illnesses and Noise Induced 
Hearing Loss. 
 
 
 
 2010/11 
2011/12 
2012/13 
Number of claims received 
599 
666 
645 
Number of claims settled 
1269 
551 
724 
Amount paid (£) 
£16.6M 
£15.7M 
£18.2M 
 
 
15,000,000
1000
10,000,000
500
5,000,000
0
0
10/11
11/12
12/13
10/11
11/12
12/13
Claims received
Claims settled

Amount paid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Section Five 
 
Motor Claims 
 
 
 
Third Party Motor Claims - UK 
 
5.1 
Since 1982 the Ministry of Defence has contracted out the handling of 
claims made against the Department by other road users. Gallagher Bassett 
International Limited is the current contractor and was awarded a new four-year 
contract to handle all newly notified third party motor claims from 1 May 2012.      
 
 5.2     Statistics for motor claims over the last three financial years are shown 
below: 
 

 
 
 2010/11 
2011/12 
2012/13 
Number of claims received 
1852 
1674 
1829 
Number of claims settled 
2168 
1946 
1825 
Amount paid (£) 
£5.6M 
£6.7M 
£4.8M 
 
 
2500
£6,000,000
1850
1200
£3,000,000
550
-100
£0
10/11
11/12
12/13
10/11
11/12
12/13
Claims received
Claims settled

Amount paid
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third Party Motor Claims - Overseas (not dealt with by ACOs) 
 
 
5.3 
Claims arising from non-UK based vehicles overseas are handled by the 
appropriate ACO or, where the geographical area is not covered by one of the 
ACOs,  by the Claims Unit  
 
 
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5.4 
Claims managers are required to establish that an authorised driver was 
driving the Ministry of Defence vehicle on an authorised journey and route. If 
these criteria are met and the evidence indicates that the Ministry of Defence 
driver was liable for the accident, then compensation will be paid. Statistics for 
overseas motor claims for the last three financial years are shown in the table 
below:   
 
 
 2010/11 
2011/12 
2012/13 
Number of claims received 
16 
17 
14 
Number of claims settled 
15 
11 
13 
Amount paid (£) 
£8,440 
£16,459 
£7,378 
 
 
25
20000
20
15
10000
10
5
0
0
10/11
11/12
12/13
10/11
11/12
12/13
Claims received
Claims settled

Amount paid
 
 
 
 
Uninsured Loss Recovery 
 
5.5    With effect from 1 May 2007 Gallagher Bassett has been responsible for 
recovery, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, of the cost of damage caused to 
its vehicles in accidents that are the fault of a third party. The number of 
recoveries made and the amounts received are shown below. 
 
 
 2010/11 
2011/12 
2012/13 
Number of recoveries 
698 
655 
729 
Amount recovered 
£555,617 
£433,384 
£506,445 
 
730
500000
250000
580
0
10/11
11/12
12/13
10/11
11/12
12/13
Number of recoveries
Amount Recovered
 
 
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Section Six 
 
Clinical Negligence Claims 
 
 
6.1 The 
Clinical 
Negligence 
Team within the Claims Unit handles such claims 
brought by current or former members of HM Armed Forces and the small 
number of claims brought by their dependants treated in MOD medical facilities. 
The number of new claims received during 2012/2013 was comparable with the 
number received in recent years.   
 
6.2 
For a claimant to bring a successful clinical negligence case he or she 
must prove a causal link to the injury or illness suffered as well as proving 
negligence. It is not sufficient to prove negligence alone.      
 
6.3 
As observed in previous reports, clinical negligence claims can be very 
complex and expensive to settle. Experts in a number of different fields may 
need to be instructed by both parties to provide advice on liability, causation and 
quantum. Finding suitable experts willing to provide opinions in such cases within 
fairly short timescales is often difficult.  
 
6.4 Details 
of 
expenditure 
on clinical negligence cases over the past three 
years are shown below. These figures include cases where allegations have 
been made of failure to recognise, diagnose and treat Post Traumatic Stress 
Disorder (PTSD) in current or former Service personnel.      
 
 
 
 

 2010/11 
2011/12 
2012/13 
Number of claims received 
59 
62 
65 
Number of claims settled 
21 
18 
17 
Compensation plus cost of 
£17.0M £6.7M  £7.1M 
claims settled (£) 
 
 
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15000000
60
10000000
50
40
30
5000000
20
10
0
0
10/11
11/12
12/13
10/11
11/12
12/13
Claims received
Claims settled

Amount paid
 
 
 
 
6.5  In addition to the number of formal claims received, the Clinical 
Negligence Team dealt with a number of requests from solicitors for disclosure of 
medical records and other documentation, in anticipation of future clinical 
negligence claims against the Department.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Section Seven  
 
Area Claims Offices 
 
 
 
Area Claims Office Afghanistan 
 
 
7.1 
The office of the Area Claims Officer (ACO)  in military premises in  
Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, is staffed by one MoD Civil 
Servant and one Locally Engaged Civilian engaged as an Interpreter. The ACO’s 
role is to settle claims brought by Afghan nationals against UK forces informally 
wherever possible.  . 
 
7.2 
This year has seen an overall increase in claims received.  Between the 
beginning of June and the end of August 2012 there was a spike in the number 
of claims as a new Patrol Base was established, together with associated check-
points.  A total of 231 crop damage and 130 property claims were lodged in 
those 3 months.  Crop damage claims continued at a relatively high level 
between September and December 2012 as a result of armoured vehicles 
transiting agricultural land while providing a reconnaissance screen for Afghan 
forces.  The year ended very quietly reflecting the continuing transition from 
active operations to mentoring.  Fatalities and woundings of civilians as a result 
of being caught in the cross fire during contact between insurgents and ISAF 
have been mercifully low, again reflecting the reduced activity of ISAF forces.  
Reported Road Traffic Incidents (RTIs) are also down, although, as the 
withdrawal gathers pace, with more vehicle moves, the potential for more RTIs 
may increase.   
 
7.3 
There is recent anecdotal evidence that a number of claimants are 
inflating or inventing claims.  Claims are also being made a number of years after 
the supposed event when effective investigations are all but impossible.  The 
perceived readiness by UK forces to make compensation payments quickly in 
order to defuse difficult situations  may have inadvertently encouraged claim 
inflation and/or fraudulent claims.   
 
7.4 
During the current financial year a total of 838 claims were received, of 
which 616 were settled at a total of £690,700. One further claim was settled from 
the years 2009 -2012 at a cost of £431.25. A total of 147 claims were repudiated 
during FY 2012/2013.  Comparative figures are shown below: 
 
 
2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 
Number of claims received 
1743 
650 
838 
Number of claims settled 
1242 
545 
616 
Amount paid 
£1,440,423  
£748,421 
£690,700  
 
 
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Area Claims Office (North West Europe) (ACO (NWE)) 
 
 
7.5 
ACO(NWE) is part of G8, Headquarters British Forces Germany (HQ 
BFG), currently located at Rheindahlen.  It will relocate to Bielefeld Germany 
from July 2013 with a reduction from four civilian staff to three. It is responsible 
for handling claims by and against the Ministry of Defence in Austria, Belgium, 
Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Norway, 
Poland, The Netherlands and Switzerland. Claims handled include Road Traffic 
Accidents, Training and Manoeuvre Damage, Public Liability and Loss of 
Service.  
 
7.6 
The vast majority of ACO(NWE) business, approximately 80% of claims 
received, relates to vehicle movements and is handled in accordance with Article 
8.5 of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). Claims processed under 
Article 8.5 are negotiated by the host nation, and the costs incurred are 
apportioned between Ministry of Defence and the Host Nation on a 75%/25% 
basis. The host nation therefore has a vested interest in keeping costs as low as 
possible. 
 
7.7 
ACO(NWE) continues to recover significant sums to the public purse, this 
year recovering over £280,000.   The sums recovered come mainly from the 
pursuit of claims under German law for MoD incurred expenses where members 
of the force and/or their dependants have sustained injury as a result of third 
party liability in road accidents. The heads of claim which typically contribute to 
these recoveries are loss of earnings and medical related expenses, such as 
medical treatment costs, ambulance fees and physiotherapy and rehabilitation 
costs.  
 
 
 
2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013 
Number of claims received 
402 351 298 
 
Number of Claims closed 
525  
401  
369 
 
Total Paid 
£1,168,176
£1,267,645
£613,462 
 
Total Recovered 
£662,394  
£535,573 
£280,038 
 
   
 
 
Area Claims Office Cyprus 
 
7.8 
Based at Episkopi Garrison in the Western Sovereign Base Area, the Area 
Claims Office Cyprus, staffed by one MOD civil servant and one locally engaged 
officer, is responsible for handling all third party claims for compensation made 
by and against British Forces Cyprus, the Sovereign Base Areas and visiting UK 
 
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forces, which arise out of on-duty military activity in the Sovereign Base areas 
and the Republic of Cyprus. The types of claims handled include road traffic 
accidents, training & manoeuvre damage, Public Liability and, for locally 
employed staff, Employer’s Liability.  
 
7.9 
The Cypriot climate and terrain continues to provide excellent training 
opportunities for the British forces, in the air and on land and sea, with most land 
based training taking place on privately owned land under access rights afforded 
to the UK by the Cyprus Treaty of Establishment. The majority of the ACO’s work 
continues to involve inspecting and investigating training and manoeuvre 
damage claims arising from land based exercises and associated helicopter 
activity. 90% of all claims received in-year were training & manoeuvre related 
and were predominantly for crop damage or loss of livestock.   
 
7.10  HQ British Forces Cyprus are committing to an increased training 
programme in Cyprus. This is likely to lead to an increase in the number of 
training and manoeuvre claims made, and the use of a wider area of the 
Republic of Cyprus land. There is significant risk that training will extend into 
areas with large farms which will inevitably see more expensive claims being 
presented. A series of meetings is being held with local communities to explain 
the training programme and to give communities the opportunity to discuss 
issues raised by the training programme. 
    
    
 
 
2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 
Number of claims received 
154 
429 
343 
Number of claims settled 
156 
334 
368 
Number of claims closed 
179 
358 
394 
Amount 
paid 
£456,150 £491,602 £400,973 
Amount 
recovered 
£42,852 £12,481 £24,773 
 
 
Area Claims Office South Atlantic Islands 
 
7.11  The ACO in the Falkland Islands is responsible for collating all claims for 
approval or passing claims over the value of £5,000 to the claims Unit. During FY 
2012/2013  three new claims were received.  
 
7.12  The driving conditions in the Falkland Islands are demanding and in an 
effort to reduce accidents all military Land Rovers have been fitted with engine 
limiters set at a maximum speed of 40 mph. 
 
 
 
2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 
Number of claims received 



Number of claims settled 



Amount paid 
£646.00 
£3,654.00 
£550.00 
Amount Recovered 
Nil 
Nil  
Nil 
 
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Section Eight  
 
 

Insurance and Indemnities 
 
 

Insurance 
 
8.1    Treasury guidelines generally discourage public bodies from insuring risks 
unless it can be shown that the potential costs of claims paid, together with the 
cost of handling such claims, will exceed the cost of purchasing insurance. As 
the costs of premiums, compared to the amounts paid in compensation, would 
normally favour insurance companies, the Ministry of Defence self-insures its 
core business activities. 
 
8.2   The Claims Unit is the policy lead on all Ministry of Defence non-contractual 
insurance issues, and it encourages MOD units and establishments to transfer 
risks arising from non-core activities away from the Department. 
 
8.3   Willis Ltd (Aerospace) provides insurance, which is self-financing, to protect 
the Ministry of Defence against claims arising for compensation for five specific 
non-core aviation risks: 
 
•  Military aircraft participation at air displays 
 
•  Civilian aircraft use of military airfields 
 
•  Search and Rescue training with civilian organisations 
 
•  Fare-paying passengers on military aircraft 
 
•  Passengers conveyed for Income Generation purposes  
 
 
Indemnities 
 
8.4   The Claims Unit is responsible for all non-contractual indemnity matters, 
ranging from issuing indemnities to land owners who allow the Armed Forces use 
their land for exercises, to advising on the liability aspects of Defence 
Infrastructure Organisation licences, indemnity provisions within Memoranda of 
Understanding (MOU) and other international agreements. 
 
8.5   The Ministry of Defence always seeks an indemnity against claims arising 
from repayment activities or events that do not directly further the military tasks 
of the Department. Examples include participation by Service personnel or 
 
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Ministry of Defence civilian staff in non-core fund raising charitable or social 
activities, or the use of Ministry of Defence personnel or equipment by other 
organisations for activities, which do not support military tasks. The Ministry of 
Defence must seek an indemnity in such instances as there is no financial 
provision in the Defence budget to meet claims which are not defence-related. 
Indemnities must be backed by insurance or a guarantee from those 
companies/organisations that self-insure. The only exception to the requirement 
for indemnity is when the Ministry of Defence is dealing with other Government 
Departments, because of the principle of indivisibility of the Crown. The Claims 
Unit issued 33 indemnities in Financial Year 2012/13 and advised on 23 MOUs 
during the year. 
 
8.6  Indemnities that arise from the Department’s contractual business are the 
responsibility of the appropriate Contracting Authority, with policy guidance 
provided by  Defence Equipment Support Commercial as appropriate.    
 
 
Income Generation 
 
8.7 
Income generation activity under the Government’s initiative for ‘Selling 
Government Services into Wider Markets’ is also an exception to the rule that the 
Ministry of Defence does not purchase insurance. As a result, however,  of the 
unusual and hazardous nature of many of the activities the Ministry of Defence 
undertakes, commercial insurance may not always be available to cover these 
activities, or may not be cost effective. Customers may therefore as an 
alternative pay a charge under the Departmental Insurance Scheme and any 
claims for compensation which may arise will then be settled by the Claims Unit. 
  
 
                                                                                                                            
                                                                     
                                   
 
 
 
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Section Nine  
 
Law and Practice 
 
 
  
Fast-Track and Multi-Track 
 
9.1 
  Personal injury claims will be assigned to either a fast-track or multi-track 
procedure. Fast-track cases are limited to a value of £25,000. In these cases 
there will be an automatic timetable for compliance with the various stages of the 
litigation. The hearings are designed to be relatively short and in the majority of 
fast-track cases written evidence only from a single expert will be accepted. 
 
9.2       Multi-track  cases currently will generally involve claims with a value in 
excess of £25,000 or which feature complex issues. Case management by the 
courts will play an important part in setting the timescales for certain stages of 
the case and defendants may be required to attend a case conference before a 
judge, when decisions will be made as to the future conduct of the claim. 
 
 
Legal Costs  
 
9.3 
New rules and practice directions for costs management, which will 
generally apply to all multi-track cases commenced on or after 1 April 2013, were 
announced this year. The key components in the package are: 
•  an end to defendants paying success fee uplifts  
•  an end to defendants paying ATE insurance premiums  
•  a 10% increase in general damages for non-pecuniary loss 
•  a regime of Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting in personal injury cases  
•  reforms to ‘add teeth’ to the claimant’s Part 36 offer  
•  a new test of proportionality  
•  a new approach to costs management and cost budgeting  
 
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•  the introduction of new Pre-action Protocols for personal injury claims 
under £25,000 in value has been deferred for a short period. This will 
likely introduce fixed costs for such cases.  
•  Litigants in person will not be required to prepare a costs budget.  
•  Damages Based Assessments – solicitors can take up to 25% of the 
claimant’s damages.  
   
Dispute Resolution Commitment   
 
9.4   In accordance with a pledge made to the then Lord Chancellor Alternative 
Dispute Resolution (now rebadged as Dispute Resolution Commitment) is 
considered in all appropriate cases, usually where there is some evidence to 
support a claim of negligence.  This may take the form of a counsel-to-counsel 
Settlement conference or Mediation (see explanations below).  
 
9.5 
In financial year 2012/13, there were 28 cases where Dispute Resolution 
Commitment led to settlement of the claim either directly or indirectly. This 
resulted in estimated savings to the Department of some £ 18 Million.      
 
 
Counsel-to-Counsel Settlement Conferences 
 
9.6   In cases where liability is not an issue, counsel-to-counsel settlement 
conferences are an innovative and financially attractive way of settling cases 
without going to trial. A round table consultation is arranged with the Department 
represented by counsel, the instructing solicitor and an appropriate 
representative from the Claims Unit.   This method of negotiated settlement has 
had a significant effect on the way claims are handled but of course depends on 
both the claimant and defendant showing an element of goodwill combined with 
a realistic approach. An added benefit is that the claimant need not undergo the 
stress of a court case to secure compensation for an injury or loss caused by the 
Department’s negligence. 
  
 
Mediation 
 
9.7  The Department is committed to considering the use of mediation as a 
method of Dispute Resolution in appropriate cases. The mediation process 
employs an independent person (the mediator) to facilitate negotiations between 
parties in a dispute in an effort to reach a mutually accepted resolution. The 
process is voluntary, flexible, confidential and non-binding, and can be entered 
into and terminated at the discretion of either party. A number of claims made 
against the Ministry of Defence have been successfully concluded through the 
mediation process. Within the Claims Unit, the Senior Claims Officer (Claims 
Handling) and Team Leader Clinical Negligence claims are accredited mediators. 
 
 
 
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Rehabilitation  
 
9.8   Rehabilitation, as a method of assisting injured or ill people back to work, is 
attracting an increasing level of support in Government, the Judiciary and the 
legal profession. It is claimed that at present the UK’s track record in getting 
injured or ill people back to work falls well behind that of other Western countries, 
but is expected to be used much more in future.  The Claims Unit aims to utilise 
rehabilitation where appropriate when compensation claims are made.  
 
 
Periodic Payments  
 
9.9  The traditional method of payment following settlement of a compensation 
claim has been by the payment of a single lump sum. If prudently invested, this 
would provide a stream of income representing loss of future earnings and/or the 
need for continued care for the anticipated remainder of the claimant’s life.   
 
9.10   A periodic payment, by contrast, is a regular payment made on a monthly, 
quarterly or annual basis, often in addition to a conventional lump sum. The 
periodic payment can be made by way of an annuity purchased in the 
marketplace or, in the case of Government Departments and the National Health 
Service Litigation Authority, on a self-funded basis. The Courts now have the 
power to impose periodic payment settlements and must consider in every case 
involving future pecuniary loss whether periodical payments are a suitable 
means to pay all or part of the damages 
 
 
 
 
 
2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 
Total number of periodic payments
35 42 41 
  
Total payments each year 
£1,566,674 £2,416,117 £2,406,279 
 
 
 
Third Party Accident Scheme (ToPaS) 
 
 
9.11   If Ministry of Defence Civil Servants or Service Personnel are injured in 
any type of accident caused by a third party (e.g. a member of the public or a 
contractor) whilst they are on duty, it is the individual’s own responsibility to 
pursue a common law claim for compensation against that third party without any 
assistance or involvement by the Department. The reason for this is that the law 
does not recognise the Department’s involvement in such cases and therefore 
the Ministry of Defence does not have authority to incur expenditure in such 
circumstances. The only exception to this is that Civil Servants injured in road 
traffic accidents can have their legal costs underwritten by the Department, but 
 
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this does not apply to Service Personnel or to Civil Servants injured in other 
circumstances. 
 
9.12   In order to alleviate the problems to which this gives rise, a scheme called 
ToPaS (Third Party Accident Scheme) has been in operation since November 
2000, providing legal advice and assistance to Ministry of Defence Civil Servants 
and Service Personnel who have been injured whilst on duty and who consider 
the injury to be the fault of a negligent third party. Ralli Solicitors, a firm of 
solicitors who specialise in personal injury claims, operates the scheme on behalf 
of the Ministry of Defence.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                          
                                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Annex A 
 
 
Common Law Claims & Policy - Organisation  
 
   
   
Head of DJEP-CLC&P - SCS 1 
 
 
Deputy Head of DJEP-CLC&P – B1 
 
 
 
Senior Claims Officer (Claims Handling) - Band C1 
 
Responsible for Employer’s Liability Team, Public Liability Team and Clinical 
Negligence Team. 
 
 
Employer’s Liability, Low Flying and Maritime Team  
 
Staff: 
 
 
Team Leader 
Band  C2 
2 Case Managers  
Band  D 
1 Assistant Case Manager  
Band  E1 
 
Responsibilities: 
 
Service Personnel Employer's Liability Claims 
Handling of novel, contentious, complex or sensitive Service personnel and ex-
Service personnel Employer's Liability claims. Managing the claims handling 
contract with Gallagher Bassett International Ltd. 
  
Civilian Personnel Employer's Liability Claims 
Managing the claims handling contract with Gallagher Bassett International Ltd. 
 
Combat Immunity Claims 
Claims relating to service in Iraq and Afghanistan in which it is open to MOD to 
plead a defence of combat immunity where injury was sustained engaging the 
enemy in the course of hostilities. 
 
Nuclear Test Veterans Group Action 
Claims from veterans of the Nuclear Tests undertaken in the 1950s and 1960s in 
respect of the alleged health problems suffered by them, their children and 
grandchildren, said to have resulted from their participation in the tests. 
 
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Section 10 claims 
Claims from members of the Armed Forces barred by Section 10 of the Crown 
Proceedings Act 1947. 
 
 
Miscellaneous claims 
 
 
Miscellaneous claims from Service and ex-Service personnel including defective 
enlistment, false prosecution, and unlawful detention. 
 
 
Low flying 
Claims relating to military low flying activity in England, Scotland, Wales and 
Northern Ireland. 
 
 
Maritime claims 
Maritime claims including accidents, salvage, collisions and damage to fishing 
gear. 
 
 
Public Liability Team  
 
Staff: 
 
Team Leader 
Band  C2 
2 Case Managers  
Band  D 
2 Assistant Case Managers   
Band  E1 
                     
 
Responsibilities:  
 
Public Liability Claims 
Public Liability claims, including personal injury, property damage and Iraqi 
detention cases.   
 
Visiting Forces 
Claims against visiting forces in the UK (under Section 9 of the Visiting Forces 
Act 1952 and Article VIII of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement). 
 
Northern Ireland Claims 
Politically sensitive claims from members of the public arising from the activities 
of the HM Forces in Northern Ireland.     
 
Vehicle Claims 
Privately owned vehicle damage claims and road traffic accidents overseas in 
countries not covered by an ACO. 
 
Overseas Operations 
Claims policy relating to overseas operations and advice to ACOs in Afghanistan, 
Cyprus, Iraq, NW Europe, and the South Atlantic Islands. 
 
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Compensation Scheme for Radiation Linked Diseases 
 
Claims for compensation due to illness alleged to have been caused by 
exposure to radiation. 
 
Criminal Injuries Compensation 
Criminal injuries compensation claims from MOD Civil Servants’ dependants 
based overseas. 
 
Non-Maritime Recoveries 
Recovery of MOD’s uninsured financial losses, excluding those arising from 
traffic accidents in the UK. 
 
 
 

 
Clinical Negligence Team     
 
Staff: 
 
 
 
Team Leader 
Band  C2 
1 Case Manager  
Band  D 
1 Administrator  
Band  E2 
                       
 
 
Responsibilities:  
 
Clinical Negligence 
Claims for compensation from Service personnel and their dependants where it 
is alleged that the MOD has acted negligently.  
 
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  
Claims from Service and ex-Service personnel alleging failure of the MOD to 
recognise, diagnose and treat their PTSD. 
 
Human Volunteer No Fault Compensation Scheme  
Ex-gratia payments made under the human volunteer research no-fault 
compensation scheme. 
 
Claims Annual Report  
Responsibility for production of the Claims Annual Report.     
 
 
Senior Claims Officer (Policy) - Band C1 
 
Responsible for Policy Group 
 
 
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Staff: 
 
 
1 Indemnities & Insurance Adviser  
Band  D 
1 Policy & Contracts Adviser  
Band  D 
1 Finance Officer  
Band E1  
 
 
Responsibilities: 
 
 
Non-contractual Insurance 
Non-contractual insurance (principally non-core aviation risks), including liaison 
with MOD’s insurance brokers, indemnities and the claims aspects of MOUs. 
 
Third Party Motor Claims 
Policy relating to third party motor claims and liaison with AXA Corporate 
Solution Services Ltd and Gallagher Bassett International Ltd. 
 
Contractual Matters 
Liaison with contractors working for DJEP-CLC&P and the MOD’s commercial 
branch on contractual issues. 
 
Financial Management 
Bill paying for DJEP-CLC&P and management of periodic payments 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Annex B 
 
 10 Highest Value Cases Settled in 2012/13 

 
Claimant 
Type of Injury /Loss 
Compensation 
(including claimant’s 
legal costs) 
 
 
Fall on assault course left 
 
Service  
claimant paralysed 
£3,227,255 
 
 
Clinical Negligence – 
£2,600,000 lump sum 
Civilian  
Brain damaged child. 
plus annual periodical 
 
Cerebral Palsy  
payments 
 
Claimant developed 
 
Service  
Parkinson’s Disease 
 
 
following exposure to  
£1,090,000 
solvents during his 
military service  
 
Clinical Negligence - 
 
Service 
Delay in diagnosis and 
 
treatment of carcinoma of 
£1,075,000 
the colon resulting in  
 
death of claimant 
 
 
Claimant fell during mess 
 
Service  
game sustaining  serious 
 
back injuries  
£966,205 
 
  
Asbestos Related 
 
Service  
Disease  
£951,807 
 
 
 
Claimant was a 
 
Service  
passenger in Army 
 
 
vehicle which was 
£849,952 
involved in a Road Traffic 
Accident  
 
Fatality resulting from 
 
Service  
helicopter crash  
£807,774 
 
 
Claimant, a cadet, 
 
Service  
suffered sexual 
£505,127 
abuse/assault 
 
 
Asbestos Related 
 
Civilian  
Disease  
£498,196 
 
 
 
 
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Berryman Lace Mawer (5 copies) 
CESO(RAF) 
Kennedys Solicitors (Chelmsford) 
CESO(PJHQ) 
Willis Ltd 
CESO(DE&S) 
CESO(Central TLB)  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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