UK - More deferred pensioners from defunct ship repairer Cammell Laird have joined the fight over their entitlements.
Initially, 100 deferred pensioners threatened to take legal action against administrator Capita Hartshead after it told former employees that no pensions would be paid unless claimants could prove they were members of the repairer’s final salary scheme. All employment records were lost when the ship repairer closed in 2001 .
Now the original group has been bolstered by another 25 former employees who have appointed law firm Alan Roberts & Co as legal adviser.
Solicitor Alan Roberts said: “The barristers argue it is a good claim, but these people are elderly and unless we settle it, which I can’t see happening, we are looking at 12 months before we get to court.”
Roberts said Capita was not being very cooperative in solving the issue.
A Capita Hartshead spokeswoman commented: “It is of the utmost importance that scheme members and their beneficiaries receive their full entitlements under the scheme.
“There is no question of payments being refused by Capita Hartshead, where there is evidence that a proper liability exists under the particular section of the scheme for which the company is responsible.”
She added “immediate and full consideration” would be given to those scheme members whose documentation was missing, if fresh evidence of liability was made available.
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