Des Collins given UK Litigator award for work on Contaminated Blood Scandal
Des Collins of Collins Solicitors has been very deservedly named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 as one of the UK’s top Litigators for his work on the Contaminated Blood Scandal.
The Lawyer writes:
Collins himself is representing more than 1,200 victims, families and campaign groups at the inquiry and more than 500 people at the concurrent group litigation. Though a group litigation guru, the nature of this case is on a different scale to anything he has done before: firstly because it does not stem from a single event but rather problems that developed over many years; secondly because everyone involved has a story that needs to be told. Some have been waiting 30 years for their voice to be heard.
The Department of Health and Social Care seems intent on fighting the victims and their families, meaning Collins and his clients’ struggle for justice is likely to go on for years.
We’re sure you will join all of us at Factor 8 in sending Des a big congratulations and thank you for his hard work!
Des Collins said:
I am delighted to receive this accolade. However, such an honour has to be shared with the team I have working with me: the lawyers, the firm’s support team and of course, our many clients.
The work we are doing on behalf of hundreds of those infected and affected by contaminated blood in the 1970s and 1980s is of huge importance not just to those involved but to the whole country – people expect the government and the leadership of the country to take responsibility for their actions and, ultimately, to be accountable. We will, as we always do, keep going until there is a sensible resolution for all.