The PFEW provides representation, in the form of legal assistance, to its members. The PFEW Claims department is responsible for processing and dealing with all criminal, misconduct, employment and civil applications for legal assistance that comply with the PFEW Fund Rules (which form part of our overall Federation Rules).
Claims are submitted to PFEW via local Federation Branch Boards and the large majority of employment claims are dealt with by our in-house legal team. The Claims department processes in the region of 6,000 cases a year including dealing with the ongoing criminal trials, misconduct investigations and hearings, employment matters, civil actions, inquests, judicial reviews and any IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct) investigations that include death after police contact.
What is the PFEW application for legal assistance funding process?
Legal advice and representation to which we provide legal provision for our members is outlined in our Fund Rules and complies with the requirements of our funding criteria. Each case requirement differs but support is offered to those whose applications meet the standards of the funding criteria, in accordance with our Fund Rules.
Applications for legal assistance are considered carefully by the Federation and, where approved, are passed onto either internal or external lawyers who are instructed to consider the merits of any case before a decision is made for any further legal advice and representation at any proceedings that may be required.
In the majority of our claims, the following process applies:
* Members wishing to submit a Road Traffic Collision ONLY personal injury claim should call PFEW RTA Legal Assistance on 0808 1965 315 (or click on the link below). All other personal injury/clinical negligence claims should be directed through the local Branch, using the C1 form on CMS.
The following documents can be found on the CMS system:
C1 - Application for legal assistance - personal injury (revised December 2018) – For RTC’s (road traffic collision) personal injury claims ONLY please follow this link PFEW RTA Legal Assistance or call 0808 1965 315
C2 - Application for legal assistance (revised December 2018)
C4 – Appeal Form (revised December 2018)
The following documents can be found by clicking on the relevant hyperlink:
C3 - Application for legal assistance (revised December 2018)