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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbrian solicitor facing police fraud probe

A solicitor specialising in medical negligence work has been arrested by police investigating fraud and false accounting.

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Marcus Nickson

Marcus Nickson, 60, was arrested by Cumbria police and released on bail until September.

A force spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating allegations of false accounting and fraud by misrepresentation which took place prior to January 2013.

“A man aged 60 from Wigton has been arrested in connection with these allegations and is on bail until September.”

Mr Nickson used to work for KJ Commons, which has offices in Carlisle and Workington. Its managing director, David Thompson, said the company was aware of the police inquiry and was “co-operating fully”.

Mr Nickson has declined to comment but is understood to be strongly denying any allegations of wrongdoing.

He has worked on high-profile Cumbrian cases including a £3 million payout for a young boy left with catastrophic brain damage after medics at the West Cumberland Hospital failed to spot he was being starved of oxygen. He also worked on the case of a man from Bigrigg left with kidney failure after he ate a contaminated burger on a luxury Egyptian holiday. He won £750,000 compensation.

A spokesman for the Solicitors Regulation Authority – the body which oversees solicitors – confirmed they had been contacted by Cumbria police.

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