You will be aware that with the assistance of Ivan Walker of Walkers Solicitors we have filed Employment Tribunal proceedings for members who were transferred from the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme to the Alpha scheme between 2015 and 2022, in circumstances where an entitlement to compensation for injury to feelings has been established. In total, 4,219 claims have been made.

Ivan Walker told us earlier this year that he intended to retire on 31 March, and he has been assisting us with identifying other solicitors who will be able to take these cases on. That has proved to be a little more complex than anticipated, but I am happy to say that Thompsons Solicitors have agreed to take over. Ivan Walker has agreed to delay his retirement until the end of June to assist with the transition.

Please be assured these claims will be progressed as swiftly as possible. If any claimant informed Ivan Walker before 12 March that they wish to accept the offer that is on the table, their details have already been passed on to the Government Legal Department for cross-checking and processing. Mr. Walker will continue to pass on members’ details in the same way for any later acceptances before Thompsons take on the task. 

Organising the handover has caused a short delay in recent weeks, but we hope and expect that the settlement process will proceed as quickly and smoothly as possible.


Please bring the contents of this circular to our members’ attention.


Yours sincerely

Deputy General Secretary

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.