What People Say About Me

Great experience

Prakash Ruparelia was extremely knowledgeable about my benefits issue, where other firms had not been able to help me. He was communicative and reassuring, and provided sound advice that helped me to avoid issues further down the line. I would recommend his services.

Pensions advice

I highly recommend Prakash Ruparelia from Scott-Moncrieff & Associates. He helped my mother to find a prompt and cost-effective way of resolving her case. At each stage of legal process Prakash gave clear and concise advice and provided an honest appraisal about the merits of our case. This helped us to make informed decisions about what steps to take. Always calm and well-prepared, Prakash worked tirelessly to achieve a brilliant result for us.

M. Zeban

I was very fortunate to have found Prakash Ruparelia to help me. I was going through a bad time physically and mentally to deal with my claim.he made the process so easy and efficient. He is a very honest and professional at what he does . I’m very appreciative of his help.

PIP 1st Tier Tribunal Appeal

I would like to thank Prakash Ruparelia for preparing appeal and representing my son at the PIP Tribunal last week. It was really helpful to have his expert guidance and reassurance throughout what has been a difficult and stressful process. The appeal was successful.

Pip appeal / Tribunal

I had a fantastic experience with Scott-Moncrieff & Associates, my named solicitor was Prakash Ruparelia, he was very knowledgeable/ experienced in the process of personal independence payments appeals, he guided me through the process, reassuring me at all times. He was professional and communication was key for me, he always responded to any queries I had.

I would highly recommend their services and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.

Employment Support Allowance Appeals (ESA Appeals)

If you’re eligible for ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) you’ll be put into either of the following:

  • The support group or
  • The work-related activity group

You’ll get a decision letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) telling you which group you have been put into. The DWP will make this decision based on the information you put on your ESA50 form and the results of the medical assessment.

If you’ve been put in the support group, it is because the DWP have come to the conclusion that you can’t work and that they don’t expect you to do anything to improve your chances of finding work. However, if you’re in this group and decide that you want to take part in the work-related activity anyway, you may do so by letting the DWP know you want to do this. They will then let you know if there’s any suitable work-related activity going on in your area that you can join.

If you’ve been put into the work-related activity group it means the DWP has decided that your disability or health condition does limit your ability to work right now however, there are things you can do to improve this.

You’re not expected to look for work, but you may be asked to attend a work-focused interview and then do work-related activities. These activities are things that the DWP may believe will improve your chances of working in the future.

You won’t need to attend a work-focused interview or do any work-related activities if:

You are a single parent with a child under one-year-old

You have reached the Pension Credit age

If you’ve been put into the work-related activity group, you’ll be asked to go to a work-focused interview. Here you will be allocated a personal adviser who will assist you.

At the interview, your personal adviser will try to get a better understanding of your health issues and your abilities, and your limitations. He/she will look at what you can already do, what you might be able to do in the future, and what help you may need to do to be able to go to work.

To do this, they’ll want to talk to you about:

  • Your work history and qualifications
  • The things you could do that might help you to eventually be able to work
  • Any practical support that can possibly be provided to you.

While you are getting ESA in the work-related activity group, you might have to go to more work-focused interviews like this.

If you’re in the work-related activity group, you’ll be expected to take part in a work-related activity unless:

  • You’re a single parent with a child under one-year-old
  • You’re a carer getting a Carer’s Allowance or a carer premium as part of your ESA claim
  • You’re a single parent with a child under 3 – if you’re a single parent with a child between 3 and 13, you will have to do work-related activities, but only during normal school hours
  • You’ve reached the Pension Credit age

Should you disagree with the decision that’s been made about your ESA claim or reassessment, you can challenge it in the first instance by requesting the DWP to carry out a mandatory reconsideration. You will need to request this within 1 month of the date on the decision letter.

If the request for a mandatory reconsideration is conducted successfully then your Employment Support Allowance will be reinstated. A successful reconsideration at this stage can save a lot of time, stress, and money and you should carefully consider if you need assistance in putting forward your request for a mandatory reconsideration at this stage.

In the instance that your application for a mandatory reconsideration is unsuccessful then you will have the opportunity to have your appeal heard on paper or in person before an independent panel, called a tribunal. More information about social security first-tier tribunals can be found here. First Tier Tribunal Appeals Page

To request an appeal after an unsuccessful mandatory reconsideration you will need to complete a  SSCS1 form.

You may also request an appeal through the government online system by clicking on this link https://www.gov.uk/appeal-benefit-decision

Once the DWP receive this they will send you a tribunal bundle, this will consist of the reasons why they have made the decision to not award you Employment Support Allowance.

Receiving the tribunal bundle can be daunting for some appellants and most choose to request legal assistance at this stage in order to put forward a tribunal submission appealing against the DWP’s decision. Some appellants also request assistance for the tribunal hearing at the first tier tribunal stage

I have over 20 years of experience in dealing with welfare benefits appeals and I am one of the few solicitors in the country that specialises in this area of law. I take on clients from all over England and find that most of the work can be done over the phone, email, and zoom but if a face-to-face appointment is needed this can also be arranged.

As legal aid is no longer available for benefits appeals I offer a fixed fee service so that you can be assured of the amount that you will be charged from the outset and you will not receive any unexpected surprise bills at the end of your case.

As a fully qualified solicitor, my services are offered through award-winning  national firm Scott-Moncrieff & Associates Ltd Solicitors, more information about the firm can be found at www.scomo.com and a recent case study of one of my ESA appeal cases can be found at the following link:https://www.scomo.com/News/Esa-tribunal-attention-to-detail-and-expert-legal-knowledge-win-appeal.html

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

How to find us

London Office

Scott-Moncrieff & Associates Ltd Solicitors
Temple Chambers
3-7 Temple Avenue
Office: 0203 9729011
DX 116 LD

Leicester Office

Scott-Moncrieff & Associates Ltd Solicitors
New Walk House
108 New Walk
Office: 0203 9729011