While that is a lot of cash, I need another operation on my ankle and my career might be affected. From this amount, my solicitor says the £17,000 I was paid by the police while I was off work has to be repaid to the police service as claimed in the court papers. Is that right, as I had a contract to be paid sick pay and I don’t see why I should I repay it?
You need to check your contract of employment. However, having represented plenty of policemen/firemen/paramedics over the years it is very likely your contract of employment will have a clause in it that means you have to repay your employer.
If your contract has it, your employer has a right to bring a subrogated claim for the money paid to you while you were off work if that reason was because of a negligent third party. To put it another way, your employer paid you so you suffered no loss. However, your employer did this even though you couldn’t work. As such, they suffered a loss.
In summary, check your contract but it’s likely to be right.
Motorcycle Monthly November 2014