As frequent visitors to these forums may know, I have been engaged with SPVA for some time over their refusal to accept my claim for a serious injury that ended my career. I've now been through the appeal process from the rejection of my initial application up to and including the First Tier Tribunal which has now found in my favour. Whether I'd have won my case or not I have to say the Tribunal panel was excellent; running things in a relaxed but business-like manner and giving both sides the opportunity to comment on everything throughout the hearing. For those that are unfamiliar with the panel make up it is chaired by a legal professional supported by a medical professional and a person with military experience. There should also be a representative from SPVA to explain or clarify their position if necessary. Some points I would recommend to others considering appealing against an SPVA Norcross decision: read the reasons for rejection given by SPVA and compare them against the legislation to see if you have grounds to appeal. Don't waste everyone's time submitting an appeal just because you don't agree with the decision. do your research thoroughly including as much relevant information as you can. In my case I continued gathering information throughout the process and it was this information (and the way I presented my case) that convinced the panel to find in my favour, taking only 10 mins to do so after a hearing that took about 3 hours! make sure you have a representative at the Tribunal from one of the recommended Agencies (I had a representative from RBL(S) and he was excellent). You can also take a carer/helper if needed, I took my wife to help me on/off trains and in/out of taxi's. be aware that the SPVA representative has not been involved in your case, he/she is not an enemy. They are there to answer any questions the panel or you have for them.