A WORCESTER law firm is celebrating following a 'David and Goliath' legal victory.

Harrison Clark Solicitors, in Deansway, helped two Spanish vets receive a fair deal after they came to England to help with the foot-and-mouth crisis.

The vets - Carlos Alba and Jacqueline Vazquez - were recruited by a private company to work for MAFF (now DEFRA), but discovered they were being paid less than other MAFF vets.

They tried to leave their employer to work directly for MAFF, but the employer obtained a High Court Order stopping them, and also claimed damages from them.

After representation from Harrison Clark, however, the order was dismissed and damages awarded to the vets.

Guy Salter, who runs the firm's Employment Law department, said there had been a clear injustice.

"I'm very pleased the court was able to be convinced that the vets should be free to move from their employers to work directly for MAFF, who had agreed to pay the vets the same as all other MAFF vets employed in the same circumstances," said Mr Salter.

"It was a victory for David against Goliath."

Staff are now over the moon that the big day has arrived.

"It's wonderful to see the work completed and we're really looking forward to continued success in Hereford," said general manager Tracey Furnival.