Survivors and families of those killed in the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack have secured cash payouts ahead of the third anniversary of the atrocity.

On June 3 2017, eight people were killed and 48 more injured when terrorists ploughed into pedestrians in a hired van then ran amok with 12-inch knives.

Christine Archibald, 30, and Xavier Thomas, 45, died after being struck by the van on the bridge.

Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, and James McMullan, 32, were stabbed near the Boro Bistro on the South Bank.

Ignacio Echeverria, 39, died as he tried to protect others from being attacked on nearby Borough High Street.

Ringleader Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, were confronted in Stoney Street and shot dead by police marksmen.

Lawyer Patrick Maguire, of Slater and Gordon, who represents some of the injured and victims' families, said most of his clients had now settled compensation claims with Hertz's insurer, Probus, for undisclosed sums.

FieldFisher, which represents the family of Ms Archibald, also confirmed it had reached a financial settlement.

In an interview with the PA news agency, Mr Maguire said: "No amount of money can ever replace a loved one, but what the settlement does do is it allows the families to be in no financially worse position than they would have been but for the attack.

"To some extent it will enable them to try and move on with their lives, not having any outstanding matters regarding this terrible attack hanging over them.

"There are just a small number outstanding and hopefully we will be able to get those resolved - despite everything going on with the lockdown at the moment - in the very near future."

Mr Maguire said claims relating those hit by the van and those stabbed near the market fell into different categories.

A change in the law on March 31, 2017, meant that if a vehicle was used as a weapon in a terrorist attack, the insurer would be liable.

It has meant survivors of the van attack could claim for rehabilitation, lost earnings and suffering.

Families of those who were mowed down and killed could claim damages for lost earnings and services their loved ones provided.

Those with knife injuries would not have access to private rehab and lost earnings were not covered, he said.

Jennifer Buchanan, a partner at FieldFisher, said: "The horror of terrorist atrocities is that the most vulnerable - the least expecting - are at risk.

"Tragically, victims are in the wrong place at the wrong time and sustain devastating injuries or are killed through no fault of their own.

"I'm very pleased for the Archibalds that their case is settled.

"At a very modest level, civil claims offer some help to those affected and at least acknowledge society's desire, and responsibility, to support them.

"We continue to campaign for a uniform and automatic government package of support to be available to anyone who is a victim of terrorist attack in the UK and for UK citizens injured abroad.

"Too many people are left with no idea where to turn immediately following a terrorist attack on them or a family member."