Aviva proposes removal of compensation for whiplash injuries

by Wright Hassall September 18, 2014 Accident Claims

Aviva, the insurance company, has certainly fluttered a few feathers with the publication of its recent report ‘Road to Reform: Tackling the UK’s Compensation Culture’  which proposes replacing compensation for minor injuries (the focus being primarily on whiplash compensation) sustained in road accidents with payment for medical treatment. In addition the recommendations include restricting the involvement of personal […]

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Can I be charged with the same crime in 2 different states? (US Law)

by MinickPC September 17, 2014 Criminal Law

Typically, a person is charged with a crime in the state in which they are alleged to have committed the crime. The person then goes through the judicial process in that state to determine whether they are guilty of the crime or not. But what happens when an individual commits a crime that crosses state […]

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Is Fire Risk Assessment a Worthless Expense or a Legal Necessity?

by David Cant September 17, 2014 Law

Most fire hazards are avertable with fire risk assessment. A fire risk assessment basically covers general guidance on fire safety and provision of direction on affluences that may lead to fire and flare-ups. Risk valuation helps ascertain all the fire threats and hazards in your premises after which, you can be able to make the […]

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£100 Million+ Shortfall Being Faced By Family Law Firms

by PaulReflect September 2, 2014 Family Law

In the latest family law news, it’s been estimated that high street law firms in charge of legal aid family cases are to face a significant short falls in fees. A huge legal aid funding drop of around £110 million has been predicted. The estimate was supplied by Lawyer Supported Mediation (LSM) after the organisation […]

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Tech industry backs Facebook’s fight to protect user privacy

by Kara Williams September 1, 2014 IP & Technology

When Edward Snowden revealed the true extent of the USA’s digital surveillance programme last summer, the world’s underlying fears about how social media giants Facebook use private data was brought to the forefront of our consciousness. Following the news that Facebook had co-operated with the US Government in supplying users’ personal data, public scepticism of […]

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Solicitors blamed for rise in medical negligence claims

by Wright Hassall August 14, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

The NHS Litigation Authority’s (NHSLA) recent annual report’s statistics relating to the rising number and cost of medical negligence claims have made alarming headlines – roughly translated as ‘medical negligence claims up by 18% – personal injury solicitors to blame!’ As with most stories, the reality is rather less straightforward; yes, the number of medical […]

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Are Increasing Medical Negligence Claims Affecting NHS Standards?

by laurenknowles August 13, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

Claims lodged against the NHS have risen exponentially in recent years. Official figures from the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA) show that litigation has grown by 80 per cent since 2009 and £1.2 billion of the NHS’s annual budget has been set aside for clinical negligence expenditure in 2013/2014. Opinions are currently divided on the […]

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Is linking under attack in Europe?

by Kara Williams August 12, 2014 Law

Nicknamed the ‘Google Fee’, new legislation in Spain requires news aggregators to compensate publishers financially if they link to their content. Aggregators that fail to pay publishers can now be fined anywhere between €30,000 and €300,000. Spanish websites can still provide links and hyperlinks to other sites, but they will have to pay for the […]

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Dispute resolution – check your contract before rushing to a solicitor

by Wright Hassall July 24, 2014 Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Well drafted contracts usually contain a clause setting out how the parties should deal with disputes. These can be complex clauses requiring several hoops to be jumped through before anyone can issue a claim at court.  They are intended to allow the parties to deal with the dispute well before heavy legal costs are incurred. […]

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Can I be disqualified for my role as a shareholder or a non-executive director?

by Andyfwj July 24, 2014 Law

The disqualification regime applies to all directors. A director is not precisely defined in legislation but refers to all individuals who hold the position of director by whatever name called (section 250 Companies Act 2006).  This includes: i) De Facto Directors – directors who are held out as directors or perform functions which could only […]

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Top Seven: World’s Most Bizarre Footballing Accidents

by hellen July 10, 2014 Lawyers

With the World Cup well and truly under way, like it or loathe it, football is the subject that is on everyone’s lips. No matter what you think of the Beautiful Game, you have to admit that a footballer’s life is a pretty enviable one: millions in the bank and a beautiful partner on your […]

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Is too much cash locked up in the WIP in your business ?

by ihunnings July 10, 2014 Law firm management

Is too much cash locked up in the WIP in your business ? OK, so you’re running a business. There are so many things to focus on : marketing, sales, making the product or service, getting in your resources to make/deliver it, billing, for some service firms such as lawyers and accountants building up the […]

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Contesting a will and the law of the land

by Wright Hassall July 10, 2014 Law
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Many UK residents dream of retiring or moving abroad to a warmer climate in the hope of a better life for themselves and their family. It’s an experience many people find fulfilling and rewarding: they settle into their new life with renewed vigour and enjoy the sunshine and variety a new country and culture can […]

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Facing Charges: Wrongfully Accused of Sexual Contact with a Minor

by Brett-ly July 7, 2014 Sexual Offences

Any amount of time in prison—especially when you’re innocent—is too much time. Try 18 months. Our client claimed his innocence from Day One, but prosecutors went ahead and charged him with 20 counts of sexual contact with a minor. Icky, right? That’s what most people say about sex cases. But “liberty and justice for all” […]

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Volkswagen Delivers Powerful Message about Distracted Driving

by Brett-ly June 24, 2014 Car Accidents

Volkswagen’s “Eyes on the Road” spot plays out inside a Hong Kong movie theater. Theatergoers file in and begin watching what first appears to be a commercial or preview from a driver’s perspective heading down a two-lane, tree-lined road. These are “unsuspecting” theatergoers, munching on popcorn, sipping drinks, watching the driver head down the road, […]

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Challenging a UK Will – a brief guide

by Tim Bishop June 11, 2014 Wills

Your Will says what should happen to the things you leave when you die and is intended to make sure that your wishes as to how these things are dealt with are followed. Increasingly, however, it is possible for Wills to be challenged following death, with a number of high profile cases being reported in […]

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Claiming Compensation for Professional Negligence in the UK

by Tim Bishop May 30, 2014 Claims Solicitors

In our everyday lives we come into contact with professionals all of the time -ranging from medical professionals like doctors or dentists to other professionals like surveyors or accountants. Most people working in these occupations are diligent at all times, but it is unfortunately a fact that sometimes things simply go wrong. When something does […]

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Why Your Law Firm Needs to Jump on the Infographics Bandwagon

by Byfield Consultancy May 26, 2014 Law firm marketing

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 18 months, the chances are you’ll already know that infographics are big news in the world of content marketing. And if you don’t then come out from that rock at once and smell the roses. [source] An infographic is a concise way to display information, […]

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Slater & Gordon Divorce Study Supports Value of Family Mediation

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers May 22, 2014 Law

New research carried out by Slater & Gordon Lawyers shows that more than a third of divorces are acrimonious, while more than 40% of divorcees went after more than they were entitled to. Sadly, these findings do not surprise me; many people try to play dirty when going through a divorce. As a Divorce Solicitor, […]

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Swiss Court Orders Husband to Pay Largest Ever Divorce Settlement

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers May 20, 2014 Divorce

It has been reported today that Dmitry Rybolovlev, owner of the AS Monaco football team has been ordered to pay the highest known divorce settlement, a sum of over £2.7 billion. The divorce proceedings took place in Switzerland and according to the reports, Mr Rybolovlev has the right of appeal, though it is not known […]

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When is a Marriage Not Legally Binding?

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers May 20, 2014 Law

Pop songstress Foxes is reported as being uncertain of her marital status following a drunken ceremony at Glastonbury, in an interview with Metro magazine. She recalls hazy memories of a marriage ceremony in the after-party at Shangri-La, but has no idea where her festival “hubby” could be, revealing that they lost touch. She is reported […]

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Making an Offer They Can’t Refuse: How Prosecutors Are Sending Small Time Offenders to Prison for Years

by Geoffrey Nathan May 20, 2014 Criminal Law

Federal prosecutors often threaten long prison sentences to force drug defendants into waiving their right to a trial and to plead guilty, according to a recent report release by Human Rights Watch. Attorney Nathan of Geoffrey Nathan Law Offices in Boston says, “In the cases where the defendants do go to trial, prosecutors follow through […]

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Postage COSTS the Legal Sector

by Alex Hutchinson May 20, 2014 Business
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Over the years we have spent time working with the Legal Sector to help them better optimise all areas of documents – part of this also includes postage costs and postal operations – ensuring firms are increasing efficiency and reducing costs within the post room. There are lots of areas to achieve reductions in postage […]

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Claiming Compensation In The UK -How Does No Win No Fee Work?

by Tim Bishop May 20, 2014 Accident Claims

No win no fee has become a phrase we hear every day of the week in the UK when it comes to legal procedures. Until you are in the situation of thinking about making a claim and paying for legal assistance from a solicitor, understanding exactly what is meant by no win no fee and […]

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Freehold Purchase in England and Wales – Some Questions to Ask

by Tim Bishop May 10, 2014 Property Law

There are many reasons why you should purchase the freehold to your house or flat – security, more control over the running of the building, not having to deal with landlords, increasing the value of your flat, having no ground rent to pay and so on – but what do you need to know about […]

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