Whiplash personal injury claims slashed following reform

by JamesBooker October 30, 2014 Accident Claims

Motoring personal injury claims have fallen by a third this year as changes to the claims process for whiplash have been enforced. It’s estimated that whiplash is one of the most common personal injury claims made by motorists, but many cases are believed to be made fraudulently as an easy money-making scam. The government has […]

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Misappropriation in the 21st Century

by ASchlossberg October 30, 2014 Commercial Law

There may be no more perplexing legal issue in today’s fast-paced, exploitative world of apps, smart watches and 4G than protecting one’s work product. Commercial Division Justice Melvin L. Schweitzer recently ushered New York into the 21st century by creating a new cause of action in Schroeder v. Pinterest, Inc., 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 3083, […]

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Waste firm heavily fined after contractor’s arm severed in workplace accident

by Redmans Solicitors October 20, 2014 Personal Injury

A Scottish waste recycling firm has been heavily fined by the courts after a worker’s arm was severed in a workplace accident. Steve Dawson, who was 28 at the age of the accident, was employed as a line supervisor for Lowmac Alloys Limited at its premises at the Oldhall West Industrial Estate when the accident […]

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Alibaba.com … and the 40 (or more) counterfeit and infringment thieves

by Wright Hassall October 16, 2014 Intellectual Property

The Alibaba Group (Alibaba) is the world’s largest e-commerce company, its revenues for 2013 were more than Amazon and Ebay combined. Alibaba owns a variety of websites which facilitate online sales: www.alibaba.com: manufacturer to retailer wholesale sales. www.tmall.com: retailer to consumer sales. www.taobao.com:  consumer to consumer sales. The presence of counterfeit and infringing products on […]

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Common Personal Injury Claim Misconceptions

by laurenknowles October 16, 2014 Accident Claims Law

Misinformation in the press has caused negative perceptions of the personal injury claims industry. This unfortunately means that there are many possible claimants who are missing out on compensation due to fear and misunderstanding of the claims process. We have researched three of the most common claimant misconceptions and offered advice on how to reassure […]

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UK workplace safety standards continue to improve

by taylorwatson October 16, 2014 Law

With health and safety becoming a fundamental part of the UK’s workplaces, and with employers increasingly aware of the dangers that could lead to accident at work compensation claims, the number of serious injuries caused by accidents at work has fallen in recent years. New figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) showed that […]

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Stamp Duty Mitigation: The Facts

by laurenknowles October 15, 2014 Tax Law

The house price growth that has recently taken place has resulted in more home buyers having to contend with stamp duty payments. Between 2012 and 2013, £4.9bn was paid in stamp duty and the amount is set to continue growing. It has been predicted that by 2018, at least 75 per cent of buyers will […]

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Difference between change of status and consular processing

by Peter Park October 15, 2014 Immigration Law

Most people without much knowledge in how the US immigration system works tend to think in terms of legal vs. illegal.  When people say legal or illegal status, what is being talked about is the legality of one’s status in the United States.  While that may be the only way of thinking for US residents, […]

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Why are Antibiotics on the Rise?

by John Pollitt October 14, 2014 Law

According to a recent study by University College London and Public Health England, the proportion of patients given antibiotics for coughs and colds has risen by 40% in just over a decade. The research, which focused on 500 UK GP practices, discovered that 36% of patients were prescribed antibiotics for these symptoms in 1999, rising to 51% […]

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Howard Hughes – the billionaire whose handwritten will was contested

by Tim Bishop October 13, 2014 Wills

Howard Hughes was one of America’s most pre-eminent business magnates in the 20th century, having become a Hollywood film producer in the 1920s specialising in big-budget controversial films. He was also a keen aviation enthusiasts, setting many world air speed records and forming the Hughes Aircraft corporation. Throughout his life, Hughes amassed a fortune worth […]

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Insurers hoping for inequality

by JamesBooker October 9, 2014 Personal Injury

Since 2012 the Government has begun taking steps to reduce the toll wrought by fraud, whiplash and unscrupulous claims management companies. And perhaps this goes some way in explaining why motor insurance premiums have become more affordable, with prices dropping by 14 per cent at a time when inflation has been the watchword in just […]

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Compensation for cosmetic surgery; the dangers of seagull surgeons

by Wright Hassall October 8, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

Pearl Richman was awarded more than £43,000 in compensation after her life was ‘almost ruined’ by a procedure carried out in 2010. After the operation, the 69-year-old developed necrosis – a form of cell injury which results in the premature death of skin cells – and was left with open flesh wounds. But despite a […]

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Implementing Managed Print Services within your Law Firm? Watch Out for BELLS & WHISTLES!

by Alex Hutchinson September 24, 2014 Law

We were recently invited to meet with a Law Firm, as they had just reviewed their Multifunctional Devices, Photocopiers & Network Printers with 3 x Resellers / Dealers. They had been offered “FREE PRINT AUDITS” and had taken the dealers up on their offers hoping to find a more suitable solution / way forward for […]

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Road Traffic Accidents caused by Bad Roads

by MichaelLewin September 24, 2014 Road Traffic

With winter rapidly approaching and the temperatures tumbling in the oncoming months, the state of the UK’s roads come into question again. Counsels spend millions of pounds repairing the roads however many of you will know examples of where there is a pot hole which has remained a hazard for quite some time. Between March […]

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Solicitor’s negligence – has loss been caused by the breach?

by Wright Hassall September 24, 2014 Professional Negligence

The Court has recently given judgment in Hirtenstein v Hill Dickinson, a case which considered whether a solicitor had been negligent when acting on the purchase of a super yacht.  The case provides another example of the need for bad advice to have actually caused loss.  In this case the solicitor was unprotected by the […]

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Tinder settles sexual harassment claim against co-founder of app firm

by Redmans Solicitors September 23, 2014 Employment Law

A company which owns the rights to a popular online dating “app” has settled a claim after one of the female co-founders alleged that she had been sexually harassed by her former boyfriend and colleague at the firm. Whitney Wolfe, 24, made her claim for sexual harassment against IAC, the company that owns the rights to […]

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How can Non-Violent Abuse Best be Policed?

by ChilternLaw September 23, 2014 Assault

Criminal law has recently started to delve deeper than ever into the realm of personal human relationships. There has been much talk around the prospect of domestic violence, previously prosecuted under more general offences, becoming a crime in its own right. Recently, non-violent emotional and psychological abuse and neglect of children has faced the prospect […]

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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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