Tim Bishop

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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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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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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How Can Trade Mark Infringement Damage Your Business?

by Tim Bishop April 30, 2014 Trademarks

Trade marks can be incredibly important in business. They let your customers know who you are and what you sell, as well as enhancing your brand and building a solid reputation that others can recognise and rely on. But what happens when another company starts using a similar trade mark to your own? Just how […]

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What Is A Directors Disqualification Order And How Could It Affect You?

by Tim Bishop April 20, 2014 Company Law

Getting a Directors Disqualification Order can be one of the worst things to happen to your business – and to yourself as an individual. But what do you have to do in order to be disqualified? What are the consequences? And what should you do if you find yourself in this stressful situation? Here’s a […]

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Long Service Advance Of Pay: Eligibility Requirements

by Tim Bishop April 10, 2014 Military Law

Life serving in military is hard enough with the lengthy periods away from loved ones adding to the physical and emotional strain that is inevitable from military service. In light of this it can be very frustrating for members of the armed forces when confronted with the further problems encountered when trying to find a […]

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Your toe injury and the right to claim compensation

by Tim Bishop March 31, 2014 Compensation Lawyers

It’s a matter of balance; without toes, due to amputation or with a toe injury it is much harder to stay upright, change direction when you are running and walking or wear most close fitting footwear. A toe injury puts you at a discernable physical disadvantage whilst it heals and if it is a serious […]

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Right To Manage: How To Gain Management Control Of Your Building

by Tim Bishop March 2, 2014 Property Law

If you live in a block of leasehold flats in the UK but don’t own the freehold, you may have experienced several problems over the years, whether it’s small things not getting fixed, the flats falling into disrepair, or simply trying to communicate with the landlord or managing agents when a reply is not forthcoming. […]

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How To Deal With Business Partnership Disputes

by Tim Bishop February 8, 2014 Business Law

Going into business with a partner can be a daunting experience, as there are bound to be a number of complex questions running through your head. How well will you work together? What if you find out you have different ways of doing things? What happens if something goes wrong or the business relationship breaks […]

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How Does ‘No Win No Fee’ Actually Work?

by Tim Bishop January 7, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to take legal action against a company or an individual, your first thought may be, “how am I going to pay for this?” Court cases and claims can be incredibly stressful and daunting, and the thought of financial worries on top of this does put […]

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Contesting A Will In The UK: What Do You Need To Know?

by Tim Bishop November 28, 2013 Wills

When you make a will, you are deciding what will happen to your assets once you’ve died, but it isn’t always as clear cut as that. In certain situations, UK wills can be challenged or ‘contested’ [contesting a will is also known, especially amongst lawyers, as “contentious probate”]. Here’s a brief guide on who can […]

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Things To Consider When Filing For An Armed Forces Divorce

by Tim Bishop November 25, 2013 Military Law

Filing for divorce – both the physical process and the emotional pain – will probably be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever experience in your life, and with around half of all marriages currently ending in divorce, unfortunately it is more common than you might think. If you or your spouse is in […]

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How To Extend A Lease

by Tim Bishop November 22, 2013 Property

If you own a leasehold flat, you own the right to live there – but only until your lease expires. So how long is your leasehold? If it’s a relatively short lease or if you want to attract future buyers, you can extend your lease. But how do you know if you’re even eligible? How […]

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Caudia Equina Syndrome and claiming medical negligence compensation

by Tim Bishop October 15, 2013 Medical Law

Just below the lowest point of the spine there is a bunch of nerve endings called the Caudia equina ( latin for ‘horse tail’). When these nerve fibres are squeezed caudia equina syndrome (CES) can result which can be triggered by a number of points, for example: • The main disc experiences a prolapse • […]

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Health and safety – the risks posed by forklift trucks

by Tim Bishop October 10, 2013 Claims Solicitors

There is extensive health and safety regulation surrounding the use of forklift trucks as well as numerous guidelines provided from the Health and Safety Executive. Employers also receive a great deal of support from trade organisations such as the National Plant Operators Scheme and the Industrial Truck Trainers. Given all of this guidance combined with […]

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Can I make a professional negligence claim against my financial advisor?

by Tim Bishop September 8, 2013 Professional Negligence

Due to the high numbers of financial services and investment opportunities on offer in the market place today, many people choose to use the services of a financial adviser -often an independent financial adviser or IFA, though some preferred to stick with advisers who are tied to a particular financial institution or bank – which […]

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Equestrian accident claims for compensation

by Tim Bishop August 23, 2013 Claims Solicitors

Horse riding is a hugely popular activity enjoyed by millions of people each year in the United Kingdom. It is also inevitably, involving as it does a large, unpredictable animal, a far from risk-free activity. Most of the people who engage in equestrian activities are aware, from training or experience, of those risks and take […]

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The service charge explained (property law)

by Tim Bishop August 9, 2013 Property Law

Freeholders are legally obliged to maintain their leasehold properties, the costs of which are generally then recovered in the form of a service charge from the leaseholders. However, such charges often cause arguments, with some landlords charging unfair amounts which leaseholders are reluctant to pay. Tenants with a short lease will usually have the cost […]

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The advantages of seeing a lawyer before family mediation

by Tim Bishop July 30, 2013 Mediation

The delay, expense and hostility involved in court divorce is leading many couples to choose family mediation as an alternative way to divorce. Using mediation, spouses can work towards a separation agreement fairly swiftly but in order for this agreement to be binding, both parties must have a lawyer advising them. Although it may seem […]

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The Right to Manage – is it always all it’s cracked up to be?

by Tim Bishop July 23, 2013 Property Law

The right to manage [or RTM] can, and does, work well in certain cases – but it has its downsides…. some of the problem issues commonly experienced in practice include; • the RTM Company has no source of income other than service charges it collects which are held on trust for the lessees • whilst […]

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The consequences of an injury when working at height

by Tim Bishop July 17, 2013 Accident Claims

The average human body is usually robust and resilient enough to survive the physical knocks and bumps to be expected in life relatively unscathed. However falls from height in course of employment are unfortunately of a different magnitude altogether and usually not expected – and the combination of the initial shock, the fall distance and […]

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5 Top Tips on Using Your Solicitor Effectively

by Tim Bishop July 11, 2013 Guest legal blogging

Tip 1 – Don’t rely on price alone It’s fair to say that good quality legal services don’t come cheap, and no one wants to pay over the odds for a good solicitor. However don’t pick your solicitor on the basis of the cheapest fixed fee or hourly rate. Instead, ask friends and family for […]

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – and the alternatives

by Tim Bishop July 11, 2013 Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a document signed by an individual (the donor) which gives authority to another individual, or individuals (the attorneys) to act on the donor’s behalf – usually in relation to financial affairs and property. Why do I need a power of attorney? The society we live in is becoming increasingly complex […]

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