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04th July 2016
Through our many dealings with the administration of a deceased person's estate, we are conscious of the efforts made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to recover overpayments of benefit paid to an individual during their lifetime.  In our experience, this is particularly true of pension credit It is common for overpayments of state pension and attendance allowance to occur due to the…
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29th June 2016
Fly-grazing is when a horse owner illegally grazes or abandons their horse(s) on public or private land. The Government estimates that as many as 3,000 horses are thought to be illegally fly-grazing across the country. These horses not only present a risk to public safety but also cause damage to land, crops and fencing. Furthermore, it costs money and takes someone's time to provide for…
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28th June 2016
Medical negligence, otherwise known as clinical negligence, or in the US, medical malpractice, is a type of legal claim for damages for personal injury. Any claim depends on whether doctors or clinicians have fallen below an acceptable standard of care in the opinion of a responsible body of medical practitioners carrying on that particular branch of medicine.  That is known as the 'Bolam' Test named…
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22nd June 2016
Dear Riders My name is Sue French. I am a member of one of the Headway West Sussex’s groups. I want to wish you all the very best for your final preparations and I look forward to meeting you on the ride on 2nd July. I am sure that you will all look splendid in your lycra! I would like to say a few words…
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16th June 2016
Many of us know just how intrusive and infuriating cold calls and spam texts can be. There is a whole industry of claims management companies (CMCs) who use these tactics to persuade people to put forward personal injury claims. The government (Justice Minister Dominic Raab) has criticised "the substantial industry that encourages claims through cold calling and other social nuisances and which increases premiums for customers".…
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10th June 2016
The long school summer break, like Christmas, comes every year yet some separated or divorced parents remain unaware of the potential issues holiday time can bring. Organising a holiday which takes a child/children out of the country raises the possibility that the other parent could object and block perfectly reasonable plans. How can this be avoided?  Planning is the key.  If you wish to take…
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08th June 2016
It is estimated that there are 5.2 million properties at risk of flooding in England alone according to a recent publication by the Environment Agency.  In most cases flood insurance is available through your standard provider as part of your buildings and contents cover. However, areas at risk of flooding may be subject to much higher premiums and excesses or you may find that insurers…
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27th May 2016
One of the biggest issues we face as property lawyers is fraud. This is not surprising when you consider that approximately £620 million pounds is exchanged in property transactions each year in the UK.  Not only do we have to be wary about bogus sellers, but we also have to consider the rising number of bogus law firms.  The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), recorded 736…
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19th May 2016
Despite the ‘Wiggo effect’ and the large increase in cycling over the last 5 years or so, pedal power accounts for only 2% of trips, compared with 27% in the Netherlands. Our spending on cycling outside London is a little over £1 per person annually, compared with £24 in the Netherlands. Cycling not only limits harmful emissions, it contributes to a healthy lifestyle which in…
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19th May 2016
20th May 2016 is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day. 50,000 people in the UK and Ireland are currently paralysed due to Spinal Cord Injury. From our work helping accident victims, we know that this is a truly devastating injury which can be catastrophic and life changing for the injured per-son and for his or her loved ones. The Awareness Day is an opportunity to raise…
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