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21st January 2015
The case of Damijan Vnuk -v-Zavaroualnica Triglav represents an important decision by the European Court which widens the liability of Motor Insurers, the Motor Insurers Bureau (to whom a claim can be made where no insurance exists) and, ultimately, the UK Government in respect of motor claims. The decision means that UK motor insurance legislation is inconsistent with EU Law and potentially means that a…
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21st January 2015
Since 2008 many private client investors have been very concerned at the significant fall in the United Kingdom base interest rate, to at present 0.5% where it has remained for over 5 years. Because of the above many traditional low risk investments such as banks and building societies are presently offering interest rates, certainly for short-dated investments, which are extremely low.  Even for longer dated…
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15th January 2015
With the general election of course furthest from his mind, George Osborne played the unlikely role of Father Christmas with a view to pleasing the electorate with his reform of the Stamp Duty Land Tax. As of 4th December 2014 a new progressive regime was introduced to replace the old punitive slab system. But have the changes helped the buyer, and financially who has won…
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12th January 2015
So, you decide to move on from your current Premises.  Did you know that you may end up having to guarantee the performance of the incoming Tenant, possibly for years to come? If you are a Tenant and you intend to transfer your Lease to a new owner, you will most likely be asked to enter into an authorised guarantee agreement (“AGA”).  In 1995, a…
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23rd December 2014
  Most people nowadays own their own mobile devices that can be used for business purposes, and employers are often asked to allow their use at work. Agreeing can bring benefits such as increased flexibility and efficiency, improved morale and job satisfaction, and even a reduction in costs. But the fact that the devices are owned and maintained by the employee, rather than the employer,…
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23rd December 2014
You may be alarmed to learn that there are more than 1.2 million uninsured drivers on UK roads. What happens if you are unfortunate enough to have an accident with an uninsured driver, or the person causing the accident cannot be traced? There are more than 350,000 “hit and run” accidents in the UK every year. Most accidents fortunately do not involve personal injury, but…
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18th December 2014
Q. When is Christmas day? A. It never changes, it always falls on the 25th December regardless. Yet in late November and early December, Family Lawyers throughout the country deal with a sudden surge in clients wanting to resolve Christmas arrangements for their children? Often there is no Court Order in place, which sets out in black and white what should happen, when and where.…
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12th December 2014
Since 2008 when the financial crisis first erupted, interest rates in the United Kingdom have fallen dramatically and at the present time the UK base rate remains at 0.5% where it has been for over five years. Because of this, income available on low risk investing such as cash deposits has remained quite low and even more so after erosion by inflation is taken into…
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08th December 2014
Even after all these (20 or so) years, personal injury lawyer Paul Fretwell recalls the devastating video footage that arrived from the insurance company in the case of one of his clients; she who, according to her evidence, could hardly get out of a chair and was disabled and suffered debilitating pain was shown hanging out her washing in the garden, and moving so fast…
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05th December 2014
Are you an attorney, deputy, or beneficiary of a will relating to a person who now lacks capacity? Has the will become invalid or obsolete by virtue of the beneficiaries predeceasing the testator (the person making the will)? Is Inheritance Tax mitigation needed, where the testator’s estate exceeds the Nil Rate Band? Did you know that all of these matters can still be addressed, regardless…
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