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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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19th May 2016
George Ide have been serving the local community for 50 years and during that time they have pursued many claims for loss of value or “diminution of value”. These claims largely revolve around motor vehicles which were damaged in accidents. So, what happens in a claim of this type? In essence, the claimant must show that, despite good repairs following an accident, their vehicle has…
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19th May 2016
General partnerships are probably the oldest form of business venture, and are still in wide use today. Partnership is legally defined as the 'relation between persons carrying on a business in common with a view to profit'. Interestingly, if that relationship exists, then a partnership exists - even if the partners don’t realise it. So, you can form a partnership without knowing it. If that…
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13th May 2016
We have all heard someone say, “It wasn’t my fault, the road was wet/icy/slippery,” or that, "the sun was low and in my eyes." Where does the law stand in cases involving poor or challenging weather conditions and to what extent can an accident really be an “act of God”? An Act of God might best be described as “an event that directly and exclusively…
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13th May 2016
On 22nd June 2016 the British Electorate will decide whether or not the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. The most recent opinion polls are fairly evenly divided and this has given rise to uncertainty in the investment market in this country. The view of this firm is that it is in the best interests of investment clients for this country to remain in the…
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26th April 2016
George Ide LLP is proudly supporting St Wilfrid’s Hospice “Make a Will Fortnight” which is running between Monday 6th June and Friday 17th June 2016. Through the “Make a Will Fortnight” scheme, we will update or write a new standard Will free of charge, in exchange for a donation to St Wilfrid’s Hospice. The hospice has been providing specialist care and support for those in…
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18th April 2016
Child Maintenance is now settled and, relatively speaking, straightforward in terms of the principles of how much should be paid and when this should stop. However, the position is far less clear in relation to spouses.  There are several key questions to ask on the breakdown of marriage. Where will I live? How much will I have to live on?  Should I be receiving maintenance…
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14th April 2016
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyer's President, Jonathan Wheeler, explained to subscribers of The Brief this week how motor insurance fraud is routinely misrepresented by the insurance industry. “That misrepresentation has been swallowed whole by the Government and used as a reason for proposing removal of the right to compensation claims for some whiplash injuries,” said Jonathan in an article for the Times’ daily e-publication. Proven…
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11th April 2016
Buy-to-Let has been a controversial sector of the UK residential property market for many years. The current government has introduced a number of significant legislative changes that will affect Buy-to-Let landlords (and anyone owning a second home).  Some of these changes came into effect this month and others will be introduced in the years to come. In the summer budget the Chancellor announced firstly, reductions…
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