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27th March 2017
In February 2017 the Lord Chancellor announced that the discount rate used in the calculation of personal injury claims would be reduced from 2.5 per cent to minus 0.75 per cent, with effect from 20 March 2017. To an impartial observer, this may look like a relatively minor tweak to a small detail but, for those who have sustained serious injury, it is important news…
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20th March 2017
  On 15th of March the Supreme Court published their long awaited judgement in the case of Ilott v The Blue Cross and others. English Law recognises the freedom of individuals to leave their estate to whoever they choose. The only exception would be in circumstances covered by the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. This legislation enables the court to modify a…
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14th March 2017
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has recently confirmed that court fees charged for applications for a grant of representation after a death will be substantially increased later this year (May 2017), despite a public consultation that overwhelmingly opposed its proposed changes. The good news, for the 58 per cent of estates in England and Wales that are worth less than £50,000, is that fees will…
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08th March 2017
When you agree to sell your property it is reasonable to expect to receive the best price possible and, in certain situations, the best possible price may be obtained by taking a share in a future increase in the value of your property, a sum that is customarily referred to as ‘overage’. As a seller, you may wish to negotiate overage if you have an…
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03rd March 2017
If you own a leasehold property there are several good reasons to consider extending the terms of your lease. In essence, as the length of the remaining lease term decreases so does the value of the lease itself — and this has consequences. For example, if you plan to raise a mortgage on the property or you are planning to sell, you or your potential…
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24th February 2017
Many of us, at one time or another, will ask a friend, employer, supplier or other work contact for a reference, and some of us will ourselves be approached as a potential referee. So, what are the key issues you should consider before agreeing to provide a formal employment reference? In most cases there is no obligation to provide a reference, so you could refuse.…
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10th February 2017
No, really, this is a genuine question… You may, like me, have seen a recent post on Facebook aimed at spreading awareness of breast cancer. To comply with social media censorship rules, the woman behind the post was prevented from publishing pictures of her breasts so she turned, instead, to a different tactic. But before I reveal all, so to speak, please bear in mind…
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10th February 2017
Set back under Colonnade Walk on Buckingham Palace Road, just behind Victoria Station, sits a nondescript, anonymous-looking glass-fronted building. This building houses a team of people responsible for paying out nearly £1.5 billion in the financial year 2015/16 to settle clinical negligence claims on behalf of our National Health Service (NHS). Who are these people? Together, they make up a public body called the NHS…
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03rd February 2017
So it really did happen: Donald Trump is the new President of the United States, and never has there been a more polarising new US President. But whether you are pro-Trump or anti-Trump, the fact remains that many US voters, disillusioned with what they saw as the failings of many career politicians, voted for him — a man who, to say the least,  is direct…
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26th January 2017
Discussions about how soon driverless cars could become a common sight on our roads continue to prompt the airing of many different theories including the prediction that within ten years there will be no drivers, no road accidents, and no injuries. This may be an attractive prospect, but is it realistic? Judging by recent experiences of technology-leaders Google and Uber, probably not. If Google does…
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