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22nd January 2018
More and more people are discovering the joys of strolling in the countryside and most of those who enjoy rambling in the great British outdoors do so in the knowledge they are likely to come across hazards and obstacles – so can you claim compensation if a walking accident causes injury? One of the key elements in pursuing such a compensation claim is to establish…
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15th January 2018
Relate, the UK's largest provider of relationship support services, has recently published a report on how single people in the UK feel about being single. Having polled a representative group of 4,000 single people, Relate's data provides interesting indications of how society views being single versus being in a relationship. With some exceptions, especially perhaps during the Christmas period, people do generally enjoy each other’s…
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12th January 2018
If you are planning to sell or let a property it is important to be able to produce all the necessary documents that your buyer or tenant will expect to see as part of their investigation process – delay at any stage of your transaction will have a knock-on effect on the deal and could even put interested parties off altogether. So, what is it…
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08th January 2018
Many experts agree that if you are the owner of leasehold property it can be a good idea to extend your lease – but why? There are several reasons why looking to extend the lease on your property makes sense. For example, as the length of the remaining term decreases so does the value of your lease and, by implication, your property. Furthermore, if you…
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21st December 2017
The requirement to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when you sell or let a property is not new but on 1 April 2018 the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force. The MEES regulations stipulate that, from April onwards, landlords must not grant a new tenancy on any property with a low EPC rating (less than E), nor extend or renew an…
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21st December 2017
Earlier this month the all-party Justice Select Committee announced the launch of an inquiry into government plans to raise the personal injury small claims limit. The committee intends to consider the full implications of increasing to £2,000 the small claims limit for personal injury claims with the exception of road accident-related soft tissue claims, for which a £5,000 limit is proposed. The MPs will also…
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21st December 2017
And so Christmas is here – the time of year when happiness abounds. It is the season for fun and festivities, family gatherings, time spent with old friends and new, reunion with loved ones, presents, laughter, all-round Christmas cheer. But it is also prime season for alcohol-related road accidents. The current maximum sentence for drink or drug-driving is 14 years, and soon even a short…
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08th December 2017
As I write this article, United Kingdom government ministers are attempting to agree in principle a Brexit 'divorce' settlement with the European Union and, according to recent reports, it seems an agreement may have been reached that could pave the way for Britain to pay an exit bill of between €45 billion and €55 billion. This year has been an historically unusual year for the…
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01st December 2017
Our government recently announced its intention to consider forcing all cyclists to wear a helmet: transport minister Jesse Norman has said his compulsory helmet review will be based on available evidence. It seems the matter will be considered as part of a general government review on bike safety announced following a recent series of high-profile incidents involving cyclists killed or seriously injured on our roads.…
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13th November 2017
A recent Portsmouth County Court ruling decided a compensation claim, which resulted from a low-speed car accident, was fundamentally dishonest – and the claimants are now likely to be ordered to pay the defendants’ legal costs. On appeal it was argued that in their defence the defendants should have clearly stated they intended to allege fundamental dishonesty but the appeal court disagreed. Our courts will…
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