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29th July 2021
It has been over 16 months since we entered the first lock down, and many of us have become dab hands at video calls on platforms we hadn’t even heard of before March 2020. Zoom, Teams and Facetime became the norm and although they work excellently for family catch ups and weekly quizzes, can you really have an effective Hearing via video link? Many clients…
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29th July 2021
As a Land Owner you may presume that you own not only the surface of your land, but also everything ‘right up to the heavens and down to the centre of the earth’ (or if you want the Latin term to impress at your next pub quiz night ‘Cujus est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos’). Generally speaking, in modern legal terms…
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10th July 2021
If you take a lease of commercial premises it will usually be a ”FRI”, or full repairing and insuring lease. It surprises many people to learn that a tenant entering into a FRI lease takes on complete responsibility for repairs, even though the tenant was not responsible for the disrepair, or the disrepair already existed when the lease was granted. With this in mind, tenants…
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20th May 2021
I have been a mediator for 6 years and am trained to consult directly with children in mediation. I have always acknowledged the importance of parents listening to and taking account of children’s views when discussing arrangements for their children or finances. I recently had the privilege to listen to a young lady called Katie who spoke on behalf of the Family Justice Young People’s…
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19th May 2021
It is a traumatic experience for any parent if your child has been involved in an accident. Injuries resulting from an accident can have a major impact on the child’s wellbeing and long-term quality of life for the entire family. Of course, childhood accidents are a part of normal life. However, if the accident was due to someone else’s negligence and your child suffered an…
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13th May 2021
The Government has launched a scheme to contribute up to £500 towards family mediation, as part of its COVID recovery plan. In order to encourage families to avoid court, vouchers worth up to £500 will be made available to be used towards the cost of mediation. The scheme is time limited and only providers registered for the scheme can use the vouchers. We, at George…
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05th May 2021
As we welcome May and hopefully a further step back to normality, the family team at George Ide are focusing on the benefits of Family Mediation on relationship breakdown or divorce. Our accredited family mediator, Tina Day, is an experienced family lawyer who uses her legal knowledge and experience of court decisions to help parties navigate decision making. Tina is also a Child Inclusive Mediator…
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24th March 2021
The decision of the High Court on 11 March 2021 in the case of Vincent v Walker provides a useful insight into how Judges think and why personal injury claims are won or lost. Here, a pedestrian was knocked down whilst walking across a pedestrian crossing. It was night time, and the Claimant was wearing dark clothing. The crossing was displaying green to oncoming traffic.…
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23rd March 2021
“Confess and avoid”. This is one piece of advice that I received early in my career, and has stood me in good stead. This is best illustrated by an example. Picture the scene. I am sat in my office (some time ago) with my injured client and her partner. I ask; “What did you do on your holiday to Australia?”. The couple exchange nervous glances…
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23rd March 2021
People are occasionally killed or seriously injured when struck by a cricket ball. As we approach the cricket season, the 2020 case of Lewis v Wandsworth strikes a note of caution for any oblivious passers by. In this case, a High Court Judge (on appeal) concluded that the Claimant, walking on a footpath close to a cricket pitch, should not succeed in his claim for…
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