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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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23rd January 2017
The term ‘personal representative’ is a generic term that applies both to an executor of a will and a court-appointed estate administrator — but what exactly does being a personal representative entail? In short, the Administration of Estates Act of 1925 defines the role of a deceased’s personal representative as having a duty to collect and ‘get in’ the real and personal estate of the…
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06th January 2017
The Christmas period can be particularly difficult for those who have recently lost loved ones, and in my field of work as a personal injury solicitor I gain an insight into the pain, suffering and adjustment faced by many people in that situation. At the moment, for example, I am working with several families who have lost loved ones in road traffic or workplace accidents,…
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22nd December 2016
Although as a property solicitor I am not renowned for my horticultural prowess, recently I have come to know quite a lot about the East Asian garden invader that is Japanese knotweed. This innocent-looking plant is easily mistaken for bamboo but don’t be fooled, innocent it is not. In the wild, it impacts on wildlife habitats and can contribute to flooding. On occupied land, it…
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22nd December 2016
Dreaded by some and an annual highlight for others — that is how a Christmas works party was recently described in the High Court. The unfortunate but illuminating case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd. (December 2016) centred on the dangers of excessive drinking at workplace parties and considered issues surrounding vicarious liability: the conditions under which a defendant company is liable for the actions…
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15th December 2016
The onset of December brings a plethora of Christmasy films – so, when I recently turned on the TV and saw Rumpelstiltskin dancing around on the screen, it set me thinking. For those who are unfamiliar with the tale, gnome-like Rumpelstiltskin bails out a poor miller’s daughter by fulfilling her obligation to spin straw into gold (on pain of death). The first time he agrees…
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08th December 2016
To establish a clinical negligence claim you must prove negligence on the part of the medical practitioner, that the injury resulted from this negligence, and that the injury has a monetary value. Consider the following scenario: my 80-year-old client visited her general practitioner with a sore right eye and was advised she had conjunctivitis. She thought this was incorrect as she had suffered conjunctivitis before…
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