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13th June 2022
This summer, George Ide LLP is fundraising for local acquired brain injury charity Headway Sussex by pulling on our walking boots and striding out along part of the iconic South Downs Way. The George Ide Stride takes place on Saturday 25 June, and I am proud to be part of the team for this 17-mile sponsored walk on the Sussex Downs. Providing help and support…
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29th May 2022
Imagine the following personal injury claim scenario: an injured claimant (C) tells medical experts he never goes outside without a crutch. Then, a year or so later, the defendant (D) produces as evidence many hours of video surveillance footage showing C ‘out and about’ at the time of his medical appointments, walking without a crutch. What is C’s legal team to do? The answer is…
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29th May 2022
As so often in life and the law, the head rules the heart when it comes to important decisions. This applies to judges faced with very difficult decisions to make, often for very deserving and seriously injured claimants for whom they have tremendous sympathy. In the recent case of MRA .v. The Education Fellowship Ltd (aka Rushden Academy) Master McCloud of the High Court decided…
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20th May 2022
Good evidence and advice from expert specialists proved the key to success for our Charles O’Brien in a recent complex personal injury case in which he secured a substantial sum for a client who suffered a severe brain injury. This was a complicated case because our client had pre-existing brain damage which meant they were not able to work before the accident and lived in…
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27th April 2022
This week is likely to see another major change in the law relating to marriage in England and Wales with the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 likely to receive Royal assent and become law. Many will be surprised to learn that it is currently possible to get married or enter into a civil partnership at the age of 16 if the minor…
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25th April 2022
In our experience, insurance companies are increasingly seeking to prove that those claiming to have sustained serious personal injuries have been “fundamentally dishonest”. If it can be shown that a Claimant has been dishonest in a way that goes to the heart of the case (which may include deliberately exaggerating the extent of injury, disability or loss), then no compensation or legal costs will be…
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05th April 2022
For years, family law practitioners have been campaigning for a change to the divorce law in England and Wales. The old system, which had been law since the early 70’s, stipulated that the petitioner had to blame the other spouse for the breakdown of the marriage, either through unreasonable behaviour or adultery, unless they were happy to wait 2 years and use the fact of…
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08th March 2022
On 29 January 2022, amendments were made to the Highway Code to seek to improve safety (in particular) for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. The changes followed a public consultation ending in October 2020. A hierarchy of road users is now recognised, with pedestrians as the most vulnerable, and with drivers of HGV’s and other large vehicles bearing the greatest responsibility to take care and…
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30th November 2021
When it comes to e-scooters there are two important distinctions to be made: those that are privately owned and those that are rented. The law currently treats them very differently. The difference is fairly binary. Rental e-scooters can be ridden legally on public roads whereas privately owned e-scooters cannot be ridden on public roads, though they may be ridden on private land. You can rent…
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30th November 2021
On 22 October 2021 the High Court in London gave judgment in the case of Lauren Parker (LP) v Clive McClaren (CM). LP, then aged 23, was on a night out with friends in York city center at 11.20pm on Saturday 6 May 2017 when she was knocked down by a taxi (driven by CM). LP ran across the road in front of the taxi…
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