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17th January 2020
Although Brexit is not yet fully settled, much economic uncertainty has been removed by the resounding victory of the Conservative Party in the General Election on 12th December 2019. So what effect will this have financially for you? The Conservatives have indicated a budget in early March, with promises of tax cuts, which could encourage further spending to assist UK economic recovery. However, the UK…
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17th January 2020
How do our Courts assess compensation for personal injury and loss? It is a common misapprehension that people with devastating life changing injuries are entitled to £1 million- plus awards for the injuries alone. Sadly, awards in England and Wales are not generous, athough our Courts have for very many years wrestled with the question of how one truly compensates for pain suffering and loss…
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18th December 2019
Once upon a time defamation was all but restricted to the rich and famous who would do battle with the mainstream media. Now the use of social media means that the risk of defaming someone is there for all those who use social media. Things “published” in the heat of the moment on “Facebook “, “Twitter “ or similar can reach many people and is…
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13th December 2019
Earlier this year it was revealed that Lloyds Bank found a significant number of documents in its ‘Safe Custody’ storage service, including around 9,000 wills. The storage facility was apparently closed to new customers in 2011 but this year the bank discovered thousands of papers were still stored there. Anyone who has applied for a Grant of Probate will know the application is made on…
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06th December 2019
Christmas is coming around; a general election is approaching, and it is the turn of the family department at George Ide to put something interesting and innovative together for you lovely readers!   As a busy, harassed family lawyer, mediator, wife, mother of two and expecting a small army for Christmas dinner I confess my first thought – “I’ll take the easy route and refresh something…
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22nd November 2019
Leases granted after 13 October 2003 for a term of more than seven years are compulsorily registerable with HM Land Registry. As a Landlord you may think that this is purely a Tenant’s problem, however from a Landlord’s perspective it is important that you ensure your Tenant registers their Lease, as failure to do so will have implications for you as well as your Tenant.…
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18th November 2019
This week is the Brake charity’s Road Safety Week, a good opportunity for us all, as road users, to think about how safely we drive, ride, walk or run. The nature and extent of our duty of care to each other very much depends upon specific circumstances. Judges are sometimes criticised for their findings. The Supreme Court’s recent Brexit related ruling is an example. Taking…
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08th November 2019
When you hear the term “Stamp Duty”, you may automatically think of Stamp Duty Land Tax, the tax you pay on the acquisition of a “land interest”, such as your house. However, this is not the case, and in fact, Stamp Duty and Stamp Duty Land Tax are two different taxes. Stamp Duty is a tax on documents, one of these documents, which is the…
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04th November 2019
The pituitary gland is located in the brain behind the bridge of the nose. It is only about the size of a pea – the frontal lobe part of the brain is the biggest part of the pituitary, which controls your cognitive skills. It is therefore very vulnerable and open to damage or dysfunction. You can see how or why, when a traumatic brain injury…
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28th October 2019
Many of us will be following the heroics of the England rugby team and wishing them well for Saturday’s final – but rugby, as a full contact sport involving heavy body collisions between two or more players, often results in serious injury to amateur and professional players alike. It is widely accepted that, by participating in a game, rugby players accept a certain risk of injury and,…
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