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19th May 2017
Having written previously about the "Know Your Lemons" breast cancer awareness campaign, I am now writing to urge you to keep a watchful eye on your skin moles. We all have them, those little brown marks on our bodies that are, for the most part, entirely benign and not troublesome. Of course, some moles have attained trademark status, Cindy Crawford’s for example, but most of us…
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11th May 2017
The history of ground rents can be traced back to Roman times when a ground rent, or solarium, was a yearly rent paid by the lessee of a parcel of land. Over the centuries, the laws regarding ground rents have been amended but the system we have today passed into common law from its Roman roots and has since been adopted by many nations whose…
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04th May 2017
If you have been the victim of clinical negligence or an accident on the road, at work or in a public place, the law sets out certain restrictions on the length of time you are allowed to take before making a claim – in most cases in England and Wales, the limitation period spans three years from the date of the incident that gave rise…
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26th April 2017
Having lost both my father and brother to cancer it made perfect sense for me to tackle an Arctic challenge of stamina and endurance in order to pay tribute to them and to those who helped my whole family through those dark days. Trekking across ice to the North Pole may sound extreme but, to my mind, the hardship we encountered was negligible compared with…
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20th April 2017
In these uncertain times, many investors are concerned about the potential effect on international investment markets of a deterioration in the West’s relationship with North Korea. Such a scenario seems more likely under US President Donald Trump than under his predecessor – especially in the light of recent US bombing in Syria and in Afghanistan – and, given the current rhetoric from North Korea, investors…
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31st March 2017
It is well known that, in these days of austerity, local authorities have suffered from swingeing cuts in government grants and are having to make significant savings in many areas. Judges are well aware of this situation and public policy appears to be playing an increasing part in court decisions, especially when dealing with local authorities. Tripping on a damaged pavement does not provide an…
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27th March 2017
In February 2017 the Lord Chancellor announced that the discount rate used in the calculation of personal injury claims would be reduced from 2.5 per cent to minus 0.75 per cent, with effect from 20 March 2017. To an impartial observer, this may look like a relatively minor tweak to a small detail but, for those who have sustained serious injury, it is important news…
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20th March 2017
  On 15th March the Supreme Court published its long awaited judgement in the case of Ilott v The Blue Cross and others. English Law recognises the freedom of individuals to leave their estate to whoever they choose. The only exception would be in circumstances covered by the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. This legislation enables the court to modify a will or…
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14th March 2017
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has recently confirmed that court fees charged for applications for a grant of representation after a death will be substantially increased later this year (May 2017), despite a public consultation that overwhelmingly opposed its proposed changes. The good news, for the 58 per cent of estates in England and Wales that are worth less than £50,000, is that fees will…
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08th March 2017
When you agree to sell your property it is reasonable to expect to receive the best price possible and, in certain situations, the best possible price may be obtained by taking a share in a future increase in the value of your property, a sum that is customarily referred to as ‘overage’. As a seller, you may wish to negotiate overage if you have an…
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