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25th August 2016
One of the basic principles of insurance law is that of ‘uberrimae fidei’ which, roughly translated from the Latin, means that the parties to a contract of insurance are required to act in the ‘utmost good faith’. Basically this meant that, as a consumer seeking insurance, you had a duty to accurately disclose to your insurer any material information and not to make any material…
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19th August 2016
Have you ever been asked to give evidence as a witness for a personal injury/clinical negligence claim? Evidence may be required in a case where someone has been injured in an accident to show how the injuries have affected them, or, as someone's employer, you may be asked to explain how they coped before they were injured and what the differences are since they were…
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08th August 2016
A lease is a contract between you and a landlord giving you an exclusive right to occupy and use a property.  Just as any other contract, the lease reflects the circumstances that the parties have agreed and the needs of those parties.  So a short lease over a small space will be wholly different from a much longer lease over a high quality premises.  Longer…
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01st August 2016
In last autumn’s budget the then Chancellor, George Osborne, proposed a series of changes affecting claims for personal injury. He proposed increasing what is called the 'small claims track' limit (SCT) and further proposed scrapping a person’s entitlement to claim compensation for 'minor' soft tissue injuries. 'Minor' has still not been defined. The SCT limit relates to the value of a person’s claim for injury…
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25th July 2016
In the wake of the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union, differing views have been voiced on how Brexit may affect Britain’s property market. Already, it seems, overseas investors are snapping up properties in places like London. Estate agents have reported receiving calls from Chinese, Middle Eastern, Italian and Spanish investors shopping around for bargains. Early indications show that while a number of…
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25th July 2016
Amidst all the current uncertainty, it may be a comfort to know that despite the UK’s long-standing membership of the EU, property law in the UK has remained essentially national with, for the most part, little intervention from the EU. As a result, it looks as though Brexit will have limited impact on how UK property is owned or dealt with. In particular, leaving the…
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04th July 2016
Through our many dealings with the administration of a deceased person's estate, we are conscious of the efforts made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to recover overpayments of benefit paid to an individual during their lifetime.  In our experience, this is particularly true of pension credit It is common for overpayments of state pension and attendance allowance to occur due to the…
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29th June 2016
Fly-grazing is when a horse owner illegally grazes or abandons their horse(s) on public or private land. The Government estimates that as many as 3,000 horses are thought to be illegally fly-grazing across the country. These horses not only present a risk to public safety but also cause damage to land, crops and fencing. Furthermore, it costs money and takes someone's time to provide for…
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28th June 2016
Medical negligence, otherwise known as clinical negligence, or in the US, medical malpractice, is a type of legal claim for damages for personal injury. Any claim depends on whether doctors or clinicians have fallen below an acceptable standard of care in the opinion of a responsible body of medical practitioners carrying on that particular branch of medicine.  That is known as the 'Bolam' Test named…
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22nd June 2016
Dear Riders My name is Sue French. I am a member of one of the Headway West Sussex’s groups. I want to wish you all the very best for your final preparations and I look forward to meeting you on the ride on 2nd July. I am sure that you will all look splendid in your lycra! I would like to say a few words…
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