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Posts by Artemis

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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10th July 2015
If you take a lease of commercial premises it will usually be an”FRI”, or full repairing and insuring lease. It surprises many people to learn that a tenant entering into a FRI lease takes on complete responsibility for repairs, even though the tenant was not responsible for the disrepair, or the disrepair already existed when the lease was granted. With this in mind, tenants should…
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03rd July 2015
This past week has seen some wildly inaccurate media reporting of the legal costs involved in clinical negligence claims. The Government is proposing a fixed fee system which will heavily reduce the costs paid to solicitors who act for successful claimants following medical accidents and errors. In 2012/2013 the NHS paid £1.258 billion to settle claims for medical negligence. Of that, £258 million, or just…
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26th June 2015
As of April 2015 the 10% starting rate of tax for savings income has been simplified. Savers will now pay no income tax on their savings where their total income is below £15,600. Where the saver’s total income exceeds £15,600 but the amount from non-savings income is less than this figure part of their savings income will be tax free. A new £1,000 personal savings…
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19th June 2015
Not everything in life is straightforward and this certainly applies to the administration of deceased’s estates on occasion with some scenarios testing even the most experienced of practitioners. Aside from the usual challenge of having to diligently research the assets and liabilities of the deceased, Personal Representatives may face additional complications.  These vary in nature and can result from ambiguity in a will, discrepancies in…
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10th June 2015
If you are expecting an article about a film concerning drummers, or indeed about the world of a particular dominatrix, then we are sorry to disappoint! We remember the day when it was thought acceptable for a person with a whiplash type neck or back injury to pursue a compensation claim resulting from an accident. Clients tended to be referred by local recommendation. The consequences…
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03rd June 2015
When relationships break down, a diversity of problems arise, ranging from finances to arrangements for the children, even who should retain the dog. Rightly, many people are wary of using solicitors. Sometimes, lawyers can serve to polarise and inflame an already difficult situation. Lawyers in this country are part of what can be described as an adversarial system. The English system features claimants, defendants, petitioners and respondents.…
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29th May 2015
Not making a will can have a huge impact so you might be surprised to learn that more than 2/3 of the UK's population have yet to complete this very important task. If someone dies without making a valid will they are said to have died 'Intestate' and their estate is then 'administered' (distributed) according to the rules of 'Intestacy' rather than in the way…
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20th May 2015
If you are planning to sell or rent a Property it is important to be ready to produce all the necessary documents that a Buyer/Tenant will expect to see as part of the investigation process.  Regardless of how quickly your solicitor can work, a delay in production of the supporting paperwork at the start of the transaction will have a knock on effect and can,…
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15th May 2015
Why would you look to extend your lease? As the length of the remaining term decreases so does the value of the lease. Further if you plan to have a mortgage on the property or you are planning to sell the property, you or the proposed buyer may have difficulties obtaining lending on the property unless there is at least 55 years left on the…
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