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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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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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26th October 2021
Paul Fretwell, Head of George Ide’s personal injury team, was privileged to accompany his former client and below knee amputee, Rusty Brown, on his walk up Ben Nevis on 13 September 2021. As the Portsmouth News article confirms, Rusty has bravely and cheerfully “got his life back” following a horrific head-on car crash. The photo below shows the group at the summit. Rusty, on the…
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29th July 2021
It has been over 16 months since we entered the first lock down, and many of us have become dab hands at video calls on platforms we hadn’t even heard of before March 2020. Zoom, Teams and Facetime became the norm and although they work excellently for family catch ups and weekly quizzes, can you really have an effective Hearing via video link? Many clients…
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29th July 2021
As a Land Owner you may presume that you own not only the surface of your land, but also everything ‘right up to the heavens and down to the centre of the earth’ (or if you want the Latin term to impress at your next pub quiz night ‘Cujus est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos’). Generally speaking, in modern legal terms…
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24th March 2021
The decision of the High Court on 11 March 2021 in the case of Vincent v Walker provides a useful insight into how Judges think and why personal injury claims are won or lost. Here, a pedestrian was knocked down whilst walking across a pedestrian crossing. It was night time, and the Claimant was wearing dark clothing. The crossing was displaying green to oncoming traffic.…
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23rd March 2021
“Confess and avoid”. This is one piece of advice that I received early in my career, and has stood me in good stead. This is best illustrated by an example. Picture the scene. I am sat in my office (some time ago) with my injured client and her partner. I ask; “What did you do on your holiday to Australia?”. The couple exchange nervous glances…
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23rd March 2021
People are occasionally killed or seriously injured when struck by a cricket ball. As we approach the cricket season, the 2020 case of Lewis v Wandsworth strikes a note of caution for any oblivious passers by. In this case, a High Court Judge (on appeal) concluded that the Claimant, walking on a footpath close to a cricket pitch, should not succeed in his claim for…
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03rd February 2021
Charles O’Brien, Senior Solicitor, has secured a six figure settlement for a passenger who suffered significant injuries when involved in a road traffic collision when her driver hit a wall following a police chase. Passengers in a vehicle are generally considered innocent parties and, therefore, bound to succeed in establishing liability to recover compensation. However, there can be exceptional circumstances.  In this case the driver’s…
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