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19th April 2018
The fate of the UK’s once highly-regarded criminal justice system appears to hang in the balance, threatened by unprecedented levels of cutbacks and years of under-resourcing. We need to see incremental improvements rather than the constant paring-down that is jeopardising justice for the innocent and dissuading competent lawyers from choosing criminal law as a career path. This year has seen a spate of rape allegations…
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13th April 2018
As a society we have used insurance as a method of transferring or distributing risk for centuries – UK property insurance can be traced back to the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. An insurance policy provides protection from financial loss: premiums paid by insurers’ customers are pooled to establish a collective fund that pays for individual losses. But it is worth…
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09th April 2018
If you are injured at home in your rented accommodation and your accident was not your fault you may have grounds for a damages claim. As the occupier of a property you do not own, you have limited rights and obligations to effect necessary repairs. Although a responsible landlord will have made sure the property is safe before your tenancy begins, we are often asked…
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05th April 2018
If you are thinking of buying or renting commercial property your solicitor is likely to recommend you undertake a series of searches through official records before you commit to a purchase or a tenancy. These searches are important as they will throw light on a range of matters including environmental issues and aspects of the property’s planning history that a review of legal title may…
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22nd March 2018
Many house buyers express confusion about the intricacies of UK Stamp Duty Land Tax, especially if they are considering investing in a second property – and it is true the rules can throw up some quirky stamp duty scenarios. In essence, if you buy a new home to live in as your only or main residence before selling your existing main residence you have a…
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19th March 2018
Think of this familiar scene: you are attending a conference or trade fair to promote your business – perhaps you have a stand there. You talk to potential customers and contacts and exchange contact details with them, maybe handing over business cards. But you hesitate, remembering the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets down rules about giving privacy information to data subjects, the people…
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09th March 2018
When accident victims sustain a traumatic brain injury, they can lose their capacity to litigate or to manage and control any money that is recovered in damages. In such cases, a claimant deemed to be a 'protected party' must be supported by a ‘litigation friend’ who can conduct the proceedings and make decisions on the claimant's behalf, subject to the court's approval when necessary. If…
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05th March 2018
Previously in this column I have written about insurer-led government plans to reform the compensation system for lower-value injury claims. If implemented unchanged, these plans could effectively ban many soft tissue injury claims – and this may seriously erode your ability to access justice when you need it the most. Earlier this year the government announced plans to implement its new injury claim rules at…
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22nd February 2018
In recent weeks, many investment markets around the world have experienced volatility, notably the United States and the United Kingdom. The main reason behind such widespread volatility is the belief, seemingly now held by many investors, that interest rates will begin to rise rather more quickly than they had previously anticipated and that the era of ultra-low interest rates may be coming to an end.…
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19th February 2018
The devastating loss of a loved one killed through someone else’s fault is a situation that, frankly, our law struggles to deal with: what value should be put on the loss of a life, and how should compensation be calculated? The dreadful answer is that, although financial costs such as funeral expenses can successfully be claimed, in law a life in itself has no financial…
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