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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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18th December 2020
Landlords of domestic private rented properties are undoubtedly au fait with the requirements to have a valid Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) confirming the Energy Efficiency Rating of their properties. They will recognise that under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations they are required to ensure that their domestic private rented properties meet those standards as set out (subject to some limited exemptions). It may,…
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02nd December 2020
On 9th December 2020 we are having a new telephone system installed and this might cause some temporary difficulty in communication. On 14th December 2020 all staff currently based at our Lion House, St Pancras, Chichester office will relocate to our existing offices in North Street, Chichester. If you have any difficulty making contact with us during these periods, please either directly email the person…
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01st December 2020
Good Divorce week is an annual campaign organised by Resolution to promote practical and constructive solutions to divorcing couples. This year’s week focuses on the benefits of getting early legal advice which will provide couples with the understanding and confidence they need to make the best decisions for them and their family. Resolution is a community of more than 6,500 family law professionals who are…
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23rd November 2020
The purpose of the personal injury claims process is to restore the individual, so far as possible, to the position they were in before the accident. The Rehabilitation Code 2015 provides a framework for the claimant solicitor and compensator to work together to ensure that the claimant’s health, quality of life, independence and ability to work are restored in tandem with the process of assessing…
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11th November 2020
It is important that when considering the settlement of a claim for compensation thought is given to any impact the claimant might suffer to any means tested benefits they might be in receipt of, such as Job Seeker's Allowance or Universal Credit. Means tested benefits may be paid to a person who can demonstrate that their income and capital are below a certain level. This…
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11th November 2020
I was interested to read two articles in The Times (29.10.2020) which serve to underline some of the hazards of the road/path. The first of these is interesting in the context of the Government’s strategy of putting cyclists and pedestrians together on shared paths/pavements. It concerns a Mr Crane who successfully sued an investment banker, Ms Read, for substantial compensation when her dog chased a…
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