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10th July 2021
If you take a lease of commercial premises it will usually be a ”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…
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20th May 2021
I have been a mediator for 6 years and am trained to consult directly with children in mediation. I have always acknowledged the importance of parents listening to and taking account of children’s views when discussing arrangements for their children or finances. I recently had the privilege to listen to a young lady called Katie who spoke on behalf of the Family Justice Young People’s…
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13th May 2021
The Government has launched a scheme to contribute up to £500 towards family mediation, as part of its COVID recovery plan. In order to encourage families to avoid court, vouchers worth up to £500 will be made available to be used towards the cost of mediation. The scheme is time limited and only providers registered for the scheme can use the vouchers. We, at George…
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05th May 2021
As we welcome May and hopefully a further step back to normality, the family team at George Ide are focusing on the benefits of Family Mediation on relationship breakdown or divorce. Our accredited family mediator, Tina Day, is an experienced family lawyer who uses her legal knowledge and experience of court decisions to help parties navigate decision making. Tina is also a Child Inclusive Mediator…
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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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