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George Ide Category

14th September 2018
Last week almost 100 members of the legal community in Chichester took part in a sponsored walk around the city to raise money for the area’s free-advice agencies. Many local lawyers volunteer regularly to assist them – for my part I cannot praise highly enough the valuable work carried out by our local Citizens Advice bureau. Access to justice for everyone regardless of their financial…
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07th September 2018
Members of the public might consider that, on returning from their long vacation, our MPs will set about the most urgent tasks. You might not consider that one of the first matters that they will be dealing with is the Civil Liability Bill. The Government, following many years of insurance company lobbying and discussion, is seeking to impose a tariff on whiplash damages and increase…
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03rd September 2018
Many business tenants have an automatic right to renew their lease under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 unless their landlord can demonstrate that one of the seven specific grounds for opposition set out in Section 30(1) apply. As long as the tenant did not agree to dis-apply the Act when taking on the lease, then they may believe they are safe for the long…
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27th August 2018
If I had been given a pound every time a client came to me, unaware they had breached a covenant in their legal title, I would be looking forward to an early retirement. So what are covenants and how can they affect a property owner’s enjoyment of their home? Put simply, a covenant is defined as an agreement between two parties to do, or not…
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17th August 2018
As the retail behemoth House of Fraser continued its fight for survival last week, some good news was reported that made the company and its landlords raise their heads in hope. Following House of Fraser’s invocation of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) against a backdrop of rent reductions and the closure of a number of stores, potentially including Chichester’s own long-established outlet, the business was…
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14th August 2018
The effects of traumatic or non-traumatic brain injury depend upon a number of factors but, in general, symptoms can range from physical and cognitive to emotional and behavioural. Rehabilitation is crucial – not only to the survivor but also to their family, if they are to cope successfully with any remaining disabilities. However, the benefit of yoga as an integral part of traumatic brain injury…
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27th July 2018
It seems difficult to remember a time when investment markets have been so driven by politics and government leaders instead of economic data and company results, nor a time when social media, especially US President Trump’s Twitter account, was so closely watched by investment analysts. For many reasons, 2018 is proving to be a memorable year. In March, President Trump announced steep tariffs on steel…
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26th July 2018
The long-awaited decision of the Supreme Court in the defended divorce of Mr & Mrs Owens was finally delivered today (Wednesday 25 July). Sadly Mrs Owens will remain locked in her loveless marriage until 2020, by which time she will have been separated for five years. Whilst it was acknowledged that the current law had not kept pace with modern relationships, the Supreme Court was…
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20th July 2018
In my view, a recent Supreme Court ruling in favour of Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan is a decision that serves only to confuse the public. At the end of June, the court ruled unanimously that Steinfeld and Keidan had been discriminated against because only same sex couples could enter into a civil partnership. While I am not trying to dissuade anyone from this argument,…
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20th July 2018
For all family lawyers and mediators, on-going refresher training is essential if we are to ensure our knowledge and skills remain relevant and up-to-date. I recently undertook training in consulting with children to boost my family law mediation skills. It is a long established principle first set out in the 1989 Children Act’s welfare checklist that during divorce the feelings and wishes of children should…
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