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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
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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09th November 2020
Having capacity to make decisions for yourself is something many of us, without realising, take for granted on a daily basis.  For many suffering with a brain injury after an accident, the simple process of being able to make a decision is fraught with complication and stress. What is capacity? Capacity is defined as the ability to understand, weigh up and retain information to make a…
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03rd November 2020
This year's Road Safety Week , between 16th and 22nd November, focuses on "No Need To Speed". This is a profoundly important message. As personal injury lawyers representing those with life changing injuries and the families of loved ones who have been killed on our roads, we know first hand how speed when driving is a significant factor in many of the cases we see.…
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23rd October 2020
Charles O’Brien, a Senior Solicitor in our personal injury department, has recently settled a potentially complex claim arising out of a fatal road traffic collision for a six figure sum. The case was not straightforward on liability as the collision involved two vehicles on a bend, on a country road. However, detailed analysis of the police evidence suggested the other party had lost control as…
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14th October 2020
The Government has signalled its intention to give priority to cyclists and other vulnerable road users (pedestrians and horse riders) over vehicles. Plans are already afoot to amend the Highway Code to prioritise these groups; the Department for Transport (DfT) issued a Consultation on 25 August 2020. The DfT is now using artificial intelligence (AI) technology at traffic light-controlled junctions on a trial basis in…
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14th October 2020
On 9 October 2020 the Court of Appeal, in the case of Swift v Carpenter, handed down a long- awaited judgement on housing claims in personal injury cases. The original trial judge had awarded nothing to compensate the seriously injured claimant for the additional cost of her accommodation needs, but this was overturned on appeal. There was a difference of £900,000 between the value of…
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07th October 2020
E-scooters have become a common sight on our pavements, roads and cycle lanes during Covid. Although many e-scooter riders are undoubtedly sensible and cautious, the author recently saw two teenagers on e-scooters riding at speed around a ‘blind’ corner, at a junction, on the wrong side of the road, at dusk and without lights or helmets. There are plenty of ‘accidents waiting to happen’, so…
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