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29th July 2021
It has been over 16 months since we entered the first lock down, and many of us have become dab hands at video calls on platforms we hadn’t even heard of before March 2020. Zoom, Teams and Facetime became the norm and although they work excellently for family catch ups and weekly quizzes, can you really have an effective Hearing via video link? Many clients…
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29th July 2021
As a Land Owner you may presume that you own not only the surface of your land, but also everything ‘right up to the heavens and down to the centre of the earth’ (or if you want the Latin term to impress at your next pub quiz night ‘Cujus est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos’). Generally speaking, in modern legal terms…
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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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29th January 2021
The government has confirmed that its long-awaited whiplash reforms are due to come into force in May 2021, having been delayed several times, partly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Whiplash Reform Programme was developed by the Ministry of Justice as part of the Civil Liabilities Act 2018. It introduces a number of changes to legislation and reforms the way that whiplash and…
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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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