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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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20th July 2018
Currently each European Union country is subject to laws enabling anyone who is unlucky enough to have a car accident abroad to make a claim in their own country against a foreign insurer and, by law, every EU insurance company must be represented in every EU country. So if you have an accident in France, for example, you can claim directly through the insurer of…
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13th July 2018
According to the children’s game, stepping on the lines between paving stones was to be avoided at all costs, although the penalty for doing so was often unclear. However, the unfortunate consequences of stepping on a defective drain or manhole or drain-cover are clearer. Injuries sustained in this way range from grazes and shock to broken bones and, in extreme cases, death – and raising…
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06th July 2018
The death of a loved one is often distressing and matters are rarely improved if those tasked with administering the deceased’s estate do not perform the duties they are required, by law, to undertake. When you make a will it is important to appoint executors who you think are up to the task and will act fairly and honestly. Whether you choose solicitors as professional…
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02nd July 2018
It is always a good idea to check that your employer holds all the compulsory insurances required by law and current employers’ liability insurance, to ensure you are protected should you have an accident at work. The law requires certificates of insurance to be displayed in hardcopy or electronically – if they are not, employers can be fined. Typically, employers who avoid their insurance responsibilities…
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21st June 2018
Research undertaken by the Macmillan Cancer Support charity revealed that nearly two thirds of adults in the UK have not prepared a will and, perhaps surprisingly, more than 40 per cent of those without a will are older than 55. Perhaps these worrying statistics are fuelled by a number of common misconceptions, for example the idea that wills are only for the elderly or wealthy…
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25th May 2018
The Law Reform (Contributory Negligence) Act 1945 provides for apportionment of responsibility for loss between a personal injury claimant and defendant if both have contributed to the damage – and when it is proved that the claimant’s own negligence contributed to the damage or loss, a defendant is often required to pay a significantly-reduced sum in compensation. Contributory negligence defences are common in personal injury…
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04th May 2018
Technological advances have enabled prosthetics manufacturers to create some incredible devices for amputees – but these limbs do not come cheap and the National Health Service has competing priorities and demands on a finite budget. NHS England plans and buys specialised services for people with complex disability needs, including lower and upper limb amputees – according to its website, the NHS works to ensure it…
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19th April 2018
The fate of the UK’s once highly-regarded criminal justice system appears to hang in the balance, threatened by unprecedented levels of cutbacks and years of under-resourcing. We need to see incremental improvements rather than the constant paring-down that is jeopardising justice for the innocent and dissuading competent lawyers from choosing criminal law as a career path. This year has seen a spate of rape allegations…
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09th April 2018
If you are injured at home in your rented accommodation and your accident was not your fault you may have grounds for a damages claim. As the occupier of a property you do not own, you have limited rights and obligations to effect necessary repairs. Although a responsible landlord will have made sure the property is safe before your tenancy begins, we are often asked…
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