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18th December 2014
Q. When is Christmas day? A. It never changes, it always falls on the 25th December regardless. Yet in late November and early December, Family Lawyers throughout the country deal with a sudden surge in clients wanting to resolve Christmas arrangements for their children? Often there is no Court Order in place, which sets out in black and white what should happen, when and where.…
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08th December 2014
Even after all these (20 or so) years, personal injury lawyer Paul Fretwell recalls the devastating video footage that arrived from the insurance company in the case of one of his clients; she who, according to her evidence, could hardly get out of a chair and was disabled and suffered debilitating pain was shown hanging out her washing in the garden, and moving so fast…
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31st October 2014
Multinational insurance firm AXA has been successful in its private prosecution of a man who claimed £100,000 for an ‘injury’ he alleged he sustained while working for a haulage company. Paul Gustar had originally issued county court proceedings against his employer after damaging his back, although medical records revealed that the back injury he was suffering from had existed previously and occurred after he had…
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10th October 2014
A recent High Court decision of Mr Justice Mostyn shed light on how Courts may in the future deal with new relationships entered into after the marriage breaks down but before the financial settlement is made. Both parties were in their forties, the husband came from “a distinguished Welsh family”, while the wife worked as a journalist. The husband’s family were wealthy land owners and…
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05th September 2014
This week the law society of England and Wales launched a new consumer video campaign called "use a professional, use a solicitor" aimed at reminding the public of the importance of using a solicitor for legal advice instead of the unregulated choices often promoted. Whether buying a house, going through a divorce or setting up a business the law society are correctly highlighting how different…
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06th August 2014
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website. As well as being an in depth guide to our services, our team and our company profile, the website will be regularly updated with company news, events and interesting, relevant changes in legal practices that could affect you, your family, or your workplace. This website is fully readable on mobile devices such as phones…
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30th July 2014
Anyone suffering a whiplash injury will attest to just how painful and debilitating they can be. Whiplash is a term used to describe a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways (laterally). Whiplash often occurs after a sudden impact such as a road traffic accident. The vigorous movement of the head damages the ligaments and tendons in the…
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18th June 2014
Every individual in the UK has the benefit of a tax free allowance on death, called the Nil Rate Band.  This is currently £325,000. Where an individual’s net assets exceed the Nil Rate Band when they die, then Inheritance Tax (or IHT as it is more commonly referred to), is payable at 40% on the balance over the Nil Rate Band. So for example, if…
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07th April 2014
Mr and Mrs L, a retired couple, were travelling in the front seat of a bus when the bus braked sharply and they were propelled out of their seat and on to the floor suffering injuries. Mr and Mrs L saw an advertisement for legal services fronted by Ester Rantzen and made contact with that company who referred the claim to solicitors in Hampshire. Those…
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23rd October 2013
He requested assistance from us when his then team of lawyers terminated their retainer on the basis that there was no reasonable prospect of the case succeeding. Despite this, we took the claim on and pressed ahead with the issue of proceedings. Although we eventually managed to secure an adequate settlement, which was in excess of the figure that had been requested by his previous…
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