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30th June 2017
The Court of Appeal recently confirmed that, where there is particular risk to another road user, a motorist has a duty to make a final check in the mirrors before completing a turn. This may sound like simple common sense to many drivers, but the case of McGeer v McIntosh provides useful clarification of the duty owed by motorists to other road users, especially cyclists…
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27th June 2017
George Ide’s private client team was involved in a recent Court of Protection case that clarifies the law concerning how best to protect the interests of an adult whose lack of mental capacity prevents them from managing their own affairs. In this particular case, our client received a personal injury settlement after an accident in which he sustained a serious head injury that left him…
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15th June 2017
Not everyone gets excited about data protection – until, that is, it comes to light that miscellaneous personal information has been captured and secretively stored, or is being used in an alarming manner. You may be surprised to learn that the UK’s current electronic information legislation dates back to the last century: the oft-quoted Data Protection Act was passed in 1998, no less than 19…
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05th June 2017
Recent news that former breast consultant Ian Paterson has been convicted and sentenced to 15 years for carrying out hundreds of needless operations is surely to be welcomed as some recompense for the despair and distress of those patients who, as it turns out, underwent unnecessary intrusive operations. But how did it come to this in the first place? After the event it seems quite…
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01st June 2017
As spring blossoms into summer and the weather improves, more and more of us will be tempted to get out and about visiting National Trust properties, exploring English Heritage sites, hiking, riding or simply ambling through some of the myriad parks and gardens on our doorsteps or further afield. But before you venture out beyond your front door, take a moment to assess the risks…
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19th May 2017
Having written previously about the "Know Your Lemons" breast cancer awareness campaign, I am now writing to urge you to keep a watchful eye on your skin moles. We all have them, those little brown marks on our bodies that are, for the most part, entirely benign and not troublesome. Of course, some moles have attained trademark status, Cindy Crawford’s for example, but most of us…
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04th May 2017
If you have been the victim of clinical negligence or an accident on the road, at work or in a public place, the law sets out certain restrictions on the length of time you are allowed to take before making a claim – in most cases in England and Wales, the limitation period spans three years from the date of the incident that gave rise…
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31st March 2017
It is well known that, in these days of austerity, local authorities have suffered from swingeing cuts in government grants and are having to make significant savings in many areas. Judges are well aware of this situation and public policy appears to be playing an increasing part in court decisions, especially when dealing with local authorities. Tripping on a damaged pavement does not provide an…
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27th March 2017
In February 2017 the Lord Chancellor announced that the discount rate used in the calculation of personal injury claims would be reduced from 2.5 per cent to minus 0.75 per cent, with effect from 20 March 2017. To an impartial observer, this may look like a relatively minor tweak to a small detail but, for those who have sustained serious injury, it is important news…
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10th February 2017
Set back under Colonnade Walk on Buckingham Palace Road, just behind Victoria Station, sits a nondescript, anonymous-looking glass-fronted building. This building houses a team of people responsible for paying out nearly £1.5 billion in the financial year 2015/16 to settle clinical negligence claims on behalf of our National Health Service (NHS). Who are these people? Together, they make up a public body called the NHS…
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