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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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06th January 2017
The Christmas period can be particularly difficult for those who have recently lost loved ones, and in my field of work as a personal injury solicitor I gain an insight into the pain, suffering and adjustment faced by many people in that situation. At the moment, for example, I am working with several families who have lost loved ones in road traffic or workplace accidents,…
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22nd December 2016
Dreaded by some and an annual highlight for others — that is how a Christmas works party was recently described in the High Court. The unfortunate but illuminating case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd. (December 2016) centred on the dangers of excessive drinking at workplace parties and considered issues surrounding vicarious liability: the conditions under which a defendant company is liable for the actions…
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08th December 2016
To establish a clinical negligence claim you must prove negligence on the part of the medical practitioner, that the injury resulted from this negligence, and that the injury has a monetary value. Consider the following scenario: my 80-year-old client visited her general practitioner with a sore right eye and was advised she had conjunctivitis. She thought this was incorrect as she had suffered conjunctivitis before…
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01st December 2016
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) recently announced plans to limit your right to claim compensation if you are injured… “Hurrah!” you might shout. “Stop this compensation culture!” you might exclaim. But does such a culture really exist? Are more claims really costing motorists more these days? Actually, no. Insurance industry figures show the cost of car insurance claims fell 30 per cent over the past…
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