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04th September 2017
The government has recently introduced a new online service that lets users view privately-owned vehicles’ MOT histories; all you need is the vehicle’s registration number, along with its make and colour. It is especially important for vehicle owners to note that viewing the DVLA-held information via this website may reveal how many miles a vehicle has done between its MOT tests – and this is…
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21st July 2017
The term ‘never events’ is so dramatic, so final, that it sounds hypothetical – apocryphal, even – but Never Events really do occur in our hospitals, and with alarming frequency. The term is used as a label by the NHS to describe entirely preventable serious incidents whose occurrence potentially, or actually, jeopardises patient safety. Not all Never Events result in serious patient harm or death;…
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13th July 2017
A recent Court of Appeal hearing seems to have provided a positive answer to this very question. The judges in Cameron -v- Hussain (May 2017) considered the case of a car crash victim attempting to claim damages against a driver who had left the scene before being identified. Before this landmark decision, road traffic accident victims were only allowed to claim compensation in court if…
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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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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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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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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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11th November 2016
Reasons for having cosmetic surgery come in all shapes and sizes and, if successful, it can have a positive and profound impact. But make no mistake, cosmetic surgery is not to be undertaken lightly. Two recent reports dovetail neatly, if somewhat uncomfortably. Research results published by Girlguiding and information published by cosmetic surgery experts at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) each paint a somewhat…
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