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01st August 2016
In last autumn’s budget the then Chancellor, George Osborne, proposed a series of changes affecting claims for personal injury. He proposed increasing what is called the 'small claims track' limit (SCT) and further proposed scrapping a person’s entitlement to claim compensation for 'minor' soft tissue injuries. 'Minor' has still not been defined. The SCT limit relates to the value of a person’s claim for injury…
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22nd June 2016
Dear Riders My name is Sue French. I am a member of one of the Headway West Sussex’s groups. I want to wish you all the very best for your final preparations and I look forward to meeting you on the ride on 2nd July. I am sure that you will all look splendid in your lycra! I would like to say a few words…
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19th May 2016
Despite the ‘Wiggo effect’ and the large increase in cycling over the last 5 years or so, pedal power accounts for only 2% of trips, compared with 27% in the Netherlands. Our spending on cycling outside London is a little over £1 per person annually, compared with £24 in the Netherlands. Cycling not only limits harmful emissions, it contributes to a healthy lifestyle which in…
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19th May 2016
George Ide have been serving the local community for 50 years and during that time they have pursued many claims for loss of value or “diminution of value”. These claims largely revolve around motor vehicles which were damaged in accidents. So, what happens in a claim of this type? In essence, the claimant must show that, despite good repairs following an accident, their vehicle has…
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13th May 2016
We have all heard someone say, “It wasn’t my fault, the road was wet/icy/slippery,” or that, "the sun was low and in my eyes." Where does the law stand in cases involving poor or challenging weather conditions and to what extent can an accident really be an “act of God”? An Act of God might best be described as “an event that directly and exclusively…
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14th April 2016
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyer's President, Jonathan Wheeler, explained to subscribers of The Brief this week how motor insurance fraud is routinely misrepresented by the insurance industry. “That misrepresentation has been swallowed whole by the Government and used as a reason for proposing removal of the right to compensation claims for some whiplash injuries,” said Jonathan in an article for the Times’ daily e-publication. Proven…
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23rd February 2016
Unless you have been involved in an accident and sustained significant injuries, or know someone who has been in the same position, you probably won’t have come across the role of a case manager. The person is often a qualified therapist such as a nurse, occupational therapist, social worker or physiotherapist. They are paid for by the insurer for the party who caused the accident…
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23rd February 2016
Vicarious liability is when an innocent third party is regarded as being responsible for the unlawful action(s) of another. As a bold exception to conventional tort law rules, it is used sparingly and with circumspection.  It is not a 'cure all' for every hard luck case. The range of situations deemed appropriate for a finding of vicarious liability has widened considerably over the past few…
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02nd February 2016
It has always been a fundamental principle of English law that for an individual to be convicted of a criminal offence, the offence against them must be proved ‘beyond reasonable doubt’. This is called the ‘burden of proof’. Put simply, if there is a ‘reasonable doubt’ that the defendant did what they were charged with, then the defendant must be given the benefit of that…
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07th January 2016
You may be alarmed to learn that there are more than 1,000,000 uninsured drivers on UK roads. Uninsured drivers are said to add £30 to every insurance premium. So what happens if you have an accident with an uninsured driver or the person causing the accident cannot be traced? There are more than 350,000 ‘hit and run’ accidents in the UK every year. Fortunately, most…
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