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Ground 8 – A Mandatory Ground for Possession: Can the claim ever be defended?

Posted on August 21, 2018

Section 8 Notices and Possession claims relying on Ground 8 are used by both the private sector and Registered Social Landlords to regain possession of a property in circumstances when a tenant falls into rent arrears. A Ground 8 claim for possession is a mandatory ground for possession. So provided that the landlord has carried out their obligations correctly and…

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Owens v Owens – Joanne Wescott Speaks To Sky News

Posted on August 1, 2018

Following on from the decision of the UK Supreme Court in the case of Owens v Owens, Joanne Wescott spoke to Sky News on the implication of the decision and what it means for divorce law in England. Joanne, who is an expert family and divorce lawyer at Osbornes Law explains to Sky News that the Supreme Court has no…

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Housing Benefits Case Featured in Latest Issue of Legal Action

Posted on July 23, 2018

A case where the housing law department at Osbornes Law where successful in overturning a housing benefits decision has been featured in the latest issue of Legal Action Update. The case of R (Halvai) v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC involved a discretion housing payment. Our client suffered from severe autism, meaning that she needed to live in a very quiet…

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Successful Priority Housing Law Case Featured in Latest Issue of Legal Action

Posted on July 23, 2018

The housing law department at Osbornes Law were successful in helping an Iranian refugee after he was made homeless in 2017.The case has now been featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Legal Action Update. Our client sought refuge in the UK in 2015 after being imprisoned and tortured in Iran and was granted indefinite leave to remain in 2016.…

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Supreme Court Hands Down Judgement in Mills v Mills

Posted on July 18, 2018

The Supreme Court today handed down judgement in the case of Mills v Mills, setting aside the order made by the Court of Appeal in 2017. In August 2017 Mr Mills was granted permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal to increase his ex-wife’s spousal maintenance payments, fifteen years after they were divorced. The facts of the…

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Construction Site Personal Injury Claims: There may be Several Liable Parties

Posted on July 16, 2018

The Construction, Design and Management Regulations (CDM 2015) are produced by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Regulations enshrine the legal requirements to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all those people who work on construction projects. The Regulations are applicable to all aspects of construction work, including repairs, extensions and new builds. Duty holders Under the…

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The Civil Liability Bill and the Personal Injury Discount Rate

Posted on July 16, 2018

Couched as The Civil Liability Bill, the government aims to introduce new legislation to address the so-called US style ‘compensation culture’ they believe has emerged over recent years. As reported by the Association of British Insurers online, these changes are necessary as evidenced by this statistic: since 2005, road accidents have fallen by nearly 30% but personal injury motor claims…

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Bereavement Damages

Posted on July 16, 2018

At the end of 2017, the Court of Appeal released its judgement in the case Jacqueline Smith v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Secretary of State for Justice. Sir Terence Etherton, Lord Justice McCombe and Sir Patrick Elias determined that co-habiting partners, who have been in a relationship for more than 2 years, should be entitled to bereavement…

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Stephanie Prior speaks to Radio Sputnik about the Gosport Inquiry

Posted on June 25, 2018

Stephanie Prior spoke to Radio Sputnik on Friday 22 June about the Gosport Inquiry and the events which took place at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital two decades ago. Stephanie, who is head of medical negligence at Osbornes explained how the regular use of an opium drug was responsible for shortening the lives of 456 patients at the hospital from…

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Gosport Inquiry – Stephanie Prior Speaks to Sky News

Posted on June 21, 2018

Following the revelations by the James Jones inquiry into the death of hundreds of patient at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1988 and 2000, there has been widespread condemnation of the failure to intervene by authorities. The report revealed that complaints and concerns dating back to 2003 were raised concerning patient care and the number of deaths occurring. The…

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