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The Escalation of Opioid Abuse in US and UK

Blog published on: 24th June 2019

In February 2019, the Sunday Times investigated the extent of opioid related deaths in this country. Back then there were 2,000 recorded deaths every year an increase of 41% from the previous decade. Professor John Strange, head of the addictions department at Kings College, London was reported to say in The Lancet Psychiatry journal “This […]

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Cyclists – how best to protect yourselves?

Blog published on: 21st June 2019

A case involving a collision between a pedestrian and a cyclist received plenty of attention in the news this week. The facts of the case The case involved a pedestrian stepping into the road while looking at her mobile phone. A cyclist heading towards her sounded his horn. The pedestrian moved backwards and the cyclist […]

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E-Bikes – are they the future for commuting?

Blog published on: 21st June 2019

The Government released some clarification last week in relation to the upper limit of the cycle to work scheme. Many people will be familiar with this scheme which allows employees to get a shiny new bike through a type of salary sacrifice scheme. So their employer fronts the cost and the employee pays it back […]

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BRACHIAL PLEXUS INJURY CLAIMS

Blog published on: 20th June 2019

In my career I have worked for the two biggest motorcycle insurance brokers in the UK and assisted their policyholders with personal injury claims. Brachial plexus injuries are one of the most serious injuries motorcyclists can suffer after being thrown off of their bikes as a result of a collision or being physically hit by […]

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Refugee Week

Blog published on: 19th June 2019

This week (17-21 June) is Refugee Week. An opportunity to celebrate and pay tribute to the many refugees who, for whatever reason, have had to leave their home countries and attempt to start new lives in new places. Those that arrive here in the UK have often seen and experienced traumatic and terrible things, either […]

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Property transactions and cyber crime – is anybody watching?

Blog published on: 17th June 2019

We often hear about card details and personal data being stolen, but have you heard about the increasing threat to property owners and property transactions? No? Well here are a few things to think about. Friday Afternoon Fraud The most common threat to property transactions is cyber crime. The Solicitors Regulation Authority has stated that […]

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Supreme Court considers affordability in the context of intentional homelessness

Blog published on: 13th June 2019

The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the case of Samuels v Birmingham City Council. Lord Carnwath delivered the unanimous judgment of the Court finding the council’s decision to be unlawful. Ms Samuels, with her four children, had applied to the council as homeless but was found to be ‘intentionally homeless’ because she […]

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First Time Buyer? Tips to get you started on your journey to your first home

Blog published on: 11th June 2019

I often receive calls from first time buyers telling me they have never bought a property before and they don’t know where to start – What should I ask when I view a property? Do I need a survey? How long will it take? What deposit do I need? Are among a few questions I […]

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Volunteering – make a difference to someone’s day

Blog published on: 6th June 2019

This week is Volunteers Week. Volunteering is a great opportunity to give something back to your local community. It is a time where volunteers are recognised for their contribution to volunteering across the UK.  There are various events and celebrations up and down the country throughout this week and it is a chance to people […]

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Divorce – Ten Frequently Asked Questions

Blog published on: 4th June 2019

What is a No Fault Divorce? A No Fault divorce is where the fact cited in the Divorce Petition is neutral i.e. the Petitioner does not apportion blame for the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage on the Respondent.  Because of the way that the divorce laws are drafted in England and Wales, currently, the only […]

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The Devastating Impact of Clinical ‘Never Events’

Blog published on: 3rd June 2019

The NHS performs over 7 million surgical procedures every year, and the vast majority of these are successful. However, occasionally something goes wrong, sometimes due to the negligence of the medical professionals responsible for the patient’s care. Whilst some errors can be rectified quickly and with little adverse effect on the patient, some errors can […]

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What should you do if you hit a pothole?

Blog published on: 1st June 2019

Potholes are an increasing menace on London’s roads. With one in five roads nationwide are blighted with them nationwide, some cyclists do fall victim to the pothole, and can suffer life changing injuries as a consequence. It is therefore extremely important to take certain steps when you do hit a pothole – let’s have a look […]

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Intimidatory driving to become breach of traffic law?

Blog published on: 1st June 2019

A new driving offence of ‘intimidatory driving’ is being considered by the government to crack down on close passes by drivers. ‘Car dooring’ and a punishment for stopping in cycle stop boxes at traffic lights could also result in points and a fine. New regulations The Department for Transport is publishing a ‘call for evidence’ […]

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The latest custom prosthetic devices for finger amputations

Blog published on: 31st May 2019

As a firm we deal with lots of finger amputation cases involving accidents at work on building sites, in abattoirs and factories. These cases can range from the loss of a tip of one finger, half of a finger or to the loss of a whole finger or more than one finger on the same […]

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‘DIY Wills’

Blog published on: 31st May 2019

The Law Gazette has recently reported that ‘DIY Wills’ are being blamed for the rise in probate disputes, and this is certainly something we have encountered.  Wills that have not been professionally drafted can frequently omit important details or create uncertainty.  This in turn creates problems for executors and family members trying to interpret the […]

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Separated from my spouse – can I take the children abroad on holiday?

Blog published on: 24th May 2019

The answer to this question is not straightforward.  There are a number of relevant domestic and European laws but particularly for this short piece The Children Act 1989 and The Child Abduction Act 1984 are relevant, as well as case law.    Where both parents have parental responsibility (as is usual for a married couple and […]

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Why is Now a Good Time to get Divorced?

Blog published on: 23rd May 2019

You might be thinking that delaying your divorce until later in the year, perhaps after the school summer holidays, or after 31 October when Brexit may have occurred.  Not necessarily so. There are important tax considerations, which can mean starting your divorce around now, close to the start of the tax year, will mean that […]

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Do sporting bodies take head injuries seriously enough?

Blog published on: 23rd May 2019

Jan Vertonghen and Christoph Kramer.  Both are professional football players who have suffered head injuries whilst playing in high profile matches; both players were assessed off the field of play before being allowed to return to the action; both then had to be helped from the field a short while later, whilst visibly suffering from […]

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What Is Equity Release?

Blog published on: 22nd May 2019

With Brexit looming, the economy and in particular, the property market is full of uncertainty. Home owners are proceeding with caution. Older home owners are thinking of alternatives to releasing money from the family home. Refinancing through an equity release scheme is proving popular. It allows older home owners to continue living in their home, […]

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Dealing with a leasehold trap what can I do?

Blog published on: 22nd May 2019

Guy Osborn and Amber Larner-Bird answer questions raised by This is Money’s Will Kirkman who receives regular emails from readers experiencing issues with the leasehold on their property. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a consultation paper, last October, into leasehold reform. In the paper they proposed a total ban on the […]

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Tenancy deposits and prescribed information where there has been a change of landlord

Blog published on: 22nd May 2019

Background This case involved an appeal by the tenant of a possession order made against her under s21 of the Housing Act 1988 on 18 December 2018. The issue raised by the case was whether a new landlord needs to provide a tenant with prescribed information in connection with his or her tenancy deposit, in […]

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Divorce Law Reforms

Blog published on: 22nd May 2019

You may have read in the papers today Justice Secretary David Gauke has announced much needed changes to our outdated divorce laws. Currently divorcing spouses must rely on one of five ‘facts’ to show their marriage has broken down, three of which place blame at one party’s door and the other two rely on a […]

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Planning your summer wedding – thought about a prenuptial agreement?

Blog published on: 22nd May 2019

With the good weather over the bank holiday it feels like summer is already here. For family lawyers, spring brings with it an increase in enquiries about prenuptial agreements with ‘about to be newly-weds’ putting plans in place for their summer weddings. The last thing you want to consider once you have had the wonderful […]

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Setting the Personal Injury Discount Rate

Blog published on: 22nd May 2019

The Personal Injury Discount Rate is determined by the Government. It is a tool used to calculate the value of damages awarded to personal injury claimants, taking into consideration likely future financial loss due to their injuries. The Civil Liability Act 2018 is an amendment to The Damages Act of 1996. Among other things, the […]

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IMPORTANCE OF TIMELY DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT IN HEART ATTACK CASES

Blog published on: 22nd May 2019

Every year in the United Kingdom there are over 200,000 hospital visits due to heart attacks, which equates to one visit every three minutes. However since the 1960s there has been a significant improvement in survival rates, with seven out of ten patients now surviving after suffering a heart attack, primarily due to improved medical […]

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Ministry of Justice Announce Forthcoming Changes to Bereavement Awards

Blog published on: 22nd May 2019

A Historic Decision In the case of Smith v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Ors (Rev 2) [2017] EWCA Civ 1916, the Court of Appeal held that the current law on bereavement damages was incompatible with Article 14 in conjunction with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Claimant, Ms […]

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Claiming Compensation for an Injury Abroad

Blog published on: 20th May 2019

Whatever reason you are abroad, be it on holiday or on business, how do you claim compensation in the UK if you suffer an injury? Travelling abroad independently If you are travelling abroad independently, it is vital that you purchase travel insurance to cover your trip. Depending on your policy, your travel insurance can cover […]

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Why go to a 29er Mountain Bike?

Blog published on: 19th May 2019

I currently ride a 15 year old Scott YZ4 mountain bike, which doesn’t even have disc brakes let alone any of the other technologies that current machines have. Perhaps like you as I look to upgrade, I’ve been somewhat confused by the marketing and tech speak of people who love one wheel size or another. […]

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What’s happening with Wiggo?

Blog published on: 19th May 2019

Bradley Wiggins has been out of the main sporting limelight for some time. After his stunning year in 2012, some idle watchers of sport (such as myself) may be wondering just what has happened to him? Tour de France 2013-14 If like me you only follow the Tour de France and any TV coverage of […]

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Cycling GPS – Save £150 on cycling navigation with Nogago

Blog published on: 19th May 2019

With cycling GPSs systems costing over £150, they are really only for the serious tecchie cyclist. For cross country cycling, the cheaper GPS systems are often quite limited, and don’t offer maps of footpaths and trails. A few years back I discovered an app for my Blackberry that has enabled me to cycle cross country, on […]

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