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Force Majeure Clauses in Contracts

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The current pandemic crisis has raised the profile of Force Majeure clauses in contracts. As set out in a recent blog, these are contractual terms, almost always in the standard written terms and conditions of the party to the contract that is doing the...

Coronavirus (Covid - 19) and Breaking Contracts

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Coronavirus (Covid – 19) and Breaking Contracts The Covid-19 pandemic is not the first time the UK has had an emergency that has put a strain on those with contractual obligations who worry about how they are to meet those...

Commercial Debt Collection (Cash is King)

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Are debtors crippling your business cashflow? After all “turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, but cash is King”. John Hodge Solicitors have vast experience of helping local businesses with debt collection. We have been providing services locally...

15% Success Fee (or less)

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When dealing with personal injury claims, most solicitors will offer to work for you on what is known as a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This means that, should your claim not succeed, you would not normally be charged for the work. However, when you...

Personal Injury success fees too high

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If you have made a Claim for injury since 2013 using solicitors who charge a success fee that is 100%, you might be due a refund. A success fee is the amount a solicitor can charge for winning under a no win no fee agreement (technically known as...

Home Buyers Beware

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Home Buyers Beware If you have bought a leasehold house (not a flat) from a developer in the last 6 years, you should check that the cost of buying out the freehold is as you were led to believe by the developer. If not then you may have a claim against the...

SETTLED YOUR INJURY CLAIM, BUT UNHAPPY WITH THE SETTLEMENT?

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Have you settled a claim for injury compensation in the last 6 years, but not then recovered from your injuries as expected? Or, have you settled a claim and been disappointed with the amount you received? There are many ways in which you might not have...

When Professionals are Negligent

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All professionals try to avoid mistakes. It is only human that on occasions they do make mistakes. Here in England and Wales most professionals are well insured so that their clients are not left out of pocket if a mistake has been made. Increasingly,...

What to do if your Solicitor Goes Bust

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There have been significant changes in legal services over the past decade. Governments of all main parties have tried to extend the type of commercial provider that can offer them. Foreign law firms have been buying up traditional firms to...

New Laws - Smokers, Bankruptcy, Landlords, Employers:Self-employed and You

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Here are a few new laws introduced 1 st October 2015: Smoking in private vehicles that are carrying someone under 18 is illegal, as is buying e-cigarettes for them. You cannot be made bankrupt unless the creditor...

Dispute Saturdays - Free Consultation Clinic

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On the third Saturday of every month, one of our dispute lawyers will be at our office at Tivoli House on the Boulevard in Weston Super Mare for people to drop in and talk for free about a problem they have. Our home page has the exact location. ...

An End to Distress re Commercial Property

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An End to Distress (Commercial Property). No this is not a bland promise by a firm of solicitors to end all your worries. On the 6 April 2014 the right of Landlords of commercial premises to send in the bailiff to seize the Tenant’s goods and...

LANDLORD EXPO 2014

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LANDLORD EXPO 2014 JOIN US at the largest Landlord Expo in the Southwest on the 3 April 2014. Entry is free. Parking is free and there are over 80 exhibitors all offering services to landlords of residential property. Refreshments are also free. 700...

Defamation The New Law

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Defamation: The New Law The 2013 Defamation Act is now in force. Now you can only claim if your reputation has suffered serious damage, which in the case of a profit making organisation means serious financial damage. In the case of publications outside as...

Landlords Beware

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Landlords Beware The deposit requirements for landlords of residential properties continue to cause problems. They apply to people letting out their home as well as professional landlords. To recap; for tenancies agreed after April 2007, landlords who...