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Personal Injury success fees too high

Stephen Mackie
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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...

If you have been dismissed from your employment, what should you do?

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There are a number of steps that need to be taken if you feel you have been unfairly dismissed from your employment. It is important that you take the steps promptly as the time limit for bringing a claim is only three months from the date of the...

The Most Serious of Injuries

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The most serious of injuries All injuries are serious, however, sometimes the worst can happen and you or a loved one might be unlucky enough to suffer multiple broken bones, serious spinal or head injury or even suffer injury resulting in death. When the...

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?

Stephen Mackie
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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 asking for the Bankruptcy Order is owed...

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...

Mixed-Up Wills

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There is not often much news regarding the law on Wills and in fact most of the provisions are still governed by a Wills Act from as long ago as 1837.  However, the recent case of Marley v Rawlings and another has attracted the attention of the...

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...

The Only Constant Is Change

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The only constant is change... Under pressure from insurance companies who fund the majority of personal injury claims, the government has recently made changes to the law which significantly affects the injured person’s ability to seek proper...