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Catastrophically Injured Cyclist Receives Seven-Figure Award

Cyclists are amongst the most vulnerable of road users and, if an accident happens, personal injury lawyers play a vital role in ensuring that just compensation is paid. In one case, a cyclist who was catastrophically injured when a parked motorist opened...

Homeowner Mis-Sold Solar Panels Awarded Thousands in Compensation

If you buy goods that fail to live up to a salesman's hyperbole, you may be entitled to compensation and should consult a solicitor immediately. In one case, a homeowner who had solar panels installed in the forlorn hope that they would pay for themselves...

Family Judge Gives Girl in Foster Care a New Double-Barrelled Surname

Surnames reflect family heritage and most people view them as an essential part of their identities as human beings. A family judge made that point in choosing a new double-barrelled surname for a little girl so that she would no longer bear a nominal...

Judge Unravels Agatha Christie-Style Plot to Detect Will Forgery

Agatha Christie would struggle to imagine the plots of some inheritance disputes that come before the courts. That was certainly so in one case in which a judge found that a son resorted to forgery in concocting a bogus will after his mother died. Prior...

Neighbours Encroaching on Your Right of Way? Consult a Lawyer Today

Many homes or businesses are only accessible via neighbours' land and that can prove fertile ground for dispute. However, as a High Court case showed , expert lawyers are adept at ensuring their clients' unhindered use of rights of way. A couple's home and...

Wedding Reception Slipping Accident Victim Receives Substantial Damages

Accidents do happen, but if they are someone else's fault you should not delay in consulting a solicitor with a view to seeking justice. A woman who did just that after suffering an agonising fall on a pub dancefloor was awarded more than £30,000 in...

Record Amounts of Inheritance Tax Being Paid in UK

A record amount of Inheritance Tax (IHT) is being recouped from UK taxpayers by the Treasury, according to recent data published by HM Revenue and Customs. The statistics, released in late August, show that £2.1 billion was collected by the government...

The Law is Not in the Business of Discouraging High-Risk Adventure Sports

Adventure sports enthusiasts have a perfect right voluntarily to place themselves in danger and, as a High Court ruling showed, the law is not in the business of discouraging organisers of challenging and high-risk events. The case concerned a very fit...

Confidentiality of the Adoption Process Prevails in Parenthood Dispute

The confidentiality of the process by which an adopted child becomes part of a new, permanent and inviolable family unit is, for very good reasons, sacrosanct. A judge made that point in refusing a man's application for his biological parenthood of an...

Father's Failure to Make a Will Plunges His Widow Into Legal Difficulties

One of the best things you can do for your loved ones is to sign a professionally drafted will. As a High Court case showed , failing to take that easy and cost-effective step is to risk plunging those closest to you into legal difficulties after you are...

Abused Violin Student Awarded £45,000

Sexual abuse of pupils by their teachers is thankfully much less common than it used to be, in large part thanks to perpetrators being publicly brought to book in both the criminal and civil courts. In a case on point, a talented teenager who was preyed upon...

Negligent Education - Boy Let Down by Private School Wins Compensation

Parents who send their children to private school are entitled to expect that they will receive a reasonable standard of education – and, at the very least, that the school concerned has lawful authority to teach them. In a rare case on point , a...

Motorist's U-Turn Was Sole Cause of Catastrophic Accident, Court Rules

Discerning where blame attaches for road accidents that occur in seconds can be a demanding task. In one case, however, a judge had little hesitation in finding that a motorist who attempted to make a U-turn on a trunk road bore sole responsibility for a...

Promoted to Partner in an LLP? Do You Understand the Tax Implications?

Stepping up from the ranks to become a full partner in a limited liability partnership (LLP) involves a fundamental change in status from employment to self-employment. The tax consequences of that shift came under analysis in an important Upper Tribunal...

Homeowner Pays Price for Unauthorised Subterranean Leisure Development

Judges play a crucial enforcement role in the planning process and those who fail to comply with their orders can expect stern punishment. In one case, a homeowner who breached planning control when he built a huge subterranean leisure facility under his...

Childhood Blighted by Local Authority Failings? Consult a Solicitor

If you feel that your life has been blighted by a local authority's failure to protect you during your childhood, you should consult a lawyer straight away. In a case on point, a young man who should have been removed from his mother's care and placed for...

Don't Expect Your Personal Injury Evidence to Go Unchallenged

Those who claim compensation following an accident must be prepared to have their evidence robustly challenged in court. A case on point concerned a man who was struck on the back by a heavy scaffolding pole at work. The welder and fabricator was bent over...

Court Honours Woman's Intentions by Correcting Clerical Error in Her Will

Even the most carefully drafted will can contain inadvertent clerical errors that leave room for doubt as to the document's true meaning. As a High Court ruling showed , however, judges happily have the power to correct such mistakes so as to ensure that...

Divorce - Intransigence and Dogmatism Will Only Increase Your Pain

An intransigent and dogmatic approach to divorce is an infallible way of making the process far more painful and costly. A man who insisted that his ex-wife's financial entitlements should be reduced to reflect the poor quality of their short, childless...

COVID-19 - Court Authorises Cessation of Father's Life-Sustaining Treatment

It often falls to judges to address the most dreadful consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. That was certainly so in a case where the Court of Protection found that keeping a much-loved husband and father on life support would merely serve to prolong his...

Man Secures Damages for Abuse Suffered as a Child

Those whose childhoods have been blighted by sexual or physical abuse may decide to bury the past and suffer in silence. As one case showed, however, consulting a solicitor is the best way to achieve closure, fair compensation and a sense that perpetrators...

Distinguished Academic Injured in Road Crash Awarded £375,000

Chance does not discriminate and many fruitful lives are wrecked by road accidents. That was certainly so in a case where the autumn years of a distinguished academic were blighted by a brain injury suffered in a collision. A long-time magistrate, the man,...

Making a Will? This is Why You Should Appoint a Professional Executor

Family relationships can be red in tooth and claw and appointing relatives, rather than a professional, as executors of your will can prove a costly mistake. That was certainly so in one case, where bitter litigation between siblings resulted in legal costs...

Inaccuracies In Your Tax Return Are Serious - Seek Professional Advice

Any inaccuracy when filling in your tax return can have severe consequences, so it really does make sense to seek professional assistance. The point was powerfully made by the case of a financier who narrowly escaped a stiff financial penalty after failing...

Exonerated Parents of Bruised Baby Boy Receive Judicial Apology

When children suffer unexplained injuries, few would quarrel with social workers and medical professionals taking a precautionary approach. However, as a family judge's ruling showed , the cloud of suspicion that often hangs over parents in such cases is...

Man Injured in Amusement Park Accident Pays Heavy Price for Exaggeration

The vast majority of personal injury claims are entirely genuine, but there are sadly a few dishonest people who exaggerate their symptoms with a view to boosting the amount of their compensation. That was certainly so in the case of a man who claimed...

Refusal to Restore Car Used in Cross-Channel Smuggling Trip 'Unreasonable'

UK Border Force officers wield a battery of powers designed to combat smuggling – but they must not be exercised unreasonably. The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) made that point in coming to the aid of a woman whose family car was loaded with over 300...

Feel Let Down by Your Personal Injury Advisers? Take Action Today

If you feel that you have been let down by your professional advisers, you need to move fast and launch proceedings as quickly as possible. The potentially grave consequences of delay were illustrated by the case of a road accident victim who claimed that...

Embarking on a Property Development? Consulting a Solicitor is Step One

Before embarking on any form of property development it is absolutely vital to seek a lawyer's confirmation that you are entitled to proceed. The point was underlined by the case of a couple who knocked down their home and replaced it with a block of flats...

High Court Apportions Liability for Worker's Construction Site Fall

Construction workers often do not have formal employment contracts and, in a world where contractors and subcontractors proliferate, it can be hard to tell where legal responsibility lies in the event of an accident. That was certainly so in a High Court...

Don't Delay Making a Will Until You Feel the Hand of Mortality Upon You

Far too many people put off making a will until ill health strikes and reminds them of their mortality. In a striking case on point, the High Court ruled that a will signed by a prosperous farmer when he was in his 80s and suffering from dementia was not...

'Novel and Inventive' Settlement of Road Accident Claim

When negotiating settlements of personal injury claims, lawyers aim to meet all their clients' future care costs, however long they may live. In the case of a young man who was catastrophically injured in a road accident as a teenager, the High Court paid...

What Is a 'Couple'? Landmark Adoption Ruling Answers the Question

A 'couple' is defined in law as two people living as partners in an enduring family relationship – but what exactly does that mean in a world that has witnessed a metamorphosis in human relationships during the last few decades? The High Court...

Catastrophically Injured Boxer Comes to Terms with Sport's Regulatory Body

Boxing is a sport in a category all of its own in that participants are not just permitted but expected to deliberately inflict injury on one another. That point was made in a personal injury case concerning an overseas boxer who collapsed in a coma...

HMRC in Bid to 'Help Taxpayers Get Their Offshore Tax Right'

The government is currently reviewing responses to its public consultation on helping taxpayers get their offshore tax right before it progresses to drafting new legislation on the issue. The consultation, which closed on 15 June, focused on how HM...

Farmer Injured in Country Lane Collision Awarded Six-Figure Damages

Country lanes can be just as hazardous as motorways and it is up to drivers to make allowances for stationary or slow-moving farm traffic. In a case on point, an apple farmer who was hit by a passing car whilst guiding a lorry as it made a tricky turn was...

Family Judges Won't Let Children Be Used as Pawns in Divorce Proceedings

Concerns that children may be used as pawns amidst the cut and thrust of divorce proceedings are often expressed by one side or the other. However, a High Court ruling in the context of a big money case showed that family judges are aware of such risks and...

Wealthy Father Under No Obligation to Maintain His Healthy Adult Daughters

Parents generally owe no legal duty financially to maintain their adult children. That principle proved decisive in the case of a businessman who was worth almost £2.2 million when he died, but who left not a penny to his daughters. Having enjoyed a...

Insurer Entitled to Refuse Cover Following Loss of £190,000 Rolex Watch

Failing to accurately respond to insurers' questions when taking out a policy is highly likely to render your cover worthless. A businessman found that out to his cost after losing a £190,000 Rolex watch whilst on a skiing trip. The man launched...

Injured Farm Worker Receives Multi-Million-Pound Recompense

Workplace accidents can have dreadful consequences but specialist personal injury lawyers are always there to ensure that victims receive fair compensation. In a case on point, a farm worker who suffered life-changing injuries when he fell backward from a...

Family of Businessman Killed in Road Crash Receive Seven-Figure Damages

Although judges do their best, no amount of money can ever make up for the death of a loved one as a result of someone else's negligence. In one case, the grieving family of a Spanish businessman who died in a horrific road accident in the UK were awarded...

Changes in the Tax Regime - Public Information Campaigns Have Limitations

The tax regime is subject to constant change and it is generally up to taxpayers to keep their knowledge up to date in a fluid landscape. However, as a case concerning tax charged on high-income recipients of Child Benefit showed , HM Revenue and Customs...

Injured Whilst Holidaying Abroad? Consult a Specialist Solicitor Today

Holidaymakers who are injured abroad can face formidable difficulties in obtaining compensation. However, the case of a little girl who almost drowned in a Spanish swimming pool showed that English personal injury lawyers have all the knowledge and skills...

Restrictions on Property Use Can Be Limited by Human Lifespans

Restrictions on the use to which properties can be put often lurk in old title deeds. As one case showed , however, some of them only endure as long as a human lifetime whilst others have no such shelf life and continue to have effect indefinitely. The...

COVID-19 - Do Diving Asset Values Justify Unwinding Divorce Settlements?

The value of many assets has been devastated by COVID-19 – but is that a good enough reason for setting aside divorce settlements agreed before the pandemic struck? A family judge considered that issue in a guideline case . The case concerned a...

Injured Pedestrian in Her 90s Secures Justice

When elderly people are injured in accidents that are not their fault, lawyers have to move fast to ensure they receive the full benefit of the compensation due to them. In a case on point, a woman in her 90s who was struck by a car as she crossed the road...

'Both' or 'Each'? - One Mistranscribed Word Triggers £6.4 Million Will Dispute

Will drafting is an exact science, requiring years of professional training, and a single mischosen or out-of-place word can have very serious consequences. Exactly that happened in a High Court case concerning the mistaken use of the word 'both' –...

Judge Declines to Authorise COVID-19 Vaccination of Dementia Sufferer

Whether or not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is a matter of personal choice. A family judge robustly made that point in declining to authorise vaccination of a care home resident suffering from acute dementia who had fiercely objected to the procedure....

You Are Entitled to Rely on Professional Tax Advice - Even If it is Wrong

Professional tax advice, however carefully considered, cannot always be correct, but you are generally entitled to rely on it. A tribunal made that point in relieving a retired executive of a tax bill that would have had a devastating impact on his...

Family of Fatally Poisoned Security Guard Receives £75,000 Award

Workplaces can be dangerous places but, if the worst happens, specialist solicitors are thankfully there to ensure that appropriate compensation is paid. In a case on point, numerous obstacles were overcome to secure a substantial financial settlement for...
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