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Swift Justice For Girl Severely Injured in Road Accident

Victims of serious accidents often believe that they face a long wait before receiving just compensation – but the wheels of justice can move surprisingly quickly. In one case, it took little more than a year to achieve a seven-figure settlement for a...

Letting Your Land Go to Rack and Ruin is an Invitation to Squatters

Letting your land stand vacant, going to rack and ruin, inevitably carries the risk that a squatter will obtain title to it. A woman who inherited a small but strategic strip of land from her builder father came within an ace of suffering that fate. The...

Injured Delivery Driver's Mate Secures Substantial Compensation

Accident victims who suffer head injuries often have no memory of how they came to grief and, in the absence of other witnesses, that can create obvious difficulties in claiming compensation. However, as a High Court case showed, overcoming such problems is...

Court of Appeal Allows Will Dispute to Proceed

There is a general principle that a person may leave their estate to anyone they wish, but legislation exists – the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 – to allow people dependent on a deceased person to claim against the...

Government Issues Bailiff and Enforcement Officer Scam Warning

The Government is warning people to be on alert for fraudsters posing as court bailiffs and enforcement officers on the telephone. After claiming to be County Court bailiffs, High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) or Certificated Enforcement Agents (CEAs),...

Seven-Figure Compensation for Catastrophically Injured Cyclist

Cyclists almost always come off worst in collisions with motor vehicles, but they at least have the comfort of knowing that specialist lawyers are there to ensure they are fairly compensated. In a case on point, a man who suffered catastrophic injuries when...

Couple Subjected to Race Discrimination By Adoption Agency Win Damages

Race discrimination may not be intentional, but it can be deeply hurtful and, with the right legal advice, victims can both express their disgust and secure compensation. In a striking case on point , a Sikh couple who were rejected as potential adopters...

Mother Injured in Supermarket Slipping Accident Secures Justice

Slips and trips can have devastating consequences and, if you are a victim of such an accident and believe someone else was to blame, you should seek legal advice without delay. A mother who did just that after slipping on the damp floor of a supermarket...

Lack of Legal Advice Leads to Dispute Over Property

Couples can sometimes be tempted to enter into property transactions together without taking legal advice, on the basis that the love and trust between them will last forever. However, a High Court ruling strikingly showed how misguided such assumptions can...

Couple's Claim for CGT Loss on Holiday Home Succeeds

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) may appear a very big battalion indeed but, with the right legal advice, individuals can succeed in overturning their decisions. Exactly that happened in a case concerning a couple who lost over £6 million in a disastrous...

£1.6 Million Damages for Mentally Ill Man Injured in Window Fall

Public authorities are under a duty to protect mentally ill people for whom they bear responsibility from foreseeable risks of injury. In a case on point, a schizophrenia sufferer who was gravely injured in a fall from a first-floor window after being...

High Court Resolves Family Row Over Funeral Arrangements

What exactly is a will? The High Court addressed that fundamental issue in resolving a bitter family dispute in respect of where a much-loved son and husband should be buried. Following the man's death from cancer, his mother insisted that he should be...

Woman Gravely Injured By Hit-and-Run Driver Awarded £2 Million

Road accidents occur in seconds but have consequences that often last a lifetime. That was certainly so in the case of a young woman who received seven-figure compensation after being struck down by a hit-and-run motorist. A few days before Christmas, the...

Adoption is Always a Last Resort - Troubled Mum Achieves Redemption

One of the hardest tasks that family judges have to undertake is to remove children from the care of parents who are incapable of looking after them. However, as one case showed , adoption of children outside their natural families is only ever a last...

Family's Informal Occupation of Farmhouse Triggers High Court Dispute

Allowing people to occupy your property on the basis of a handshake is an invitation to misunderstandings and costly dispute. The point was proved by a case in which the trustee of an agricultural estate found himself in court after he informally permitted a...

Injured Apprentice Sees Off Malingering Claim to Secure Nearly £220,000

Accident victims who exercise their right to seek compensation often face claims that they are malingering or over-egging their injuries. However, as a High Court decision showed, judges require firm evidence before finding such serious allegations proved. ...

Buyer of Crash-Damaged Ferrari Awarded His Money Back By Judge

If you have been deceived by a salesman into paying too much for dodgy goods, you should see a lawyer right away. The disappointed buyer of a crash-damaged Ferrari sports car who did just that was awarded his money back by a judge. The buyer was attracted...

Council Pays Out for Trips, Slips and Falls

Local councils are responsible for maintaining many miles of highways, pavements and other public roads, and when hazards arise, they can be liable to pay compensation for any injuries that result. Figures obtained following a freedom of information request...

Off-Plan Flat Buyer Wins Full CGT Relief in Test Case

Can a purchaser of a property be said to 'own' it after contracts are exchanged but before the transaction is completed? The Court of Appeal's answer to that fundamental question delivered a substantial Capital Gains Tax (CGT) saving to an off-plan flat...

£250,000 for Cyclist Severely Injured By Negligent Van Driver

Cyclists are amongst the most vulnerable of road users but, if they suffer accidents that are not their fault, specialist lawyers are always there to ensure that they are fairly compensated. In one case, a woman who was gravely injured when a van driver...

Promises, Promises - Always Get a Lawyer to Put Them in Writing!

The trouble with informally agreeing with your loved ones what is to happen to your assets after you are gone is that you may not have considered all eventualities, and disputes can arise as to what has and has not been promised. Exactly that lay at the root...

Family Judge Blocks Attempt at Divorce Tourism in Big Money Case

English judges are respected around the world – but they are not the sole arbiters of fairness and the decisions of foreign courts must be respected. A family judge made that point in shutting the door on divorce tourism and refusing a Russian...

Pub Customer Achieves Six-Figure Damages Following Bar Stool Collapse

Accidents may strike anywhere, at any time, and can have lifelong consequences. In a case on point, a pub customer who suffered a severe ankle fracture when a bar stool collapsed underneath him secured almost £200,000 in compensation. Although the...

Trouble With the Neighbours? See a Lawyer Before It Gets Out of Hand!

One secret of a happy life is to get on well with your neighbours and taking legal advice is often the best way of defusing rows before they get out of hand. The point was resoundingly made by a case in which escalating boundary and right of way disputes...

Victims of Sexual Abuse Should Seek Legal Advice

Child abuse is a scourge on society, and with the right legal advice, victims can secure just compensation for the frequently dire impact it has on their lives. In one case, a young man who was repeatedly molested by a neighbour when he was very young was...

Cryptoassets Are Property - Judicial Authority

The legal position of 'cryptoassets' – those which exist in electronic form and are held on distributed ledgers, bitcoins being the best-known example – has not been certain in the past. However, a recent legal statement by the Chancellor of the...

Injured at Work? Don't Sit on Your Hands - Consult a Solicitor Today!

If you have been injured at work and feel that your employer was to blame, there are very good reasons why you should consult a solicitor immediately. A teacher who failed to take that sensible course after he was assaulted by a group of pupils jeopardised...

Failing to Keep Accurate Accounts is Like a Red Rag to the Tax Authorities

Failing to take professional advice and keep accurate accounts is like holding a red rag up to the HM Revenue and Customs bull. In a case on point, an international businessman who claimed to keep details of his income and expenditure 'in his brain' was...

High Court Assists Husband in Drawing a Line Under His Divorce

Litigation can be long and bitter, but it is the prime objective of the justice system to eventually bring it to a satisfactory end. In a case on point, the High Court came to the aid of a husband in drawing a line under his divorce . The case concerned a...

Compensation for Rider Injured When Bikes Spooked Her Horse

A horse rider has secured compensation for the injuries she suffered when she fell from her horse after the animal was frightened by the sound of two motorbikes revving their engines. The woman was on her way back to the yard with her stepson when a...

Judge upholds Will in dementia dispute

For a Will to be valid, the testator (the one making the Will) must be ‘of sound mind’ at the time of making and signing the Will. This means that they must be capable of understanding and approving of the contents and effects of the Will. With...

Nurse Condemned to Chronic Pain By Collapsing Chair Awarded £500,000

Defects in workplace equipment can cause devastating injuries and employers should take careful note of a High Court case in which a nurse secured six-figure compensation after an office chair collapsed underneath him. The nurse, who worked in a...

Field Owner Sees Off Neighbour's Squatters' Rights Claim

Landowners who neglect or fail to make use of their properties put themselves at risk of losing them to squatters. In a recent case on this subject, a woman faced a neighbour's claim that he was entitled to her field, having cut the grass for years. The...

Determined Road Crash Victim Secures Almost £1.5 Million in Compensation

Personal injury lawyers confront tragedy on a daily basis but are often left in awe of the courage displayed by severely injured accident victims. That was certainly so in one case concerning a young man who fought his way back to independence after...

Employee or Contractor? Broadcast Journalist Receives £400,000 Tax Bill

Establishing a company to act as an intermediary between yourself and the clients to whom you provide your services can have substantial tax advantages. As a case involving a broadcast journalist showed, however, such arrangements are pointless if the...

Divorce is Often Bitter, But Maintaining a Sense of Proportion is Crucial

Amidst the emotional and financial destruction that can arise from divorce, keeping a sense of proportion is crucial. The Court of Appeal made that point in lamenting a former couple's expenditure of more than £500,000 in legal costs fighting over an...

Is Your Will Out of Date? Execute a New One Before It's Too Late!

Allowing your will to become out of date stores up trouble for your loved ones. That was strikingly so in one case in which a successful businessman suffered a stroke before he could make a new will taking account of his changed financial and personal...

Restaurant Food Poisoning Victim Awarded Substantial Damages

Restaurants that fail to meet food hygiene standards not only put their reputations in jeopardy but also expose themselves to compensation claims by their clients. In one case, a woman who suffered severe food poisoning after eating out at an Indian...

Damages for Bricklayer Viciously Assaulted on Building Site

It is well established that employers can be held legally responsible for the misdeeds of their employees, but what about the misdeeds of self-employed subcontractors? The High Court addressed that tricky issue in a guideline case concerning a bricklayer who...

Court Steps In to Protect Security of 370,000 Pension Annuity Holders

Millions of people who invest their pension pots in annuities can ultimately rely on the law to guarantee their financial security. In a case on point, the High Court overruled financial regulators and refused to sanction the transfer of about 370,000...

Catastrophically Injured Cyclist Secures £4,850,000 in Compensation

A recent case involving a catastrophically injured cyclist whose legal team overcame numerous hurdles to secure him a just settlement illustrates the importance of having specialist support during such proceedings. The man was in his 20s when a car knocked...

Failing to Disclose Assets Can Bite Back in Divorce

In a case illustrating the importance of candour regarding financial circumstances in divorce proceedings, a husband who failed to disclose the true extent of his wealth to family judges was subsequently ordered to pay his ex-wife a seven-figure lump sum,...

Loyalty Bonuses Taxable, Rules Upper Tribunal

Investors using the popular online financial investment platform Hargreaves Lansdown (HL) may not have heard that the 'loyalty bonuses' they receive from HL have been deemed by the Upper Tribunal (UT) to be taxable income in the hands of the recipients and...

Couple Overcome 'One House' Restriction to Build New Home in Their Garden

New homes built in the grounds of existing residences make a valuable contribution to meeting burgeoning housing demand. However, as a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) showed , restrictions lurking in antique title deeds can stand in the way of...

Florist's Fall Was an 'Accident Waiting to Happen'

If you have suffered an accident at work and you believe that your employer was to blame, you should seek legal advice right away. A florist's assistant who did just that after he fell while carrying a heavy glass vase has secured the right to substantial...

Road Accidents - You Don't Have to Be Blameless to Claim Compensation

The idea that you cannot achieve compensation for road accident injuries if you were in any way to blame for what happened is simply wrong. This point was made by the case of a vulnerable pedestrian who was hit by a car as he crossed the road when the...

If a Loved One's Will Does Not Meet Your Needs, Don't Delay in Seeking Advice

If a loved one upon whom you depend financially fails to make reasonable provision for you in his or her will, judges have the power to put that right. However, there are time limits that apply to such proceedings and that is why it is vital to consult a...

Boy Injured By Poorly Maintained Street Lamp Awarded £20,000

If injuries result from a public authority's failure to match up to its legal duties, it is only right that compensation is paid. The High Court made that point in ruling that a failure to properly maintain a street lamp was, in part, the cause of an...

Family Judge Grasps Nettle in Sending Baby Boy to Live With His Father

Family judges are always absolutely focused on the welfare of children and will not shrink from grasping nettles to give them the best chance of leading fulfilled and happy lives. That was certainly so in one case in which a judge ordered that a baby boy be...

Vulnerable Witnesses Could Be Given Greater Protection in Civil Courts

Responses to a report from the Civil Justice Council (CJC) setting out proposed measures to better support and protect vulnerable witnesses and parties in civil proceedings are due to be considered following public consultation. The CJC wants to ensure 'a...
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