Hello. I am Paul Wilkinson and I am the Head of the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence department at Fylde Law solicitors. In this article, I will be writing about the compensation culture, considering such questions as whether there really is one, if anything can be done about it, as well as asking the question which has been troubling me for some time – am I really an ambulance chaser?
The first thing to consider is…Read More
The rapid growth of technology within the forensic side of investigations always means that there are newer and better bits of shiny new kit out there to play with, but its usage has to be closely looked at, as it can sometimes distort the truth.
In a recent case, I was asked to act for a company director who was facing an investigation into his business concerning allegations of fraud that had arisen during a file audit. As is usual, the computers used by this particular director…Read More
Added by Lewis Nedas Law on November 28, 2013 — Defero Law
Written by Anna Baptist - Senior Partner and Head of Family Law at Longmores Solicitors
If you are struggling to come to terms with an acrimonious marriage breakdown, the prospect of going to court to reach a financial settlement will probably be daunting and depressing in equal measure.
Worse still, recent cuts in legal aid for family law cases and funding of the courts service have made the process much slower than before, effectively forcing…
Added by Charlotte Quantick on November 26, 2013 — Defero Law
Following on from my blog ‘Why Improve Your Legal Drafting?’, there is no single solution to bad legal writing.
Bryan Garner recommends that the “way to improve your writing is to have the stamina and self-confidence to seek and appreciate others’ editing or rewriting of your own work. Don’t fall into the trap of discounting it as just ego-destroying make-work by sadists bent on crushing you.…Read More
Added by Sarah Fox on November 22, 2013 — Defero Law
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the 35th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was only 43 years old when elected to office and remains the only non-Protestant President. The common view and conclusion of the FBI and Warren Commission official investigation is that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone assassin. However, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations has since concluded that the original investigations…Read More
Added by Mark Pickering on November 22, 2013 — Defero Law
This morning bought Security News stories from around the globe as usual. One jumped out at me, not because it was unusual but because the wording highlighted to me some dangerous assumptions and errors in thinking that we are guilty of.
The story was about a temporary worker…Read More
Added by Ellie Hurst on November 22, 2013 — Defero Law
Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012
The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 is due to come into force in early 2014, replacing the Security Interests (Jersey ) Law 1983. Whilst the 1983 law is generally considered to have done a successful job of regulating the taking of security over intangible movable property, it was felt that a new law was required to deal with the world of modern finance. The new law thus…Read More
Added by Carl Parslow on November 25, 2013 — Defero Law
A case study by Silvia Van den Bruel
“I wish that as the Marketing & BD Manager of a leading commercial set with 20+ years of experience, I could say that a full-blown social media strategy was in place and that I knew exactly what I was doing when the @11SB Twitter account went live. Errr, not quite! Saying that, I made sure that if we were going to jump into the deep end, we had done research, completed a practice swim and measured the height of the cliff.
Added by Silvia Van den Bruel on November 21, 2013 — Defero Law
On Friday 15 November the Bar Council of Northern Ireland held its conference, Transforming Legal Practice Through Innovation (preview…Read More
Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment has kicked off its annual Big Data Survey and is inviting legal employees all over the UK to take part.
The salary and benefits benchmarker was launched last year and immediately acknowledged within the legal industry for shining a spotlight on all the issues facing legal recruitment, as well as spotting trends within the ever changing legal landscape.
By crunching salary data and comparing benefits…
Added by Ruth Wilson on November 18, 2013 — Defero Law
A landowner's view may depend on the location, extent, nature and use of the land he owns. Read and Download barrister Paul Stafford's article below. The article has been adapted from a lecture that Paul gave to solicitors in Central London in June 2012.
Added by Keith Plowman - Ten Old Square on November 14, 2013 — Defero Law
The duck test is a form of inductive reasoning which implies that a person can identify an unknown subject by observing that subject’s characteristics. The argument is sometimes used to counter the viewpoint that something is not what it appears to be. In dealing with medical and clinical negligence matters, clients will often ask why it was necessary for a doctor to undertake so many different tests and enquiries to establish the true nature of any condition. I would always explain that…Read More
Added by Mark Pickering on November 12, 2013 — Defero Law
It’s not often that the IT world is unanimous about future directions but on the subject of the cloud and the move towards hosted IT this does appear to be the case.
Indeed, due to the impact and benefits of cloud computing, many IT experts are predicting that businesses owning their own IT infrastructure could become the exception rather than the norm in the near future.
Some firms are already taking advantage of…Read More
Added by Ana Udrea on November 11, 2013 — Defero Law
The Irish Times ran an interesting article by Fiona Gartland (@FionaGartland) in the Monday 11 November 2013 edition of the paper, under the title…Read More
If you are going through the process hiring a solicitor, it is clear to know that you are already going through a stressful time enough without the added stress of finding a solicitor who can meet your needs.
Finding the perfect solicitor can be extremely difficult and with so many different solicitors available offering their services at different prices – the decision you have to make has become increasingly difficult.
To give you a help in hand in the process of hiring a…Read More
Added by Kerry Moloney on November 6, 2013 — Defero Law
The 2011 UK Government Construction Strategy proposed the use of three industry standard form contracts (NEC3, PPC2000 and JCT CE) for use in its trial projects. One of the aims of the Strategy is to encourage collaborative working within an industry known for its adversarial approach.
To encourage the industry to think differently, the government recommends that its proposed standard forms are used without:
On 28th October there were a significant number of news reports on the on-going introduction of the current Coalition Government’s wide ranging and controversial welfare benefit reforms. However, a significant part of the reform likely to affect a large number of claimants went largely unreported says Personal Injury Solicitor…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on November 4, 2013 — Defero Law
A comic about the inventor of the duty of care in negligence... drawn by the Utterant.
The Utterant's legal cartoons are published every Monday here and at www.utterant.co.uk
Added by The Utterant on November 4, 2013 — Defero Law
When we established HighStreetLawyer.com we set out to do two things. To create a recognizable consumer brand for legal services and create a network of small local high street solicitor firms. We thought, following the introduction of the Legal Services Act and the liberalisation of the profession that both of these approaches were needed. We were…Read More
Joshua Rozenberg asked on Radio 4's…Read More