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major trauma centres a major success?

Robert Dempsey
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Restructuring of the NHS by governments of any persuasion can often arouse suspicion amongst the general public. However, a report published this month (August 2018) examines relatively recent changes to the NHS with apparent obvious benefits.  In...

The robots are coming...eventually

Mark Dodds
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If you listen to the headlines you will be forgiven for believing that we will all be replaced by robots within the next few years. But how does the reality compare with the hype and how well has the food sector embraced this emerging technology? As we...

Jeddi v Sotheby's and others: a reminder of the risks of oral agreements

Emily Kelvey
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It is an all too familiar narrative starting with a person claiming to have fallen out with a business partner, supplier or contractor and not knowing what to do next. It inevitably turns out that neither party saw the need nor had the inclination to...

Statutory Wills - frequently asked questions

Gemma Hopper
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I recently assisted a deputy in making a Statutory Will for his brother, ‘Stephen’. The deputy making the application was the sole beneficiary under intestacy and did not agree that this was in his brother’s best interest.  Stephen...

How does Nestlé bounce back after KitKat case?

Lizzie Walters
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The latest blow to Nestlé in its battle to trademark its KitKat product will perhaps come as little surprise to those of us within the legal profession; we’ve seen Nestlé and its bitter rival Cadbury lock horns numerous times in the past,...

Grain contracts and force majeure

Julie Robinson
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In difficult years we are asked about the options available to farmers who cannot fulfil the deliveries they have agreed in forward grain contracts. Below we take a look at the provisions of the Agricultural Industries Confederation Ltd (AIC) 1/16 home grown...

Prevention is better than the cure when it comes to debt recovery

Catherine Rickett
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Whilst some current issues are out of everyone’s control, i.e. Brexit, what is vital in this difficult time is having a sound credit control system. We understand that you may have had the same clients for years, and agreements may well be...

Who has the legal rights to your social media and online 'assets' after death?

Nadine Wealands
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Electronic devices are used every day for more than just communication: we use them as a place to create and store documents, listen to music, read books and watch movies. We have social media accounts to share our pictures and videos. We buy and sell...

Supreme Court Judgment in Owens v Owens published today

John Boon
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The Supreme Court today handed down its judgment in the long-running case of Owen v Owens.   The case concerns a married couple, Mr and Mrs Owens, who were married in 1978.  They have two adult children.   Mr and Mrs Owens separated...

Potato supply contracts, drought and force majeure

Julie Robinson
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The prolonged period of exceptionally hot, dry weather following a wet spring means that some potato growers will struggle to fulfil forward supply contracts. Force majeure clauses may offer some relief but will need to be checked carefully and appropriate...

Walk this way - a landowner's guide

Sarah Whitehurst
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Although you might consider walkers being allowed to cross your land to be a minor irritation, visitors to your area are a source of income and are not to be sniffed at.  Generally, the type of person who walks for enjoyment is also the type who would...

"Animals are the main cause of fatal farming incidents"

Helena Oxley
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Living and working in a farming community, we have close client and personal connections to the agricultural sector. The enjoyment and safety of living and working in this sector is therefore something in which we, as individuals and as a law firm, have a...

Pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements in context

Victoria Hope
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What is a nuptial agreement? A nuptial agreement is an agreement in writing entered into by two parties prior to, or after, their marriage or entry into a civil partnership, which records how they wish their finances to be treated and distributed in the...

Accidents whilst abroad should not be ignored

Cristina Parla
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Travel claims are a recurring feature on the news, often for all the wrong reasons. We recently took part in a Q&A on #SolicitorChat hosted by The Law Society on Twitter, themed around this controversial topic. Here are some popular travel claim-related...

It's coming home: a personal injury blog

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In the spirit of our Green Awards, Roythornes’ Summer Vacation Scheme participants Sam and Nick have “recycled” our previous sports' blog to give it a World Cup fever feel.  “But it’s a man’s game ref!”...

Reviewing your will - your executors

Ben Taylor
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In the last couple of months, I have written about the importance of reviewing your will to ensure it is up to date with your personal and financial circumstances, but also in light of any changes to the tax environment. Over the weekend, the importance of...

Self-employed or a worker?

Laura Hill
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The Supreme Court has handed down its long awaited judgment in Pimlico Plumbers v Gary Smith in a case which has potentially huge ramifications for freelance workers and employment law generally. Mr Smith brought several claims in the Employment Tribunal in...

Review of GLAA licensing regime

Phil Cookson
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The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has recently launched a consultation on its Licensing Standards. Whilst the GLAA still covers the same regulated sectors (agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering and associated packaging and...

Action for Brain Injury Week 2018

Cristina Parla
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To mark the final day of Action for Brain Injury (ABI) Week 2018, the team wore their #HatsForHeadway in support of the popular Twitter campaign led by Headway, the brain injury association. The campaign aimed to raise vital funds for the charity and...

The five things you need to know about the changes to the MOT test

Cristina Parla
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The Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) will introduce changes to the MOT test on 20 May 2018.  The changes will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles Here’s what you need to know: Categories will evolve from a...

GDPR: what you need to know

Julia Seary
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is new legislation which will impact nearly all organisations across Europe from 25 May.  The regulation has been introduced in order to strengthen current personal data privacy laws and put all European...

Capital Gains Tax: payment on account for residential property gains

Rhiannon Coleman
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HMRC have recently published a consultation document about their proposed changes to the calculation and payment of capital gains tax (CGT) in relation to the disposal of residential property – but, practically, what might this mean for taxpayers? CGT...

Getting robotics right: implementation in food

Martin Jinks
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The robotics industry is one of rapid growth and innovation within the food sector.  The benefits for productivity, health and safety and profit increase are definitely appealing, but it’s crucial that food businesses do not ‘run before they...

Companies House gets tough with PSC non-compliance

Emily Kelvey
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In its recently published 2018-2019 Business Plan, Companies House has set out its robust approach to companies not complying with their Persons with Significant Control (PSC) requirements. Since June 2016 UK companies have been required to hold an...

Timely service of Gas Safety Certificates essential for new ASTs

Sarah Whitehurst
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Since the introduction of new legislation and regulations in respect of Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements (ASTs) in England as of 1 October 2015, landlords have had to comply with a series of prescribed requirements which must be satisfied at the...

Six lessons from a first time buyer

Faith Horne
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People always talk about how stressful buying a property is, particularly so if you’re going it alone as I am. Like many first time buyers the rose tinted spectacles were firmly attached to my nose before that first viewing … Lesson 1: remove...

Permitted development rights- what, and how much, is changing?

Shruti Trivedi
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It will not be the first time, and undoubtedly not the last, that permitted development rights are offered by the Government as one of the measures allowing a quick and ready solution to the ongoing issues we face with housing in the country.  On 12...

Not just all glitz and glamour - MIPIM 2018

Shruti Trivedi
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It seems rather surreal writing this in the week after returning from MIPIM, and subsequently reflecting upon our experience there this year, the second for Team Roythornes.  Those of you who read the pre-MIPIM blogs that my colleagues and I penned, may...

Your whistle-stop guide to claims for sports injuries

Robert Dempsey
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To mark the last day of Sport Relief 2018, Rob Dempsey of Roythornes Personal Injury department carries out a whistle-stop tour of the relevant points surrounding personal injury claims in sport. “But it’s a man’s game ref!” The...

Notifications to ACAS for early conciliation have gone up by 500 per week since the fees ruling

Laura Hill
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Since it was ruled that fees in the Employment Tribunal are unlawful and were abolished in July 2017, notifications to ACAS have increased from around 1,700 per week to 2,200. There has also been a recent report from the Ministry of Justice which showed...

A failure to respond to worsening road conditions still costs local authorities in the long run

Robert Dempsey
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The latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey (ALARM), compiled by the asphalt industry has been published today (20 March 2018). The analysis of last year’s figures by Rob Dempsey of Roythornes Personal Injury department could be...

Five ways cyclists can protect themselves legally

Robert Dempsey
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According to the Government, 3,430 cyclists were killed or seriously injured between October 2015 and September 2016; this marks a seven per cent increase on the 2010-2014 average. As concerns grow over cyclist safety on British roads, personal injury...

Gender differences still persist with personal injury claims

Helena Oxley
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Whilst arguments surrounding gender inequalities may be more apparent in other areas of law, such as employment, the calculation of damages in personal injury claims for men and women is a particular issue where inequality still lies and presents a clear...

Musings before MIPIM 2018

Shruti Trivedi
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It is a time for both review and reflection as I look forward to MIPIM 2018, a year on from our first ever foray into the world of MIPIM, both for me and my colleague, Jo Ladds - personally as well as for us as a company. It is interesting to sit back and...

Reviewing your will

Ben Taylor
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In December I wrote about the research into the use of Agricultural Property Relief and Business Property Relief , the aim of which was to help HMRC to understand how people utilise these reliefs in estate planning. Following this, on 19 January,...

"Drug errors in England cause appalling levels of harm and deaths"

Tim Edwards
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So says the Health Secretary, Mr Jeremy Hunt, following new data compiled by researchers drawn from Manchester, Sheffield and York universities. It is further reported that GPs, pharmacists, hospitals and care homes may be making 237 million errors a year...

National Minimum Wage increase

Laura Hill
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The new National Minimum Wage and the new National Living Wage, which will apply from 1 April 2018, have been announced by the government and, according to the Low Pay Commission, this is the largest increase for 18-20 year olds and 21-24 year olds in a...

Proposed clinical negligence reforms

Robert Dempsey
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Calls from health leaders in a letter to Justice Secretary David Gauke urged for reform to payments for negligence claims against the NHS.  In 2017, changes to the calculation used to work out how much a victim of negligence should receive upfront to...

Battery storage phenomenon predicted to hit the UK

Iain Hibbert
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In an interview with Business Green, MD of Chinese battery storage giant BYD (Build Your Dreams), Tom Zhao, says that making renewable energy more accessible is the key to growing the sector as a whole and he believes that the UK has great potential when it...

Major changes proposed to improve workers' rights

Laura Hill
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Last week, the government published its response to “Good Work: the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices”. This independent review published in July made a series of recommendations designed to improve the working conditions of atypical...

Nip it in the bud

Phil Cookson
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What do you get when you cross a husband, a wife, a senior manager with 20 years’ service and an accusation of historic criminal activity? Answer: a management nightmare. Unfortunately these complex scenarios are a lot more common than you might...

Help for Headway: The Green Backyard project

Bede Finnigan
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Following a successful day working on The Green Backyard  garden project in conjunction with Headway Cambridgeshire , Roythornes’ Personal Injury department would like to highlight these two great charities to give them the recognition they...

Product Liability Claims

Tim Edwards
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The electrical manufacturer Whirlpool has again been in the news following a parliamentary report which claims that it has provided an “inadequate” response to defective tumble driers produced and sold over a period of more than 10 years. It is...

Planning Application Fee Increase

Charlotte Lockwood
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The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (Regulations) were made on 20 December 2017, essentially introducing a 20% increase in planning fees, and came into...

Rest periods during working hours

Laura Hill
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Regulation 12 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) requires employers to give employees a rest break of not less than 20 minutes if a worker’s daily working time is more than six hours. It is important to ensure, therefore, that your business...

"Please hold on, the bus is about to move"

Bede Finnigan
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Following recent complaints to Transport for London, it is evident that the new procedures currently being trialled on London buses are not to everyone’s taste. But the question remains: where do individuals stand when injured as a result of a bus...

The truth about holiday sickness claims

Robert Dempsey
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In the wake of a significant case that saw a couple jailed for making fake holiday sickness claims the government is addressing the issue of food poisoning claims, however it’s important to put allegations of fraud into context. The recent case of...

2017 was the UK's "greenest" year for electricity

Iain Hibbert
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National Grid statistics show that, thanks to a boost in renewable power, the UK had its greenest year ever in 2017, breaking thirteen clean energy records. Overall in 2017, renewable energy sources outstripped coal plant production three-fold, beating the...

Powering past coal: what this means for the renewable energy sector

Iain Hibbert
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At the One Planet summit in Paris earlier this month, French president Emmanuel Macron led a meeting of minds from 50 countries to discuss worldwide action against climate change ahead of 2020, the year the Paris Agreement is due to come into force. One of...

On-farm flood defences - two recent cases

Julie Robinson
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Two 2017 cases are useful reminders of the limits to farmers’ freedom of movement when it comes to the building of flood defences on their land. In one case we see that  land ownership does not give you the right to refuse entry for approved...