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Accidents at home

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The one place you expect to feel safe is home so when you engage a specialist to undertake any big projects or home renovations, you rightly expect to receive the highest level of service. However, this does not always happen, and substandard and...

The fight against section 57 - fundamental dishonesty

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I recently acted for a client in connection with his personal injury claim which arose as a result of a slipping accident on private property. The facts of the case are relatively straightforward, but the approach adopted by the defendant caused...

Personal injury claims in winter

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Our Personal Injury team recently took part in #SolicitorChat, a conversation on Twitter where solicitors answer questions on a set topic. A recent one covered personal injury claims in winter, and we thought our answers would provide a useful...

Highways Claims: An update following COVID19

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In my previous blog Highways Claims: The essentials , I discussed the process of making a personal injury claim against a local authority as a result of an accident caused by a defect on the highway. Since then, a recent press release from the RAC...

Highways Claims: The essentials

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Since the Government’s announcement of lock down, it seems likely that many more individuals will be looking to get their daily fix of exercise by alternate means whether that be walking, running or cycling. It therefore feels an apt time to talk...

Driving in bad weather - reducing the risks

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British Summer Time officially started on the last Sunday in March, but in another unprecedented event, many parts of the UK experienced temperatures below freezing and saw snow fall. Weather in general always sparks conversation, and whilst snow and ice...

Do I still need a MOT test during the coronavirus crisis?

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The Department for Transport has carried out a review of its guidelines in respect of MOT testing for cars, motorcycles and light goods vehicles. Following the review, vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing from 30 March...

International Women's Day - are we 'on the road' to equality?

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We are fast approaching that time of year when we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). This year, the marked event will take place on Sunday 8 March, but did you know it has been celebrated from as far back as 1911? (I...

FAQs: Winter weather and personal injury claims

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Every week, The Law Society invites law firms to take part in #solicitorchat hour on Twitter, which provides the opportunity to answer popular legal queries. On 23 January, I took part in the Personal Injury session (and won!) Here’s...

Five ways female car drivers can protect themselves legally

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According to statistics, Britain is dubbed the “road rage capital of the world” – a rather fetching title – with up to about 80% of people fallen victim of it. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been driving, how...

The importance of getting your dates right when bringing a claim

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The key area I am focusing on today is getting your dates right. You might wonder why this is so important, but the success or failure of a claim can largely depend on the evidence obtained at the outset of a claim. Pursuing a personal injury claim ...

Recent claim success: dangers on your doorstep

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I recently acted for a client in connection with a claim against Essex County Council as a result of an accident on the highway. The facts of this case are relatively straightforward but there were some slightly unusual factors afoot. The facts The...

FAQ: travel claims

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Every week, The Law Society invites law firms to take part in #solicitorchat on twitter and gives them the opportunity to answer a few quick legal queries. On this occasion our Personal Injury team won! Here’s what happened … How...

Defending a legal claim against you

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We talk a lot about how we can help if you have suffered injuries and financial losses as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault . But we receive a significant amount of enquiries from people who have received court documents through the...

Ministry of Defence to issue ID cards to service leavers

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From 18 February 2019 armed forces veterans will receive an ID card which will help them access specialist support and services. The new ID cards will be issued to veterans leaving the military since December 2018. The Ministry of Justice has...

Road Safety Week 19-25 November #BikeSmart

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In recent years the popularity of cycling has increased, and it's easy to understand why - it’s a sustainable method of transportation, and an excellent way to keep fit! According to statistics taken from the European Cyclists’ Federation,...

Accidents whilst abroad should not be ignored

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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...

Action for Brain Injury Week 2018

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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

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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...

Help for Headway: The Green Backyard project

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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...

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

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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...

Remember, remember the fifth of November...

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As recently as 1959, it was illegal NOT to celebrate Bonfire Night in the UK, and with the big night fast approaching again, it is vitally important to appreciate the legal implications involved when using fireworks, sparklers or creating bonfires....

Repetitive strain could mean a claim

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To mark the success of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) annual month-long workplace safety campaign, #OSHtober , Roythornes is continuing to raise awareness of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) and the effect...

Nottingham court case likely to set a new precedent

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The outcome of a case where a minor was injured falling into a collapsed manhole cover in Nottingham is likely to set a precedent for future cases regarding disputes on the maintenance of private land. Acting on behalf of the child, who cannot be named...

Mayor's Transport Strategy 2017

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On 21 June 2017 the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, published a draft of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Essentially, his strategy focuses on the problems and difficulties Londoners face with congestion, emissions, noise pollution,...

What does the Prisons and Courts Bill mean for motorists?

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The government published the Prisons and Court Bill on 27 February 2017 which included provisions to introduce: fixed tariff compensation on road traffic accidents (whiplash and minor psychological injuries); a ban on...