Asbestos related compensation claims

- 29 May 2024

Exposure to asbestos can lead to a number of health conditions including scarring of the lining of the lungs (known as pleural thickening), asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has estimated that currently in the UK over 5000 asbestos-related deaths occur each year. Mesothelioma accounts for a large majority of…
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Recap – Side Letters and Commercial Leases

- 8 March 2024

Side Letters offer a useful legal tool alongside a commercial lease to deal with personal concessions or arrangements between the parties to the original lease. They can have unintended (costly) consequences when used incorrectly. This article explores Side Letters in more detail. Is a Side Letter a Lease Variation? The Side Letter should state that…
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The Rise of ‘Inheritance Wars’ – The Importance of Making a Will

- 6 December 2023

Inheritance claims have been on the rise in England and Wales in recent years, with the Ministry of Justice reporting that the number of contested wills being heard at the High Court has reached an all-time high. In 2019, the High Court heard 188 such cases, a staggering increase of 47% from the previous year….
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Where there’s a will there’s a way

- 23 November 2023

Or where there’s a “Tenancy at Will” there’s a way. The case of Valley View Health Centre v NHS Property Services [2022] highlights why a commercial lease should be completed soon after the parties commence negotiations and the parties should put in place a temporary Tenancy at Will if negotiations become protracted, so that the…
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Dame Sue Carr – Defining Success for Women in Law

- 22 November 2023

Redkite – An example to be followed? Dame Sue Carr Dame Sue Carr is the first woman in history to hold the office of Lord Chief Justice. Dame Carr was sworn into the post with effect from 1st October 2023.  There are long standing and established laws relating to both equality and diversity in England…
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What can we do to reduce road traffic fatalities?

- 22 November 2023

In 2022, there were an astounding 1,711 fatalities in reported road collisions in Great Britain. There were 29,742 seriously injured casualties and 135,480 casualties of all severities. These numbers need to change. The UK has historically had some of the safest roads in the world and yet we still see around five deaths and many…
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Ensuring Safe Journeys: Educating Children on Road Safety

- 22 November 2023

Road safety affects everyone, regardless of age or background. As it is Road Safety Week 2023, it becomes imperative to shed light on the importance of educating children about the rules and practices that contribute to safer road experiences. In the United Kingdom, where road safety is a top priority, the need for early education…
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Digital Assets

- 20 November 2023

A Sobering Tale In 2013, James Howells tidied his home office and placed a number of items into a bag, which he left at the front door of his house. The following morning, he awoke to find that his partner had taken the bag to a landfill site. The bag included an old laptop which…
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No Fault Evictions, a political hot potato?

- 2 November 2023

The government recently announced that a proposed ban on “no fault” evictions will be delayed in England indefinitely, until the court system has undergone reform. The Renters (Reform) bill, originally brought before Parliament in 2019, promised sweeping reforms to the private rental sector, and one of the cornerstone points of the legislation was to scrap…
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