Surveillance in Personal Injury on the Rise

When making personal injury claims, claimants often don’t realise what impact their social media activities can have on their claims. For most people, posting a simple Facebook or Twitter update about their life is an everyday occurrence. However, it is now quite common for defendant firms to search social media platforms for evidence they can use to imply your symptoms are exaggerated, even if they aren’t. Defendant firms and insurance companies have been known to

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Tenant signing for keys from landlord; Planned Changes to Houses in Multiple Occupancy Licensing affects Buy-to-Let Landlords

The government is consulting on changes to Houses in Multiple Occupancy Licensing which will bring more properties and landlords inside the scope of the law – and adding more penalties for landlords without a license. In 2015 the Department for Communities and Local Government published a technical discussion paper for consultation on extensions to the licensing of HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupancy) in England. They are trying to tighten up on HMOs by bringing more

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Taylor Bracewell recently converted to an Alternative Business Structure. As well as allowing us to develop new and better services for our clients, it means we can appoint non-lawyer partners – and we’re delighted to congratulate Clare Ashby on becoming a Partner.   What is an ABS? Before 2007 only lawyers could own and invest in a law firm. The Legal Act 2007 allowed non-lawyers to become owners and/or partners, and this has many potential

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Ilott v The Blue Cross and others – Supreme Court reverses Court of Appeal decision in an Inheritance Act claim

A daughter has failed in her claim for a larger part of her estranged mother’s £500,000 estate when the Supreme Court upheld a challenge by the animal charities named in the will.   The Will This story starts in 1978 when 17 year old Heather Jackson, the daughter and only child of Melita Jackson, left home to live with her boyfriend who she later married. Now Heather Ilott, she has been married to her husband

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Personal injury discount rate changes

The Lord Chancellor has lowered the discount rate applied to personal injury compensation claims from 2.5 per cent to -0.75 per cent. This means that anyone awarded compensation will get higher amounts to cover their lifetime care and future financial needs.   What has Happened to the Personal Injury Discount Rate? Liz Truss, the Lord Chancellor, has changed the personal injury discount rate (also called the Ogden rate). She has said that in law this

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Finders is not Always Keepers

Posted on March 03, 2017

There’s an old saying – ‘finders keepers’. However, it isn’t always true, and recently it led to someone getting a criminal record. Nicola Bailey, 23, spotted some cash on the floor at a branch of One Shop in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent. It had been dropped by a previous customer who had just got it out of a nearby cash machine. She thought it was easy money. However, the customer who dropped it came back, and her

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Amendments to Personal Injury Claims Process Confirmed

The government has recently announced the changes that will be made to personal injury, in particular road traffic accident claims over the coming years. Part one of the response to the “Reforming the soft tissue injury (‘whiplash’) claims process” has been published following the closure of the consultation in January 2017. The small claims limit will rise from £1,000 to £2,000 for non-road traffic accident claims. This means that your general damages (compensation for pain,

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Ministry of Justice changes Probate Fees

The Ministry of Justice is changing the way in which the Probate Court charges to issue a Grant of Probate. Currently a flat fee of £215 (or £155 if handled through a solicitor) is paid regardless of the value of the estate. From May 2017, the fee payable will be based on the estate value. For the highest value estates, the new fee will be a massive 129 times more expensive.   What are the

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Child Abuse and Domestic Violence, Changes to Practice Direction Guidelines

Child Contact and Domestic Abuse

Posted on February 14, 2017

Following recent campaigning by the charity Women’s Aid, there will no longer be a presumption that it is in the child’s best interest to have contact with the father where there is evidence of abuse that would place the child, or mother, at risk. Women’s Aid have been campaigning for many years to change the law with regard to child contact for fathers where there is evidence of abuse. In 2004 they published a report,

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Supreme Court ruling regarding cohabitee rights to deceased partner’s pension

The UK’s Supreme Court ruling says that a cohabitee has a right to receive payments from their deceased partner’s pension in the same way that a spouse would. This is the case even where a nomination form identifying the beneficiary of the pension has not been completed. This case involved Denise Brewster, from Coleraine in Northern Ireland. She had lived with Lenny McMullan for 10 years and they owned their own home; they got engaged

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Could This Be The End Of The Housing Crisis?

Posted on February 10, 2017

A white paper on housing sets out the details of how the government intends to stimulate the building of more affordable homes, and how it will help people to buy and rent. It’s well known that there are too few houses available, and that this shortage is part of what is driving house prices to sky high levels. The government recognises that around 250,000 new houses are needed every year, and is putting in place

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We are supporting Doncaster Business Month!

Posted on February 03, 2017

February 2017 is Doncaster Business Month! With many great events being held across the month, the aim is to increase awareness of Doncaster’s thriving business community. As an established and successful business within Doncaster we are proud to be supporting Doncaster Business Month and, in addition to attending a number of the events, were are hosting two events of our own. Free Contract Month As well as being Doncaster Business Month, here at Taylor Bracewell

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Posted on February 02, 2017

Amy Symon Lucky Winner! Each month, everyone who provides feedback either on Facebook and/or on our client feedback forms will be entered into a prize draw for a delicious Hamper. So if you do both, you double your chances of winning! In January, we drew Amy Symon’s name at random to win the hamper. Amy, left feedback by filling in one of our feedback forms.  Have you used our services? Would you like to leave us

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Why a Clean Break Financial Order can save you money in a divorce

If you are getting divorced, get a clean break financial order in the divorce or you risk your ex coming back for more! Last week, the Court of Appeal awarded a wife a £1.6m lump sum and a share of the husband’s pensions more than 10 years after they separated and divorced. The divorce court has the final word despite what you may have agreed and paid between you initially on separation.   Glenn Hugh

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discrimination at work

Want to Stop Discrimination? Scrap the Fees

Posted on January 27, 2017

If the government wants to stop discriminatory dress codes and increase protection for new and expectant mothers, scrap the fees.  If you were able to get past the drama of President Trump’s first days in office and the latest twists and turns in the Brexit saga, you would have seen that employment law has been in the news a lot this week. Discriminatory Dress Codes First came a parliamentary report on Wednesday (25 January 2017)

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An Employment Tribunal has found that an employee with over 25 years service was fairly dismissed for making derogatory comments about his employer on Twitter, despite the tweets dating back some three years before his dismissal. A reminder for employees As reported in Personnel Today in the case Creighton v Together Housing Association Ltd ET/2400978/2016 an employer was conducting an investigation into allegations of bullying by an employee and as part of the investigation discovered

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Latest news on house prices for first time buyers, and rise in number of first time buyers

The Housing Market Bounces Back

Posted on January 23, 2017

The Halifax released figures last week that shows the housing market is growing strongly again – more first-time buyers got onto the property ladder in 2016 than any time since 2007. However, it’s not all good news, the average deposit for a home is now £32,000.   Latest Housing Market Data The housing market tumbled in 2007 when the banking crisis hit the world. The number of first time buyers in 2016 is growing back

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Gender pay gap closing, new legislation April 2017

The gender pay is closing but still exists. To improve the situation new legislation this year will require larger employers to publish differences in pay and bonuses between men and women. A report published today (4 January 2017) by the Resolution Foundation has shown that the gender pay gap has narrowed for every generation of women over the past century. The sharpest fall has been seen within ‘millennials’ (employees born between 1981 and 2000), where

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Posted on December 21, 2016

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team at Taylor Bracewell! We have made a generous donation to Voices in the Middle instead of sending Christmas Cards Our offices will close on Friday 23rd December 2016 at 4pm and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 8.45am.

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Change of Name

Posted on December 21, 2016

Are you are recently separated or divorced, and keen to start using your previous surname again? If so, then you should be able to do this by simply producing your decree absolute to the relevant company or organisation. However, some institutions such as banks and building societies may not accept a decree absolute as documentary evidence, in which case a formal Change of Name Deed may be required to change your name. If you are

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An Employer’s guide to surviving Christmas

Posted on December 21, 2016

With less than a week to go Christmas is almost upon us. Whilst Christmas creates a positive spirit for most, it can also be a cause for concern for employers. Below is our list of festive issues and how best to tackle them. 1. Be merry and bright Employees may find themselves attending more social events than normal in December. This can impact on their attendance and productivity; there may be a sudden increase in

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Don't rely on implied terms in contracts

It’s too easy to get a contract wrong or to miss out an essential piece of information. Although courts try to imply what was intended that can’t be relied upon – it’s better to get your contracts right. It is generally accepted in law that a legally binding contract is created when An offer has been made and accepted; There is an intention by all parties to enter into a legally binding agreement; There is

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Family who need a will

Where There’s A Will Aid There’s A Way

Posted on December 01, 2016

Personal Law Solicitor Lauren Smith blasts last year’s Will Aid target and helps over 345 local Sheffield and Doncaster individuals and families prepare their wills. Will Aid Too many people don’t have a will. Each year Will Aid helps thousands of individuals and families to get a professionally written will for a fraction of the usual cost – instead of paying the solicitor’s fee, participants are invited to make a donation to charity; and the

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Support Gay Marriage cake and the Christian bakery

In case you are not aware, there has been an ongoing case involving a bakery, Christianity and a cake for ‘Support Gay Marriage’ in Northern Ireland. This case essentially centred on a ‘Christian Business’ bakery who refused to bake a cake with the caption of ‘Support Gay Marriage’. There was an initial judgment stating that this was directly discriminatory to the customers who wanted this cake and in direct contravention with Equality Act (Sexual Orientation)

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Tenant signing for keys

Landlords Need To Check Their Tenants

Posted on November 28, 2016

From 1st December 2016 landlords have a legal duty to check that their tenants can legally rent in England. This applies to new tenants, and the check can be done online. As of 1st December 2016 landlords in England have a new duty. Whenever a new tenancy starts the landlord must check that all tenants aged 18 and over can legally rent their property – in other words, that the tenants are not illegally in

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