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Our solicitors and lawyers regularly write about different legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. Below you will find links to the latest articles from across the firm. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

Landmark decision or partial victory? Paulley v First Group PLC

Maria Chadwick
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On 18th January 2017 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in a case which had been ongoing for some 5 years in respect of the extent of the duties of Public Transport providers to wheel chair users in accessing their services. In 2012, Mr Paulley...

What can employment law tell us about the Denny Solomona case?

Thomas Baker
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The early winter months are not commonly known for high profile Rugby League stories, however towards the end of 2016 the sport took centre stage on the back pages intriguing fans and legal observers alike. The story concerns New Zealand born Denny Solomona...

What is the 'small claims limit' and why does it matter to me?

Kate Sweeney
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The way that personal injury cases are handled is changing. Up until now, anyone who suffered an injury through an accident or the negligence of another - and where potential compensation for that injury was above £1,000 - they would be entitled to...

Under fire Sports Direct executive shows power of shareholders

Thomas Baker
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Recently, the chairman of Sports Direct, Keith Hellawell, survived a so-called 'shareholder revolt' to remain in his post. Mr Hellawell has been under pressure for the past 18 months since the company was subject to several media reports...

NHS accident and emergency services in crisis

Gemma Crompton
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The increasing problems suffered by the NHS have been well-publicised this New Year with the Red Cross going as far to say that the NHS was suffering a “humanitarian crisis”. The Government has made every effort to play this down, however,...

Understanding the 'D-Day' phenomenon

Amanda Rimmer
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Is there really such a thing as D-Day? It might seem like a silly question; but we’re not talking about the date marking the Normandy Landings, but rather ‘Divorce Day’. It is often said that the first working day back after Christmas...

New Year, New Drone

Colin Rawson
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They were this year’s ‘must have’ gifts for young and old alike. They come in all shapes, sizes and complexities, from ‘nano’ versions that measure no-more than a couple of inches across to enormous, GPS enabled, camera wielding...

Government buying scheme withdrawal adds to pressure on social housing

Kate Bullen
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According to recent figures, there has been a 48% rise in the sales of social housing to private ownership as pressure on existing stock continues to grow. Data from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) shows that housing associations...

What does the Housing and Planning Act really mean for housing associations?

David Baybut
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Almost a full year since lamenting the many ‘unanswered questions’ over the then proposed legislation, David Baybut revisits the Housing Planning Act 2016 to examine the impact on housing associations. While the Chartered Institute of Housing...

Christmas 'calm before the storm' for divorce lawyers

Amanda Rimmer
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Tick tock, tick tock! The big day is nearly upon us and many of us will be rushing round to get everything sorted before the 25th of December. It is an exciting - if a little hectic - time of year. Without wanting to put a dampener on the festivities, for ...

Hospitals failing to investigate unexpected deaths

Gemma Crompton
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A report from the Care Quality Commission has this week revealed that the NHS is failing to properly investigate deaths in hospitals. This failure is, in turn, preventing hospitals from learning from their mistakes and ensuring that they are not repeated. ...

Homelessness this Christmas

Jane Goodier
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Sadly it is estimated that at least 117,000 children are set to be homeless this Christmas and in temporary accommodation in England. The Department for Communities and Local Government have pledged to invest £550m in an attempt to tackle...

Could the Fox / Sky Merger attempt be blocked by Ofcom?

Thomas Baker
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Rupert Murdoch’s '21st Century Fox' has made another attempt to take over the broadcasting media giant, Sky. Mr Murdoch already owns a 39 per cent stake in Sky, and his son - James Murdoch - was appointed chairman of Sky earlier this...

Guide to making a winter holiday accident claim

Kate Sweeney
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There’s nothing better than jetting off for some winter sun, leaving behind this cold, wintry snap and enjoying warmer climes. So whilst the rest of us are busy defrosting our cars, navigating slippy and icy roads on foot and in vehicles, many of you...

Further challenges to the bedroom tax: Supreme Court judgment

Amy Tagoe
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Recently the Supreme Court found that the ‘bedroom tax’ could breach human rights, in certain instances where it discriminates against those with a medical need for an extra room. The ‘bedroom tax’ has often been the subject of...

Permission required for warrant of possession

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Landlords and mortgagees will now need to act very carefully before they try to enforce a possession order against their respective tenants/mortgagors following the recent decision by the Court of Appeal in Cardiff County Council –v- Lee. The Court...

A guide to avoiding Christmas conflict

Amanda Rimmer
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‘Ding dong merrily on high!’ We’re definitely on count down. The Christmas lights have been switched on in town - the Christmas Markets are in full swing - the weather has turned - Black Friday is…well, Black Friday - and...

The art of 'sharing' and setting up a private company

Thomas Baker
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Many businesses are set up as limited companies and – as such - they are limited by the number of shares that the company holds. In recent weeks the Government has sold more of its shares in Lloyds Banking Group, to just below eight per cent as they...

Key to the door: How to avoid invalidating your home insurance

Andrew Leakey
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It’s a risky business, insurance. For example, did you know that if you give your house keys out to someone else, it could invalidate your insurance policy? The Association of British Insurers (ABI) are on record as saying that if items are stolen...

Divorce and the family home

Amanda Rimmer
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The family home. A place of sanctity. But it can also become the centre of a battlefield when separating. Who should keep it and who should leave? You might both want it but can’t live under the same roof once the relationship is over. What are your...

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