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In defence of the Human Rights Act

After 7 May, the protection of human rights in the UK could fundamentally change. This hasn’t been high on the election agenda, and that may in itself be a reflection…

May 6, 2015
Opinion

Professional negligence against surveyors and estate agents

The Law Gazette last week published an article on how the level of professional negligence claims against surveyors and estate agents have fallen in 2014 by 65% from the previous…

May 5, 2015
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The election manifestos – what do the main parties offer those seeking greater police accountability and reform?

With party manifestos now well thumbed, and some votes already cast, those with an active interest in human rights and civil liberties will be watching keenly the results of the…

April 30, 2015
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Parking charges on private land – the implications of Parkingeye Limited v Barry Beavis (2015)

When you park on private property (commonly car parks at shopping centres and supermarkets or a private road) you enter into a contract with the landowner regarding permission to park…

April 27, 2015
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Marriage v’s Cohabitation

Alan Rickman has revealed to German newspaper Bild that he has wed his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton. But this is probably an exception as more and more people…

April 27, 2015
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Justice at last for child-abuse victims of former deputy head teacher

The former deputy head teacher of a North Devon boarding school for vulnerable young boys has been jailed for 21 years after being found guilty of carrying out a two…

April 24, 2015
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What is a Repetitive Strain Injury?

As a personal injury lawyer, I deal with many different types of injuries caused by a variety of accidents. In particular, I specialise in repetitive strain injury cases also known…

April 23, 2015
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What is ‘Fundamental Dishonesty’ and how will it impact on Personal Injury Claims?

In the Law Society Gazette this week (20th April 2015) the incoming president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers intends to turn the tables on insurers over ‘fundamental dishonesty…

April 23, 2015
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A new public inquiry into undercover policing finally gets the go-ahead

On 12 March, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, finally set in motion plans for establishing a public inquiry into undercover policing and related issues. This follows allegations of unlawful practices…

April 22, 2015
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Making selective landlord licensing really ‘selective’

Selective landlord licensing schemes were first introduced in April 2006 through the Housing Act 2004. The reasoning behind the scheme was to raise the standard of living for tenants in…

April 22, 2015
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The pitfalls of dying without a will

A prominent illustration of the dangers of dying without making a will has been made by Rik Mayall recently. His estate is estimated to be about £1.2 million. He died…

April 20, 2015
Blog

Cohabitation and ownership of property

Cohabitation and co-ownership has many facets – it covers unmarried couples (heterosexual and homosexual), friends, and families who for social, cultural, convenience, or financial reasons have decided to live and/or…

April 16, 2015
Blog

Irregularities and failures in prosecutions: identifying where a client is entitled to civil redress

Criminal solicitors often see clients who have been subject to serious failures or abuses of power by police or the CPS following arrest or during a prosecution, or whom they…

April 13, 2015
Opinion

Hillsborough, accountability and the police

After more than a quarter of a century of fighting to establish the truth, on 17 March 2015 family members of the 96 people who died at the Hillsborough football…

April 10, 2015
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Service charges: what does a tenant have to pay?

The question as to exactly what a landlord can recover in respect of a service charge is often a problem for tenants who receive demands for payment that they consider…

April 2, 2015
Opinion

Balancing police duties with the right to liberty

Everyone has a right to liberty, the right not to be detained against their will. There are exceptions to this right, the most commonly used being the right of the…

March 23, 2015
Opinion

Court of Appeal to decide whether public funding should be available to bring claims for unlawful imprisonment

In what will undoubtedly be a landmark judgment, the Court of Appeal is to rule on a person’s right to hold the state to account for the deprivation of their…

March 17, 2015
Opinion

The police and the retention of personal data

On 4 March 2015 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in two linked appeals concerning the police’s retention of personal data in the case of R (Catt) v Commissioner of…

March 9, 2015
Opinion

The truth about Personal Injury law

It is all too common to hear stories of how the no win no fee system has stifled growth and innovation in the UK. ‘No win no fee’ was introduced…

March 6, 2015
Opinion

Court fee reforms: a vital battleground in the protection of fundamental rights

Getting hot and bothered about court fees is not what drives civil liberties lawyers to represent victims in human rights cases. The details of fees, from the initial payment to…

March 4, 2015
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