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Can I change my Solicitors?

Recent studies have showed that 136 victims who have made a claim following a life changing accident feel that they were treated unfairly.
The reasoning behind this were that victims felt they had a lack of power and support from their Solicitors. They also could not understand why their case had taken so long to reach its conclusion.

Unfortunately, legal proceedings can be a lengthy process and it can be equally complicated however you should be satisfied that the Solicitor representing you and your family will achieve the best result possible.

As with any other services you purchase, if you are not happy with your current solicitors then you are within your rights to change to one who will provide you the service you expect.

Sometimes, it may be that a transfer of file is not possible however if you feel like you do not have someone you can speak to about your case then, us now. Once you have provided us with your instructions, you will not be required to speak to your previous solicitors, we will contact them on your behalf and arrange the rest for you.
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Residential Conveyancing Solicitors London – News Update

New Help to Buy ISA provides boost for first-time buyers
People hoping to own their own home have been given a welcome boost in the form of free money available through a Help to Buy ISA.

The new scheme was unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne during his Budget statement in the House of Commons. Mr Osborne said that first-time buyers who start saving in a Help to Buy ISA will have their investment boosted by a further 25% by the government.

It means that for every £1,000 they save, they will receive an extra £250 bonus. The bonus is capped at £3,000, available once the ISA savings reach £12,000.

The scheme is aimed primarily at people who can afford to save regularly but who may struggle to get enough for a deposit for a new home.

The new ISAs will be available from the autumn onwards in the usual way through banks and building societies. There is no minimum monthly payment and savers can make an initial deposit of up to £1,000, followed by up to £200 a month.

To qualify for the extra money, the ISA has to be used to buy a home. The good news for couples is that they can both take out an ISA and both receive the extra 25% when they buy a home together.

The minimum bonus is £400, which means that there has to be at least £1,600 in the ISA for savers to qualify for a bonus.

The scheme will be available for properties of up to £450,000 in London and up to £250,000 in the rest of the country.

The scheme has had a mixed reaction with some commentators saying it will provide a much needed boost for first-time buyers, while critics have […]

By |April 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Residential Conveyancing News – Folkestone

Residential Conveyancing News – Folkestone
Our Residential Conveyancing Solicitors Folkestone can confirm the government is introducing new measures to ensure people get a fair deal when buying leasehold homes.

Ministers say it’s important that buyers should be fully aware of their rights and what they can reasonably expect from agents who manage their property.

The Competition and Markets Authority recently published a report recommending changes in how the leasehold market is managed and regulated.

Some of the key recommendations included:

Providing more and better guidance for buyers of leasehold properties, including information to make sure they’re aware of what being a leaseholder entails. This will involve developing questions to be used during the conveyancing process.

Strengthening codes of practice to improve transparency and communication. The codes will specifically target agents to ensure they maintain the highest standards.
Improving redress remedies in the event of disputes. This could involve a range of options including independent advice for each party about the merits of their case, mediation, and tribunals that could provide quick and neutral evaluation of the case.
New legislation providing leaseholders with the right to start a re-tendering process and the right to veto a landlord’s choice of property manager.
Requiring local authorities to share their experience and best practice methods.

The government has accepted the recommendations. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:

“We’re determined that anyone who works hard and wants to buy their own home has the opportunity to do so.For many first-time buyers that means buying a leasehold home.”

The government is now working with relevant bodies such as the Leasehold Advisory Service and the National Association of Estate Agents to introduce the new measures as soon as possible. It wants to have the new industry codes of practice in place by next year.

If […]

By |April 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Commercial Law Solicitor News – Folkestone

Commercial Law Solicitor News – Folkestone
Franchise company granted injunction to protect its business
Ch D (Rose J) 27/02/2015

A franchise company has been granted an injunction to protect its business from competition from one of its former partners.

The company operated a nationwide estate agency that sold and let property. It specialised in taking on new franchisees with no previous experience in the property market and teaching them the business.

It was part of the company’s terms that franchisees could not operate outside of their defined area. There was also a restrictive covenant stating that if franchises ended the agreement, they could not set up a rival business in their franchise area until a specified time had elapsed.

The company entered into an agreement with a new franchisee, offering exclusivity within a certain postcode and use of its established services and systems. A dispute later arose when the franchisee discovered that an area close to its office had been granted to another franchisee.

The company accepted that it had made a mistake. The franchisee complained that the company was failing to protect it from the aggressive business practices of other franchisees. It also said that the training was of no value and was nothing more than ordinary business practice. It renounced the agreement and indicated that it no longer wanted to operate under the franchise company’s name.

The company interpreted this as a repudiatory breach of contract. It sought a court injunction to enforce the restrictive covenant and prevent the franchisee competing under its own name.

The court ruled in favour of the franchise company. It accepted that the company had failed to deal with all the issues adequately, but […]

By |April 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Personal Injury Compensation Culture: Myth or Reality?

In the society that we live in there appears to be a Personal Injury compensation culture, where people are making claims for everything and anything, including fraudulent claims. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) published a report on the 16th April 2014 titled ‘The Compensation Myth.’ They suggest that there is no compensation culture and it is in fact a myth.
Firstly they said that compensation claims are not out of control as the media popularly likes to suggest because the number of workplace accident claims has fallen in the last ten years. Although, this might be because the Government has made it harder for people to claim by changing the law to favour the employer and putting the burden of proof on the claimant. The law has also reduced the amount of damages that a claimant can receive because now up to 25% is deducted in order to pay for legal fees, which the defendant used to be responsible for.
Secondly the APIL suggest that there is a myth that workers are “too ready to claim compensation” for workplace injuries. This is definitely a myth because there is no such thing as being ‘too ready to claim’ – if you have been injured at work you deserve compensation and should make a claim. The report actually suggests that although 610,000 people were injured at work during the 2012/13 year, only 90,000 successful compensation claims were made. This is a shocking figure because if you have been injured at work and it was not your fault, you are entitled to compensation. It also shows that workers are not ‘too ready to claim’ in fact, not enough are claiming compensation.
The next myth dispelled by the APIL […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Whiplash Compensation Reforms; Necessary?

Since January 2014 there have been a number of roundtable discussions involving medical and legal representatives about whiplash compensation reforms. Since then a core group of representatives have been chosen to conduct further work on the whiplash compensation reforms.
Justice minister Lord Faulks sent a letter to solicitors and insurers on 2nd May 2014. This letter set out the proposed fees and protocol in regards to RTA claims relating to whiplash compensation. These include proposed fixed fees for all initial whiplash medical reports. These are fixed at £180 for GPs and physiotherapists, £420 for a consultant orthopedic surgeon. The proposals also include limiting the number of experts who can write medical reports on whiplash injuries. These proposals are the result of attempts to reduce the number of RTA claims for whiplash compensation.
These proposals have been met with opposition from personal injury solicitors. This is because It could lead to solicitors only obtaining medical reports from GPs and physiotherapists because the fixed fee for these experts is lower than consultant orthopedic surgeons. Two firms of solicitors are leading a campaign against the proposals; James Maxey of Express Solicitors and Michael Jeffries of Jeffries. They believe that it is unreasonable that parties commissioning a medical report and the company that provide the medical report cannot be linked financially. This means that solicitors will not be able to own medical agencies who provide medical reports if the proposals are implemented. Maxey and Jeffries believe that the integrity of whiplash medical reports is already subject to checks. If other solicitors support them, then they will instruct counsel and legal proceedings will begin.
Lord Faulks is looking for responses to the proposals in writing by the 28th May 2014. What do […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Jackson Reforms: A Year On.

The Jackson reforms were implemented on the 1st April 2013 – and caused a lot of controversy and outrage at the time. We will look at them over a year on to see whether they have changed anything and if the views on the reforms have differed. A summary of the Jackson reforms are as follows: contingency fees were introduced meaning lawyers can now take a percentage of the claimants damages. This is capped at 25% for personal injury matters. This is made up by a 10% increase in tortious and contractual general damages. Next, CFA success fees and ATE premiums are no longer recoverable from a losing opponent. Finally, Qualified One Way Cost Shifting (QOCS) was introduced which means that even successful defendants have to meet their own costs and a losing claimant will not be responsible for costs unless the claim is struck out.
A year on, the Law Society has spoken out about the impact of the Jackson reforms, and they say it is not good. The reforms are ‘a serious risk to injustice,’ a ‘serious reputational risk for solicitors’ and ‘have proved inconsistent, time consuming and costly.’ This is what the predicted would be the case. Numerous things have happened since the introduction of the Jackson reforms. Courts appear more interested in administration rather than access to justice, there is a lack of interest in budgeting at costs management conferences from the judiciary and break down in relationships between opposing solicitors. The Law Society also said that it has made the process more complicated for clients who do not understand the need to provide so much information and do not necessarily understand the risks they are taking and the possible costs […]

By |September 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Employment News – 17/07/2014

Flexible Working
The right to flexible working hours has been a hot topic in the news recently. Prior to the 30th June 2014, only parents of children under the age of 17, (or 18 if the child was disabled) were able to apply for flexible working hours. However, from the 30th June 2014, anyone who has completed 26 weeks of service is able to request flexible working hours. This means that if you have worked for your employer for six months, then you can put in a request for flexible working hours. This must be done in writing, stating the date and details of any previous requests. Employers must respond to this request and any appeals within three months of the date of the request. If an employer rejects a request then they must provide a solid business reason for doing so. These can include: the request will causes extra costs which will damage the business, the work cannot be reorganised amongst other staff, flexible working will affect quality and performance or there is a lack of work to do during the proposed working times. Please note that employees can only make one request in any 12 month period. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have provided a form which employees who are wishing to put in such a request to employers can use. Please find a copy of said form here: Requests for flexible working can include job sharing, working from home, working part time, working longer hours over fewer days, and starting and finishing at different times. Although workers no longer have a statutory right to appeal, employees should follow the employer’s appeal procedure. Employees can also complain to an Employment […]

By |July 17th, 2014|Categories: Employment News||0 Comments

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – What is it?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is understood very little by medical practitioners and lawyers alike. Simply, it can be caused by a minor injury which significantly worsens and results in CRPS. This is why many defendant lawyers are sceptical about it – it can turn a minor injury into an extremely serious and painful condition which can affect the claimant for life. It is important that more lawyers, medical practitioners and indeed the public are aware of this condition.
The symptoms can include a constant burning pain in one of the patients limbs. It could only take a sprained ankle for CRPS to develop. The pain is disproportionate to the injury sustained. The skin in the area can also become intensely sensitive and a light touch or change in temperature can cause excessive pain. Other symptoms include: changes in skin colour and texture around the affected area, changes in the way hair and nails grow – which can be unusually slowly or quickly, swelling, pain and stiffness in the affected joints and difficulty in moving the body part. In some critical cases of CRPS the pain can be so severe that the patient is unable to move the affected limb and therefore the muscles can begin to waste away.
However, it is not all bad news because it is treatable, but it is vital that treatment is sought at the earliest stage possible. Treatment can include physiotherapy, counselling to help deal with living with severe pain and medication such as NSAIDs type of painkillers, for example ibuprofen to help reduce the pain.
The cause of CRPS is unknown. Some have said that it is a psychosomatic condition – that the symptoms of the pain were psychological. However […]

By |June 2nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments