Personal Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Kathleen Lodemore - Medical negligence

We acted for a client who was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She underwent surgery to remove the tumours and following surgery then underwent 6 planned sessions of chemotherapy.  Three sessions went without incident but on the fourth session the...

Lawyers pay the price for failing to get a survey

Ask any property lawyer and they will tell you never to buy a house without first getting a survey.  However, that is exactly what Mr and Mrs Griffiths, both experienced lawyers, did and they certainly paid the price in a recent High Court case! Mr...

Solicitor's prestigious appointment

A solicitor with Essex law firm Birkett Long has joined the ranks of just a handful of contemporaries in the region who are part of a prestigious legal organisation. Partner, Amanda Smallcombe, who works in the firm’s Colchester office, specialises in...

Tackling the cost of whiplash claims

A recent Government consultation proposes raising the limit for personal injury claims - including whiplash - to £5,000.  Smaller claims would be dealt with in the small claims track where claimants would have to represent themselves, as their...

Does LIBOR affect your interest rate?

  In recent weeks, there have been further developments in the LIBOR scandal. RBS has become the latest bank to be fined for involvement in fixing the LIBOR rate - in addition to Barclays and UBS.  It seems likely that other banks may also be...

Libor and rate swapping

These subjects have created huge headlines recently.  They centre on the fixing of the LIBOR interest rate at an artificial level.  They also focus on products sold to protect businesses from increases in interest rate rises (when in fact the rates...

Asbestos, the silent killer

Asbestos was widely used as a building material between the 1940s and 1970s due to its strength, flexibility and insulating properties.  However, according to the Health & Safety Executive, asbestos exposure is now the greatest cause of work-related...

Lifes inevitabilities

The fact that you will need a funeral is one of life’s inevitabilities.  However, the cost of even the most basic funeral is out of reach for many people.  Funeral costs have risen, on average, by 7.32% per annum over the last five years...

The rise of fraudulent compensation claims

With the political spotlight on the so called “compensation culture” and numerous news stories appearing in the press about “crash for cash” road accident claims, the courts are showing a greater appetite for giving prison sentences...

Pensions legislation

From October this year new laws will require employers to automatically enrol eligible "jobholders" in a pension scheme.  Eligible jobholders are aged between 16 and 74, normally work in the UK under a contract of employment and are paid...

Landowners advised to secure their land against unlawful entry ahead of proposed Dale Farm eviction

After a decade-long battle the proposed eviction of Dale Farm in Essex is due to take place today [19 September] – sparking concern among the region’s farmers and landowners as to where those evicted will go. The residents of Dale Farm may...

Andrew Johnson - injury at work

The firm was instructed by a disabled client, who had an accident at his place of work.  For some months prior to the accident, the client had advised his employers that disabled access at the place of work ought to be improved and had made various...

Janice Smith - fall in a public place

The firm took over this case from a local specialist firm of personal injury solicitors after proceedings had been issued.  The client had had an accident in her local supermarket when she had slipped on liquid on the floor that had not been cleared...

Donald MacKenzie - motorcycle accident

The Claimant was riding his motorcycle and ahead of him he saw slowing traffic on a two-lane highway.  The client moved to the right hand side to pass the slowing traffic, when another vehicle did a u-turn, knocking Donald off his motorcycle. ...

Barbara Richmond - asbestos

The firm acted for Barbara Richmond, the widow of Andrew Richmond who worked as a lorry driver for a local company.  As part of his job, during the 1970s, Andrew had to collect and deliver asbestos powder in bags from various ports around the country...

Karen Edmonds - fall in a public place

Karen went to her daughter’s school to collect her 5 year old daughter at 3.15pm.  The school had brought in contractors who were busy fencing off the car park area, and at the time the contractors were busy excavating post holes for the...

Laurence Green

The firm was instructed by the husband of a deceased care assistant who was admitted to hospital with vomiting and suspected TB.  She was treated with very strong drugs that began the process of liver failure.  The drugs were withdrawn for a short...

Susan Campbell - road traffic accident

The firm acted for Mrs Campbell, who was injured in a head-on road accident.  Susan suffered a head injury and loss of consciousness, facial injuries, dental injuries and soft tissue injuries to her shoulder, hip, knee and ankle.  Medical...

Colin Smith

Mr Smith brought a claim for medical negligence against a local hospital on behalf of the estate of his late wife.  His wife suffered from diabetes and, because unfortunately her diabetic control was poor, she suffered a number of complications arising...

Consumers 'being shammed by rogue motor traders'

Rogue traders who scam sellers of second-hand motor vehicles are being targeted by the government. Mike Haley, director of consumer protection at the Office of Fair Trading, said some car sellers have fallen victim to cold calling from rogue traders, who...

Mydeposits.co.uk launches online deposit claim service for tenants

An online dispute service has been launched to make it simpler for tenants to make deposit dispute claims. Mydeposits.co.uk, which provides an insurance-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme, has launched the online service. It is the first of its kind. ...

Ministry of Defence could face compensation claims

The Ministry of Defence may award millions of pounds in compensation to the families of military servicemen who lost their lives in Iraq. Ten men were aboard the RAF Hercules aircraft four years ago when it was struck by ground fire outside Baghdad airport...

Majority of complaints 'backed by FOS'

More than half of people who complained to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) in the past 12 months received some form of compensation. Some 57 per cent of complaints were successful, with the most common issues involving credit cards, payment...

Town halls to snub 'compensation culture'

Town hall chiefs have called on parents to shake off Britain's 'cotton wool culture', as local authorities press on with the development of thousands of outdoor adventure playgrounds. Members of the Local Government Association (LGA) pledged not to bow to...

Consumers claim currency bought in UK is forged

A lawyer believes consumers should be offered greater legal protection after holidaymakers have claimed money they bought through UK bureaux de change included forged notes. Don MacDonald told the BBC that he found that currency he purchased from the Post...

Police ordered to delete photographs of protester

Police have been told to destroy images of peaceful campaigners protesting against the arms trade. The Court of Appeal ruled that police surveillance teams photographing protester Andrew Wood has interfered disproportionately with Mr Wood’s right to...