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What Is a Highway Maintainable at Public Expense? High Court Guidance

What exactly is a highway maintainable at public expense? The High Court gave important guidance on that issue in upholding a compensation claim brought by a woman who suffered injury when she tripped over an exposed tree root whilst walking on a path...

Court Appearance May Not Mean Public Disclosure

The principle of open courts is highly valued in the UK legal system. However, it is often a worry to people engaged in legal proceedings concerning family or marital issues that by going to court their family's private affairs will become public knowledge. ...

Essex Law firm sponsors school cricket teams

Birkett Long is proud to sponsor a local school’s cricket teams. The Year 6 A teams at St Cedd’s School in Chelmsford have been wearing their sponsored kits this season. The firm is delighted to be a sponsor in the first year that the St...

New Company Disclosure Requirements On the Way

The trend towards full disclosure and openness continues unabated in business, and new regulations are being mooted which will increase the amount of disclosure required of UK-registered companies regarding their principals. Currently, even the smallest...

Men Injured By Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries Win Damages

Two men who suffered burns when e-cigarette batteries caught fire in their trouser pockets have secured damages for their injuries. The men, both from Norfolk, had bought the batteries from the same shop in Great Yarmouth in December 2015. The batteries...

Rules are Rules

A recent case should serve as a reminder that rules are rules and 'close enough' often isn't! The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 states that 'the enlargement, improvement or other alteration of a dwelling...

Missed Deadlines Mean Missed Opportunities

Gerry Rafferty famously claimed that 'if you get it wrong, you'll get it right next time', but a recent construction dispute shows that this is often far from true in legal disputes: often, if you get it wrong, there is no 'next time'. The facts were...

The Valuation of Future Income Losses

When the part-owner of a successful company claimed against the company as a result of contracting mesothelioma, an interesting problem arose. It was not to do with the liability of the company (that was not in dispute) but the value of the claim. The man...

Disability Discrimination and the Meaning of 'Long-Term'

Employment disputes often arise because an employer does not consider that an employee's condition is a disability that qualifies them for protection under the Equality Act 2010 . It is therefore important that the definition of disability is understood and...

Mother of Teenager Injured at Birth Secures Damages Award

The devoted care given to disabled children by their parents is often humbling, but where the disability is the result of a medical blunder, the right legal advice can help the injured person achieve the best quality of life possible and make life easier for...
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