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Emma Northover

Attention Landlords - New Rules regarding Assured Shorthold Tenancies

Posted by Emma Northover on October 8th 2015 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS .

Some important new rules have been introduced concerning Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements (ASTs)for residential properties.  These rules came into force on the 1st October 2015 and apply to all ASTs entered into after that date. 

The regulations relate to the notice to be given ending an AST (known as a Section...

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Emma Northover

The patient’s right to information

Posted by Emma Northover on August 12th 2015 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS .

A woman recently won damages on behalf of her son for injuries sustained at his birth as a result of the alleged negligence of a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in a case where it was ruled that doctors are under a duty to take reasonable care to ensure that patients...

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Mark Ollier

Employer not liable for employee’s reckless actions

Posted by Mark Ollier on August 12th 2015 in All .

The Court of Appeal recently found that an employer was not liable for the severe injuries caused by an employee who, while at work and apparently as a prank, had put highly inflammable thinning agent on to the clothes of a workmate and ignited them.  This case creates some very sensible...

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Mark Ollier

Directors unable to attribute wrongdoing to company

Posted by Mark Ollier on August 12th 2015 in All .

The courts recently ruled that when the directors of a company involved it in fraudulent transactions, the company was not barred by the doctrine of illegality from making claims against the directors and their accessories for the losses caused by the directors’ breach of fiduciary duty.

In this case, the company...

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Mark Ollier

Magistrates can impose higher fines

Posted by Mark Ollier on May 26th 2015 in All .

A new law has come into force which removes the £5,000 cap that used to limit the maximum fines magistrates could impose.

Now they can issue much higher penalties on offenders who have committed the most serious ‘Level Five’ offences.

Magistrates now have more flexibility when deciding on punishments – they will...

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Mark Ollier

“Make a Plea” Service

Posted by Mark Ollier on May 26th 2015 in All .

A new digital service will allow people charged with minor motoring offences to make a plea online at a time and place of their choosing.

The service is the latest stage of on-going government work to modernise the courts and other public services. The new ‘Make a Plea’ service is being...

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