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    Regional law firms offer the right result at the right price

    by Anis Waiz | Mar 20, 2018 |
    The cost of professional services can often be a decisive factor when any business or consumer seeks advice. Whether that be legal, or business related. The traditional hourly rate being replaced in some cases by fixed fees. Consumers shop around and often but not always seek to instruct lawyers by reference to price.
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  • Warning for all litigants in person

    by | Mar 20, 2018 |
    The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a litigant in person (LIP) for special treatment in applying the rules of Court as to service of proceedings. This leaves the LIP having to commence proceedings again, but on the facts of this case the proceedings have been time barred and the LIP left without redress.
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    Employment Law in 2018

    by Philomena Price | Feb 19, 2018 |
    Philomena Price, Employment Director, has put together an article about some of the key things to watch out for in 2018...
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    Budget 2017: Stamp Duty Relief for First Time Buyers

    by | Feb 16, 2018 |
    If you are a first time buyer looking to get onto the property market, then this is the best time to do so. With most of the first time buyers that I have assisted over the years, stamp duty has been an additional burden to consider for them.
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    The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims – 4 Months On

    by Pete Gardner | Feb 15, 2018 |
    Back in October 2017, the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims (“PAP”) was launched to very little fanfare. PAP is part of the Civil Procedure Rules which govern how parties deal with litigation claims through the County Court and is the first time that strict rules have been put in place for pre-action conduct on a debt matter. I wrote an article about PAP at the time to explain the ins and outs of it.
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    What Carillion’s demise should tell us all

    by Petra van Dijk | Feb 12, 2018 |
    Much has already been said about the demise of Carillion and the impact of its liquidation on the various parties with whom it contracted. In this article, Petra van Dijk would like to examine what light the demise of Carillion throws on themes commonly encountered within insolvency and whether there are lessons to be learned for everyone.
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    What to do if you think you’ve not been properly provided for in a will

    by | Feb 12, 2018 |
    For a family the administration of an estate can be a difficult time. With grief still fresh, organising the material elements of somebody’s life is upsetting. At worst though, it can be a source of conflict between family members.
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    Family Mediation Week 2018

    by | Jan 19, 2018 |
    A recent report by Aviva highlighted the hidden costs of divorce and separation that on average leave couples in the UK spending over £14000 on legal and lifestyle costs when their relationship breaks down. That number has increased by 17% since their 2014 Family Finances Report. According to Aviva’s recent report, legal fees associated with divorce and separation have more than doubled since 2014, with that number growing exponentially in 2018.
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    Keep Calm – The GDPR is coming!

    by Rachael Eyre | Jan 11, 2018 |
    New rules for the GDPR will come into place on the 25th of May, 2018. GDPR is widely said to be an evolution, not a revolution. It is designed to suit the world we find ourselves in now, 20 years ago not many people would think of their location data, biometric data or online identifier as being personal data.
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    Before-the-Event insurance – Do you have it?

    by | Jan 09, 2018 |
    Many people have BTE legal expenses insurance, but don’t realise it. Usually, BTE insurance is often part of household, travel or motor insurance, or can be sold as an ’add-on’ optional benefit. The cover it provides protects a customer against some or all of the legal costs that may occur following an unforeseen event that may lead to a legal claim or dispute.
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