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Housing Disrepair Claims

If you’re renting a property which you feel is not maintained to a satisfactory standard, you may be entitled to make a housing disrepair claim against your landlord. Defects in the property can be detrimental to your health, the security of your home and possessions, and your enjoyment of your home. If you also suffer a Personal Injury as a result of the disrepair, it can impact you in a number of other ways.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to help clients with a wide variety of legal matters, including claims for household disrepair against landlords. We operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful. Call us today on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website for free advice on your claim.

 

How can disputes arise over housing disrepair?

If you’re not satisfied with the state of repair of your rented property, in most instances, your landlord is obliged to remedy the problem to your satisfaction. You should report such issues promptly to your landlord to give them a chance to do so. They may ask for proof such as photographs or carrying out an inspection.

If you feel that a dispute may arise it can be best to communicate with them in writing to ensure you have a record of your correspondence in case you need to provide evidence at a later date.

Disputes can arise if your landlord feels that you caused or contributed to the disrepair through your actions, but there are many instances where the disrepair of the property is clearly down to the landlord.

 

What can I do to resolve a disrepair issue with my landlord?

As with any form of legal action, the best way to start is by trying to resolve the dispute amicably. You may find that your landlord is more amenable to working this way than you thought. It will help your case if you can demonstrate that you tried to resolve the issue this way. Court action is expensive and should only be seen as a last resort.

First you should look at your rental agreement as this may clarify what is and isn’t the responsibility of your landlord. However, most of the examples below can’t legally be passed on to you as the tenant, even if stated in the rental agreement.

Keep records of all correspondence and if you communicate face to face or over the phone, make a note of the dates and key points of the conversation while they are fresh in your mind. You should then give them a reasonable time to carry out any remedial work. The timescales will vary based on the nature and extent of the problem.

 

What sort of issues are usually included in disrepair claims?

In theory, any form of disrepair can be relevant to a claim provided that it genuinely impacts you in your occupation of the property. Typical claims include:

  • Issues with the gas supply and the safety of the gas equipment
  • Failure to supply clean water at the property
  • Leaks, Mould and Damp
  • Infestation with insects or vermin
  • The property is excessively cold or hot

In some instances, tenants also suffer Personal Injury as a consequence of the disrepair at the property. If this should happen to you, our specialist Personal Injury solicitors can also assist with this part of the claim.

 

How much compensation might I be entitled to for housing disrepair?

It is hard to give a likely compensation figure without knowing your full circumstances, so we strongly recommend that you contact us promptly for advice. The level of compensation will depend on a number of factors, but the main ones will be the nature of the disrepair and the amount of time you have been affected by it. We can usually give you a lot more clarity on our initial call as to whether or not your claim is likely to succeed.

 

How do I get advice on housing disrepair?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. There is no upfront cost – we’ll advise the best course of action to your dispute and then advise you of any costs before you choose whether or not to instruct us.

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Handling Employee Grievances

Grievances from your employees must be handled carefully and appropriately at all stages to ensure that the problem doesn’t escalate any further. Whether you need help in creating a grievance procedure or have received a grievance and need legal advice before responding, our lawyers can provide the knowledge and support you need.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What exactly is a grievance?

A grievance is a complaint, problem or issue that has been formally raised by an employee to someone else within the business. Typically, it would be raised with their line manager, unless their line manager happened to be the subject of the grievance.

 

How should I handle a grievance?

The employee may not know of your grievance procedure and may not even use the word ‘grievance’ in their correspondence. However, it is vital that you treat any such communication as a formal grievance and deal with it accordingly.

Your company should have a written grievance policy, which should be included in a staff handbook or contract. If you need help creating a grievance policy or would like to review an existing one, we can discuss your business with you and advise on the best written policy for your needs.

Failure to handle and acknowledge grievances properly can lead to bigger problems such as an Employment Tribunal claim, which can be costly and time-consuming for the business. You should respond promptly and fully on all points raised and do so in writing, explaining any actions or any reasons why you feel that the grievance isn’t valid.

 

What other legal services might I need?

Your grievance procedure should be part of your wider Employment Law procedures. We can advise on many of the other supporting activities such as drafting of Employment Contracts, Restrictive Covenants, Confidentiality Agreements, Settlement Agreements and more.

We can also help you with many other areas of Business Law including Commercial Property, Dispute Resolution, Commercial Agreements and more.

 

How do I get advice on handling grievances against my business?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. We’ll recommend the best course of action and explain the steps you should take and how we can support you with this. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.

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Defending Employment Tribunal Claims

If a former employee has commenced a claim against you at an Employment Tribunal, it’s vital that you defend the claim to the best of your ability. The outcomes of tribunals are often available to the public, so it can affect your reputation as an employer if the outcome is not favourable. With the right specialist advice on your side, you can defend the claim and ensure that you adhere to the correct rules and procedures.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What is an Employment Tribunal?

If you have dismissed an employee after two or more years of service, they may try to claim against you at an Employment Tribunal. They may do so if they feel they have genuine grounds for a claim of Wrongful, Unfair or Constructive Dismissal.

From the date of their dismissal, they have three months (minus a day) to make their claim. You must then respond within 28 days with your version of events, with a view to getting the claim struck out by the tribunal. Depending on the claims put forward by either party, the case may then proceed to a full tribunal hearing, with evidence such as witness statements being put forward by either side before any hearing takes place.

Many cases are settled before they reach a final hearing. We can advise at all stages whether or not we think the claim should be defended further, or whether settlement would be a better option. Even a relatively weak claim can take time, money and effort to defend and could still succeed, resulting in negative publicity for your business.

Defending a claim involves balancing the risk of failure against the reputation and resources of your business.

 

What other legal services might I need?

The best form of defence against employment tribunals is of course to help prevent them through clear, fair employment procedures. We can advise you on all of the main areas of Employment Law including drafting of Employment Contracts, Restrictive Covenants, Settlement Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements and more.

We can also advise on other aspects of Business Law, such as Commercial Property, Dispute Resolution and Commercial Agreements.

 

How do I get advice on defending Employment Tribunal claims?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss the circumstances of the tribunal claim with you. The initial call is free and if we think we can help you we’ll recommend the best course of action and advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Legal Advice for Industrial Action

If your business has been affected by industrial action, it’s vital that you get the specialist, professional legal advice you need to help resolve the dispute and get your business back to normal.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What is Industrial Action?

Industrial action can happen when employees and their unions are unable to reach an agreement with their employer through negotiation. It is treated as a last resort and can include strikes, overtime bans or working to rule.

The Trade Union Act 2016 made it more difficult for industrial action to occur, by requiring a higher turnout of voters and a higher proportion of the workforce to vote in favour of the action than was previously required. The legislation was controversial, but was designed to make it harder to suspend important services such as transport.

Although industrial action is now more difficult to bring about, it can still occur. The legislation has also had the effect of making unions more likely to push harder in negotiations with employers and rally more support from their members. It is therefore still important for employers to maintain good relationships with unions as well as employees.

 

What can I do if my employees take Industrial Action?

Your employees must ensure that any Industrial Action they take is lawful. As members of a union, it is likely that they will already be well advised on this. So, by the time a decision is taken they will likely know that the action they are taking is lawful.

Dismissing employees for taking lawful industrial action is likely to amount to automatically unfair dismissal, which can cause greater problems in the long run. What typically happens as a result of industrial action though, is that:

  • Employees are not paid for the period of industrial action
  • Employees are typically not deemed to have breached their contract (which could result in dismissal if they did)
  • Employees are not deemed to have broken their continuous service. However, their continuous service may be reduced by the length of time of the industrial action (which could affect their pension or severance pay in future).

If your employees do take any form of industrial action, it’s vital that you have the right legal support and knowledge on your side to help you through the process and to help maintain good relationships with your employers and their unions.

 

What other legal services might I need?

Like any business that depends heavily on its workforce, we recommend that advice on trade unions and industrial action forms part of a wider effort to ensure that your employment procedures remain fit for purpose over time. We can help with a wide range of Employment Law services including drafting of employment contracts, redundancy advice, TUPE advice, defending Employment Tribunal cases and more.

We can also advise you on Commercial Property, Dispute Resolution and many other Business Law services.

 

How do I get advice on Industrial Action and Trade Unions?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your requirements. The initial call is free and if we feel we can help you, we’ll recommend the best course of action and advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Redundancy Advice for Employers

If your business needs to make redundancies, the process can be difficult and challenging. It’s crucial that you get things right because each stage of the redundancy process presents potential issues which can be problematic if not handled correctly.

Our experienced team offers professional legal advice in different languages on a wide range of different legal matters, including employment law and redundancy.

 

What do I need to consider when it comes to making redundancies?

Making redundancies is a decision that you won’t have taken lightly. By the time you reach that decision it’s likely that you will have already explored all alternative ways of saving money or redeploying your staff to avoid redundancies.

At this stage, you will need to consider processes for the following steps:

  • Selecting staff for redundancy fairly, which might include looking for staff willing to take voluntary redundancy.
  • A consultation process with employees in groups and as individuals, to explain the process and gather their thoughts.
  • An application process for new roles, which may include interviews and assessments.
  • Documentation and processes for making redundancies including notice periods.
  • Dealing with any appeals, disputes, employment tribunals or settlement agreements.

It’s important to put clear, fair procedures in place so that you retain the right staff and that those who end up leaving the business feel that they have at least been treated fairly. Disgruntled staff can be resistant to help with handover of work, could spread negative word of mouth about the business, and in extreme cases could pursue the company for wrongful dismissal, which could result in an employment tribunal.

 

What other legal services might I need?

As a business, it’s likely that you will have other, wider needs for legal support on an ad-hoc or ongoing basis. We offer a wide range of other Employment Law services and can also advise on Business Law including Dispute Resolution, Commercial Property and more.

 

How do I get advice on making redundancies for my business?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. Then we’ll recommend the best course of action to make the staff changes you need to. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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TUPE Advice for Employers

If you’re looking to acquire or merge with another company, you will need to consider TUPE regulations, which will impact your obligations towards the new employees you are taking on. TUPE is a complex area for which professional legal advice, based on the specific circumstances of the transaction, will be of great value to your business.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What is TUPE?

TUPE stands for Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. In short, it exists to protect the rights of employees whose employer is bought by (or merged with) another company. It ensures that they:

  • Continue to work on the same terms and conditions as they did for the previous employer
  • Are recognised for their continuous service in the event of redundancy

It is common for restructures to take place at the same time as a merger or acquisition (or shortly afterwards) so that the combined company can make efficiencies. This can result in redundancies, so the TUPE regulations play an important role in protecting the rights of those new employees.

 

Is TUPE relevant for my business?

If you are acquiring a business, or merging with one then it’s highly likely that TUPE regulations will apply and you will need to recognise them. If you are merely buying shares in another business and not fully acquiring it, then TUPE may not apply but you should seek initial legal advice before you complete any transaction, to determine the relevance of the TUPE regulations.

If you are contracting out, or contracting in a service, TUPE may also apply. For example, a company may choose to outsource its IT operations to an external company and all of their IT staff will transfer to the external company as employees and continue to carry out the same work. In this instance, the TUPE regulations will typically apply.

 

How do I get advice on TUPE for my business?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. If you’re acquiring or merging with a company or have any other reason to need TUPE advice, we’ll discuss your circumstances and recommend the best course of action. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Unfair Dismissal Advice for Employers

If one of your employees alleges that you dismissed them unfairly, getting the right advice promptly can help you defend their claim. There might also be simple steps you can take to leave yourself less open to such accusations in the future.

A dismissed employee has little left to lose and has time on their hands to make their claim against you. However, things won’t be so simple for you – defending the claim can be costly and time-consuming, even if you weren’t in the wrong. We can help you resolve the issue as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Our specialist Employment Law team offers advice in different languages on a wide range of legal matters, including unfair dismissal.

 

What exactly is Unfair Dismissal?

If an employee isn’t performing effectively in their role, there are processes to follow to help them correct their performance. If these processes don’t work, you may end up dismissing them based on their performance or capability. This can take time, but by following the right procedures, the dismissal can be done fairly.

However, in some instances an employee can allege that their dismissal was unfair. In the UK, employees need to have two years’ continuous service (minus one week) before they have the right to claim unfair dismissal.

If you dismiss an employee who has the right to claim unfair dismissal, it’s important that you’re able to prove that you dismissed them fairly. Unfair dismissal claims often arise when the employer has failed to follow correct procedures – such as disciplinary or capability procedures – or failed to document them correctly.

In some instances, dismissal can also be found to be ‘automatically unfair’, for which there is no meaningful defence, other than taking steps to avoid similar claims in the future.

 

What is Automatically Unfair Dismissal?

If the dismissal is found to breach the employee’s basic statutory rights, it is deemed to be ‘automatically unfair’ regardless of the procedures that were followed. The requirement for two years’ service does not apply to automatically unfair dismissals, so any employee can claim if they have grounds to do so.

Automatically unfair dismissal can arise if the employee is dismissed on the basis of:

  • Discrimination under the Equality Act 2010
  • Flexible working arrangements or requests
  • Rights under the Working Time Regulations
  • Seeking to assert a statutory right such as National Minimum Wage or safe working conditions
  • Taking compassionate leave
  • Whistleblowing

If you’re considering making a dismissal, it’s crucial that you take account of the above factors, to ensure that you don’t leave yourself open to a claim for unfair or automatically unfair dismissal.

 

What other legal services might I need?

Our team offers a wide range of Business Law and Employment Law services. Unfair Dismissal is a serious issue requiring specific advice if you have received such an accusation. However, prevention is the best way to manage this risk through the preparation of Employment Contracts and Employment Procedures to ensure that you and your employees are clear about what is expected of them from the outset.

 

How do I get advice on Unfair Dismissal for my business?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your requirements with you. We’ll then recommend the Employment Law support we think you will need. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Drafting Employment Procedures

Employment Law problems can often hinge on the quality of your policies and procedures. It’s important to get things right so you don’t leave yourself open to problems which can become costly, stressful and time-consuming to deal with. We can help you stay on the right side of the law and ensure that your procedures are clear, consistent and manageable.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What do I need to consider when drafting Employment Procedures?

There are many things you need to consider, including:

  • The level of HR expertise within the business
  • The nature of the work and the access people have to data and confidential information
  • Health & Safety procedures within the business

These are just a few examples of factors that can influence your HR procedures and there will be many more, depending on the specific characteristics of your business. We can discuss your business with you and review your existing procedures if you have them, to help determine the advice and support you may need.

 

What Employment Law procedures might I need to have in place?

This too will depend on the nature of your business, but is likely to include:

  • Employment Contracts and Staff Handbooks
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Redundancies
  • Disciplinary and Grievance procedures

If you need advice on the above or any other areas of Employment Law, contact us today to discuss your requirements and how we could help you.

 

How do I get advice on Employment Procedures?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. We’ll recommend the best course of action to ensure that you have clear, consistent procedures in place to effectively manage relationships with your employees. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Drafting Employment Contracts

As an employer, your Contracts of Employment for the legal basis of your relationships with your employees at all levels of the business. It is important that you get these contracts right and continue to keep them up to date as your business and employment legislation change over time.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What do I need to consider when drafting Contracts of Employment?

You’re most likely to need legal advice on your employment contracts in the following circumstances:

  • When taking on staff for the first time
  • When taking on more senior staff who may need specific terms in their contract
  • When your existing contracts have been in place for a long time and may need reviewing
  • When significantly changing the way the business operates

If any of the above apply to your business, or there’s any other reason you feel that you need professional legal advice, contact us to discuss your circumstances.

 

What other legal services might I need?

Your employment contracts are just one part of your HR operations and you may also need to consider:

  • Drafting employment procedures
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Redundancies
  • TUPE
  • Employment Tribunal defence

If you need advice on the above or any other areas of Employment Law, contact us today to discuss your requirements and how we could help you.

 

How do I get advice on Employment Contracts?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. We’ll recommend the best course of action to ensure that your contracts are effective for your business. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Personal Injury Compensation Trusts

If you, a loved one or family member have received compensation for a Personal Injury, it could be beneficial to transfer those funds to a trust. This can help manage the money carefully over time and ensure that entitlement to state benefits is not affected by receiving such a large one-off compensation payment.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What is a Trust?

A trust is a legal arrangement for managing money and assets for the long term. It is managed by trustees appointed by the settlor (the person whose money is put into the trust). The trustees will manage and distribute the funds over time, in line with guidance provided by the settlor.

If you were the person injured and you still have mental capacity to make decisions, you can act as a trustee yourself and also appoint others (such as family members, loved ones or a solicitor) to help you manage the trust.

Trusts can help to distribute money and assets over a period of time, based on future events and outcomes. This makes them very beneficial for managing Personal Injury compensation, where future financial and care needs can be hard to predict.

 

How is a Personal Injury Trust beneficial?

If the injured person is unable to work following the injury, they may be entitled to claim state benefits. However, if those benefits are means-tested, a large compensation settlement might rule them out of receiving the support they deserve.

Given that the compensation payout is intended to last them for the rest of their life and could be needed for costly care and medical treatment, it would be inherently unfair for them be denied benefits.

By paying that compensation payout into a trust, they could manage that money carefully over time, with the help of their trustees. The trust is seen as a separate entity, so the funds would sit outside of the means-testing process for state benefits.

 

What other legal advice might I need?

If the injured person lacks mental capacity, you may be able to make certain decisions on their behalf. Our Court of Protection specialists can provide the advice you need for this.

We can also advise on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Inheritance Tax Planning, as any unused funds held in the trust when the beneficiary dies will usually form part of their estate. It is best to plan ahead of time for how their assets will be distributed after their death.

 

How do I get legal advice on Personal Injury Trusts?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your circumstances thoroughly with you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Trusts Disputes

If you’re a beneficiary or a trustee of a trust, we can help you in the event of a dispute between any of the parties involved in its administration. This can be a complex and emotive area of the law, so you need the right level of legal expertise on your side to help resolve the dispute.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

How can disputes arise over a Trust?

When appointing trustees, the settlor (the person setting up the trust) will have chosen them very carefully, given the level of authority a trustee can have over the money and assets held in the trust. It is common for trustees to be close relatives or loved ones of the settlor, which can make any disputes all the more complex and upsetting.

Examples of how trust disputes can arise include:

  • Beneficiaries might feel that they are being denied money that should be paid to them by the trust
  • You may feel that a trustee has acted against the best interests of the beneficiaries, or that another trustee has ignored their actions
  • The settlor may have created the trust under duress from another party
  • The settlor or a trustee may be found to have lacked the mental capacity necessary to carry out their role
  • The trust may have been used to disguise ownership of certain assets

These are just a few examples of the many ways that a trusts dispute can arise. If you have any concerns about the way that a trust is being administered, we recommend that you seek legal advice.

 

How will I know if I should take action to resolve a trusts dispute?

The role of a trustee calls for a very high level of personal and professional integrity. You should keep this in mind when determining whether or not a particular act or omission by a trustee is sufficiently serious to warrant legal action. We can discuss the circumstances of any breach of duty with you and advise whether or not you should take things further.

 

How are trusts disputes resolved?

Depending on the content of the trust document, it may be possible to remove a trustee, if the dispute relates solely to their conduct. If this is not possible, the dispute may have to be settled by mediation as an alternative to the cost and complexity of going to court.

Should this prove unsuccessful, the dispute can be settled in court as a last resort, however it is often possible to avoid this. Without speaking to you, to establish the full facts of your dispute, we are unable to give more specific advice, so we recommend that you contact us promptly to discuss your circumstances.

 

How do I get legal advice on trusts disputes?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your circumstances thoroughly with you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.

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Trusts Solicitors

A trust can be a simple, effective way of distributing money and assets to your beneficiaries after your death. It also allows you to defer payments until a later date, such as when they reach a specific age, rather than paying them straight away. It can also help you be more tax-efficient in the distribution of your assets.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What exactly is a Trust?

A trust is a fund that sits outside of an estate, from which money can be paid to beneficiaries. It can be set up while you are still alive, or you can specify in your will that a trust will be created after your death. Either way, you will need to decide who to appoint as trustees. These will need to be people you have a very high level of trust in.

A benefit of a trust is that you can defer payments to beneficiaries rather than them receiving a lump sum on your death. Many people are attracted to trusts because they see them as being tax-efficient in terms of Inheritance Tax. In reality, they can be tax-efficient if they are managed properly, but sometimes not to the extent that people expect.

Tax is typically payable at the point of setting up a trust, to discourage people from using them solely to reduce their tax bill. If you set up a trust with the sole intention of reducing Inheritance Tax, it may not be as effective as you thought. However, there are other ways that trusts can benefit you and your beneficiaries.

 

How do I benefit from a Trust?

Parts of your estate may be left immediately and in full, to a beneficiary. However, there are some circumstances where you may wish to defer the transfer of an asset to your beneficiaries. Examples might include:

  • Leaving assets to children currently under 18 – These beneficiaries can’t legally inherit until they are 18, so assets would be owned by the trust until they reach that age. You may also wish to stage further payments throughout their life – for example a further payment at age 21, rather than a full lump sum.
  • Paying education fees beyond your death – If you have children or grandchildren at fee-paying schools, or likely to study at university, you can arrange for these to be paid at the appropriate times through the trust.
  • Paying care fees for vulnerable loved ones – If you are responsible for care fees for your spouse, partner or anyone else the trust can continue to pay these fees until their death.
  • Replacing your income – If your spouse or partner depends on your income, you can provide them with an income from the trust from your death, for the remainder of their life.
  • Allowing others to benefit without ownership – You may wish to leave your property to your children but you may be remarried or cohabiting with a new partner. You could transfer your property to the trust, allowing your partner to live there until their death, at which point the trustees would sell the property and transfer the proceeds to your children.

 

What other legal advice might I need?

When it comes to planning your estate and distributing your assets to your loved ones, it is best to take a holistic approach and look at all your wishes before and after your death and cover all eventualities.

We recommend that Trusts are used alongside our Will Writing service, to ensure consistency between the two. If you have any assets or beneficiaries in other countries, you might also need to consider an International Will to include those.

You should also consider planning ahead for loss of mental capacity in later years. A Lasting Power of Attorney helps you do this by nominating trusted individuals to make decisions on your behalf if you lack the mental capacity to make such decisions in the future.

 

How do I get legal advice on Trusts?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your circumstances thoroughly with you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.

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Property Deeds of Gift

A Deed of Gift helps you gift your property to loved ones or family members, such as your children. When executed correctly and in the right circumstances, this can be a tax-efficient way to pass your property on to your children as it may reduce their Inheritance Tax liabilities after your death.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What do I need to consider when creating a Deed of Gift for my property?

Gifting your property to someone else relies on an extremely high level of trust. You may feel very confident that there won’t be an issue, but it’s important that you know the potential seriousness of any family disputes after you gift your property to them. You could effectively find yourself living in their property after gifting it to them.

You must also consider what happens to your house if one or more of your children unexpectedly die before you. The house (or their share of it) would effectively form part of their estate, so their beneficiaries could be entitled to inherit it, rather than the property returning to you.

 

What are the benefits of gifting my property through a Deed of Gift?

Many people gift property to their children in later life, once they have paid off their mortgage and own the property outright. Inheritance Tax is often the reason people choose to do this and it can also save time and paperwork after your death, as the Probate and Estates Administration process can be very lengthy.

It is important to execute Deeds of Gift carefully and legal advice can help you ensure that you don’t undermine your reasons for gifting the property. For example:

  • You can help reduce the Inheritance Tax your beneficiaries pay after your death. However, you need to do so at least 7 years before your death. If you wish to still live in the property in the meantime, you may also need to pay your children rent at the market rate. Failure to comply with these rules could leave your children still liable to pay Inheritance Tax.
  • If you are also looking to reduce your assets to improve your chances of receiving funding for care home fees in future, this also comes with risks. You should be aware that local authorities sometimes look into any deeds of gift and may issue charges against the property (entitling them to a percentage of the proceeds of a future sale).

As these points demonstrate, a Deed of Gift can be effective but does come with an element of risk.  You must plan it carefully to cover a wide range of eventualities and be aware of the potential pitfalls if events don’t turn out as you expected. This is where specialist legal advice can be very beneficial.

 

What other legal advice might I need?

If you’re looking into a Deed of Gift, you may also want to consider Will Writing (if you don’t already have a will) or a Lasting Power of Attorney to enable your family to make decisions on your behalf if you lose the mental capacity to make such decisions for yourself in future.

Your children or beneficiaries might also need advice on Probate & Estates Administration after your death, or on Residential Conveyancing if they choose to sell the property in future.

 

How do I get legal advice on Deeds of Gift?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your circumstances thoroughly with you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.

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Inheritance Tax Planning Solicitors

If you have a large estate to leave to your loved ones and family members in future, it pays to plan your estate ahead of time, to make best use of tax efficiencies. That way your beneficiaries will retain a greater proportion of the money and assets that you’ve worked hard to accumulate over your lifetime.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

How do I ensure that my will is efficient in terms of Inheritance Tax?

For many beneficiaries of wills, Inheritance Tax doesn’t apply because their estates are below the threshold. However, on larger estates Inheritance Tax can significantly reduce the amount your beneficiaries are left with.

As with any form of tax, there are things you can’t do to reduce your tax liabilities and rules do exist to prevent fraudulent activity. However, there is plenty you can do legally to help minimise the amount of tax your beneficiaries pay, such as:

  • Estate planning
  • Trusts
  • Transfer of tax-free allowances to spouses or civil partners
  • Will writing
  • Gifts and charity donations

No two estates are ever the same, so we will discuss your likely estate with you in detail and help you plan the distribution of your assets in the most tax-efficient way we can. As rules and tax allowances change over time, we can then review your plans regularly to ensure that they are still in line with your wishes and the latest tax rules.

 

What other legal advice might I need?

If you own a business, we can also advise on specific Wills for Business Owners. You may also have overseas assets such as holiday homes or business. If this is the case you may benefit from either an International Will, or taking out a will in the country where those assets are held.

 

How do I get legal advice on Inheritance Tax Planning?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your circumstances thoroughly with you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.

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Court of Protection Solicitors

If one of your loved ones or family members lacks the mental capacity to make complex legal decisions, you can act on their behalf to ensure that their best interests are represented. Our Court of Protection specialists can help you achieve this and can explain the steps you need to take to make decisions on their behalf.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What is the Court of Protection?

The Court of Protection is based in London and exists to represent the interests of those who lack mental capacity in the UK. It was created in 2007 as a result of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Among other things, the court makes decisions on:

  • Whether or not someone has the mental capacity to make a particular decision for themselves
  • The appointment of suitable deputies to make decisions for those who lack mental capacity
  • Giving one-off permission to certain individuals and professionals to make specific decisions

With the Court of Protection having only existed since 2007, this area of the law is still less established than many others. For that reason, it’s important to get the right legal advice from an experienced Court of Protection specialist.

 

What else do I need to consider for a person who lacks the mental capacity to make decisions?

A lack of mental capacity could be temporary. For example it may be caused by an injury which they later recover from sufficiently to make such decisions for themselves. You may still need advice for any important legal decisions that need to be made before they recover.

In other instances, people might lack capacity for the rest of their lives and may also have received a compensation payment if the incapacity is a result of a serious injury. If your loved one or family member has a Personal Injury trust (which is used to help manage their compensation funds to meet their ongoing needs) we can also provide the necessary advice to make best use of this.

 

How do I get legal advice on Mental Capacity and the Court of Protection?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your circumstances thoroughly with you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.

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Declarations of Trust

If you’re responsible for a property held on trust, a Declaration of Trust can help clarify the legal obligations and rights of all parties involved with the property. This can simplify matters in future if the property should be sold or transferred to other parties, or if maintenance is required.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What is a Declaration of Trust?

When a property is held as part of a Trust it might be owned jointly by any number of parties. The ownership and upkeep of the property can become very complicated and a Declaration of Trust provides clarity over the rights and responsibilities of the different parties.

For example, it may be that one or more of the parties also occupies the property as part of the arrangement and there are matters such as maintenance and upkeep, insurance and the proportion of equity held by each party, to be taken into consideration.

To create a Declaration of Trust, all parties will need to negotiate and agree the necessary provisions of the declaration between them, with the help of a specialist solicitor.

 

Who needs a Declaration of Trust for a property?

Anyone who has a ‘beneficial interest’ in a property held on trust can benefit from the clarity that a Declaration of Trust provides. A beneficial interest could mean that you own a proportion of the property or are entitled to occupy it.

 

When is a Declaration of Trust taken out?

It would typically be taken out at the point that the property is placed within the trust. This may happen as part of the administration of a will, or it could be done for Inheritance Tax Planning reasons.

 

How do I get legal advice on Declarations of Trust?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your circumstances thoroughly with you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney

If you think you, or a loved one may lack the mental capacity to make important decisions in future, a Lasting Power of Attorney (or LPA) makes it easier for a named person to make decisions on their behalf. With conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease becoming more common, it is important to plan ahead.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

An LPA is a legal document which makes it easier for named individuals (such as close relatives or a loved one) to make decisions for you on your behalf, if you lack the mental capacity to make the right decisions for yourself.

There are two types of LPA:

  • Financial & Affairs – which allows people to make decisions on your finances or even your business on your behalf.
  • Health & Welfare – which allows people to make decisions about medical care you receive or any care homes you move into.

You can also take out both types of LPA if you want your appointed attorneys to make all your significant decisions when required.

 

Who can take out a Lasting Power of Attorney?

To take out an LPA, you must be able to prove that you have the mental capacity to understand the process. If you are in good health, with no signs of dementia and no reason to question your mental capacity, getting an LPA is straightforward.

A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease can complicate the process. It doesn’t necessarily prevent you from taking one out but can make the process more complicated. The legal requirement for an LPA is simply that you still have the mental capacity, rather than making reference to any specific conditions.

Our advice is to act quickly if you think that dementia, or any condition that might affect mental capacity is likely to be an issue. Dementia is a progressive condition, so it will only get more difficult to prove mental capacity as it progresses.

An LPA is not only useful in later life. You could also lose mental capacity as a result of a Personal Injury such as a Road Traffic Accident at any stage in your life. If you have dependents and are considering making a will, it is worth considering taking out an LPA at the same time, as you never know what the future may hold.

 

What else do I need to consider for Lasting Powers of Attorney?

You should also consider how you want your attorneys to operate when it comes to making decisions for you. For example, you may want to simply appoint one attorney (such as one of your children) or you may have multiple children and want them to make decisions jointly.

If appointing joint attorneys, you should also consider what happens if any of them should die or lose their own mental capacity, or if they disagree on a decision. We can advise on this and help you cover all eventualities.

 

What other advice might I need?

An LPA can work well alongside a will to ensure that all of your wishes for later life and after your death are planned as thoroughly as possible. If you don’t yet have a will, our Will Writing specialists can help you with this and also Trusts which can help you distribute your assets tax-efficiently through your will.

 

How do I get legal advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your circumstances thoroughly with you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.

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Probate & Estates Administration Solicitors

If you’re responsible for administering the will of a relative or loved one, legal advice on Probate & Estates Administration can help you ensure that you meet your legal and tax obligations. By working with an experienced specialist, you can be sure that the will has been administered correctly and problems won’t arise later on, after the estate has been settled.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What exactly is Probate?

Probate is typically used to refer to the process of proving that a will is valid and dealing with the assets of a person who has died. This can include their money, property, possessions and other financial assets such as shares. Dealing with those assets can have legal and tax implications. The assets may be sold or transferred to beneficiaries, as specified in the will. Any outstanding debts would be settled from the estate.

As part of the process, you will probably need to apply for a Grant of Probate (or a similar document called a Grant of Letters of Administration if there was no will). Either of these documents can be used to grant access to named representatives (such as the executors) to the deceased’s bank accounts and financial assets.

 

How long does Probate & Estates Administration take?

There is no simple answer to this and it can vary greatly depending on the size and complexity of the estate. A simple estate with no property might take as little as 3 months. If property is involved it could take 6-12 months, and it is not uncommon for large, complex estates to take years to administer.

 

Do I need a solicitor for Probate & Estates Administration?

Strictly speaking, you don’t need a solicitor and for very small estates consisting of a small amount of cash and no property, you may be able to handle the administration adequately yourself.

However, working with a solicitor gives you significant peace of mind that problems such as unexpected tax bills or contesting of the will are much less likely to arise after the estate has been administered. Our legal specialists have thorough working knowledge of the relevant legal processes and tax regimes to ensure that the deceased’s wishes will be carried out as required and within the relevant rules.

 

What other legal advice might I need?

Should any problems arise with any probate work you have had carried out elsewhere, we can also advise on Contesting a Will. If you’ve recently acted as an executor or inherited money yourself, you may also feel that you need to arrange to write a will for yourself.

 

How do I get legal advice on Probate & Estates Administration?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your circumstances thoroughly with you. Then we’ll explain the process and how we can help you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.

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Disputed Wills & Probate

If you’ve lost a loved one or family member and feel that the will, or the way that probate is being conducted, go against the wishes of the deceased, you may be able to contest the will. You must establish the grounds for contesting the will and be able to provide proof. We can work with you to determine whether or not you have a chance of successfully contesting the will.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

How do I go about contesting a will?

To successfully contest a will, you must find suitable grounds and then provide proof to back up your claim. The following are all grounds for contesting a will:

  • Lacking the mental capacity to have a will prepared and sign it off
  • Being placed under duress to sign the will
  • Lacking the knowledge and approval to fully understand the will
  • Ambiguity of the content of the will
  • Insufficient formalities in the creation and signing of the will (such as witnesses)
  • Fraud or forgery of the will

The above would all be sufficient grounds, but the difficulty in contesting a will comes down to providing proof. All of these issues date back to the time that the will was prepared, making it challenging to prove. The deceased person will have had the best knowledge of the process and whether or not the will was executed correctly. However, despite these challenges, wills are successfully contested and you have nothing to lose by seeking some initial advice on your case.

 

When should I contest the will?

The most important thing is to act quickly if you feel that the will is not consistent with the deceased’s wishes. If you don’t seek prompt legal advice, there is a risk that probate could be granted before you are able to contest the will.

Whilst this doesn’t stop you contesting the will, it can make matters more complicated. If you do contest the will, it is possible in some cases to halt the probate process until your case has concluded.

 

How do I get legal advice on contesting a will?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your circumstances thoroughly with you. If we think you have a valid case for contesting the will, we will explain the process and how we can help you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Wills for Business Owners

If you own a business, or even have shares in a business you need to think carefully about how best to handle your business assets in your will. You need to allow for inheritance tax whilst also considering the wishes of your family and others involved in the business, such as shareholders. With the right advice, you can balance all of these needs to create a will that works for you, your beneficiaries and your business.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

How can I distribute my business assets in my will?

This depends on a number of factors, including your wishes for the business, the other people involved in the business, the value of the business (or your share of it) and the inheritance tax implications.

You may be happy to leave your business (if you own it outright) to your family, to continue a family business. This will have inheritance tax implications and we can advise on the most tax-efficient way to pass your business on.

If there are other shareholders in the business, you can make provision in your will for the existing shareholders to have first option on buying your shares. Many businesses have insurance in place so that in the event of the death of a shareholder, the remaining shareholders would receive a lump sum enabling them to buy the shares.

 

What other legal services might I need?

If you’re looking to arrange a will with us, we also recommend that you consider the following services along with your will:

  • A Lasting Power of Attorney, to enable nominated people to make decisions on your behalf in the future, if you lack the mental capacity to do so through illness or injury.
  • A Trust to help you distribute your assets tax-efficiently, or to leave money to children who are currently under 18.
  • Will Retrieval & Storage to make it easy for your beneficiaries to track down your will
  • Probate & Estates Administration to enable your executors to carry out your wishes
  • Residential Conveyancing if your estate contains properties. Your executors may need legal support in transferring the ownership or selling the property.

 

How do I get advice on wills as a business owner?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. We’ll arrange a time to speak to you in more detail, so we can recommend the right will for your needs. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.

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International Wills, Trusts & Probate

If you have assets in other countries or want to leave money or assets to beneficiaries in other countries, professional legal advice can help you find the best way to administer your will. An international will makes the process significantly easier to determine how your estate will be distributed.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

How do International Wills operate?

The way your international will is arranged will depend heavily on your circumstances, depending on your nationality, the contents of your estate and the countries you have assets or beneficiaries in. All countries operate differently in terms of probate and in some cases you may be better served by having multiple wills.

If for example you have large assets, such as a property or a business, in one particular country then a local will in that country may be more appropriate. We can advise on the best will (or combination of wills) based on your circumstances.

If you are distributing assets to beneficiaries in another country, as well as a separate will for that country, you may be able to arrange trusts in that country too. Tax regimes will also vary greatly between countries, so it’s important to get professional advice, based on all of your international assets.

 

What other legal services might I need?

If you have property in the UK and might need to arrange a transfer of ownership or even sell the properties, our Residential Conveyancing department can help with the legal processes for this.

 

How do I get advice on International Wills, Trusts & Probate?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. We’ll then arrange a time to discuss your requirements in more detail and to explore the assets and beneficiaries you have in different countries. The initial call is free, and if we can help you, we’ll recommend the best course of action and advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Will Storage & Retrieval

Whether you already have a will in place, or would like to arrange one, we can help you store your will securely in our archive. That way, your beneficiaries will know where the will is stored, should the worst happen. You can also retrieve it as and when required in the future, should you need to make any amendments.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

How do I arrange for my will to be stored?

Firstly, you need to have a suitable will in place. If you don’t, you can talk to us about our will writing service. Depending on the contents of your estate and your beneficiaries, you may also benefit from a Lasting Power of Attorney or Inheritance Trusts.

To store your will, simply contact us and we’ll explain the process along with any costs. You have the option to retain a copy to pass to your executors and we can also register your will on the National Will Register, which makes it significantly easier to find in later years.

You should not place your will in a bank safety deposit box, because on your death, this can’t be opened without probate being carried out.

 

How will my family know where my will is stored?

The easiest thing is to pass details of the firm holding your will to your executors or family members. They can then keep this in a safe place along with other important paperwork. Adding the will to the National Will Register is an affordable way to add an extra safeguard to ensure that the will is easy to find.

 

Why might I need to retrieve my will?

We always recommend that you have your will revised if your circumstances change significantly. If for example, you paid off a credit card debt it would probably not be worth changing your will for this. If however, you divorce, change your beneficiaries or dispose of a large asset such as a property, this should be reflected in a revised will.

If you need to make amends to your will, if the original will was arranged by us, we can advise whether or not any fees apply. Amending a will is usually much easier than writing one from scratch so you will typically be charged a much smaller fee for amendments, unless the changes are very significant.

 

What other legal services might I need?

When taking out a will, we always recommend Lasting Powers of Attorney (or LPAs), as you never know when your mental capacity might be affected by illness, so we recommend arranging an LPA while you still have full mental capacity.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also benefit from Trusts and we can carry out the Probates & Estate Administration work for your beneficiaries after your death.

Should the estate contain any property, your executors may need legal support to help them transfer the ownership, or even sell the property. Our Residential Conveyancing department can help them with this.

 

How do I get advice on Wills Retrieval & Storage?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website. We’ll discuss the location of your current will and also explain how and where to store it, how to let your family or loved ones know where it is stored. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.

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Wills Solicitors

Many of our clients know how important it is to create a will, but simply haven’t got round to arranging one. If the same applies to you, we can help you take the first steps towards arranging one and will make the whole process simple for you. It’s important to know that if the worst should happen, it will be easier for your loved ones to carry out your wishes after your death.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What do I need to consider when it comes to writing a will?

We’ll discuss your situation with you fully and help you determine how you’d like your estate to be distributed if the unexpected should happen. We’ll take you through a full fact-find process so that all of your assets are accounted for, which would reduce the complication for your executors.

Writing a will is not only about your financial assets but can reflect all aspects of your life. You can include such things as your wishes for who should look after your children, your funeral arrangements, logins for accounts and digital assets (such as your Social Media accounts) and even your wishes for what should happen to your pets.

We aim to make the process as simple as possible, whilst also ensuring that the will fully addresses all of your wishes.

 

What other legal services might I need?

When taking out a will, a growing number of people also take out a Lasting Power of Attorney (or LPA). This is probably influenced by increased awareness of conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. With an LPA in place, a nominated person (such as a close relative) can make decisions on your behalf in future, if you lack the mental capacity to do so for yourself. An LPA can be arranged to cover financial decisions, health and care decisions, or both.

If you’re leaving large sums of money to your beneficiaries, or want to leave money directly to children under 18, you can also establish a trust. This can be a tax-efficient way of passing money on, or it can allow you to stage the amounts that some beneficiaries inherit from you over a number of years.

If your estate contains any property, our Residential Conveyancing team can provide the legal support you need to either transfer the ownership of the property, or to sell it.

 

How do I get advice on writing a will?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you and arrange a time to talk in more detail about your wishes, your beneficiaries and your assets. Then we’ll recommend the advice and support we think you need and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us. The initial call is free.

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House Sale Solicitors

If you’re looking to sell your house, we can provide the professional legal advice you need to complete the transaction promptly and smoothly. Our conveyancing specialists have helped many clients and can explain the steps you need to take to ensure that the sale goes ahead as smoothly as possible.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters, including residential conveyancing. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What do I need to consider when it comes to conveyancing for my house sale?

Once you’ve made the big decision to sell your property, you’ll probably want the sale to go ahead as quickly as possible. It’s important to start the legal process as soon as you can and be aware of the key steps along the way, such as:

  • Pre-exchange – at this stage, we will work with you and the buyer of the property to prepare a contract. If you have a mortgage on the property, we can also advise what you need to do to redeem it.
  • Exchange of contracts – once all parties are agreed, we will exchange contracts with the other party. This is a crucial stage of the process as it is the point where you formally commit to completing the sale of your property.
  • Completion – at this stage, the transaction is complete and the change of ownership of the property takes effect. Sometimes, the exchange and completion will be simultaneous. However, in many instances there may be around two weeks between exchange and completion, to allow all parties to finalise arrangements such as removing your belongings and arranging to take readings from the energy meters.
  • Post-completion – after the completion, there is still work to be done, including submitting the relevant paperwork to Land Registry.

This is a simple overview of the process and we can explain the rest of the process before you choose whether or not to instruct us. We’ll then explain what we need from you at each step as the sale progresses.

If you’re also buying a property, we can advise you on the purchase and start a file for you on both the sale and purchase, invoicing you for both when your move is completed.

 

What does Residential Conveyancing cost for my house sale?

The legal costs involved in a house move are:

  • Disbursements – These are external costs for searches and other processes we need to carry out on your behalf. We arrange these directly with the relevant providers and pass these costs on to you. If you are only selling your house (and not buying another one) there will be fewer disbursements, but some will still be payable. We will explain all of these costs up front before you decide to instruct us and add them to your invoice. It’s important to know that these are not refundable if your transaction doesn’t go ahead.
  • Our Legal Fees – Our fees relate to the time we spend working on your case. However, we recognise that you need to work to a budget for any property transaction, so we’ll usually quote you a fixed fee upfront and in some instances we will work on a ‘no move, no fee’ basis (although disbursement costs may still apply).

If you’re looking to sell and have found a buyer, contact us today and we’ll provide you with a clear, detailed quote so you can budget for your legal costs ahead of time.

 

What other legal services might I need?

After selling your house, you may feel that it’s a good time to arrange a will. Many people in the UK know the importance of having a will, but have yet to arrange one. We can also help you with a wide range of other legal services, including Personal Injury, Dispute Resolution, Debt Recovery and more.

 

How do I get advice on Residential Conveyancing for my house sale?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. We can provide a prompt quote to help you budget accordingly. We’ll then explain all the steps you need to take and all the relevant costs, before you decide whether or not to go ahead.

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Remortgage Conveyancing Solicitors

If you’re re-mortgaging your house, we can provide the specialist legal advice you need to ensure that your re-mortgage goes smoothly. Whether you’re re-mortgaging to borrow more money, to get a more competitive interest rate, to remove someone from the mortgage or any other reason, we can help you. We’re experienced in helping both owner-occupiers and landlords with the legal aspects of re-mortgaging their properties.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters, including residential conveyancing. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

How long does conveyancing take for a re-mortgage?

The answer to this question will vary, based on your circumstances and the way that your current and new mortgage lenders operate. However, if the transaction is purely a re-mortgage with no sale or purchase of another property your case should be much simpler than a house move.

Timescales should therefore be much shorter and we will look to give you a realistic indication of timings at the outset.

 

What does Residential Conveyancing cost for a re-mortgage?

The legal costs involved in a re-mortgage consist of:

  • Disbursements – These are external costs for searches and other processes we need to carry out on your behalf. We arrange these directly with the relevant provider and pass these costs on to you. We will explain all of these costs up front before you decide to instruct us and add them to your invoice. It’s important to know that these are not refundable if your re-mortgage doesn’t go ahead.
  • Our Legal Fees – Our fees relate to the time we spend working on your case. However, we recognise that you need to work to a budget for any property transaction, so we’ll usually quote you a fixed fee upfront.

If you’re sure that you wish to re-mortgage your property, contact us today for a quotation on the conveyancing work you need. We’ll explain the process and all of the relevant fees upfront, so you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you’d like to work with us.

 

What other legal services might I need?

Once the re-mortgage is completed you may feel that it’s a good time to arrange a will. Many people in the UK know they need to arrange one, but most of them have yet to arrange one. We can also help you with a wide range of other legal services, including Personal Injury, Dispute Resolution, Debt Recovery and more.

 

How do I get advice on Residential Conveyancing for a re-mortgage?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. We can then provide you with a prompt quote to help you plan ahead. We’ll then explain all the steps you need to take before you decide whether or not to go ahead.

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House Purchase Solicitors

If you’re looking to buy a house, we can provide the professional legal advice you need to complete your purchase promptly and smoothly. Our conveyancing specialists have helped many clients and can explain the steps you need to take to ensure that your purchase goes ahead as smoothly as possible.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters, including residential conveyancing. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What do I need to consider when it comes to conveyancing for my house purchase?

Once you’ve made the big decision to move, you’ll probably want the move to go ahead as quickly as possible. It’s important to start the legal process as soon as you can and be aware of the key steps along the way, such as:

  • Pre-exchange – at this stage, we will work with you, your mortgage lender and the seller of the property to prepare a contract and ensure that the lenders have everything they need, which typically includes a valuation survey.
  • Exchange of contracts – once all parties are agreed, we will exchange contracts with the other party. This is a crucial stage of the process as it is the point where you formally commit to completing the transaction.
  • Completion – at this stage, the transaction is complete and the change of ownership of the property takes effect. For some transactions, the exchange and completion will be simultaneous. However, in many instances there may be around two weeks between exchange and completion, to allow all parties to finalise arrangements for practicalities like removal firms.
  • Post-completion – after the completion, there is still work to be done, including paying your Stamp Duty on your behalf and submitting the relevant paperwork to Land Registry.

The process will also vary slightly depending on whether the property you buy is freehold or leasehold and we will explain the process fully when providing a quote. The above is a simplified overview of the process, but as you can see there is a lot of work involved so it pays to work with experienced professionals for your house move.

If you have a property to sell in order to buy your new one, we can also advise you on selling your home. For this, we will also work with the solicitors of your home’s buyers and find agreeable dates for all parties for the exchange of contracts and the completion.

 

What does Residential Conveyancing cost for my house purchase?

The legal costs involved in a house move are:

  • Disbursements – These are external costs for searches and other processes we need to carry out on your behalf. We arrange these directly with the relevant providers and pass these costs on to you. We will explain all of these costs up front before you decide to instruct us and add them to your invoice. It’s important to know that these are not refundable if your transaction doesn’t go ahead.
  • Our Legal Fees – Our fees relate to the time we spend working on your case. However, we recognise that you need to work to a budget for any property transaction, so we’ll usually quote you a fixed fee upfront and in some instances we will work on a ‘no move, no fee’ basis (although disbursement costs may still apply).

If you’re looking to move and have all the relevant details of the property to hand, contact us today and we’ll provide you with a clear, detailed quote so you can budget for your legal costs ahead of time.

 

What other legal services might I need?

A house move is a big step and once it’s completed you may feel that it’s a good time to arrange a will. Many people in the UK know the importance of a will, but have yet to arrange one.

We can also help you with a wide range of other legal services, including Personal Injury, Dispute Resolution, Debt Recovery and more.

 

How do I get advice on Residential Conveyancing for my house purchase?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. We can provide a prompt quote to help you plan your house purchase ahead of time. We’ll then explain all the steps you need to take and all the relevant costs, before you decide whether or not to go ahead.

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Rent Arrears Recovery Solicitors

If your tenants are in arrears on their rent for your rental property, you need to ensure that you take the appropriate steps to recover the money you are owed. Your tenants may still be in the property, or may have left already without paying you. Either way, we can help you determine the options available to you.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Property Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

How do I go about recovering rent owed to me by a tenant?

First, you should look to negotiate directly with the tenant and try to resolve the problem amicably. Like most of our clients, you will probably have tried this approach already by the time you contact us. If so, we can then advise you on the right process to follow.

If the tenants have already left your property, the process is significantly easier if you have a new address for them. If not, it is possible to try to trace them, which is a logical first step in the process. If they can’t be traced, the chances of recovery will be low, and we would often advise against incurring more fees and simply writing the debt off.

However, if the former tenant can be traced, we can then advise on the next steps towards recovering the money. If you have an ongoing dispute with a tenant over rent arrears, we recommend that you contact us promptly to get specialist legal advice.

 

What other legal services might I need?

If you’ve yet to evict your tenants, we can also advise on Tenant Evictions. If you’d like to review your processes to help avoid similar disputes in future, we can also review your Tenancy Agreements.

 

How do I get advice on recovering rent arrears from my tenants?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. Then we’ll recommend the best course of action and explain how we could help you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Tenant Eviction Solicitors

If you’re involved in a dispute with tenants at your property, which can’t be resolved, you may need to resort to eviction. Sometimes, eviction can be the only solution and it’s important that you stay on the right side of the law and manage the process carefully to avoid further complications.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Property Law matters including tenant disputes and evictions. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

How do I go about evicting my tenants?

Like any legal process it’s best to start by trying to manage the process amicably with the tenants. For you to want to evict them, they may have damaged the property or fallen behind on their rent payments. It’s important that you remind them of their obligations under their tenancy agreement with you. That way, they can’t say later on that they weren’t aware of the reasons for their eviction.

If this doesn’t resolve matters, we can issue either a ‘Section 8’ or ‘Section 21’ notice. This is a formal notice issued to the tenants and enforceable by the courts. A Section 21 might be issued if the tenancy has simply expired, with no breaches of the agreement (rent arrears, damage to the property or anti-social behaviour would constitute a breach).

A Section 8 is more appropriate if there has been a breach as you can recover money for your lost rent. This notice can also be acted on more quickly, especially if anti-social behaviour is involved.

We can advise on the best course of action based on your circumstances. Ultimately, enforcement is the final option if your tenants still refuse to vacate the property. In practice though, it rarely comes to that and most disputes are resolved sooner than that. A lot will depend on the attitude of your tenants as to when and how the eviction is completed.

 

What other legal services might I need?

Our Property Law specialists can help with a wide range of other services, including Tenancy Agreements. Reviewing and updating your agreements can help reduce the risk of tenant disputes in the future.

 

How do I get advice on eviction of tenants?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. Then we’ll recommend the best course of action and explain how we can help you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Tenancy Deposit Solicitors

If you’re leaving, or have recently left a rented property, you should be able to recover your deposit at the end of your tenancy, unless you breached the terms of your rental agreement, during your tenancy. Legal protection exists to help protect tenants against a landlord’s failure to return a deposit. We can help you determine whether or not you are entitled to the return of your deposit and how best to recover it.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Property Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What should happen to my deposit?

Since 2007, most private rentals have been covered by Government-approved tenancy deposit protection schemes. Within 30 days of starting your tenancy, your landlord should have paid your deposit into an approved scheme, and provided you with proof that it is protected.

After your tenancy ended, you should then have had your deposit returned by your landlord within 10 days, unless you breached your tenancy agreement. This can be breached by falling behind on your rent or bills or damaging the property.

If your landlord doesn’t return your deposit, they must substantiate their reasons for withholding it. The tenancy deposit protection scheme will retain the deposit until the dispute between you and your landlord is resolved.

 

What can I do if my landlord is withholding my deposit?

First you must determine how much you are entitled to receive. It could be the full amount, or they may have made deductions. To make deductions, they must be able to prove that you breached your agreement and that this resulted in a financial loss.

If you missed rent payments, their financial loss is straightforward to prove. If you caused damage to the property they should provide evidence of the costs they incurred – for example, bills for repairs or cleaning.

At the end of a tenancy, it is normal for wear and tear to carpets to have occurred and also for landlords to get the property professionally cleaned. However, they cannot withhold your deposit for cleaning or wear and tear, unless they can prove that this was excessive, such as badly-marked carpets or furnishings.

 

How do I get legal advice on recovering my rent deposit?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. Whether your deposit was protected by a tenancy deposit protection scheme or not, we can advise on how best to proceed. If we think we can help you, we’ll advise you on the next steps to take and explain all of our fees fully, before you instruct us.

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Tenancy Agreement Solicitors

If you’re letting, or looking to let a property, you need to be sure that the tenancy agreement is fit for purpose, gives clarity to you and your tenants, and helps avoid legal disputes during the tenancy. Getting the right agreement in place needn’t take long and is well worth the effort as it gives you peace of mind over your property.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What do I need to consider when it comes to drafting up a tenancy agreement?

Among other things, the right tenancy agreement should cover the following:

  • The address of the property
  • The names of all tenants
  • The amount of rent payable
  • A schedule of dates for rent payments
  • Tenants’ responsibilities
  • Landlord’s responsibilities
  • Additional charges for any damage
  • Right of access for inspections and maintenance of the property

All of the above and any other requirements of your tenancy agreement need to be carefully worded by an experienced property lawyer to help reduce the risk of costly, complicated disputes with your tenants.

 

What other legal services might I need?

All being well, with a proper tenancy agreement in place, there’s every reason your tenancy should run smoothly. However, if problems should arise the tenancy agreement will help you resolve the disputes, thanks to the clarity it provides. If your tenants refuse to act in accordance with the agreement, we can also help you with other services such as:

  • Rent recovery
  • Tenant evictions
  • Tenant deposits

If you’re already renting properties and have issues with any of the above, we’re happy to discuss your circumstances with you to see if we’re able to help you resolve any disputes.

 

How do I get legal advice on tenancy agreements?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss the circumstances of your property and details of your tenants with you. Then we’ll recommend the best course of action to create an agreement that will be effective for all parties. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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TUPE Advice for Employees

If you have a new employer as a result of your previous employer being sold, or your work being contracted out to a different business, it’s vital to ensure that your employment rights are clear. The  Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations – better known simply as ‘TUPE’ protect your employment rights. We can help you ensure that your rights are protected following a change of employer.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What is TUPE and when is it relevant?

Typically TUPE applies in instances where you change employers but essentially retain the same job. For example, your employer might be bought by a different company as part of a merger or acquisition. Or, your employer may choose to outsource your department to an external company, with all employees transferring across to the outsourced company and continuing to do the same work.

There are certain situations will not apply. For example, if another company simply buys shares in your employer without buying them outright, TUPE wouldn’t apply as you would still be working for the same employer.

TUPE ensures that your employment rights and your years of service (which can impact on your pension and any redundancy settlements) remain the same as they were before.

We can advise on whether you are entitled to TUPE protection and help you establish whether or not the change of employer has been handled correctly.

 

How do I get advice on TUPE for my change of employment?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The initial call is free and will help us determine whether or not you need any legal support. If we think you need legal advice of any kind, we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Settlement Agreement Advice for Employees Leaving a Business

If you’re being dismissed from your job by your employer, they may have asked you to sign a Settlement Agreement (sometimes referred to as a Compromise Agreement). This helps all parties to agree a way forward following your dismissal.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What is a Settlement Agreement and why am I being asked to sign one?

A Settlement Agreement is a written agreement between the company and you as the employee, to conclude your employment. It is instigated by the employer, but you both have the right to negotiate the terms until you reach an agreement. You don’t have to sign the agreement until you’re happy with it.

It will typically include:

  • A breakdown of any severance pay you will receive including payment for any untaken annual leave you may have accrued.
  • Confirmation of your termination date and any requirement to attend work.
  • Company property that you need to return.
  • Agreement that the company will provide you with a reference – you may even be able to agree a specific wording before you sign the agreement.
  • A confidentiality and goodwill clause to prevent you from telling anyone details of the agreement, or spreading negative word of mouth about the company.

When issuing a settlement agreement to you, your employer should also pay for legal advice for you. By getting your own independent legal advice, from a solicitor of your choice, you can be sure that you know what you are signing. Once the agreement is signed, you won’t have the right to take any further action in respect of your dismissal (such as claiming Constructive Dismissal or applying for an Employment Tribunal) so it’s vital that you understand the agreement fully.

 

How does a Settlement Agreement benefit you?

The agreement allows you to draw a line under your departure and start to look for your next role, with clarity over your financial settlement and the receipt of a reference.

 

How do I get advice on Settlement Agreements?

If your employer has asked you to sign a Settlement Agreement and offered to pay for legal advice, we can represent you and ensure that you are clear on what you’re agreeing to. Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you.

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Wage Dispute Solicitors

If you’re in dispute with your employer about your salary, we can provide the professional legal advice you need to resolve the issue. It may have come to light that your employer has been paying you too low a wage, or it could be that they have made specific deductions that you don’t agree with. They might even have paid you late and failed to meet the payment dates specified in your contract.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

How can a wage dispute arise?

Any failure to pay you the right amount at the right time, could result in a pay dispute, such as:

  • Not paying your full salary
  • Failing to pay bonuses which you were entitled to
  • Making deductions from your pay which you feel are unfair or unwarranted

It’s important to point out that there may be instances where deductions from your pay are warranted, such as child support payments or industrial action. It can also be lawful for your salary to be reduced, provided that your employer has followed correct procedures for disciplinary or capability.

If for any other reason you’ve not received your full pay – especially if this has happened for a prolonged period – you may be entitled to back pay or compensation from your employer. We strongly advise that you seek specialist legal advice.

 

What should I do if I don’t agree with the amounts I have been paid?

You should raise it with your employer first and try to resolve the problem amicably. Make sure that you have your contract and pay slips to hand so that you can explain the discrepancies in your pay. You should have a copy of your employment contract, but if not you should be able to request a copy of it.

You will only need  to resort to legal action if your attempts to settle the dispute directly with your employer are unsuccessful. Wage disputes can go as far as an Employment Tribunal, but they are typically resolved before it gets to that stage.

 

What other legal advice might I need?

If you feel that the dispute over your pay amounts to discrimination, we can also advise you on this or constructive dismissal claim, which can sometime be the outcome of discrimination. If you feel that discrimination played any part in the dispute we recommend that you also raise this immediately with your employer. If the matter can’t be resolved with them you should seek legal advice promptly.

 

How do I get advice on my wage dispute?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. Then we’ll let you know whether or not you have a valid case and explain how we might be able to help you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Whistleblowing Advice for Employers

As an employer, you have many obligations towards your employees. Allowing them to alert someone to serious failings within the business, without fear of recrimination, is one such obligation. If they fear that the business, or individuals within it are operating in a way that is unlawful, they have a right to be able to report this without suffering any detriment as a result.

Our team of legal specialists offers advice to businesses on a wide range of Employment Law matters, in different languages. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website, for the professional, specialist legal advice that you need.

 

What exactly is Whistleblowing?

Whistleblowing means alerting someone of unfair or unlawful behaviour on the part of a company or individuals within it. A whistleblowing disclosure might be made to the senior management of a business in the first instance.

However, the information disclosed may actually relate to the the conduct of senior management. The disclosure might therefore be made to regulators, professional bodies, government departments or law enforcement bodies.

Another key principle of whistleblowing is that the person making the disclosure must suffer no personal detriment as a result. The Employment Rights Act 1996, includes guidance on whistleblowing:

“A worker has the right not to be subjected to any detriment by any act, or any deliberate failure to act, by his employer done on the ground that the worker has made a protected disclosure”.

The disclosure must also:

  • Be in the wider public interest
  • Be made to an appropriate person or body
  • Be a ‘qualifying disclosure’- for example it may relate to a criminal offence, failure of a legal obligation, danger to human life or significant harm to the environment among other things.

If you have an issue with whistleblowing in the workplace, we can help you determine whether or not an issue amounts to a qualifying disclosure.

 

What other legal services might I need?

We can help you with a wide range of other legal services including Employment Law, Dispute Resolution, Debt Recovery, Commercial Property and more.

 

How do I get advice on whistleblowing for my business?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. Then we’ll recommend the best course of action. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Restrictive Covenant Agreements

If your business relies on strong customer relationships or your staff handle commercially-sensitive information, a restrictive covenant can help you protect yourself against the negative effects of a key employee leaving your business.

Our experienced team of legal specialists advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters, including Employment Law. Call them today on 0208 1111 911 to discuss your requirements.

 

What exactly is a Restrictive Covenant?

A restrictive covenant can take the form of a clause within an employee’s contract or may be a separate document issued only to specific employees. Either way, it is issued to help prevent the loss of key customers or information in the event of that employee leaving the business.

They are typically used in sales roles, senior client-facing roles, or where an employee has access to data or sensitive information. In some instances though, a certain level of restriction might apply to all employees of a business.

 

What is included in a Restrictive Covenant?

Below are examples of some of the more common clauses included in restrictive covenants:

  • Non-compete – This would prevent your former employee from working for a direct competitor for a reasonable period of time after their employment ends. The timescale needs to be realistic, because excessive clauses are seen as a restraint of trade and can be difficult to enforce.
  • Non-solicitation – This helps you protect your relationships with specific clients or customers. It would typically specify the clients that the employee cannot approach in their new role. This clause will usually be limited to clients they had a reasonable amount of contact with, and contain a reasonable time limit.
  • Confidential information – This can prevent the employee from taking and using key information in their new role, such as client or customer data, business plans or proprietary information.
  • Non-poaching – This clause makes it more difficult for the employee to take colleagues with them immediately to their new role. This too needs to have a reasonable, realistic time limit for the clause to be enforceable in practice.

Depending on an individual employee’s role, their level of knowledge and the types of clients they worked with, their covenant may include a combination of the above clauses.

 

How long can I restrict the activities of a former employee?

After leaving your business, your ex-employee still has a right to earn a living. Given the expertise they have already gained in your industry, it is also reasonable for them to continue their career with another company in your sector. Restricting their activities in your industry for more than a few months would more than likely amount to a restraint of trade.

Time limits are typically expressed in months – maybe three or six months – depending on the employee and the industry. For very senior roles such as directors – especially if they have access to confidential information and are key to the delivery of a particular service – it is possible to enforce a 12-month time limit

 

Do Restrictive Covenants really work?

There is a very common belief that restrictive covenants are ‘not worth the paper they’re written on’, but in reality they are regularly enforced by courts. Taking this into account – as well as the potential implications of a breach – they definitely should be taken seriously by all parties.

They won’t prevent your former employees from working for a competitor forever. What they can do though is buy you time to recruit a replacement, consolidate your relationships with existing clients and limit further staff departures to the same competitor.

 

If staff have a restrictive covenant, do I still need to put them on gardening leave?

‘Gardening leave’ refers to the employee sitting out their contractual notice at home on full pay. For example, if an employee resigns, giving three months’ notice, you will need to pay them for those three months, regardless of whether or not they come to work.

By asking them to stay at home, they won’t be in contact with your clients and won’t have access to confidential data or information. Whether or not you make them work their notice is a judgement call for your business to make.

By putting staff on gardening leave, you can recruit a replacement during their notice period. The time limit of their covenant then allows time for their replacement to build relationships with clients and get up to speed with their role, before your ex-employee can solicit them.

So in many instances, a restrictive covenant and gardening leave can be used together to help smooth out the impact on your business when a key employee leaves.

 

What other legal services might I need?

We can advise on a wide range of other Employment Law matters, and wider Business Law services such as Dispute Resolution, Commercial Property and more.

 

How do I get advice on restrictive covenants for my business?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. Then we’ll recommend the best course of action to create restrictive covenant agreements that will be effective for your business. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Equal Pay Advice for Employees

If you feel that your pay and benefits are unfair in comparison to colleagues doing a similar type and standard of work, you may be entitled to make an Equal Pay claim against your employer. With the right professional legal advice, you can determine the facts and decide whether or not you think you have a valid case.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters including equal pay. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances.

 

How Equal Pay is calculated

In theory, aligning the salaries of people doing similar work is the simplest way of ensuring that equal pay is not an issue in the workplace. However, there are a number of complications when trying to ensure that employees at a similar level receive equal pay for the same work, such as:

  • Some workers will have greater experience or qualifications, meaning that they can carry our more complex work which could be more lucrative to the company.
  • Although it is referred to simply as ‘equal pay’ all other employment benefits such as company vehicles, gym memberships or private healthcare need to be taken into account.
  • Some employees will also benefit from performance-related targets.
  • Employees on a similar level often don’t know the pay and benefits that others within the business receive.
  • Your employers may have had to pay higher salaries to recruit your colleagues if there was a skills shortage in your sector at the time.

For all of these reasons, and more equal pay claims are complex and can be difficult to prove. However, they can be successful and if you have reason to believe that your pay and benefits are lower than they should be compared with colleagues, we recommend that you seek legal advice.

 

What might an Equal Pay claim be worth to me?

The amount you may be entitled to will vary, based on a number of factors, including the amount of the disparity, the similarity of your work to that of your better-paid colleagues and the strength of any defence put forward by your employer.

 

How do I get advice on making an equal pay claim?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. Then we’ll recommend the best course of action, whether or not you have a valid claim and how we might be able to support you in your claim. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees and how they might be funded, before you decide to instruct us.

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Breach of Employment Contract Advice for Employers

As an employer, your employees place a massive amount of trust in you and expect to be treated fairly. If you breach their contract of employment, the implications for you are potentially very serious.

Depending on the nature and cause of the breach, at the worst case it could result in a claim for Constructive Dismissal and possibly an Employment Tribunal.

Our specialist team provides Employment Law advice in different languages, including advice on breaches of employment contracts. Call them on 0208 1111 911 to discuss your circumstances.

 

How does a breach of employment contract arise?

Your employees should all have a written contract of employment. This will typically be a standard wording which is issued to everybody, but key employees may have their own bespoke contract with slight variations in the terms of their employment.

You may also have a staff handbook which you issue to all staff, to explain your internal procedures in more detail. Any variations to an employee’s contract (such as wage increases or changes to place of work or hours for example) may be formalised through an ad-hoc letter to be retained on their HR file.

Broadly speaking there are two types of breach that can arise in an employment contract:

  • A breach of an express term, which means failing to comply with something written into the contract of employment. For example, you may discipline someone without following your disciplinary procedure properly.
  • A breach of an implied term, which is not written into the contract but should be a reasonable expectation from employees, or is a statutory right. For example, they may suffer discrimination or be affected by health and safety failings.

If your employee is aware of the breach, or has it brought to their attention by their own legal adviser, this could be a potential legal problem for you.

 

What could the implications of a breach of contract be?

It is possible that a breach of contract could happen quite innocently, with neither the employee nor the employer becoming aware of it, in which case it wouldn’t become a problem. For example, you may have a written policy that all job vacancies will be advertised internally and forget to do so before appointing an external candidate.

Any employee looking to take action against you for a breach of contract must demonstrate that they have suffered in some way as a result of the breach, such as a financial loss, loss of reputation or significant distress. If they are able to prove this, some of the possible outcomes are:

  • A Constructive Dismissal claim if the employee feels that they have no alternative but to resign after unfair treatment.
  • Wrongful or Unfair Dismissal if you fail to follow procedures correctly in the dismissal of an employee, or they can demonstrate that they experienced discrimination in the workplace.
  • An Employment Tribunal if either of the above are proven.

If you have any reason to believe that you may have breached the contract of one or more employees – especially if it has been brought to your attention by an employee – we strongly recommend that you seek Employment Law advice.

 

What other legal services might I need?

If you think you have breached an employee’s contracts it’s highly likely that you would benefit from some general Employment Law advice, to ensure that your employment contracts and employment procedures are fit for purpose. This can help you anticipate and avoid any further breaches and employment issues. Problems can arise when procedures are not carefully drafted and reviewed regularly.

We can also advise on a wide range of other Business Law matters, including Dispute Resolution, Debt Recovery, Commercial Property and more.

 

How do I get advice on breaching an employee’s contract of employment?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. Then we’ll recommend the best course of action. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Redundancy Advice for Employees

If you’re being made redundant by your employer, we can provide the professional legal advice you need to ensure that the process is handled fairly and that you get what you are entitled to. Unfortunately, redundancies can arise when a business needs to make efficiencies, but your employers must follow the correct procedures.

Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of Employment Law matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.

 

What do I need to consider about my redundancy?

Although it can be a difficult and stressful process to go through, most redundancies are handled fairly and correctly by employers, especially if they receive professional legal advice of their own. However, in some instances employers don’t follow the correct procedures or handle redundancies unfairly.

Depending on your situation and how long you have worked for the company, you could be entitled to claim Wrongful or Unfair Dismissal. If you have evidence that you have been discriminated against as part of the process, you have a statutory right to kept safe from discrimination and should seek legal advice.

If you have been asked to sign a Settlement Agreement following the redundancy, your employer should pay for you to receive independent legal advice. If this is the case, we can provide this advice for you to ensure that the agreement is fair.

 

How do I get legal advice about my redundancy?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The initial call is free and if we think you need further advice or support from us, we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Workplace Harassment Solicitors

If you’re suffering from harassment or bullying in the workplace it can be very difficult to know what to do about it. Laws are in place to protect you though, so there is no need for you to experience unfair treatment without seeking help to resolve the matter.

Our experienced team provides specialist legal advice in different languages to clients on a wide range of different legal matters. This includes employment law advice such as bullying and harassment. They can help you establish the facts of your case and agree a way forward.

 

What constitutes bullying and harassment?

It is perfectly normal for conversations in the workplace to become personal as well as professional and it’s common for some dialogue to involve a certain amount of pressure to get the job done.

However, there comes a point where certain behaviour towards you as an employee is not acceptable in any context, be that in the workplace or in wider society.

Workplace discrimination is one example of harassment. This occurs when you feel that  you are being treated unfairly, based on a ‘protected characterisitc’ such as your gender, race or sexual orientation among others.

A broader definition of bullying and harassment can include:

  • Excessive criticism, especially in meetings or in front of a lot of colleagues
  • Threats over your job security or continued employment
  • Verbal abuse including racial or sexual references
  • Unfair exclusion from meetings, emails or team activities

These are just a few examples of bullying and harassment. If you’re experiencing something other than the above, which leaves you feeling that your job is not secure or that you are being unfairly treated, you should take steps to resolve it.

 

What should I do if I’m being bullied or harassed in the workplace?

If you feel that you are being treated unfairly in any way, we recommend that you try to resolve the situation amicably first and seek legal advice if you’re unable to resolve the situation this way.

Such treatment can be very distressing which makes it hard to think rationally. However, it’s important to try to establish facts if you want to resolve the matter through legal action so you should keep records of dates and times and the nature of any unfair treatment you have experienced in the workplace.

At some point it’s likely that you will need to put something in writing to support your claim, so a detailed factual account of events can help your case. You will need a lot of detail, because a certain amount of ‘banter’ in the workplace and pressure to do the job well are acceptable. However, you will need to be able to demonstrate that behaviour in the workplace has gone beyond what is acceptable and become unlawful.

Your employers are likely to have a written policy for bullying and harassment so if you do raise a fomal complaint, they have a duty to respond to it thoroughly. Failure to do so could breach your contract, leaving you entitled to claim for Constructive Dismissal.

Even if they don’t have a policy for bullying or harassment, if you have been discriminated against on the basis of a ‘protected characteristic’, this will amount to discrimination. The Equality Act 2010 protects you against such behaviour, regardless of your company’s internal procedures.

 

How do I get advice on bullying and harassment at work?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. Then we’ll recommend the best course of action to resolve your issue. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Employment Discrimination Law Solicitors

Your employees are protected against many forms of discrimination in the workplace by the Equality Act 2010. This is an important piece of legislation which you must address when drafting and updating your employment contracts and procedures.

Claims for discrimination can be very emotive and can harm your business in many ways, especially if they are not acknowledged and handled fairly and appropriately. Our experienced team can advise on a wide range of Employment Law matters – including discrimination – in different languages. Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website.

 

What forms of discrimination might my employees experience?

Any discrimination they experience will usually relate to one or more of their ‘protected characteristics’. These are personal attributes on which it is unlawful to discriminate against someone. The characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage or Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy or Maternity
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sexual Orientation

The Equality Act 2010 protects people against discrimination based on any of the above characteristics throughout their everyday life. The workplace is no exception, so even if no mention is made of discrimination in your employment documents or procedures, this statutory right to avoid discrimination is effectively an implied term of all employees’ contracts.

As an employer, you need to ensure that your employees do not discriminate and such a way and that you have clear procedures in place to respond to and investigate any complaints fully.

 

How does discrimination arise in the workplace?

There are a number of ways that discrimination can arise. These include:

  • Harassment and abuse which can leave victims upset or intimidated
  • Direct discrimination, such as not employing someone based on a protected characteristic
  • Disability discrimination such as not employing a disabled person or failing to make reasonable adjustments to enable them to do a job. There are some valid defences against claims if a genuine business need can be established.

These are just a few examples of discrimination in the workplace. If you have received any claims for discrimination, based on a protected characteristic we strongly advise that you seek legal advice to discuss the circumstances of the claim.

 

How can legal advice help me reduce the risk of discrimination?

If discrimination within your business has been alleged, we can help you ensure that you respond to the claim. Also, although your employees are all automatically entitled by law not to be discriminated against, you should still have clear, written procedures to help you deal with discrimination claims, which we can advise on.

 

How do I get advice on workplace discrimination for my business?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your business with you. Then we’ll recommend the best course of action to ensure that you remain compliant and can effectively handle any claims for discrimination fairly. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Constructive Dismissal Advice for Employers

If an employee claims for Constructive Dismissal against you, it’s vital that you get the specialist legal advice you need promptly from an experienced employment lawyer. You need to establish the full facts to determine whether or not your handling of the employee amounts to Constructive Dismissal.

We can help you defend the allegation and also advise on your employment procedures to help you avoid similar claims from employees in the future. Our team includes Employment Law specialists and can advise clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call us today on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website.

 

What is Constructive Dismissal?

An employee may allege Constructive Dismissal if they feel that your actions gave them no option other than to resign. In such cases there is no dismissal, because the employment is ended by a resignation instead. However, the employee may feel that their position in the company became untenable as a result of your actions.

Proving Constructive Dismissal is far from easy – your ex-employee must prove that you breached their contract of employment. This can happen by breaching an express term of their contract, or an implied one.

The following examples, illustrate how each can arise:

An express term of their contract means something that is specifically written into it, such as:

  • Reducing their pay without following pay review procedures
  • Demoting them without consulting with them or going through disciplinary or capability procedures
  • Failing to follow your own procedures such as anti-bullying if an issue had been reported by the employee

An implied term is one that isn’t written into their contract but which you should reasonably be expected to observe, such as:

  • Changing their work or working conditions so that it contravenes Health & Safety legislation
  • Humiliating them in front of more junior colleagues (which can amount to a breach of mutual trust and confidence).

Regardless of whether the breach is of an express term or an implied one, the employee must prove a breach and the evidence must be compelling. For example, the fact that they are unhappy or stressed at work is not enough and a minor argument in the workplace does not constitute humiliation. However, if you feel you may have breached an employee’s contract in such a way, we strongly advise that you take legal advice at the first opportunity.

 

What other legal services might I need?

As a business, you have other Employment Law needs, such as Drafting Employment Contracts, Settlement Agreements or TUPE among others. You may also need advice on Commercial Property or Commercial Law or Corporate Law. We can help you with these and a wide range of other legal services for your business.

 

How do I get advice on Constructive Dismissal for my business?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us. Depending on the specifics of your case, we may advise you how to respond to the claim. If we don’t feel that your employee was constructively dismissed, we can still advise you on your current procedures to help avoid similar incidents in the future.

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Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal Advice for Employees

If you’ve been dismissed by your employer and feel that the dismissal was unfair, you may be able to claim for Unfair Dismissal or Wrongful Dismissal. It’s vital that you get specialist, professional legal advice to determine whether or not this has been the case. We can help you by providing free initial advice based on your circumstances.

Our specialist Employment Law team offers advice in different languages on a wide range of legal matters, including unfair and wrongful dismissal. They will discuss your case with you and can advise on the best course of action. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website.

 

What exactly are Wrongful and Unfair Dismissal?

Unfortunately, dismissals are commonplace in business and in most cases are carried out fairly. An employer can dismiss employees through disciplinary or capability procedures, or by making their role redundant, either as a one-off or as part of a wider programme of redundancies. In all instances, the employer has to be able to prove that they followed a fair process to arrive at the decision. Otherwise, they could leave themselves open to a claim of unfair or wrongful dismissal.

Wrongful Dismissal means that your employers didn’t follow their own procedures correctly before making a dismissal. For example they might not follow their own disciplinary procedures, which could amount to a breach of your contract.

Unfair Dismissal means that rather than your contract being breached, your employer breached a statutory right you have under the Employment Rights Act 1996. To claim for unfair dismissal, you must have worked for your employer for just under two years (the exact amount is two years minus one week). It is fair to dismiss you based on a number of different grounds and we can advise whether or not we think the reasons given for your dismissal are fair.

In a small number of instances, the dismissal might be found to be ‘automatically unfair’

 

What is Automatically Unfair Dismissal?

In some instances, the dismissal may breach your basic statutory rights. This is deemed to be automatically unfair regardless of the procedures that were followed. The requirement for two years’ service (minus one week) does not apply to automatically unfair dismissals, so any employee can claim if they have grounds to do so.

Automatically unfair dismissal can arise if you can prove that you were dismissed on the basis of:

  • Discrimination under the Equality Act 2010
  • Flexible working arrangements or requests
  • Rights under the Working Time Regulations
  • Seeking to assert a statutory right such as National Minimum Wage or safe working conditions
  • Taking compassionate leave
  • Whistleblowing

If you feel that you’ve suffered such discrimination as part of your dismissal, contact us for free initial advice on your circumstances.

 

How do I get advice on Wrongful or Unfair Dismissal?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The initial call is free and if we think you have a valid case and we can help you, we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide to instruct us.

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Faulty Goods Compensation Claims

If you’ve purchased goods which turn out to be faulty.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including orthopaedic injuries. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

What are my rights as a consumer when I buy goods?

Under the Sale of Goods Act 1979, it is implied that any goods sold to you must be as described, fit for purpose and must actually belong to the business selling them to you. These definitions will be based on what a reasonable person would expect, taking into account the way the goods were described and the price you paid for them.

If you are not satisfied with the goods it’s important to act as quickly as you can to advise the seller and start to look for a legal remedy. If you report a fault months after purchasing the goods, the seller could allege that you have caused the damage.

If goods are faulty, you have a right to reject or return them and receive a full refund. This would put you back in the position you were in before entering into a contract to buy them.

However, if you have suffered financial losses as a direct result of the faulty goods, (for example if they damaged your personal property) you may be able to claim compensation as well as your refund.

If you or anyone else suffers a physical injury or is killed by faulty goods, this would be classed as a defective products liability claim and would be dealt with by our Personal Injury team.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for faulty goods?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. There’s nothing to pay for the first call. If we think we can help you, we’ll explain our fees to you in advance so you can make a decision on whether or not to work with us.

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Holiday Misrepresentation Claims

You spend a lot of money on holidays and look forward to a relaxing break. If your holiday falls short of expectations, you have every right to feel aggrieved and to expect to be compensated. We can help you make a case for compensation and advise you how best to claim for it.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in a wide range of matters, including consumer disputes.

If your holiday was affected by an accident, illness or injury, we also advise on package holiday compensation to help you recover any financial losses incurred as a result.

 

What could be considered as misrepresentation of a holiday?

If important parts of your holiday were not as expected, this will more than likely amount to a breach of contract, especially features that would normally be seen as a central part of the holiday experience, for example:

  • Swimming pools being closed, or overcrowded due to partial closures
  • Restaurants closed or not offering all-inclusive food
  • Accommodation being smaller or of lower quality than shown in brochures
  • Entertainment or excursions not taking place

There could be occasions where a facility has to be closed for a genuine emergency. However, if closures happen for another reason, such as staff shortages, the tour operator is still failing to fulfil the contract and you should consider claiming compensation.

Tour operators have a duty to accurately describe what you will receive. Brochures and other marketing materials that you rely on before deciding to book, must be accurate and reflective of the current facilities.

 

What can I do if my holiday fell short of expectations?

While you are still on your holiday, you should bring your concerns to the attention of a representative or other contact at the destination. You could also consider contacting the tour operator or travel agent. That way, you have a better chance of getting more enjoyment out of your holiday and can deal with any lingering issues when you return.

You should also gather what evidence you can, such as photos or videos and speak to others at the destination who may have been similarly affected. If you incur any additional expenses, need medical treatment or have to travel anywhere as result of the problems you experienced, keep records and receipts of all of these.

 

How do I begin the process of claiming compensation for an unsatisfactory holiday?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. We’ll let you know whether or not we think you have a valid claim and explain our process to you. The first phone call costs nothing and we’ll clearly explain any fees you may need to pay in advance, so you can decide whether or not to work with us on your claim.

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Property Misrepresentation Solicitors

Buying a house can be complicated and stressful, even when the move goes well. However, if you’re unhappy with your property and feel that the seller of the house was dishonest in the process of the purchase, you may be able to claim for property misrepresentation.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in a wide range of property legal matters, including disputes over the sale or purchase of properties.

 

What is property misrepresentation?

In the course of a property transaction, it’s inevitable that the buyer and seller will exchange a great deal of information about the house. It’s likely that others may be part of this process, such as estate agents who prepare details of the house to show on their website or to hand out to prospective buyers.

If the seller, their estate agent or both of them gave incorrect or inaccurate information in the course of the sale of the house, this could mislead you as the buyer. If this information influenced you in your decision to buy the property, this could amount to property misrepresentation.

 

How does property misrepresentation occur?

The information exchanged during a property transaction can include subjective information. For example, the estate agent’s website might describe the house as being “beautifully appointed” or “full of character”. Neither statement could be substantiated and it is up to the buyer to view the property and decide how they feel about.

However, a lot of the information provided by the seller is factual, specific and does form part of the legal process of buying the house. Pre-contract enquiries are how the buyer and seller exchange information about the house. The Property Information Form is a key part of this process. Many solicitors use standard forms provided by The Law Society. These include a warning to the seller of the importance of providing accurate information.

These forms are at the heart of most property misrepresentation claims. Because they are written, they provide very specific information and they contain clear warnings, inaccuracies on this form are relatively easy to prove and harder for the seller to defend.

Misrepresentation can also arise from any other form of communication during the transaction, including face to face conversations. However, unless backed up in writing, these can be inherently much harder to prove.

If a misrepresentation has been made during the purchase of a property, you will also need to prove:

  • That the false information given had a material effect upon your decision – for example had you known the truth would you have still bought the property or would you have offered less for it?
  • That you have suffered in some way as a result of the misrepresentation, such as a financial loss.

If you believe that you have suffered financially or in any other way after buying or selling a property, we recommend that you seek legal advice at the first opportunity.

 

What could the outcome be for property misrepresentation?

In extreme cases, courts can order a rescission of the contract – ordering both parties to effectively “undo” the transaction and be returned to the position they would otherwise have been in. However, such a drastic measure is very rare.

Courts will always look to agree a fair level of damages instead. For example, if the correct information would’ve led you to offer less for the property, payment of damages. Only if damages couldn’t possibly compensate for the misrepresentation, would there be a possibility that the contract might be rescinded.

 

How do I start the process of claiming for property misrepresentation?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. On the first call, we should be able to tell you whether or not we think the representation is sufficiently serious to require legal action.

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Property dispute solicitors

If you’re involved in a property dispute with a neighbour, tenant, landlord, local authority or anybody else, we may be able to help you resolve the dispute amicably. The dispute could be spoiling your enjoyment of your property or affecting your finances, so the sooner you resolve it, the sooner you can get back to normal.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients on a wide range of legal matters, including property disputes. They can advise the best course of action, with no upfront fees. If we think we can help you, we’ll explain any fees up front before you decide whether or not you’d like us to help you settle your dispute.

 

What sort of property disputes can arise?

Disputes over property can be very varied in terms of their nature and complexity. It may be something as simple as a minor boundary dispute, right through to a dispute over the ownership of a property. The most common disputes include:

  • Transfer of ownership disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Rights of Way
  • Damage to property including tree root damage
  • Access to Neighbouring Land Act
  • Party Wall Act/building disputes
  • Nuisance neighbours
  • Breach of Covenant
  • Adverse Possessions claims

If you’re experiencing any of the above or any other form of property dispute, we may be able to help you resolve it. Our team includes specialists in dispute resolution, with a great deal of experience in property disputes like these.

If you’re a tenant with a deposit dispute, see our specific page about how we could help you reach an agreement with your landlord.

 

How can legal advice help with my property dispute?

By discussing the details of your dispute with you, we’ll be able to advise you on the next steps. In the first instance, we may simply advise you to try and settle the dispute amicably with the other party first, if you’ve not done so already.

If we feel that you could benefit from some legal advice, we’ll then discuss that with you and advise you of our fees at that stage. There is nothing you need to pay upfront and you won’t be charged for that first call.

 

How do I begin resolving my property dispute?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. It’s really important that we do this so that we can be sure that any advice we give is appropriate to your situation.

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In the UK, the vast majority of new vehicles – even for private individuals – are funded by finance or leasing. It makes a brand-new car much more affordable and gives you options to change cars regularly. However, there can be pitfalls and penalties, and if you’re dissatisfied with your car or have been charged a fee you weren’t expecting, you may need to take legal action by consulting professional car solicitors.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in a wide variety of legal matters, including car finance complaints. You can discuss your case with our car finance solicitors with no upfront costs. Any fees will be explained to you in advance before you need to instruct us to act for you.

 

How Are Cars Financed?

 

There are different ways to finance your car, and each comes with its own risks in terms of the disputes that may arise. The most popular forms of car finance are:

  • Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) – you pay a set fee each month for a defined period of time. At the end of the contract, you can pay a final figure to buy the car outright (often known as a balloon payment) or simply hand the car back.
  • Personal Contract Hire (PCH) – you pay a set fee each month (typically with a larger first payment). You never own the car and must hand it back at the end of the contract.
  • Hire Purchase (HP) – you pay a set amount each month, and at the end of it, you will own the car outright. This is essentially a traditional car loan, and some customers choose this method for its simplicity.

All three methods are commonly used with brand new cars, with PCP being the most common among consumers. All three can also be used for used cars, although leasing (PCH) is a lot less common in the used car market. These different finance methods give you a wide range of different options to suit your needs.

 

How Do Car Finance Disputes Arise?

 

The main areas of dispute on car payments include:

  • Termination charges – most people understand that failing to make payments can mean termination of the contract, loss of the car and financial penalties. However, some people dispute the amount of these penalties or claim that they weren’t made clear in the contract.
  • Mis-selling of finance – if you were sold a particular finance method without a full and thorough explanation, you may be entitled to compensation. Before 2021, some motor traders also had the flexibility to set their own interest rates, which the FCA has now banned.
  • Faulty vehicles – your rights can vary based on your finance method, the nature of the fault, and when it first arose, but you may be able to return the vehicle in certain circumstances.
  • Excess mileage – PCH and PCP deals are based on an agreed annual mileage. You may be charged a fee per mile for any mileage above this figure. This too should be communicated clearly at the outset.
  • Damage or excessive wear and tear – all cars show some signs of wear and tear after a few years of use. However, if your car has excessive wear and tear or damage, you can be charged for this when handing the car back.

If you’ve experienced any of the above or any other form of car finance dispute, we strongly recommend that you contact car dispute solicitors for legal advice. You should do so at the first opportunity, in case of any time limits.

 

We Can Help with Car Finance Complaints

 

Our team of experienced car purchase solicitors is dedicated to providing comprehensive assistance for individuals facing challenges with their car finance agreements. We understand the complexities and nuances of the automotive financing industry and are committed to advocating for our clients’ rights. Whether you’re dealing with issues related to misleading terms, unfair practices, or contractual disputes, our skilled car solicitors possess the legal expertise to navigate the intricacies of car finance complaints.

Our dedicated solicitors for car problems prioritise open communication, ensuring our clients are informed every step of the way, and we strive to achieve the best possible outcomes through negotiation or legal proceedings. Trust us to be your advocates in resolving car finance disputes and protecting your interests.

 

How Do I Get Advice for a Car Finance Dispute?

 

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website, and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. A quick initial call usually takes about 15 minutes and will cost you nothing. From there, we can advise on the best course of action, and if we think you need legal representation, we’ll transparently outline all associated fees upfront. This way, you can make an informed decision before getting further legal assistance from our car finance solicitors.

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Buying a modern house is a chance to get your ideal home just how you like it. Thankfully, the vast majority of buyers are delighted with their purchase, and their ‘snagging list’ of minor defects is usually quick and easy for the builders to put right before they move in. While construction standards are getting higher, complaints about new build houses are still quite frequent.

If, sadly, you are among those who have new build complaints and have failed to reach a satisfactory outcome with the builder, Litkraft Solicitors can provide the legal advice you need. Our trustworthy team of solicitors aims to make the process of new build problems compensation clear and simple for you. New build problems solicitors provide expert legal services in different languages to clients who have been involved in a wide range of legal matters.

 

What Sort of Problems and Defects Can Affect a New Build Property?

 

Just about any issue with a property – even something as minor as some incomplete plastering or a chipped tile – is a breach of contract, strictly speaking. While the builders usually deal with minor defects like these, some shortcomings can only be resolved by taking legal action.

More significant errors that could make you seek compensation for new build defects can include:

  • Structural Defects. Issues with the foundations, possibly putting the property at risk of subsidence, or issues with the walls, floors and ceilings.
  • Poor Workmanship. Uneven finishing throughout the house, such as plastering or bathroom fittings, or bad installation of the doors and windows.
  • Roofing Issues. Problems with the roof, including leaks, inadequate insulation, or poor-quality roofing materials.
  • Heating and Plumbing Problems. Issues with the heating system, plumbing, or ventilation, including leaks, faulty boilers, or inadequate insulation.
  • Electrical Issues. Issues with the electrical wiring, outlets, or fixtures, including safety hazards or inadequate electrical capacity.
  • Fire Safety Concerns. Issues related to fire safety, including inadequate fire doors, faulty smoke detectors, or incorrect fire-resistant materials.
  • Landscaping and External Works. Problems with landscaping, driveways, or external structures, such as fences or outbuildings.

It’s important to point out that most new homes are covered by a 10-year warranty under the National House Building Council (NHBC) scheme. Depending on the nature of the defect and how soon you discover it, you may be entitled to claim under this scheme. However, if the builder still denies responsibility for the defect and ignores new build complaints, you may need some legal advice from trustworthy new build problems solicitors.

 

Our New Build Problems Solicitors Can Help You

 

Seeking compensation for new build defects shouldn’t be a stressful process. However, without the help of a professional solicitor it can be a tricky procedure. At Litkraft Solicitors, we will help you deal with all the necessary steps of the case filing process. They can include:

  • Issue documentation. Our solicitors for new builds problems will create a thorough record of the issues you’ve encountered. This may include photographs, written descriptions, and any relevant correspondence with the builder or developer.
  • Warranty review. As recent builds often come with warranties, such as the National House Building Council (NHBC) warranty in the UK, we will review the terms together to understand what is covered. This will help you have a smooth process of claim-making.
  • Legal action. If the builder or developer refuses to rectify your issues, with our expert solicitor’s help, you can seek legal action.
  • Record keeping. During the legal process, we will maintain detailed records of all communications, inspections, and any remedial work undertaken. This documentation may be crucial in filing your complaint about new built property and in court.

If you’re experiencing issues with your property and believe you may be entitled to compensation for builder mistakes, do not hesitate to contact our expert team of solicitors. Defective property, as well as defective products, can lead to personal injury cases.

 

Size of New Build Problems Compensation – for New Build Defects and Builder Mistakes

 

The compensation amount for property defects and builder mistakes can vary widely based on several factors. The specific circumstances of each case, the nature and severity of the defects, and the applicable laws and contractual agreements all play a role in determining compensation.

Only expert solicitors for new builds problems can objectively specify the likely compensation amount you can receive regarding the circumstances of the defects. Thus, our Litkraft Solicitors team of experienced lawyers can provide the legal help you need.

 

Where Can I Get Advice for a New Build House Defect?

 

Call us at 0208 1111 911 or contact us online and we’ll discuss the details of your circumstances. We will offer the best course of action after reviewing your personal circumstances. There’s nothing to pay upfront, and we’ll notify you of any fees before the agreement is made.

Our expert team will assess whether you might have a valid claim and make sure that in case you are claiming compensation from a house builder, processes will be as smooth as possible.

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Disputes With Builders

If you find yourself in dispute with a builder, reaching a resolution can be very slow, unpleasant and stressful. Your home is usually your most valuable asset, so you want any building or renovation project to go as smoothly as possible, without delays. If things go wrong, professional advice can help you ensure you follow the right legal process and get the dispute resolved. We aim to make the process as clear and simple as possible for you.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in a wide range of legal matters, including disputes.

 

How can disputes arise?

There are many ways that a dispute can arise with a builder. Some builders – particularly smaller ones – can be relatively informal in terms of their documentation. Their quotes and specifications may not give much detail in terms of the timings, the specific materials used and the quality of the finished work.

Common examples of building disputes include:

  • Perceived delays in the completion of the work
  • Failure to complete the work
  • Disagreements over the quality and standard of the finish
  • Defective work such as a leaking roof
  • Not following the plans or designs agreed
  • Leaving the property unsafe or not secure

As these examples show, a lack of clarity and formality can cause, or aggravate disputes with a builder. It’s important to get as much clarity as you can from your builders so you’re both clear on exactly what is expected.

You also have a responsibility to do all that you can to make the project run smoothly. If for example you change your mind about minor details after the project has started, this may have an impact. You should make sure that you put such changes in writing and agree them with the builder, so that they can’t be used against you as part of the dispute.

 

How should I handle a dispute with a builder?

Ultimately, a dispute with a builder could end up in court. However, there is plenty you can do before that stage to try and avoid a court case, which can be more expensive for you as well as the builder.

  • Firstly, you should raise your concerns with the builder. Be specific and explain exactly where you feel their service has fallen below your expectations. If you have written quotations or a contract, refer back to these for examples of anything they have failed to do, or not done to the right standard. Put your concerns in writing in case you need evidence of this later on. Consider including any photos of defective work to clarify the points in your letter. Give them a reasonable time to respond and explain how they plan to rectify the problems.
  • Next you could consider speaking to another builder, especially if the current one denies any wrongdoing. You may have spoken to other builders for quotes before the work began or you may be able to speak to one locally. If you feel able to approach them, they may be able to give you a useful second opinion.
  • If you’ve had no response from the builder, or they have rejected your claims, it is best to raise a formal complaint. By this stage you’ll have most of the details already from your previous letter. You must clarify at this stage that you have tried to resolve things amicably but that this second letter constitutes a formal complaint. Include details of any losses, expenses or inconvenience you have incurred as a result of their defective work.

Following the above process will help your case and demonstrate to the court – should your case get that far – that you have acted reasonably and give the builder every opportunity to put things right.

As well as the above steps, you should retain any other documentation, emails or messages you have such as written quotations, agreed amendments or anything else relating to your project.

 

How do I get legal advice for a dispute with a builder?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not we can help resolve your dispute, or we may even be able to advise on your next steps.

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Professional Negligence Claims

If you’ve placed your trust in a professional who let you down, it’s easy to feel despondent, not to mention being out of pocket. If you’ve been dissatisfied by the service provided by a solicitor, surveyor or any other qualified professional, you may be entitled to claim for professional negligence.

We understand that if you’ve been let down once by a professional already, you will need a lot of support and reassurance. We can discuss your circumstances with you and give our professional opinion on the service you’ve received. If we think you have a case for professional negligence we’ll advise the best course of action.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in a wide range of legal matters, including professional negligence. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

What is Professional Negligence?

When you hire a professional, you do so because you need very specific knowledge or services and don’t have the expertise you need yourself. Most professionals, such as solicitors, architects, surveyors and accountants are very well-qualified and are regulated by well-established professional bodies. Typically, the service and advice they offer comes at a high cost and relates to something very important to you, such as your home, your family or your finances.

Professional Negligence typically arises from:

  • An error, such as giving you incorrect advice based on your specific circumstances
  • An omission, such as failing to give important advice or give warnings about potential risks you might face.

Either of the above can be considered a breach of the duty of care that a qualified professional owes to you as a client. Whilst they may be highly experienced and well-qualified, they should still get to know your situation and ensure that they tailor their advice and service to your specific needs. Failing to do this is how most Professional Negligence claims come about.

 

How could professional negligence affect me?

There are many ways that professional negligence can affect you including financially and emotionally.

 

What does a professional negligence claim entail?

The first stage is to discuss the problems you’ve experienced with us, which we recommend that you arrange as promptly as possible. Time limits will apply to any claims and it’s much easier to put a claim together when the fine details of the case are relatively fresh in your mind.

Among other things, we’ll discuss:

  • The service you expected and where you feel it fell short
  • Specific details of where you particularly feel that you were let down
  • Details of any correspondence you still have
  • Instances of financial loss, inconvenience, distress or any other ways you have suffered as a result of the professional’s conduct

No two professional negligence claims are ever the same. The details will vary, depending on your circumstances and the type of professional you have engaged. That’s why it’s important to seek specialist, professional legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

 

How do I begin a professional negligence claim?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s necessary to talk further and whether we think you may have a valid claim.

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Insurance Dispute Solicitors

If you’ve taken out insurance only to find that a claim is refused or the settlement is inadequate, it can result in a very complex dispute. It’s hard to know how to resolve such a dispute with an insurer whose knowledge of the policy cover gives them such a significant advantage.

We can help you make sense of it all and advise the best course of action to help you resolve the dispute. If we feel there’s a way to get your claim paid or argue for a better settlement, we’ll explain what you need to do.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients on a wide range of legal matters. The initial call costs nothing, and we’ll explain any fees up front, so that you can make an informed decision on whether or not to work with us.

 

How do insurance disputes arise?

The test of any insurance policy is when you need to make a claim, so it’s no surprise that this is where most disputes come from. Your insurers may refuse to pay your claim at all, or they may pay out less than you were expecting. The reasons for this could include:

  • Your level of cover or sums insured were inadequate and they are scaling your settlement down accordingly.
  • You acted negligently or even caused the incident deliberately.
  • The information you provided at the inception of the policy or the most recent renewal is incorrect.
  • Your claim didn’t follow the right claims procedure, for example you reported it too late.
  • You didn’t comply with a specific term of the policy, for example you used your vehicle for business use without realising this wasn’t covered.

The insurer, broker or other intermediary should typically give you written confirmation of the reason behind the insurer’s refusal to pay the claim. This, together with your policy documents is what we will examine to see if we think you are entitled for your claim to be paid or your settlement increased.

 

What help can I get with insurance disputes?

Unfortunately, not all insurance disputes can be resolved in your favour. However, some claims can be open to interpretation. There may be some grey areas in the law and there may be evidence that certain policy conditions or limitations weren’t communicated clearly.

Having some specialist knowledge on your side can help level the playing field and give you a chance of your claim being paid, even if it’s been refused previously. We will look at the circumstances of your claim and let you know promptly whether or not we think you should argue for your claim to be paid out.

 

How do I begin resolving an insurance dispute?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call costs nothing and we can usually tell you within that call whether or not we think we can help you resolve the dispute. There are no upfront fees and we’ll explain our fees in advance to allow you to make an informed decision before instructing us.

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Tenant Dispute Lawyers

As a landlord, your properties are valuable long-term assets. Any tenant disputes you get involved with could impact on your rental income and also put your property assets at risk. Getting the right advice in a timely manner can help you protect your investments in the short and long term. More importantly, it can help you ensure that you stay on the right side of the law.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to help clients with a wide variety of legal matters, including property law for landlords.

 

How can disputes with a tenant come about?

Dealing with difficult tenants can be problematic, stressful and time-consuming. You may have entered into property ownership as a means of providing a relatively passive, low-risk income, so getting drawn into a dispute can be frustrating too. Some of the ways that this can happen include:

  • Your tenant could owe you rent and be refusing to pay
  • Your tenant might deny you access to the property for routine checks and inspections
  • Your tenant may have sub-let part of the property without consulting you
  • You may be in arrears with your mortgage on the property

These are just some of the more common causes of tenant disputes. If you’ve experienced any of the above or any other form of tenant dispute, contact us for professional advice and we’ll explain how we may be able to help.

At times, it can feel as though the law gives more protection to your tenants than it does to you as owner of the property, regardless of their conduct. We can help you navigate the law and find the right way forward in your dispute.

 

What are my duties and responsibilities as a landlord?

As a landlord, you have certain obligations towards your tenants. You may have more specific obligations written into the contract, but the following are reasonable assumptions for tenants to make about you and the property:

  • You will ensure that the property is fit for safe habitation
  • You are responsible for repairs to the structure and exterior of the property, heating and water systems and sanitary wear (unless they are deliberately damaged by the tenant)
  • Gas and electrical appliances supplied by you will be safe and well-maintained
  • Furniture and furnishings must have up-to-date fire safety accreditations
  • You must maintain common areas well (or contribute your share if you aren’t fully responsible for them).

As landlord, it’s reasonable that you should be allowed sufficient access to carry out necessary checks to ensure that you comply with the above, with prior notice.

 

What rights and responsibilities do tenants have?

The tenant must:

  • Pay their rent in full and on time, unless an exception is agreed with the landlord
  • Pay all agreed bills direct to suppliers (unless they are included within the rent)
  • Comply with all terms of the tenancy agreement
  • Use the property in a responsible way and take proper care of it
  • They have the right to quiet enjoyment of the property, so any inspections should be genuinely necessary and not be excessively long or frequent

If your tenants have failed to comply with any of the above, contact us for legal advice to help you avoid or resolve a dispute, so that you can continue to generate rental income from the property.

 

How do I get advice on my tenant dispute?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. There is no upfront cost – we’ll advise the best course of action with your dispute and then advise you of any costs before you choose whether or not to instruct us.

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Tenancy Deposit Dispute Claims

If you’ve moved out of a rented house and your landlord has withheld your deposit without a valid reason to do so, we can help you settle your dispute and get the deposit returned. A deposit can be a significant amount of money, so waiting for it could affect your cashflow or leave you unable to afford to pay a deposit on your next home.

Tenant deposits have been the focus of new legislation and a great deal of media coverage in recent years and stronger measures are now in place to protect tenants. That doesn’t prevent some unscrupulous landlords from withholding deposits, but we can give you the professional advice you need to help recover your money.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients on a wide range of legal matters. We don’t charge any up front calls for speaking to us and we’ll clearly explain our fees before you decide to work with us.

 

What causes tenancy deposit disputes?

Even in the face of increased legal protection for tenants, some landlords still choose to withhold deposits. They may claim that you have:

  • Damaged the property to the extent that it needs remedial work
  • Fallen behind on your rent payments
  • Left the property in need of specialist cleaning
  • Failed to comply with your tenancy agreement in some other way

Your landlord must accept a reasonable amount of wear and tear to the property, fixtures and fittings during your tenancy. For example, carpets will wear out over time and paintwork will fade and need repainting. Landlords should not be withholding deposits for such normal degradation of the property. Many landlords will even clean the property and repaint some areas in between tenants.

If however, wear and tear is excessive, such as heavily stained carpets, significant damage to walls or broken bathroom fittings, you may struggle to get your full deposit back.

 

How can I claim my deposit back if my landlord is withholding it?

When you leave the property, we strongly recommend that you take photos or videos of the condition of all rooms. Even if there is damage and you feel that you may be charged by your landlord, photos or videos could prevent the landlord exaggerating the extent of the damage.

From 2007 onwards, Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) schemes were introduced to protect tenants. Landlords must pay your deposit into one within 30 days of the start of your tenancy.

You may be entitled to take them to court if they don’t pay your deposit into a suitable TDP scheme. Within 30 days of paying in your deposit they should give you a number of details of your tenancy. This will include the name and contact details of the TDP scheme they have used, and their dispute policy.

 

How can legal advice help me resolve my deposit dispute?

Before you take legal advice, we recommend that you try to resolve things amicably with your landlord first. If appropriate, you could also try the dispute process of the TDP scheme if your deposit was paid into one by your landlord.

If you find yourself still unable to resolve the dispute, we can discuss your circumstances with you and advise the best course of action. If we feel that we can help you, we’ll explain any fees and what you need to do.

 

How do I begin a deposit dispute claim?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss the details of your tenancy with you. From that call, we can usually advise you promptly as to whether or not our services will benefit you. At the very least, if we’re unable to help you we can let you know who best to speak to about your dispute.

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Dispute Resolution Solicitors

If you’re involved in a civil dispute, we can help you achieve a resolution by giving you the specialist professional advice you need. A civil dispute is a legal dispute between you (as a private individual) and another party (which may be another private individual or an organisation).

The best outcome for you might come from mediation, negotiation or arbitration. We can explain the different routes and advise on the best course of action for you. Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to help clients with a wide variety of different legal matters.

 

What sort of civil disputes can I get assistance with?

Our team has experience in several key areas of civil law and a strong working knowledge of the UK’s court system. The areas we can help you with include:

  • Property Disputes – including boundary disputes with neighbours, rights of way, damage from tree roots, nuisance neighbours and more.
  • Professional Negligence – we can help you if you’ve received negligent advice from a professional such as a solicitor or a surveyor.
  • Debt Recovery – for both individuals and businesses, we will correspond with the debtor and can progress your claim through the court if required.

Contact us if you need professional advice on any of the above areas. There are no upfront fees for the initial contact and we’ll explain your options and any fees to you clearly, before you instruct us to work with you.

 

How do I begin with a civil dispute?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call needn’t take long and we’ll explain the options available to you and the likely costs. That way, you’ll have all the information you need to make a decision on whether or not to instruct us.

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Debt Recovery Solicitors

Unpaid debts can be harmful to your business and take your focus off your core responsibilities. We can help you by providing professional advice, corresponding with the debtor on your behalf and progressing your case through the courts if required.

We aim to make the process clear and simple for you, so you can carry on with what you do best instead of dealing with the debt. Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to help clients with a wide variety of legal matters.

 

How much will I pay for debt recovery advice?

The cost depends on the nature of the debt (or debts) you are owed. We will charge for letters sent on your behalf, which is typically a significant part of our fees. Something as simple as a letter from a solicitor is often enough to spur a stubborn debtor into action and proves that you will not give up easily on the debt.

You may also need to pay court fees if the case goes to court. These fees are beyond our control and vary based on the amount of the debt. They are usually very affordable though and represent only a small percentage of the outstanding debt.

 

How long does debt recovery take?

This too depends on the amount outstanding, as well as the finances and attitude of the debtor. We will look to gain their cooperation in settling the claim quickly and amicably. This could not only benefit you, but also cost them less in the long-term. Avoiding court action could help keep costs down and save time for all parties.

If a case does go to court, it can take as much as 9-18 months to settle. If the debtor fails to pay and court action becomes necessary, we can usually give you an estimate of timescales as well as costs.

 

How do I get advice for debt recovery?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The call is free and there are no upfront fees. We’ll explain the best course of action and the likely fees to you, before you need to make a decision about instructing us to work with you.

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Claims Against an Uninsured Driver

If you’ve been involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, the process of claiming compensation for your injuries can be more complex than usual. However, we have the necessary expertise to make the process as simple and clear as it can be in difficult circumstances.

We will discuss the circumstances of your claim with you and can advise the best course of action for you to pursue compensation for your injuries, even if the other party in the accident wasn’t insured.

 

What happens if I’m involved in an accident with an uninsured driver?

If you’re involved in an accident with another driver, you would typically exchange contact details and insurance details. As long as your car is driveable and nobody is seriously injured you would then leave the scene and notify your insurers promptly to start the claims process.

If you believe that the other driver was not insured, or they leave the scene of the accident without exchanging details, you should notify the police promptly. You have 14 days to report an uninsured or untraced driver, but we recommend that you do so as soon as you can.

 

How do I claim compensation if there is no insurer?

In the UK it is a legal requirement for any motorist to have at least third party motor insurance, to compensate anyone injured as a result of their use of the vehicle. There are very few exceptions to this requirement.

Some motorists accidentally forget to renew or pay for their insurance, but there are clearly some drivers who deliberately drive in full knowledge of the fact they have no insurance in place. This means that there is no means of compensating people injured because of their use of their vehicle on the road.

Thankfully, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) provides a degree of protection to drivers involved in accidents caused by uninsured or untraced drivers.

 

How the MIB operates

The process followed by the MIB varies depending on whether the accident was caused by an uninsured driver or an untraced one.

At the scene of an accident, it may be that the vehicle and its driver can be identified, but it transpires that they have no insurance.

In other accidents, the driver may flee the scene of the accident without leaving any contact details, before the other party can even make a note of the vehicle’s registration. This would be classed by the MIB as an untraced driver accident and is more commonly known as a hit-and-run accident.

The MIB is funded by a levy on insurance premiums and exists to help those injured in such accidents. It is not in the public interest for injured people to suffer significant financial losses because the other party has failed to arrange insurance which is a legal requirement.

We would work with you on preparing your claim, in much the same way as we would if dealing with an insurer. Based on the circumstances of your accident, we can then advise on the level of support available from the MIB for your claim.

 

What type of injuries can I claim for?

We can advise on any injury, ranging from minor ones right through to catastrophic, life-changing injuries. We can also advise on fatal injuries if you have suffered the loss of a loved one or family member due to a public transport accident.

Given the unusual nature of these claims, it is important that we speak to you to establish the full details of your accident and in particular the other driver. From there we can advise you on how best to proceed and help with the processing of your MIB claim.

 

How much compensation might I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive for your injuries very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the specifics of your accident in more detail.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of the accident:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Travel expenses incurred as a result of the incident

If the other driver was not insured, you may be able to claim compensation for damage to your vehicle and any other property. However, this isn’t covered by the MIB scheme if the other driver could not be traced. Should you have an accident with an untraced driver and have comprehensive insurance on your own car, you would need to claim under this policy for damage to your own car and property. This could affect your no claims discount and you may also need to pay an excess.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claims. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for an accident with an uninsured or untraced driver?

Firstly, remember the advice above about notifying the police of the accident as soon as possible. To start a claim from the MIB, call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call usually takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Public Transport Accident Solicitors

If you’ve been injured as a result of an accident on public transport, we can help you claim compensation for your injuries and financial losses. The process may seem complex and stressful, but we help to make it simple, clear and straightforward for you. Our legal specialists have many years’ experience with injury claims from a wide variety of accidents and injuries.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in workplace accidents. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can Public Transport Accidents arise?

There are many ways that you could be injured as a result of using a bus, train or taxi. The obvious example is in some sort of collision, where either the driver of the bus or taxi, or another road user will typically be to blame.

However, buses and trains can involve other risks, given that it is normal for passengers to be on their feet at certain points in the journey – especially when boarding the vehicle or approaching their stop at the end of their journey. At all times, the driver and staff of any public transport vehicle owe a duty of care to passengers to protect their safety.

If a bus or train driver should stop or accelerate suddenly while passengers are on their feet, this can cause avoidable injuries, leading to a compensation claim.

Your journey may also involve waiting on a station platform, or at a bus stop or taxi rank. If you were injured as a result of either being unsafe or badly maintained, you may also have a valid claim for compensation against the organisation responsible for that facility.

 

What type of injuries can I claim for?

We can advise on any injury, ranging from minor ones right through to catastrophic, life-changing injuries. We can also advise on fatal injuries if you have suffered the loss of a loved one or family member due to a public transport accident.

As with any accident involving transport, whiplash is a common injury, but any injury to any part of your body can be relevant to your claim, as long as it was caused by the accident rather than a pre-existing condition.

 

How much compensation might I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive for your injuries very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the specifics of your accident in more detail.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred as a result of the incident

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claims. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for my Public Transport Accident?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call usually takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Taxi Accident Solicitors

If you’ve been injured as a passenger in a taxi, as a result of a road traffic accident, we can help you claim compensation for your injuries and financial losses. The process may seem complex and stressful, but we help to make it simple, clear and straightforward for you. Our legal specialists have many years’ experience with injury claims from a wide variety of road traffic accidents including taxi accidents.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in workplace accidents. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can Taxi Accidents arise?

As with any road traffic accident, there are many ways that a taxi accident can arise. It could be that the taxi driver is to blame for the accident, or it may be the fault of another road user. As a passenger in the taxi, you have no insurance of your own to claim against, so your claim will be covered by the insurance of whichever driver is deemed to be at fault for the accident.

If the driver of your taxi was at fault, then your claim will be against them or the company they were driving for. If however another road user was at fault, your claim would be against them. Most claims are against one of the drivers involved in the accident (or their employers). Howver, in very rare circumstances it is sometimes necessary to claim against another party such as a local authority – for example if there was evidence that the poor condition of a road caused the accident.

As with any road traffic accident, proving liability can be difficult. However, as a passenger the accident almost certainly won’t be your fault, so we recommend that you seek legal advice promptly, rather than wait until liability has been agreed.

 

What type of injuries can I claim for?

We can advise on any injury, ranging from minor ones right through to catastrophic, life-changing injuries. We can also advise on fatal injuries if you have suffered the loss of a loved one or family member due to a taxi accident.

 

How much compensation might I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive for your injuries very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the specifics of your accident in more detail.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred as a result of the incident

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claims. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for my Taxi Accident?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call usually takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Passenger Injury Claims

If you’ve been injured as a passenger in a road traffic accident, the process of claiming compensation can be complex and daunting – especially if the vehicle was being driven by one of your friends or relatives. We help make the process as clear, simple and stress-free as we can and will give you the professional advice that you need.

If you were injured on public transport, such as a bus, train or taxi we can also help you to claim. See the relevant pages for more information.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in workplace accidents. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

Can I really claim for compensation if I’m a passenger?

If you’re involved in an accident as passenger, it’s important to remember that you’re almost certainly not to blame for the accident. Whereas the driver might have their injury compensation reduced if they contribute to the accident through careless driving, there are no such restrictions for passengers.

If the driver was a friend or relative, you should also remember that they will have insurance in place to cover injuries to passengers. You’re therefore within your rights to claim and your friend or relative will not be out of pocket as a result.

It may be that the other driver is at fault for the accident – and therefore your injuries – in which case your claim would then be against them and funded by their insurers. If the other party is not insured, or could not be traced, we can also advise on claims against uninsured and untraced drivers.

 

What type of injuries can I claim for?

We can advise on any injury, ranging from minor ones right through to catastrophic, life-changing injuries. We can also advise on fatal injuries if you have suffered the loss of a loved one or family member in the accident.

 

How much compensation might I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive for your injuries can vary significantly, based on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the specifics of your accident in more detail.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of the accident:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Damage to any property you had with you at the time
  • Travel expenses incurred if you are unable to drive as a result of the accident

We can help you determine any costs and financial losses you’ve incurred and will prepare your compensation claim to cover them as comprehensively as possible.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claims. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for my injuries as a passenger?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call usually takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Park & Playground Accident Claims

If you or your child have been injured in an accident at a park or playground, you may be entitled to claim compensation. If for example, the accident was a result of unsafe or badly-maintained equipment it may be that the organisation responsible for the area was negligent.

Any compensation claim can be stressful, especially if you are claiming for your child. We help make the process as clear and simple as possible to give you the best possible chance of a successful claim.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in a wide range of accidents. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can accidents arise in a park or playground?

Parks and playgrounds can at times be busy places, with lots of people around. In such a busy place, minor bumps and accidents are almost inevitable. However, if you or your child suffer a more serious injury – especially one which is someone else’s fault – you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

The owner or operator of the playground will owe a duty of care to all visitors to ensure that they are safe when using the park and equipment. Among other things, this includes ensuring that all equipment is well-maintained, warning signs are in place where appropriate and the area is inspected regularly.

Common accidents in parks and playgrounds can include:

  • Slips, trips and falls from badly maintained equipment and stairs
  • Cuts and bruises from exposed metal such as screws or nails
  • Entrapment of hands and feet in playground equipment

The list above shows just a few examples. If you or your child have suffered any sort of injury in a playground, contact us for advice and we’ll let you know whether or not we think you have a valid case.

 

What should I do after an injury in a park or playground?

If you do suffer an accident, we recommend that you gather all available evidence such as photos of the equipment and your injuries, as well as contact details of any witnesses to the accident. This will help us establish a claim against the organisation responsible for the park or playground.

 

What sort of injuries can I claim for after an accident in a park or playground?

We can advise on any playground injury, ranging from minor ones right through to catastrophic, life-changing injuries. Sadly, such accidents can be fatal in some instances. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one or family member in the accident, we can advise you on how to claim for compensation.

 

How much compensation might I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your accident with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for an accident in a park or playground?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Restaurant Accident Claims

If you’ve been injured in an accident in a restaurant, you may be entitled to claim compensation. The restaurant owners and staff may have been negligent and put you at unnecessary risk of injury. If so, we can help you determine whether or not you have a valid claim against them.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in workplace accidents, including warehouse workers. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can accidents arise in a restaurant?

Any public premises comes with a certain amount of risk and restaurants have some risks all of their own. A successful restaurant can be very busy, with typically limited space and dim lighting. With hot food being moved around on tight deadlines, it’s no wonder that accidents can happen.

These can include burns and scalds from hot food; slips, trips and falls on wet floors or badly-maintained carpets or stairs or even allergic reactions.

If you should suffer an accident at a restaurant, we recommend that you take photos, obtain contact details of any witnesses and anything else that you can reasonably do that might help prove what happened later on. This will help

If you’re an employee of a restaurant, see our page on workplace accidents for more specific information about hoe we can help you claim compensation.

 

What sort of injuries can I claim for after an accident in a restaurant?

Accidents in a restaurant can result in just about any form of injury. We can advise on any of them, ranging from minor injuries right through to catastrophic, life-changing ones. Sadly, some accidents can be fatal. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one or family member in the accident, we can advise you on how to claim for compensation.

 

How much compensation might I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your accident with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for a restaurant accident?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Shop, Shopping Centre and Supermarket Accident Claims

If you’ve been injured in a shop, supermarket or shopping centre you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. If the accident was at least partly someone else’s fault, you may be able to prove negligence on their part.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in a wide variety of accidents. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can accidents arise in a shop or shopping centre?

Nowadays shops and shopping centres are open for long hours, with many premises receiving continually high levels of footfall. Retail outlets have some specific risks such as:

  • Limited hours in which to carry out routine maintenance work
  • Stairs and escalators can be high-risk areas for slips, trips and falls
  • Lifts and escalators come with a risk of entrapment accidents
  • Moving and restocking of products can result in collisions
  • Products kept at height can fall, putting customers at risk
  • Poorly-maintained car parks and communal areas can cause slips and falls

 

What sort of injuries can I claim for after an accident in a shop or shopping centre?

We can advise on any injury, ranging from minor ones right through to catastrophic, life-changing injuries. Sadly, accidents can be fatal in some instances. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one or family member in the accident, we can advise you on how to claim for compensation.

 

Who will my compensation claim be against?

Your claim will typically be against the retailer that operates the premises, and will be funded by their Public Liability insurance. If your injury occurred within a communal area at a large shopping centre with many different retailers, it’s more likely that your claim would be against the operators of that shopping centre.

We can discuss your circumstances with you and advise you on the best course of action and who best to pursue your claim against.

 

How much compensation might I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on the specifics of your accident and the injuries you received. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your accident with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for an accident in a shop or shopping centre?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Slip, Trip and Fall Compensation Claims

If you’ve been injured as a result of a slip, trip or fall, you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. Whether the incident was a workplace accident, or you were injured in a shop, supermarket or shopping centre or other location, we can give you the professional legal advice you need. We make the process as clear and straightforward as possible for you.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in a wide variety of different accidents. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can slips, trips and falls occur?

Slips, trips and falls can occur in just about any location. This could include your place of work, a public place such as a road or pavement, or even an office, shop, or shopping centre, to name just a few.

To claim compensation, you need to be able to prove that the accident was at least partly the blame of someone else. For example, if you slipped or fell as a result of poorly-maintained premises, or if a hazard such as a wet floor or ongoing maintenance work wasn’t signposted or correctly brought to your attention, it could be argued that the incident was caused by negligence.

If you’re unsure whether or not someone was to blame, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances and we can advise whether or not we think you have a valid claim.

 

If I claim for a slip, trip or fall at work, can my employer punish me for it?

This is a big worry for many people injured in an accident at work. Thankfully, the law gives you a lot of protection. Under your employment contract, your employer has no legal right to discriminate against you on the basis that you have taken legal action against them.

If your injuries are a result of a workplace accident, we can provide specific advice on this. See our separate page for more specific information.

 

What sort of injuries can I claim for after a slip, trip or fall?

We regularly handle claims for slips, trips and falls and they can vary greatly in terms of the level of injuries experienced. Even a simple slip can result in back problems or broken bones, whereas falls from height or on staircases can result in very serious injuries.

We can advise on any injury, ranging from minor ones right through to catastrophic, life-changing injuries. Sadly, slips, trips and falls can be fatal in some instances. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one or family member in the accident, we can advise you on how to claim for compensation.

 

How much compensation might I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your accident with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for a slip, trip or fall?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Cerebral Palsy Claims

If your child has Cerebral Palsy (CP) as a result of medical negligence during their birth, you may be entitled to claim for compensation. You will need to plan carefully for your child’s care at all stages of their life and compensation can help you get the care and rehabilitation that they need.

The claims process can be distressing but we have experienced specialists who will make the process as clear and simple as possible and fight hard on your behalf to secure the right level of compensation.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including cerebral palsy claims. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How is Cerebral Palsy caused?

Most people associate CP with a loss of oxygen during birth. In reality though, it is much more complex than that. Around 90% of cases develop before birth (known as Congenital Cerebral Palsy) which is generally harder to avoid and therefore less likely to result in a medical negligence claim.

Some cases also occur after the baby is born, with conditions such as jaundice or kernicterus contributing to the development of CP. These cases might also result in negligence claims if steps weren’t taken to avoid conditions known to have a link with CP.

Because no two births are the same, and they can become complicated most medical negligence claims for CP relate to the birth, and loss of oxygen is indeed a key factor in those cases. This could be caused by:

  • Delaying the decision to deliver by Caesarean (or failing to do so at all)
  • Not monitoring the baby’s heartbeat closely enough
  • Missing warning signs such as the umbilical cord wrapping around the neck
  • Incorrectly using medication to speed up delivery
  • Overlooking low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia)

If your child has Cerebral Palsy and you feel that this was avoidable, or that medical negligence has contributed in any way, we advise you to contact us for legal advice. We can help you establish the full facts and determine whether or not you may have grounds for a compensation claim.

 

How much compensation might I receive for medical negligence leading to Cerebral Palsy?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your claim with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Costs for specialist education and rehabilitation
  • Adaptations to your home or vehicle
  • Travel expenses incurred

We can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of medical negligence.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for cerebral palsy?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Nursing Negligence Claims

If you’ve suffered an illness or injury, or an existing condition has been made worse as a result of negligent nursing care, you may be entitled to claim for compensation. As a patient, all medical staff, including nurses owe you a duty of care. If they fail to meet this, your health could be put at unnecessary risk.

Sadly, some instances of nursing negligence can be fatal. If you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one or family member, we can help you establish the facts and claim compensation for your loss.

We aim to make the process of claiming compensation as clear and simple as possible for you. Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including cases of nursing negligence. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can nursing negligence arise?

When it comes to providing healthcare, nurses are very much at the forefront, often acting as the first point of contact for patients. Negligence cases against nurses are extremely rare, with most of them providing excellent care to patients even in trying circumstances.

More complex medical procedures are generally led by a doctor or consultant. However, the initial screening and day-to day care provided by nurses plays a pivotal role in the process. When things go wrong, the implications can be significant.

Typical examples of nursing negligence are:

  • Failure to assess and monitor the condition of a patient
  • Not alerting other staff to warning signs or changes in condition
  • Errors in prescriptions for medication
  • Inaccuracies in notes and medical records
  • Incorrectly following instructions from more senior staff

If you’ve suffered as a result of any of these, or anything else you consider to be an error or an omission on the part of a member of nursing staff, we recommend that you seek legal advice. Even if you’re unsure whether or not something amounts to negligence, we can discuss your circumstances and give you some clarification.

 

How much compensation might I receive for nursing negligence?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your experiences with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Adaptations to your home or vehicle
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

We can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of nursing negligence.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for nursing negligence?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Prescription Error Compensation Claims

If you’ve been issued an incorrect prescription, or one with inaccurate instructions such as the level of dosage, you could suffer serious consequences. As a result, you may be entitled to claim for compensation if you’ve suffered an injury, illness or complications to an existing condition.

We can provide the professional legal advice you need and we always aim to make the process as clear and simple as possible for you. Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including prescription errors. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can prescription errors arise?

Errors with medication are actually very common in the UK, with millions of incorrect prescriptions issued annually. Thankfully it’s rare for there to be catastrophic outcomes and it’s estimated that over 70% of them are medically insignificant and therefore relatively harmless.

Medicines are prescribed by a GP or hospital doctor, before being dispensed by a pharmacy. At each of these two steps there is potential for an error:

  • Prescription errors – this could mean giving the wrong drug or dosage; failing to check for allergies or clashes with your existing medicine, or issuing a repeat prescription without a routine check-up
  • Dispensing errors – this could mean handing out medicine to the wrong person; labelling it inaccurately, or selecting the wrong dosage.

Regardless of who is to blame for the error, it won’t be your fault if you receive the wrong prescription. However, you will be the one that is affected by any negative consequences.

 

How much compensation might I receive for a prescription error?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your case with you. The nature and severity of any health problems you suffer in the short and long-term will be the main considerations.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Adaptations to your home or vehicle
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

We can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of the error with your prescription.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for a prescription error?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Fatal Medical Mistake Claims

If you’ve lost a loved one or close family member to a fatal medical mistake, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your loss. No amount of money can ever replace the relationship you had with them. However, many bereaved families find comfort in establishing the full facts of the case and potentially helping others to avoid the same fate in future. As well as compensation, they may also seek a formal apology from the healthcare providers.

Whilst it may be distressing, we make the process as clear and simple as possible for you. Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including fatal claims. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can a fatal medical mistake arise?

There is an element of risk in any medical procedure and it is inevitable that some will result in a fatality. Sadly though, on very rare occasions avoidable deaths do occur. If this should happen to one of your family members you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

To do so, you must be able to prove negligence. All patients are owed a duty of care by medical practitioners and healthcare organisations, to ensure that they are treated in a safe and professional manner. Failing to meet this duty is usually a result of an error (such as an incorrect diagnosis or treatment) or an omission (such as failing to carry out necessary checks or tests) on the part of a practitioner.

Common examples include:

  • Inaccurate or delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Incorrect prescription of medication

 

Who can claim for a fatal medical mistake?

There are limits on who can claim compensation following a fatal medical mistake. Claimants can include:

  • Immediate family, such as a spouse or child of the deceased
  • A civil partner of the deceased who lived with them for at least two years prior to their death
  • Other family members such as siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews or cousins
  • Adopted children or anyone else considered by the deceased as a child in their family
  • The deceased’s estate can bring a claim, which would be handled by their executors

 

How much compensation might I receive for a fatal medical mistake?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the full details of your case. If necessary, we can involve independent medical specialists to support your claim for compensation.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the negligent treatment within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the death?
  • Was the death a direct result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for a fatal medical mistake?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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If you or a family member have been injured or become ill due to negligent treatment in a care home, you may be entitled to claim care home negligence compensation. Care home residents can be very vulnerable and need specialist care and great vigilance.

Care home operators and staff owe a significant duty of care to their residents, and if they fail to meet it, the consequences can be serious. If you think you or a family member has been negligently treated in a care home, we can provide the specialist legal advice you need. We aim to make processes of care home claims as clear and simple as possible for you.

Our specialist team of care home negligence solicitors provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients involved in medical negligence claims, including those against care homes. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning you won’t pay us legal services’ fees unless your case succeeds.

 

What are the most common types of care home claims?

 

Negligence typically means an error (such as giving incorrect treatment or medication) or an omission (such as missing out on medication or failing to check on a resident) on the part of the care home’s staff.

Thankfully, this is very rare in care homes, but where it does happen, professional legal advice can help you secure fair compensation. This, in turn, could help prevent others from suffering a similar fate in the future.

While sadly there could be many forms or types of abuse in care homes, the likely outcomes of negligence might include:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Pressure sores or ulcers
  • Inaccurate or incomplete medical records
  • Incorrect instructions for staff
  • Misdiagnosis of conditions
  • Deliberate abuse from staff

These are just a few common examples of negligence cases that give rise to an action. As with any other personal injury situation, numerous circumstances lead to care home negligence claims.

Therefore, we strongly recommend contacting us for advice if you or a family member have suffered any of the above or anything else you think amounts to negligent treatment in a care home.

 

Care home negligence compensation – how much might I receive?

 

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your claim with you.

Care home abuse claims cover many aspects of the physical and emotional harm suffered. You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for Distress and Upheaval: Acknowledging the emotional and psychological impact of the assisted living negligence.
  • Loss of Earnings and Financial Losses Incurred: Covering the financial instability caused by the inability to work or the need for additional support.
  • Medical Costs, Prescription Fees, Care, and Rehabilitation Costs: Ensuring all health-related expenses resulting from the nursing home mistreatment are accounted for.
  • Damage to Your Property: Reimbursing you for any personal items damaged as a result of the incident.
  • Travel Expenses Incurred: Compensating for the costs associated with medical appointments, legal consultations, or relocation necessitated by the negligence.

If you or your loved one has suffered due to care home mistreatment, you might be eligible to claim compensation for several key areas. The scope of nursing home negligence claims is extensive, encompassing various forms of physical and emotional distress encountered by victims.

Why might neglect occur in a care environment that’s supposed to be very sensitive and attentive? It’s hard to explain, but sadly, there are still quite a few care homes and medical negligence cases.

We can help you assess your claim fully and work with you to agree on the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of nursing home malpractice.

 

Do I have a valid compensation claim?

 

As each case is unique, many circumstances need to be considered before objectively assessing whether there’s a valid compensation claim. However, some key factors must be evaluated in the first place.

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident or the moment you first became aware of the nursing home mistreatment within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you or one of your family members injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims against care homes process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to a claim. Getting prompt specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

Why choose Litkraft Solicitors for your No Win No Fee care home negligence claims?

 

Our dedicated team of experts works extensively with personal injury and care home claims and has years of experience navigating the complex field of neglect in care homes. Our care home negligence solicitors No Win No Fee agreement ensures you receive top-tier legal advice and representation without the complete financial risk typically associated with legal proceedings.

We understand the nuances of UK law and are committed to providing compassionate, client-focused service. With Litkraft Solicitors, you benefit from our deep understanding of care home regulations and our proven track record of securing the justice and compensation our clients deserve.

 

How do I begin a nursing home negligence compensation claim?

 

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

 

FAQ

 

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Anaesthetic Negligence Claims

If you’re undergoing a significant medical procedure, anaesthesia can help you get through your treatment safely and without pain. In the vast majority of procedures, the use of anaesthetic is safe and comes without side-effects. However, when it does go wrong there can be serious consequences and you may be entitled to claim compensation.

We can provide the legal advice you need in order to commence your claim and we make the process as clear and simple for you as we can.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including anaesthetic claims. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can anaesthetic negligence claims arise?

Before you receive anaesthetics, it’s essential that you have been thoroughly checked to ensure that the procedure will be safe and effective. Whilst under anaesthetic, factors such as your blood pressure should also be monitored throughout to ensure that you remain safe.

Negligence can arise in a number of different circumstances, such as:

  • Waking up during the procedure, which can be physically painful and very distressing. In some cases it has been known to cause PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
  • Paralysis or disabilities can be caused by injecting anaesthetic into nerves or the spine.
  • Strokes or brain injuries can be caused by failing to closely monitor blood pressure whilst under anaesthetic.

As these examples demonstrate, when claims for anaesthetic negligence do occur, sadly there is a high probability that they will be serious. In some circumstances they can be fatal, and if you have lost a loved one or family member we can help you claim compensation for your loss.

 

How much compensation might I receive for negligent use of anaesthetics?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your claim with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Adaptations to your home or vehicle
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

We can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of anaesthetic negligence.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for anaesthetic negligence?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Orthopaedic Injury Claims

If an orthopaedic injury isn’t treated correctly, it can make matters much worse. It could prolong the recovery time, or worse still make a full recovery impossible. If you believe that negligent treatment has affected your recovery from such an injury, you may be entitled to claim for compensation. We aim to make the process as clear and simple as possible for you.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including orthopaedic injuries. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can orthopaedic injuries arise?

Orthopaedic injuries include breaks and fractures of bones, as well as injuries to the supporting system of muscles, ligaments and tendons. These injuries can affect your mobility and often need a carefully-planned regime of treatment and rehabilitation to get you back to normal.

Such injuries are typically caused by an accident for example a road traffic accident, or a workplace accident such as a slip, trip or fall. However, in some extreme cases the injury could even occur during a medical procedure to address a problem elsewhere.

Common claims include:

  • Operations to replace joints such as the hip, knee or elbow
  • Ineffective treatment of ruptured ligaments
  • Bunion operations failing to align toes correctly
  • Fractures overlooked without carrying out X-rays

 

How could negligence affect an orthopaedic injury?

In medical treatment, negligence refers to an error (for example, carrying out the wrong treatment) or an omission (failing to carry out necessary tests or x-rays) on the part of the medical practitioner. They must carry out all of the actions that would reasonably be expected, of a medical professional in their specialism.

Orthopaedic injuries are far from simple, because the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons all play some sort of role in your movement and a holistic approach to treatment and rehabilitation is needed for a full recovery. However, a medical professional owes a duty of care to all patients to ensure that they are safe and able to make a full recovery.

Under this duty of care, they should assess all aspects of your injury and medical history before commencing any treatment. Failure to do so could amount to negligence. In orthopaedic injuries, the most common forms of negligence include misdiagnosis, missed fractures, failure to carry out x-rays and using incorrect components for joint replacements.

If you’ve been affected by these or any other form of negligence relating to an orthopaedic injury, we strongly recommend that you contact us for legal advice.

 

How much compensation might I receive for an orthopaedic injury?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances and the extent of any negligence. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your injury with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Adaptations to your home or vehicle
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

We can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of your orthopaedic injury.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for an orthopaedic injury?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Eye Surgery Compensation Claims

Laser eye surgery is increasingly common and affordable nowadays with thousands of people undergoing it every year in the UK. Thankfully, the vast majority of procedures are concluded successfully, but when it does go wrong, the consequences can be very distressing and in some cases life-changing.

This can mean serious sight issues – including permanent or short-term loss of vision, as well as  infections, blurry or “ghosted” vision, sensitivity to light or excessively dry or watery eyes.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including eye surgery. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can negligence arise in eye surgery?

Negligence refers to an error (such as carrying out an incorrect procedure) or an omission (such as failing to ask certain questions or carry out routine tests) on the part of the practitioner and their staff.

Negligence can occur at just about any stage in the process, from initial consultation right through to your recovery from the surgery and your eyesight after the procedure. Typical examples include:

  • Failure to gather sufficient information on your current prescriptions and the condition of your eyes
  • Omitting to give adequate warning of the relevant risks and potential side-effects before obtaining your consent to the surgery
  • Damaging your eyes during the surgery due to incorrectly following the procedure
  • Mistreating or failing to notice any infections or other problems after the surgery

If you feel that you’ve suffered any of the above, that your eyesight is not as it should be after the procedure, or have any other reason to believe that your eye surgeon has been negligent, contact us to discuss your concerns. We can gather the facts together and advise whether or not we think you have a right to pursue compensation.

 

How much compensation might I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your case with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Adaptations to your home
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

We can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of medical negligence.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the surgery or incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the injury?
  • Were you left injured or was your vision affected as a result of the surgery?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for eye surgery negligence?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Cancer Compensation Claims

If you’ve suffered unnecessary illness or risks to your health as a result of a misdiagnosis of cancer, you may be entitled to compensation for medical negligence. If cancer isn’t diagnosed and treated early, it can spread to other parts of the body. This can result in secondary cancers, or even other serious health problems as a result of a weakened immune system.

Whether you’ve been misdiagnosed yourself, or you’ve lost a family member or loved one, we can help you establish the facts and determine whether or not you are entitled to claim for compensation. We aim to make the process as clear and simple for you as we can, because we know it can be distressing for you. However, getting any compensation that you’re entitled to, as well as getting answers as to how the misdiagnosis occurred can be of great comfort.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including cancer misdiagnosis. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can misdiagnosis of cancer arise?

No two cancer cases are ever the same, and it’s important to point out that cancer is a serious illness – and often sadly a fatal one – even when it is diagnosed and treated early. The vast majority of cancer patients are not misdiagnosed and won’t be affected by negligent treatment.

If however you feel that your cancer was not spotted soon enough, that clear symptoms were missed or that treatment was inadequate or late, you may be entitled to compensation. The negligence could have occurred at any stage in the process of diagnosing or treating your cancer.

For example, you may have visited your GP in the first instance. As your symptoms became clearer or more severe you may have been referred onwards to a specialist such as an oncologist. Some forms of cancer can start with relatively minor symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss or nausea so it is normal for cancer not to be immediately obvious.

However, if symptoms persist or even worsen, medical professionals should be able to carry out tests to eliminate certain causes and help you get a timely diagnosis to prevent further complications. We can discuss the specifics of your case with you and help you determine whether or not the care you received was reasonable, in light of the symptoms you reported.

 

How much compensation might I receive for cancer misdiagnosis?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your case with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Adaptations to your home or vehicle
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

We can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of your misdiagnosis.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the misdiagnosis (or the point at which you became aware of it) within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the misdiagnosis?
  • Were you injured or did you suffer unnecessary complications as a result of the misdiagnosis?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you. For misdiagnosis cases, a key factor is the difficulty in determining exactly when the misdiagnosis or the first error occurred. This makes it all the more important to seek prompt advice.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for cancer misdiagnosis?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Sepsis Compensation Claims

If you’ve suffered sepsis following a medical or surgical procedure, you may be entitled to claim for compensation for your suffering. Sepsis is a very serious condition which can kill very soon after infection. Other patients may lose limbs or suffer organ or tissue damage. We can help you claim for any illness or injury you suffered as a result of sepsis.

If you’ve lost a loved one or family member to sepsis, we can help you claim compensation and seek answers for how they came to contract it. This can be a distressing experience, but we support you in making it as clear as we can to help you plan for life after your loss.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including sepsis cases. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can sepsis arise?

Sepsis is another name for septicaemia – a condition which can result in organ failure and even death if it isn’t diagnosed and treated very quickly. If you have sepsis, your body’s immune system over-reacts to infections and releases chemicals into the blood stream which can cause severe inflammation, reducing blood flow to your organs and other areas of the body.

To be treated effectively, sepsis must be spotted very early – typically within an hour of it developing – before it causes severe harm. The difficulty with this, is that the symptoms can appear relatively harmless and resemble those seen with other, less harmful conditions. Those symptoms include chills, sweating, muscle cramps, a fast heart rate, difficulty breathing and general confusion.

Sadly, around one in three people contracting sepsis are killed, with others suffering long-lasting effects such as the loss of a limb. Understandably, hospitals are increasingly vigilant when it comes to sepsis, thanks to publicity and awareness campaigns around the devastating effects of the condition.

 

How does negligence arise in the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis?

As with any medical negligence case, negligence can arise due to an error (such as incorrect or unsafe procedures) or an omission (such as failing to test for or spot a clear sign of sepsis) on the part of the surgical team. Any invasive surgery carries an element of risk of infections, including sepsis.

If you have a weaker immune system, you may have a higher underlying risk of contracting sepsis. For example, it is more common in much younger and older patients, as well as those with conditions such as HIV and those with a history of chemotherapy treatment to cancer.

If medical staff failed to fully assess you before surgery, missed signs of sepsis during or after the surgery, or weren’t sufficiently vigilant after your procedure, there may be a claim for negligence.

 

How much compensation might I receive after contracting sepsis?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your case with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Adaptations to your home or vehicle
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

We can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of contracting sepsis.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a sepsis compensation claim?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Cosmetic Surgery Claims

Cosmetic surgery continues to grow in popularity. While the majority of providers are trustworthy, the potential implications of negligent treatment can be significant and long-lasting. You could suffer an injury or illness, or you may be left requiring further, corrective treatment.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have suffered as a result of negligence. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How do problems arise with cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery can be complicated and, in many cases, invasive. You should be vetted thoroughly in advance to ensure your suitability for any treatment. Once treatment begins, the practitioner should ensure that you remain safe from infection and other complications.

Although regulators such as the CQC (Care Quality Commission) insist that some practitioners have to be registered with them, this does not apply to all treatments. In February 2022, plans were announced for practitioners administering botox and dermal fillers to be regulated in future, following a rise in patients reporting serious problems with such treatments.

As with any form of surgery, patients are owed a duty of care to protect their safety and security at all stages in the surgical process. Breaching that duty of care can result in both physical and emotional problems for the patient’ potentially giving them the right to claim compensation.

 

What sort of injuries can I claim for after negligent cosmetic surgery treatment?

There are many forms of cosmetic surgery and each comes with its own potential risks for the patient. While there may be too many to list, if you have suffered any sort of injury, disfigurement, illness or complication as a result of any form of cosmetic surgery, you may be able to claim.

We strongly advise that you get in touch with us for professional legal advice to determine whether or not you are entitled to make a compensation claim.

 

How much compensation might I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your accident with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the procedure carried out within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the illness or injury?
  • Were you injured or did you suffer an illness as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for cosmetic surgery treatment?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Accident & Emergency Negligence Claims

If you’ve suffered an injury or illness as a result of negligent treatment in an Accident & Emergency department, you may be entitled to compensation. We can help you establish the full facts and determine whether or not you have a valid claim. Although the claims process can be stressful at times, our aim is always to make the process as clear and simple as possible for you.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been affected by medical negligence. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can negligent treatment arise in an Accident & Emergency department?

Medical negligence is thankfully very rare, but where it does happen it can result in avoidable injuries or illnesses. Negligence typically means that there has been an error (such as incorrect treatment) or an omission (such as overlooking a symptom or failing to carry out an important test) on the part of a medical practitioner.

Accident & Emergency departments can be very busy with patients who need to be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. This puts a lot of pressure on clinical staff to move patients as quickly as possible through the process. However, they still owe a duty of care to all patients to ensure that they receive the right treatment in a timely, sensitive manner.

If you think you have suffered as a result of Accident & Emergency negligence, you have every right to look into pursuing compensation. Not only could it help you compensate for the many ways you’ve been affected; it might also help prevent others suffering the same fate in future.

 

How much compensation might I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your treatment with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Adaptations to your home or vehicle
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

We will work with you to fully assess your future needs. Some of the implications of your treatment may be short-term whereas others may be lifelong, so it’s important to fully understand your needs at every stage in the future. That way, we can ensure that those needs are fully reflected in the level of compensation that we look to achieve for you.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the treatment or incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you injured as a result of it?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for Accident & Emergency Negligence?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Dental Negligence Claims

If you’ve had dental treatment which left you with an illness or injury, made an existing condition worse, or failed to identify a serious problem, you may be entitled to compensation. We aim to make the process as clear and simple as possible for you to establish the level of compensation that you’re entitled to.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including those for dental negligence. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can dental negligence claims arise?

When you receive treatment from a dental practitioner, they owe you a duty of care to ensure that you are treated safely and effectively. If they breach this duty through an error (such as giving incorrect treatment) or an omission (such as missing a clear symptom or failing to properly check your records before treatment), you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

The types of claim that can arise against dentists include:

  • Missed or delayed diagnosis of issues such as periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Failed cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening, veneers and crowns
  • Nerve damage following extractions
  • Treating or extracting the wrong tooth
  • Failed treatment meaning corrective treatment is required
  • Incorrectly fitting implants

 

How much compensation might I receive for dental negligence?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your treatment and your potential claim with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Further dental treatment to correct the errors
  • Travel expenses incurred

The level of compensation you receive will very much depend on the severity of the pain you experience and the long-term prognosis. Dental pain can easily become so severe that it isn’t possible to work until the problem is resolved. It can also be hard to sleep so the pain can often impact heavily on your personal life.

We will also explore your previous medical and dental history to see to what extent the problem was caused – or aggravated – by the treatment you received from your dentist. From there we can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of your dentist’s negligence.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the treatment within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the injury or illness?
  • Were you injured as a result of the treatment?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for dental negligence?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Birth Injury Compensation Claims

The birth of a child is one of the times when you most rely on the care and expertise of medical staff. When the care you receive is not of the standard you expect, this can have serious consequences for you, your child or even both of you.

Thankfully, most babies are delivered safe and healthy, but if things should go wrong, you may be able to claim for compensation. We aim to make a difficult, distressing process as simple and clear for you as we can.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including birth injuries to the mother, baby or both. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How can birth injuries arise?

There are many different kinds of birth injury and sadly, some can be fatal. Throughout the birth, both mother and baby need to be carefully monitored to help spot any signs of potential risk to their health or to the chances of a safe delivery.

The types of birth injury that can occur are:

  • Injuries to the mother which can result in ongoing conditions such as incontinence
  • Loss of oxygen which can result in serious neurological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy which causes the baby’s shoulders to be misaligned
  • Stillbirth, which can include any baby past the 24-week stage of pregnancy
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can be experienced by the mother after an extremely difficult labour, even when the baby is delivered safely

Any birth injury can be very distressing, especially those resulting in the loss of a baby or a serious disability. Many families need to claim for compensation to pay for the specialist care required. They also find comfort in finding out where things went wrong, receiving an official apology for the negligence they suffered and knowing that they might help prevent similar incidents in the future.

 

How much compensation might I receive for a birth injury?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your claim with you. Whilst no amount of money can ever compensate you for the loss of a baby, it is only right that you should be compensated for the many ways it will affect your life.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Adaptations to your home or vehicle
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

We can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of you’re the negligent treatment.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the incident within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the incident?
  • Were you or you baby injured as a result of the incident?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for a birth injury?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Medical Misdiagnosis Claims

For some conditions, a medical misdiagnosis could have serious consequences if it results in the wrong treatment, or even a delay in receiving the correct treatment. If you’ve been given an incorrect or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition, we can help you establish whether or not you’re entitled to claim for compensation.

Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including those relating to misdiagnosis. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.

 

How might a medical misdiagnosis arise?

A medical misdiagnosis means that a medical practitioner has incorrectly diagnosed the medical cause of one or more symptoms reported by a patient. It’s worth remembering that in many instances – especially for a minor medical condition – the misdiagnosis can result in little or no consequence.

It’s also possible for a condition to be misdiagnosed even when medical practitioners have taken all reasonable steps. This is always a possibility with rare illnesses, or with symptoms that can commonly occur with a large number of illnesses.

Medical practitioners don’t have limitless resources to test patients for every conceivable illness. However, they should take all reasonable steps and fully account for the patient’s previous medical history.

A misdiagnosis could mean:

  • A delay in treatment as a result of a delayed diagnosis
  • Completely missing the diagnosis
  • An incorrect diagnosis, resulting in incorrect treatment or surgery
  • Psychological harm from being given an incorrect diagnosis

To claim for compensation, you must prove negligence on the part of the medical practitioners whose care you were under. If they have followed all reasonable steps to correctly diagnose you, they may not be found to be negligent.

If however important symptoms were missed, questions were not asked or you have underlying conditions which weren’t taken into account as part of your diagnosis, you may have been affected by negligent treatment.

 

What could the implications of a medical misdiagnosis be?

The full implications will depend on a number of factors, especially the nature and extent of your illness and your underlying health.

As a patient it can be difficult to fully appreciate how the diagnosis has affected you. If there was an illness, it’s likely that your health might have suffered somewhat anyway. A compensation claim will need to separate the suffering you did experience from that which you might have still suffered had the illness been diagnosed earlier and treated correctly.

To support your claim, we always obtain medical reports. If it helps support your claim further, we may also appoint independent medical experts to help establish the impact of the misdiagnosis on your health.

If you’ve lost a family member or loved one as a result of a serious misdiagnosis, we can help you claim for compensation for your loss and get answers to help you come to terms with the negligent treatment they received.

 

How much compensation might I receive for a negligent misdiagnosis?

The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your misdiagnosis with you.

You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:

  • Compensation for distress and upheaval
  • Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
  • Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
  • Adaptations to your home or vehicle
  • Damage to your property
  • Travel expenses incurred

We can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of any negligent treatment.

 

Do I have a valid claim for compensation?

If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:

  • Was the misdiagnosis within the last three years?
  • Was someone else to blame for the misdiagnosis?
  • Has your health suffered as a result of the misdiagnosis or treatment?

Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.

Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.

 

How do I begin a compensation claim for medical misdiagnosis?

Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.