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What is Contributory Negligence and what does it mean for personal injury claims?

Even when a claim is successful, a claimant can be found partially to blame for his or her own injuries and this is known by lawyers as ‘contributory negligence’.  If the Court makes a finding... Read full article

Mediation voucher scheme for separating parents

A new mediation scheme to help separating parents resolve their difficulties amicably and away from the courtroom has been welcomed by Wards Solicitors’ Family Law and Divorce team. The government... Read full article

New ‘Whiplash Reforms’ – what are they and how will they affect personal injury claims?

There are important new rules that will apply to personal injury claims arising from road accidents that occur on or after 31 May 2021. These are the so-called “Whiplash Reforms”. For an injured... Read full article

SIPP Mis-selling – Holding the SIPP provider accountable for failed investments

A landmark decision by the Court of Appeal could be a lifeline for the many investors who have lost money as a result of bad advice from unregulated firms. Lorry driver Russell Adams was left out of... Read full article

Commercial Property: Should you get draft Heads of Terms checked by a specialist lawyer?

When a commercial property deal is agreed, the parties concerned generally draw up a document called Heads of Terms, a summary of its main commercial points. Taking specialist legal advice when this... Read full article

Common mistakes with increasing share capital and changing share rights

Have you sought to either increase your share capital (same class of share or additional class of share) or change the share rights of existing shares since your company has been incorporated? If so... Read full article

Residential landlords – ban on tenant evictions extended again

The ban on residential evictions due to come to an end this month has been extended again until 31 May 2021. This means that no bailiff enforcement action will be allowed before that date except in... Read full article

Managing a personal injury settlement – what to consider

At Wards, we put the needs of our client’s first and that includes safeguarding our clients’ best interests before and after settlement of a claim.  In most cases, once a claimant recovers... Read full article

Sports injuries claims – and the issue of consent

The risk of injury is a normal part of playing sport, particularly in contact sports.  Injuries happen but most of the time, these are relatively minor.   By taking part, players implicitly... Read full article

Commercial property – the complicated world of vacant possession break clauses

How to comply with the strict conditions required to serve a valid break clause notice for vacant possession has long been a deceptively complex area of commercial property law. The term ‘vacant... Read full article

Made a DIY will during lockdown? Why now is a good time to get it checked

The pandemic has prompted many people, young and old, to get their affairs in order by writing a will. In a rush to get the ball rolling, growing numbers have opted for a DIY version, either going... Read full article

The rise of turnover rents – what commercial property landlords need to know

Although turnover rents have been around for some time, the effect of Covid-19 on the retail commercial property market means they are becoming increasingly common. With more people than ever before... Read full article

Can employers insist on C-19 vaccinations for staff returning to work?

Can employees be prevented from attending work, or restricted in their duties, until they provide proof of vaccination and, if so, what are they entitled to be paid? This article first appeared in... Read full article

How do I register an Enduring Power of Attorney during Covid-19?

Although it is no longer possible to create a new Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), EPAs are still perfectly legal and if properly drawn up, can be registered and used. Now the government has issued... Read full article

No more Court of Protection fees on most Child Trust Fund applications

The vast majority of parents and guardians seeking to support a young person’s future by accessing savings held in a Child Trust Fund (CTF) will no longer have to pay court fees to do so. The move... Read full article

Supreme Court rules insurers must pay small businesses for Covid claims

Hundreds of thousands of businesses are expected to be able to recover losses caused by the pandemic from their insurers, following the Supreme Court ruling. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)... Read full article

Property law reform bringing new lease extension rights for millions of leaseholders is in sight

The government is to reform ancient leasehold laws in a bid to introduce a fairer system of home ownership in England and Wales. Legislation is planned which will allow both flat and house... Read full article

Covid vaccinations, capacity and consent in a care setting.

As the Covid-19 vaccination programme gets underway for care home residents, it is important to ensure that those residents who want the vaccine can receive it. It is also important to understand the... Read full article

Sort out your Will this new year or risk ‘pot luck’ with your estate

In a recent press interview,  Jenny Pierce, Director at Solicitors for the Elderly, and Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts at Wards Solicitors spoke to journalist Rebekah Evans at Express.co.uk... Read full article

How the parents of Caroline Flack, who died without a Will, are making sure her money goes to her favourite charities

Although TV presenter Caroline Flack did not make a Will, her grieving parents are doing their upmost to ensure the charities they know she cared about still benefit in the most tax efficient way... Read full article
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