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Forget work life balance…

… Focus on your work injury balance Towards the end of 2018 the Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) published its “Health and safety at work summary statistics for Great Britain 2018”. The well presented and easy to use document summarises the key facts surrounding the impact of workplace illness and...

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Second marriages later in life

Protecting your assets The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) recently published some research showing that over the past five years more than half of their members have seen an increase in clients wishing to use trusts to provide control and protection. STEP reports that the rise in second...

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Farming partnerships: getting it right

Keeping it in the family A traditional farming partnership is more than a business; in many cases, it is also a family affair. There are benefits to “keeping it in the family” but there is also plenty of scope for misunderstandings and disagreements to arise. These often come to a...

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Delays in Southampton ophthalmology department

16 patients suffer significant permanent harm from delays BBC South Today recently reported about the significant problems facing the ophthalmology department at Southampton General Hospital at present. In June 2018 the hospital produced an internal report looking at the problems within this service. It noted that in 2017 a total...

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How to increase the effectiveness of your lasting power of attorney

Three crucial provisions for LPAs Lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) are vitally important documents: they give someone power to make decisions about your financial affairs, or to make decisions in relation to your personal welfare, after you lose capacity. LPA forms appointing someone to manage your financial affairs include sections...

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Speed kills

Ending the carnage on our roads It is an accepted fact that excessive speed remains the number one factor causing accidents that lead to injury and death on our roads- which makes new research from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) all the more worrying. The report from the ETSC...

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Capital tax planning on development land disposals

CGT & IHT impact on proceeds from land The value of all land has increased substantially in recent years with average land values for undeveloped land now standing at £12000 per acre. If planning permission for development is obtained, the value of the land in question will increase substantially, with...

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Motor accidents on private land

MIB liable to compensate victims of motor accidents on private land Every year thousands of people are injured or killed by uninsured drivers or vehicles on public roads. The insurance premiums of law abiding motorists contribute to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (‘MIB’), the mechanism by which innocent victims of uninsured...

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Carpenter receives compensation following accident at work

Benefits of rehabilitation after serious injury at work Mr C, a self-employed carpenter, was working on the first floor of a domestic property renovation. He was working at height, on a stepladder on a raised platform, when one of the boards gave way. He fell straight through the platform, through...

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Vulnerability after brain injury

Study links increased gambling to traumatic brain injury Those who work in the field of traumatic brain injury will be aware that often survivors will be vulnerable and engage in behaviour that was not present before their injury. These behavioural issues and the consequent vulnerability are often the most difficult...

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