Deputyships –v- Trusts – A matter for the Court to decide

06/27/2017 07:51:26 AM

George Ide’s private client team was involved in a recent Court of Protection case that clarifies the law concerning how best to protect the interests of an adult whose lack of mental capacity prevents them... The post Deputyships –v- Trusts ...

Calling time on Britain’s outdated data protection laws

06/15/2017 08:43:41 AM

Not everyone gets excited about data protection – until, that is, it comes to light that miscellaneous personal information has been captured and secretively stored, or is being used in an alarming manner. You may... The post Calling time ...

It’s not me, it’s you! Should it matter who is to blame when a marriage breaks down?

06/05/2017 05:10:19 AM

The family law community has reacted with shock to a recent Court of Appeal judgement upholding an earlier court decision that refused to grant Mrs Owens a divorce despite a hostile and protracted court case.... The post It’s not me, it’s ...

Question your doctor’s opinion, but don’t judge the profession by its rogue Patersons

06/05/2017 03:43:01 AM

Recent news that former breast consultant Ian Paterson has been convicted and sentenced to 15 years for carrying out hundreds of needless operations is surely to be welcomed as some recompense for the despair and... The post Question your doctor’s ...

No-court family mediation – your smoothest route to a divorce deal that keeps the children in school?

06/05/2017 03:34:45 AM

How lovely to see cute little Prince George stealing the show at his Aunty Pippa’s wedding this spring. Come September, he is expected to attend Thomas’s Battersea, a London preparatory school where fees start at... The post No-court family ...

Family law advice still worth its weight in gold for today’s silver generation

06/05/2017 02:46:06 AM

According to divorce and marriage data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), it seems the ‘silver generation’ is once again bucking the trends: the ONS reports a significant increase in divorces amongst the... The post Family ...

Summer safety – Who is responsible?

06/01/2017 09:38:32 AM

As spring blossoms into summer and the weather improves, more and more of us will be tempted to get out and about visiting National Trust properties, exploring English Heritage sites, hiking, riding or simply ambling... The post Summer safety ...

Mole-spotting is not only for gardeners, it could save your skin

05/19/2017 06:22:42 AM

Having written previously about the “Know Your Lemons” breast cancer awareness campaign, I am now writing to urge you to keep a watchful eye on your skin moles. We all have them, those little brown... The post Mole-spotting is not only for ...

Are skyrocketing ground rents bringing your house down?

05/11/2017 10:01:37 AM

The history of ground rents can be traced back to Roman times when a ground rent, or solarium, was a yearly rent paid by the lessee of a parcel of land. Over the centuries, the... The post Are skyrocketing ground rents bringing your house down? ...

Injury claimants urged to seek advice on three-year time limit

05/04/2017 08:45:38 AM

If you have been the victim of clinical negligence or an accident on the road, at work or in a public place, the law sets out certain restrictions on the length of time you are... The post Injury claimants urged to seek advice on three-year ...

Striking out for the North Pole – a very personal fundraising odyssey

04/26/2017 03:29:37 AM

Having lost both my father and brother to cancer it made perfect sense for me to tackle an Arctic challenge of stamina and endurance in order to pay tribute to them and to those who... The post Striking out for the North Pole – a very personal ...

Mixed portfolios erring on the side of caution offer private investors best protection in troubled times

04/20/2017 05:07:39 AM

In these uncertain times, many investors are concerned about the potential effect on international investment markets of a deterioration in the West’s relationship with North Korea. Such a scenario seems more likely under US President... The ...

Watch your step — don’t let the new rules trip you up

03/31/2017 07:49:14 AM

It is well known that, in these days of austerity, local authorities have suffered from swingeing cuts in government grants and are having to make significant savings in many areas. Judges are well aware of... The post Watch your step — don’t ...

Lord Chancellor’s attention to detail brings welcome relief

03/27/2017 03:37:31 AM

In February 2017 the Lord Chancellor announced that the discount rate used in the calculation of personal injury claims would be reduced from 2.5 per cent to minus 0.75 per cent, with effect from 20... The post Lord Chancellor’s attention ...

Important Supreme Court Ruling on Inheritance

03/20/2017 03:54:29 AM

  On 15th of March the Supreme Court published their long awaited judgement in the case of Ilott v The Blue Cross and others. English Law recognises the freedom of individuals to leave their estate... The post Important Supreme Court Ruling ...

Probate costs set to rise steeply under new court fee regime

03/14/2017 09:37:57 AM

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has recently confirmed that court fees charged for applications for a grant of representation after a death will be substantially increased later this year (May 2017), despite a public consultation... The post Probate ...

Overage – a canny way to have your property cake and eat it?

03/08/2017 09:09:05 AM

When you agree to sell your property it is reasonable to expect to receive the best price possible and, in certain situations, the best possible price may be obtained by taking a share in a... The post Overage – a canny way to have your property ...

Early attention to leasehold detail saves time and money in the long run

03/03/2017 04:57:34 AM

If you own a leasehold property there are several good reasons to consider extending the terms of your lease. In essence, as the length of the remaining lease term decreases so does the value of... The post Early attention to leasehold detail ...

Acting as a referee — a brief guide to repercussion-free reference writing

02/24/2017 03:33:53 AM

Many of us, at one time or another, will ask a friend, employer, supplier or other work contact for a reference, and some of us will ourselves be approached as a potential referee. So, what... The post Acting as a referee — a brief guide to ...

Do you know your Lemons?

02/10/2017 05:07:22 AM

No, really, this is a genuine question… You may, like me, have seen a recent post on Facebook aimed at spreading awareness of breast cancer. To comply with social media censorship rules, the woman behind... The post Do you know your Lemons? ...

Understanding the NHSLA — James Hawke, George Ide’s clinical negligence specialist, shines a spotlight into the shadows

02/10/2017 05:04:18 AM

Set back under Colonnade Walk on Buckingham Palace Road, just behind Victoria Station, sits a nondescript, anonymous-looking glass-fronted building. This building houses a team of people responsible for paying out nearly £1.5 billion in the... The ...

Investing in a new era — financial markets and the Trump factor

02/03/2017 02:54:07 AM

So it really did happen: Donald Trump is the new President of the United States, and never has there been a more polarising new US President. But whether you are pro-Trump or anti-Trump, the fact... The post Investing in a new era — financial ...

Could your insurer open the door to driverless motoring?

01/26/2017 06:29:02 AM

Discussions about how soon driverless cars could become a common sight on our roads continue to prompt the airing of many different theories including the prediction that within ten years there will be no drivers,... The post Could your insurer ...

What is a personal representative?

01/23/2017 06:22:13 AM

The term ‘personal representative’ is a generic term that applies both to an executor of a will and a court-appointed estate administrator — but what exactly does being a personal representative entail? In short, the... The post What is ...

Inspired to unlock the future for clients living life after loss

01/06/2017 07:32:56 AM

The Christmas period can be particularly difficult for those who have recently lost loved ones, and in my field of work as a personal injury solicitor I gain an insight into the pain, suffering and... The post Inspired to unlock the future for ...

Japanese knotweed — unwelcome garden invader that could land you in legal hot water

12/22/2016 12:58:26 PM

Although as a property solicitor I am not renowned for my horticultural prowess, recently I have come to know quite a lot about the East Asian garden invader that is Japanese knotweed. This innocent-looking plant... The post Japanese knotweed ...

Handle the works party with care, or risk a not-so-merry Christmas

12/22/2016 12:54:48 PM

Dreaded by some and an annual highlight for others — that is how a Christmas works party was recently described in the High Court. The unfortunate but illuminating case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd.... The post Handle the works ...

Could we have used the law to save the miller’s daughter from Rumpelstiltskin?

12/15/2016 07:54:51 AM

The onset of December brings a plethora of Christmasy films – so, when I recently turned on the TV and saw Rumpelstiltskin dancing around on the screen, it set me thinking. For those who are... The post Could we have used the law to save the ...

So, your doctor got it wrong — but negligence can be tricky to prove

12/08/2016 09:34:06 AM

To establish a clinical negligence claim you must prove negligence on the part of the medical practitioner, that the injury resulted from this negligence, and that the injury has a monetary value. Consider the following... The post So, your ...

Government moves to limit personal injury claims

12/01/2016 10:52:56 AM

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) recently announced plans to limit your right to claim compensation if you are injured… “Hurrah!” you might shout. “Stop this compensation culture!” you might exclaim. But does such a culture... The post ...

All Change in the United States!

11/23/2016 10:26:57 AM

The success of Donald Trump in the United States presidential election has caused considerable disquiet in many quarters. On the one hand Mr Trump has indicated a wish to see lower taxes and increased public... The post All Change in the United ...

Safety on our roads — our duty of care

11/21/2016 04:00:27 AM

This week (21st-27th November, 2016) is the Brake charity’s Road Safety Week, a good opportunity for us all, as road users, to think about how safely we drive, ride, walk or run. As emphasised earlier... The post Safety on our roads — our ...

Cosmetic surgery — think carefully before you leap

11/11/2016 02:28:55 AM

Reasons for having cosmetic surgery come in all shapes and sizes and, if successful, it can have a positive and profound impact. But make no mistake, cosmetic surgery is not to be undertaken lightly. Two... The post Cosmetic surgery — think ...

Lifetime gifts – sharing your wealth with your family

11/10/2016 03:03:23 AM

With Christmas rapidly approaching, our thoughts turn naturally to the subject of giving — perhaps you are considering gifting money to close family or to charity. In fact, one of the most efficient ways to... The post Lifetime gifts – sharing ...

George Ide LLP ranked “band 1” in chambers legal directory

11/03/2016 07:35:07 AM

Our personal injury department is proud to have once more been ranked in Chambers and Partners directory of leading firms. Chambers has ranked the team in “band 1”. Of our team Chambers has said “Market-leading South... The post George ...

Concerned about a will? You may be able to challenge it.

11/03/2016 06:30:39 AM

It is a basic principle of English law that individuals are free to dispose of their estate in any way they wish. However, there are a number of ways in which a will can be... The post Concerned about a will? You may be able to challenge it. ...

Personal Injury law – what it means in practice

10/27/2016 07:58:40 AM

In my field of work at George Ide LLP, I focus on larger value personal injury claims. My aim is to get a fair settlement providing a reasonable level of compensation for my clients, as... The post Personal Injury law – what it means in practice ...

Assault claims against employees – who is liable?

10/21/2016 05:11:05 AM

As members of the public we all interact with businesses and their employees. Normally, matters are conducted in an appropriate way — but occasionally things go wrong. So what happens if you are subjected to... The post Assault claims against ...

Help to Buy is ending, but there’s still hope

10/18/2016 08:14:13 AM

The UK housing market has remained resilient and house prices continue to rise, so it is perhaps not surprising to hear so many people are struggling to step onto the first rung of the property... The post Help to Buy is ending, but there’s ...

The Right to Rent; a landlord’s guide

10/18/2016 08:06:27 AM

From 1 February 2016, landlords of residential property in England must carry out a rent check to ensure potential tenants have the right to rent in the UK. This is one of a number of... The post The Right to Rent; a landlord’s guide appeared ...

Informed consent for medical treatment: what should you be told?

10/04/2016 05:24:42 AM

The issue of informed consent in the context of clinical negligence claims has attracted considerable attention over the past year after publicity surrounding a case in the highest law court in the land. Ruling on... The post Informed consent ...

When is a break not a break? Understanding your business premises lease

09/30/2016 09:24:15 AM

Business premises leases can include a break clause that allows tenant or landlord to end the lease early — but beware: if the law is not followed to the letter, the break clause may not... The post When is a break not a break? Understanding ...

What is an inquest?

09/26/2016 08:29:28 AM

Many people will never attend an inquest into the death of a loved one and, when the circumstances surrounding a fatality do require investigation, attending an inquest can  be very worrying and confusing for relatives... The post What is an ...

Beware insurers bearing gifts

09/15/2016 10:19:56 AM

In recent years some insurers have striven to increase the efficiency with which they handle personal injury claims. Many now adopt a proactive approach and look to make first contact with an injured victim and... The post Beware insurers bearing ...

Generous George Ide clients make the firm’s 50th year its best ever for hospice Make a Will donations

09/15/2016 05:25:12 AM

George Ide LLP is thrilled to announce the completion of another successful Make a Will Fortnight in aid of St Wilfrid’s palliative care hospice in Chichester. As part of this year’s two-week annual fundraising effort,... The post Generous ...

Brexit – What are investors to do?

09/08/2016 07:43:25 AM

The United Kingdom unexpectedly voted for Brexit on 23 June and since then, reassured by soothing words from the Bank of England and the Chancellor, not to mention a recent reduction in base interest rate... The post Brexit – What are investors ...

What Are Trusts?

09/05/2016 04:40:04 AM

Trusts can be established during a person’s lifetime or by their will and there are a number of different types of trust. The person establishing the trust is referred to as ‘the settlor’, or ‘the... The post What Are Trusts? appeared ...

Uberrimae fidei no longer?

08/25/2016 04:20:24 AM

One of the basic principles of insurance law is that of ‘uberrimae fidei’ which, roughly translated from the Latin, means that the parties to a contract of insurance are required to act in the ‘utmost... The post Uberrimae fidei no longer? ...

Giving Evidence in Court?

08/19/2016 10:27:08 AM

Have you ever been asked to give evidence as a witness for a personal injury/clinical negligence claim? Evidence may be required in a case where someone has been injured in an accident to show how... The post Giving Evidence in Court? appeared ...

Understanding Business Leases – A Tenant’s Guide

08/08/2016 05:32:08 AM

A lease is a contract between you and a landlord giving you an exclusive right to occupy and use a property.  Just as any other contract, the lease reflects the circumstances that the parties have... The post Understanding Business Leases – ...