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Lies told in court “quite rightly” do not lead to penalties

A senior judge said: “Lies are told in litigation every day up and down the country and quite rightly do not lead to a penalty being imposed in respect of them.” Ward LJ was speaking at the Court of Appeal, giving judgment in a case where a claimant had greatly exaggerated her personal injury claim. The court heard in Widlake v BAA that the claimant was employed as a security guard at an airport when she fell down a staircase because of a loose rider beneath the top step. She claimed £150,000 for loss of earnings as a security guard

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Lies told in court "quite rightly" do not lead to penalties

A senior judge said: “Lies are told in litigation every day up and down the country and quite rightly do not lead to a penalty being imposed in respect of them.” Ward LJ was speaking at the Court of Appeal, giving judgment in a case where a claimant had greatly exaggerated her personal injury claim. The court heard in Widlake v BAA that the claimant was employed as a security guard at an airport when she fell down a staircase because of a loose rider beneath the top step. She claimed £150,000 for loss of earnings as a security guard

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Contact and Grandparents

Separating couples assume that the children will have the main base with one of them. That is not guaranteed. The children have the rights, and the paramount consideration is what is in their best interests. There are cases, increasingly, when the main base ends up with a grandparent, The Court of Appeal has said that where the parents are deadlocked, they can end up both miss losing out. Do you want this to happen to you? Contact Rodney Hylton-Potts today – 0207 381 8111 – We are London Divorce Lawyers


Private Eye – Kelvin MacKenzie – Political Pop Idol

How to get the electorate interested in politics? Kelvin MacKenzie has the solution: a TV hustings show modelled on The X-Factor. “If I were the political leadership of this country I would go to Simon Cowell and ask him to come up with a format,” he writes in his Sun column. Kelvin seems to have forgotten that ITV devised just such a format five years ago for its series Vote For Me, which was described at the time as a political version of Pop Idol. And the Judge in the Simon Cowell mode on that show was Kelvin Mackenzie. Why

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Getting Married Abroad

A marriage which took place abroad under foreign local law cannot be registered here unless one of the couple is a serving member of, or is attached to, the British Armed Forces at the time of the marriage. This should be discussed with the Forces prior to the marriage taking place. However, a record of the marriage may be lodged in the UK with the General Register Office by depositing an original marriage certificate. This means that in future a marriage certificate could be issued by the General Register Office here, should the need arise. This makes a later divorce

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The Sex Contract

Even an allegation of sexual, or worse rape, can destroy a life. Consider getting your date to sign a Sex Contract. Before you look away, or laugh think of the up and the downside! This is what it might look like; Sexual Consent Form & Right of Privacy Agreement I, ________________________________of ,  ____________________________ hereby declare under penalty of perjury that I am over 16 years old. I further declare that this agreement is of my own free will and that neither I nor anyone near or dear to me has been threatened with harm or embarrassment. Both parties agree that

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Benefit Fraud Crackdown – They are closing in!

New estimates of Benefit fraud exceed £1 billion, of which over half relates to Housing Benefit. They are particularly targeting people who pretend to be living alone. Benefit fraud investigation teams have been beefed up, and their budget increased. They use secret surveillance, cameras, accessing bank accounts and mobile phone records. If you think you may have broken the rules talk to experts now. Do not wait for them to get to you first. Phone Rodney Hylton-Potts today on 020 7381 8111 or email [email protected] for an informal chat about how we can help you


The importance of reading the small print

Get the contract right or go to jail Lawyers to companies routinely (and annoyingly) urge directors or partners to check their trading practices “small”. Some even offer a review free of charge, the credit crunch being what it is! Most clients put this on one side for ever, but now there is an extra reason for actually doing it. The Trading Standards and Office of Fair Trading have shown that they are increasingly willing to take criminal action in relation to commercial practices and unfair terms. They have recently targeted both Foxtons and Ryanair. The penalties are fines up to

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Excuses to delay payment

Are you owed money? Have you ever heard any of the following excuses? I have lost the invoice. I dispute the verbal estimate. Goods were not received. The statement not received. I cannot agree the statement. Computer is down. The accountant has broken his arm. The accountant is sick. The accountant is dead. The accountant absconded with the tea girl. We have no accountant. THEN you get a cheque BUT No signature Figures and words disagree. Two signatures required but only one there. OR Missed cheque run. Run out of cheques Annual stock in trade. End of financial year. Goods

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8 Step Guide to Winning Custody of Your Pets

Step 1 You must understand that your pet may seem like a family member. To a court it is just another possession to be divided at divorce. Step 2 Be aware that if the animal was yours before the marriage or if you have been the primary carer of the animal during the marriage, you are more likely to be awarded possession. Step 3 Do tell your lawyer how important your pet is to you and make sure he or she treats this as a priority. Step 4 Do realise that if you have children, it makes the most sense

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