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Are you thinking about leaving a gift to charity in your will?

When making your will, you may want to consider leaving a gift to charity. There are various ways you may leave a gift. The simplest form of doing this is by leaving a pecuniary legacy, which is a sum of money. You may leave a specific item or items to charity, or you a percentage of the residue of your estate. The residue is everything which is left after all the liabilities, administration expenses, legacies, taxes and funeral expenses have been paid. What benefits are…

My nuisance neighbours are tenants, can I bring a claim against their landlord?

As a property owner, it can be frustrating when nuisance neighbours move into a neighbouring property. Unfortunately, we find that many people who contact us about nuisance neighbours are complaining about short term tenants rather than property owners. Of course, the majority of tenants are considerate and law abiding, but unfortunately sometimes this is not the case. Clients often ask us whether landlords are responsible for their tenants’ actions. As we will see below, unfortunately, a landlord cannot generally be held responsible for the actions…

Medical negligence compensation: Assessing the damages

While the NHS provides an excellent service, unfortunately sometimes things still do go wrong. Misdiagnosis of medical problems or incorrect treatment can lead to complications and can even prove to be fatal. In some instances it is difficult to prove that your ill health is as a result of the treatment you have received, not least if you didn’t develop the symptoms until some time later. Our article looks at medical negligence compensation and the difficulties faced by those pursuing claims. We have previously looked…

Summer is on its way. Do I need a pavement licence for my outdoor area?

It is now that time of the year where the winter months are well and truly behind us. Hopefully we can now start to look forward to many months of glorious weather; where operators can hope to allow their customers the option to eat and drink outdoors. Some operators like to put their tables and chairs out on the pavements at the front of the premises. Doing so is often eye-catching and can draw in attention and custom.  Unfortunately, however, it is not as straight…

Compensation for psychological injury and other types of personal injury

The negative effects caused by an injury aren’t always physical. Victims involved in serious accidents can often suffer from PTSD or other mental health problems which can cause long-term distress. Following our previous blog on compensation for orthopaedic injuries, we focus on the damages typically awarded for psychological injury, then take a look at the level of damages you could expect for other common forms of personal injury. Psychological injury compensation Our personal injury team acts for clients who have suffered both physical and psychological…

Professional negligence against solicitors: the importance of a clear retainer

Case update While the vast majority of solicitors act properly and in their clients’ best interests, sometimes clients are unhappy with the outcome of their case. In some cases, this may be reasonable assertion and may give rise to a claim for professional negligence. To be able to recover damages, you must be able to show that: The defendant owed you a duty of care; The defendant breached that duty; and The breach caused you to suffer loss. The recent case of Wright v Rix…

Levi Solicitors sponsors young rugby player

We are proud to announce that we are the new sponsors of up and coming Bradford Bulls player, Isaac Coleman. 16-year-old Isaac has been playing rugby league since he was eight years old, and now plays as a utility back for the Under 16s team. While Isaac is still studying for his GCSEs, he has ambitions to become a professional rugby player in the future. We wish Isaac all the best with the rest of the season, and can’t wait to follow his career. For…

Rent review clauses: back to basics

When agreeing terms of a lease, one of the key terms to be agreed is the rent and how it is reviewed. A rent review is a tool enabling landlords to increase the rent in line with market rates and/or inflation. Typically, a longer lease will involve one or more rent reviews during the term. As a tenant, you will be at risk of the rent increasing. Conversely, as a landlord, you will want to ensure that you are not undercharging later on in the…