Road closures affecting our Roundhay office



If you have meetings or plan to drop into our north Leeds office on Friday 16 August, it is advisable to plan your journey ahead. Due to the Ed Sheeran concert in Roundhay Park on Friday and Saturday, there are a number of road closures in place which may affect your journey. Devonshire Avenue will remain open. Leeds city council has published a…

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Professional negligence: Your frequently asked questions



Our professional negligence solicitors are experts in advising clients on claims against all types of professionals. Our team answers some of your frequently asked questions. What is professional negligence? Professional negligence occurs where a professional fails to perform their responsibilities to the required standard.  It is careless…

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Back to basics: forfeiture of leases



Forfeiture is a landlord’s right to determine a lease when the tenant is in breach of the terms of the lease, or when certain events happen as set out in the lease – e.g. the tenant’s insolvency. Forfeiture is a complex area and we will only be touching on the basics in this article. Further, forfeiture applies to both commercial and residential…

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Contributory negligence: Brushett v Hazeldean



Following on from our recent instruction in the matter of Brushett -v- Hazeldean, we look at contributory negligence and how it applies in Personal Injury claims. What is contributory negligence? Section 1 (1) of the Contributory Negligence Act 1954 states that the Defendant must show that: The Claimant was also at fault [for the accident]; and…

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Clinical negligence jargon-buster



Clinical negligence can be a minefield of complicated terminology. We’re here to make it all make more sense so have put together a glossary of terms that you might come across in a clinical negligence claim. Clinical negligence This is also referred to as medical negligence or medical malpractice. Clinical negligence refers to failings in the…

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What is a flying freehold?



There are two main types of land ownership: freehold and leasehold. Freehold ownership is where the person owns outright all of the land and buildings on a plot. For example, houses are usually freehold properties. On the other hand you have leasehold property. This is where a property is owned for a set period of time, and rent is paid to a…

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How to sue a solicitor – professional negligence claims against solicitors



Solicitors look after us when we are dealing with some of the most difficult aspects of our lives. From buying our homes and making our wills; to setting up a business or resolving disputes with employers, neighbours, or others. Usually everything will go without a hitch. But what happens if a mistake happens? Can you sue a solicitor? The answer…

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Press release: Our client, Robert Hazeldean



The Personal Injury team is acting for Mr Robert Hazeldean in defending a claim brought against him by Gemma Brushett. Unfortunately, Mr Hazeldean had not felt able to instruct solicitors at the outset due to costs. He therefore tried to deal with the case as a litigant in person. The Claimant took advantage of this and has now sought almost…

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Tenancy fee ban comes into force



Fees sought from tenants by landlords can often be a prickly subject. New rules came into force on 1 June 2019 concerning the costs that a landlord may pass on to tenants. This has been referred to as the tenancy fee ban. All new tenancies granted on or after 1 June 2019 are subject to the new rules immediately. Then from 1 June 2020, the new…

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Landlords’ remedies for dilapidations



Most commercial landlords and tenants face dilapidations issues. Here, we take a look at what dilapidations are, and the remedies available to landlords. First things first, what are dilapidations? Dilapidations refers to disrepair covered by repairing covenants in a lease. It usually covers breaches of the tenant’s covenants relating to the…

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Levi Solicitors raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice



Just One Day is an annual event held by the Lord Mayor of Leeds. Local people and businesses all raise money on one day to raise money for his chosen charity. This year, the Lord Mayor had chosed St Gemma’s Hospice, a charity close to many of our hearts at Levi Solicitors LLP. For our contribution to Just One Day, we held a raffle and a bake sale…

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Company administration: the basics



We will have all read in the news recently about the large department store chains going into administration. Then more recently, about the collapse of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire. 22 restaurants have closed, and 1,000 people are expected to lose their jobs as the company goes into administration. But what is administration and what does an…

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Knot again! Japanese knotweed and property



Japanese knotweed can cause property owners numerous issues. From costly eradication works, to reducing the property value. We take a look at Japanese knotweed, and some recent cases involving knotweed on neighbouring land, and a professional negligence claim against a surveyor that did not spot the plant. What is Japanese knotweed? Japanese…

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Dealing with noisy neighbours



Every now and then, people suffer from excess noise caused by the occupiers of nearby properties. These could be the people in the neighbouring house who enjoy blasting out music late at night. However, equally, local businesses can also cause noise nuisance. Commercial noise nuisance could be anything from machinery in a factory; to the noise…

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Keeping to the brief: architects’ negligence



Architecture. Whilst a laudable profession, is not one in which mistakes never happen. However, what are the extent of those mistakes? Well, that depends upon the particular circumstances. However, recently, the High Court (Martin Bowdery QC ((the Judge)) to be precise) delved into such matters in the case of Freeborn and Another v Marcal [2019].…

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Fundamental dishonesty in personal injury claims



Defendants allege fundamental dishonesty in personal injury cases where they believe that the Claimant (the person bring the claim) is acting dishonestly or fraudulently in relation to their evidence. The Defendant will ask the Court to dismiss the claim on the grounds that the Claimant has been fundamentally dishonest. Personal injury claimants…

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