The value of going to a solicitor for legal advice – Q & A



We participated in #SolicitorChat on Twitter last week, answering questions about the value of seeking legal advice from a solicitor. Our new addition to our Dispute Resolution team, Gemma Horner, was on hand to answer the questions. If you were not able to follow the chat live, we set our answers out below: 1. Tell us about your role as a…

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Press release: Bradford office relocation



Levi Solicitors LLP, one of West Yorkshire’s most established law firms, celebrating 85 years in business, has relocated its Bradford office. It has this week moved from its office in Little Germany, to Hope Park City Gateway, just off the M606. The relocation is a result of continued growth over recent years. The firm, which was set up 85 years…

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Limitation periods: how long do I have to bring a claim?



Limitation is the specified period during which you can make a claim against the defendant. This is done by issuing a claim form and supporting documents at Court, together with the required fee. How long is the limitation period? The limitation period for your claim will depend on the type of claim you are making. We set out a couple of examples…

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Help to buy schemes for first-time buyers



Buying a house is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime and we understand that it can be especially difficult when you are a first-time buyer. The government has set up various help to buy schemes to assist first-time buyers get their feet on the ladder. Let’s take a look at some of them. Help to buy: Equity loan scheme…

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How long do I have to make my medical negligence claim?



Limitation in medical negligence and personal injury claims What is limitation? Limitation is the date by which you are required to issue your claim at the Court. This means that you must present a claim form to the Court with the correct issue fee. Your claim form will set out the details of your claim. Once the Court has received your claim…

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Leaving a gift to charity in your will – Q&A



We participated in #SolicitorChat on Twitter this morning, answering questions about how solicitors can help you include a gift to charity in your will. Andrew Milburn from our Wills and Probate team was on hand to answer the questions. If you were not able to follow the chat live, we set our answers out below: 1. What are the benefits of leaving…

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How can what you post on social media get you in trouble at work?



You may have read recently about ASDA dismissing an employee from ASDA in Bradford after he posted a link to an anti-religion video sketch by comedian Billy Connolly on his social media. This case has recently focused attention on how a social media post can get an employee into trouble with their employer. What happened? Mr Leach was employed by…

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Top 10 tips for a medical negligence claim



1. What is medical negligence? Medical negligence is also known as clinical negligence. It refers to a specific area of law involving claims against the NHS, dentists, GP’s and any other healthcare professionals. Our jargon-buster glossary explains more of the terms you might hear. 2. Time limit A claim for clinical/medical negligence must be…

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Where do we draw the line?



Boundary disputes and how to resolve them Boundary disputes arising between neighbours are very common and can escalate unreasonably, often resulting in unnecessary costs which can spiral out of control. A boundary issue can often be used as a ‘weapon’ when neighbours have had a falling out over something. Further, people’s actions can…

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How to buy a house with just 5% deposit  



The standard amount of deposit generally required to purchase a house is 10% of the purchase price. When you’re a first-time buyer, this can be a huge and daunting figure to even consider saving for. Under the Help to Buy Scheme, introduced by the Government in April 2013, home buyers can purchase a property with just a 5% deposit. The scheme was…

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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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