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New Protocol for Debt Claims

George Gwynn
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Legal Update: The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims The new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims (“ the Debt PAP ”) will come into force from 1 October 2017. As a specialist dispute resolution firm, Bell Lax is able to provide the most up to...

The Final Whistle?

Sandra Hickson
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Is divorce the final whistle for Ryan Giggs?   In his current divorce proceedings against his estranged wife, Stacey, Ryan Giggs is arguing that, as a successful professional footballer, he made a “special contribution” to their...

Negligent and Unnecessary Surgery

Stuart Andrews
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Last month, breast surgeon Ian Paterson was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent after being accused of carrying out a series of unnecessary operations. Any surgery carries risks and so to have undergone the same when it was not required and to...

Drayton Manor Park tragedy

Stuart Andrews
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A few days ago it was reported that an 11 year old girl had tragically died from injuries sustained after an incident on the Splash Canyon water ride at Drayton Manor Park.  Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family, friends and teachers at what...

Enforcing FOS Decisions

George Gwynn
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Enforcing decisions of the Financial Ombudsman After a stressful few months complaining to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), you now have a final decision in your favour. You want to celebrate, only to discover the respondent is refusing to pay...

Footballer Divorce

Sandra Hickson
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FOOTBALLER DIVORCE The former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs is embroiled in a dispute over money after the breakdown of his marriage to his wife Stacey Giggs. Mr Giggs is claiming that he should have a larger share of the matrimonial...

Short Marriage, Big Payout?

Sandra Hickson
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Should a wife share in her husband’s millions after a 5 month marriage? The High Court has recently heard evidence from a wife, who was married to her very wealthy husband for only 5 months. She is seeking a share of his millions, whereas he is...

Bell Lax adds to Personal Injury team

Stuart Andrews
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Bell Lax adds to Personal Injury team Posted March 16, 2017 Stuart Andrews and Maria Rani have joined Bell Lax’s successful Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Team. Stuart is returning to the firm having trained and qualified as a...

Discount Rate Changes

Stuart Andrews
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On 20 th March 2017, the government finally adjusted the Discount Rate used for the calculation of future loss claims in personal injury and clinical negligence claims.  This had remained at 2.5% for 16 years but has now been changed by the Lord...

Bell Lax promoted to a Tier 3 Firm for Dispute Resolution in Birmingham

Liam Owen
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The Legal 500 – the guide to the best law firms in the UK - has just promoted Bell Lax to a Tier 3 Firm for Dispute Resolution in Birmingham. This years’ entry states: " In consultants Heather Bell and Peter Lax, litigation boutique Bell...

Holiday Illness Claims

Richard Kerry
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We all look forward to going on holiday. We expect the experience to match that advertised in the brochures and it is very upsetting when the holiday falls short of these standards. This is even more so when the holiday is ruined by the illness of one or...

Getting Married?

Sandra Hickson
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The date has been set, the venue booked, the wedding dress bought. What about the pre-nup? Of course nobody wants to think about divorce while organising a wedding. However, nobody wants to think about death either and many newlyweds do not hesitate to...

A new and potentially expensive area of professional negligence

Richard Kerry
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As all employers should know by now, legislation requires every employer to automatically enrol workers into a workplace pension scheme if those workers: are aged between 22 and State Pension age; earn more than £10,000 a year; and work in the UK. ...

Bell Lax's Litigation Award

Richard Kerry
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Bell Lax's Legal Director, Richard Kerry, has presented the Bell Lax Litigation Award to Helen Gregory of Birmingham City University. Helen achieved the highest mark of any student on the University's Legal Practice Course litigation paper. ...