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Action for Brain Injury Week

Wioleta Dworak
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This week is Action for Brain Injury Week which is an annual event organised by Headway, a leading charity supporting brain injured people. This year’s theme is to raise awareness of fatigue which is a common symptom for those with brain injury. It...

The New Online Civil Claims Service

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The new Online Civil Claims Service was launched in March 2018 and allows individuals and businesses to bring legal claims up to £10,000 in value, resolve disputes out of court and access mediation. The service can be used by anyone across England and...

Bell Lax team sleeps rough to raise money for YMCA

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Two members of our team here at Bell Lax, George Gwynn and Jack Brotherton have raised almost £300 for the YMCA sleeping out on the streets of Sutton Coldfield for a night. Approximately 100 people gathered together in the centre of Sutton Coldfield...

Chambers and Partners 2019

Liam Owen
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The positive rankings continued for Bell Lax in this year's widely respected Chambers and Partners 2019. Bell Lax was ranked as a "Recognised Practitioner" in the Midlands, with Peter Lax being singled out as a Ranked Lawyer, and Liam Owen...

Legal 500 ranking 2018

Liam Owen
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Once again, Bell Lax has received a very positive write-up in the Legal 500. Bell Lax are ranked as a tier 3 firm in the Birmingham area, alongside and indeed ahead of many much bigger firms. Bell Lax's entry reads: " Bell Lax Limited  is...

Commercial Team Update - Jo Wright

Liam Owen
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Bell Lax are pleased to have recently welcomed Jo Wright into our busy commercial disputes team as a solicitor. Jo (far left below) will work with (from left to right) Liam Owen, Richard Kerry, Natalie Bradshaw and George Gwynn in helping Bell Lax’s...

The Common Law Marriage Myth

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Saturday 18 August was reported as the most popular day in 2018 to get married in the UK. However, since the early 1970s, the number of people getting married each year has steadily decreased, dropping a further 3.4% last year. There are many theories about...

Bell Lax offering mediation

Liam Owen
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  The Associate Director of our Commercial Disputes Team, Liam Owen has qualified as a civil and commercial mediator. Liam completed his training with the ADR Group, by whom he is accredited. This means that Bell Lax, in addition to being able to act...

Why do I have to tell my ex partner my full financial position?

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Why do I have to tell my ex partner my full financial position?   Divorcing couples have a duty to provide full financial disclosure to their soon to be ex. If a party fails to provide full financial disclosure the Court can impose penalties upon...

Will My Spouse's Estate Go To Our Children If We Divorce?

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Why have I not received any monies from my divorced parent’s estate?   This is becoming an increasingly common question, and a version of it is often asked by children who believe that their parent’s wishes have not been carried...

Settlement, but no Court Order

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We reached a settlement when we separated, but did not have a Court Order. My partner is now trying to claim further monies from me. Can they do this?   In May 2017, my colleague Richard Kerry wrote an article stressing the importance of a Court...

Liability of seller's solicitors for their client's fraud

Richard Kerry
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It has long been established that solicitors owe their clients a duty of care, especially when it comes to protecting their clients’ money.   For most individuals and many companies the single biggest financial transaction they will ever be...

Bell Lax ranked once again in the Midlands

Liam Owen
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Bell Lax has once again punched above its weight with the legal directories this year. Our 2017 Legal 500 entry reads: "Litigation boutique Bell Lax Limited is a ‘strong local practice that can hold its own with the city centre firms in its...

Contaminated Blood Scandal

Liam Owen
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Jason Evans, a leading campaigner with regard to the highly publicised "Contaminated Blood Scandal" of the 1970s and 1980s, in which many haemophiliacs were infected with HIV and hepatitis C through their treatment on the NHS with contaminated...

Are Drunken Contracts Binding?

George Gwynn
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Could you jokingly agree to a million pound deal whilst enjoying a pint with your friends, only to find that a binding contract was formed? The outcome of the recent case involving billionaire Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United and founder of Sports...

Short Marriages

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In the absence of any children from a marriage, divorcing couples are generally awarded roughly equal shares of the matrimonial assets, subject to their needs. However, the courts have recently ruled in a case where the wife argued that "because this...

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?

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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

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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?

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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...

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. ...

Getting Married?

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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. ...

No Fault Divorce - Coming soon

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The justice system is finally over-hauling a 50 year law on bringing marriage to a less acrimonious end. 

At Bell Lax we have acted for many clients who do not wish to assign blame, and would prefer to move forward with their lives, keeping a harmonious relationship with their ex partner, particularly if there are children involved.

It has been difficult for both parties when they want to move on, knowing that one person must take the blame in order for the divorce to be granted at court.  In many instances our clients have simply fallen out of love, and there are no bitter feelings as both parties want to move on.

This new legislation is very good news, it will allow ex parties to end their marriage, without the costly legal fees.

Bell Lax will be able to assist parties seeking to end their "no fault" marriage on a fixed fee basis.

 

Resolution Charity Quiz

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Bell Lax won £500 for the amazing charity "The Buddy Bag Foundation", at a fiercely competitive quiz last night.  The event was hosted by 3PB Chambers, and sponsored by Dain's Accountants.  Facing some fierce competition, including a table of Judge's,  we triumphed for our chosen charity.