Recent plans announced by Chancellor George Osborne could deal a huge blow to many clients seeking rightful justice, warn experts at Hattons.
In the Spending Review at the end of November, the Chancellor said the government would pledge to raise the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000 (therefore removing legal costs by transferring personal injury claims of up to £5,000 to the small claims court) and scrap general damages for ‘minor’ soft tissue injuries sustained in a road traffic accident such as whiplash.
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Hattons, together with St Helens Council’s Children and Young People’s Service, Café bocboc, Smyths Toys (St Helens branch) and Cultivate Creative, are appealing for gift donations for both children and teenagers, who may not otherwise receive gifts this Christmas.
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With plans being discussed that could prevent many vulnerable people accessing justice, staff at Hattons have spoken out strongly against this potential course of action.
As economic conditions continue to bite nationally, but especially in regions such as the North West, ways to save money are continually being looked at, and one option under consideration is the closure of both St Helens’ Magistrates and County courts.
Since 2003 Hattons has held Lexcel, the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care, while shortly after the practice was also awarded Investors in People (IIP) status, which since 1991 has set the standard for better people management and defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well.
You’ve worked hard and saved up for that much needed holiday. You’ve looked forward to sitting back and relaxing, and now you and the kids begin to enjoy everything that your all-inclusive hotel has to offer.
What could possibly go wrong? Far too often hard working people like you have their long awaited holiday ruined through illness or injury because the holiday they have bought falls way below the standards they were sold and should expect.
If you bought a package holiday from a UK tour operator within the last three years that was ruined because you, or a member of your holiday party, was ill or injured, you are likely to be entitled to personal injury compensation, money to make up for your loss of enjoyment and also a full or partial refund of the cost of your holiday.
Poor food standards, water contamination, vermin or pest intrusion and poor staff hygiene often mean that you and your family are easily exposed to bacteria that cause very unpleasant illnesses and symptoms, such as sickness, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and loss of appetite.
Likewise, poor construction or equipment standards in a hotel or on an excursion can cause injuries.
Contact us today for free advice, and the team will turn your ‘holiday hell’ into ‘holiday help’. Call into the office at 3 Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1HQ, or phone 01744 744400.
As specialists in the area of industrial disease, Hattons is leading the way with challenges against unfair charges and delays experienced when dealing with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to obtain client’s Inland Revenue Employment Histories.
“At the moment we are experiencing delays of up to six months in obtaining an employment history for a client from HMRC,” says Jenna Gielty, the Hattons solicitor who specialises in acting for industrial disease claimants. “This delay has a knock-on effect on the whole case because clients only have three years to bring a claim in any event, and so it reduces that time significantly. As well as delays in obtaining information, if a client has passed away HMRC are making the bereaved family make an application to the High Court to obtain a Court Order for release of the Inland Revenue employment history. The application cost for this is £155.00 and HMRC believe that their costs should be paid in addition to this, along with the legal costs for a solicitor to represent the bereaved family in such an application.”
Here at Hattons, we understand that taxi drivers can’t afford time off the road and have helped thousands of cabbies who have been involved in accidents keep their wheels in motion.
From minor prangs to major collisions, our complete package will get you back to work and see you properly compensated.
We can also help recover lost earnings, and sort repairs and replacement vehicles quickly and efficiently.
To find out more, contact us today.
We’re on your side.
With everyone familiar with the phrase ‘buy now, pay later’, Hattons is trying to make people aware of an issue that could be classed as ‘act now, don’t pay later’.
“The need to protect yourself both now and in the future by organising a Power of Attorney as soon as possible is one that not many people tend to think about, but it really is very important,” says David Merrills, Hattons solicitor. “A lot of people think that Power of Attorneys are only for the elderly who may be starting to lose capacity, but these documents should be sorted out as early as possible and treated almost as an insurance-type document. If people can organise this as early as possible, rather than waiting until something happens years down the line, it can save a lot of time, effort and money.”