General Election 2015: Employment Law Plans In The Major Party Manifestos

General Election 2015:

Employment Law Plans In The Major Party Manifestos

No matter what the outcome of next week’s General Election, the affect on employment law could be massive.

It’s vital for all UK workers to understand the agendas on display, and as such we have explored each major party’s manifesto and detailed the key points relating to areas of employment law.

These policies will affect your life more than you realise.

The Conservative Manifesto

The Tory Party has expressed a desire to prevent exclusivity clauses from being attached to Zero-Hour contracts, and they intend to increase the minimum wage to £7 an hour in the near future, with the goal of increasing the sum to at least £8 by the year 2020.

The Tories also controversially plan to restrict the employee right to strike by allowing for strike action only in circumstances where at least half of the employees available to participate agree to backing such a course of action.

The Conservatives also intend to abolish employers’ right to hire agency staff to cover absent employees during striking periods.

An interesting point of the Conservative agenda is the plan to force employers with more than 250 staff to reveal the difference in pay rates between male and female employees.

In regards to international law, the conservatives plan to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998, and establish a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, which will make judgements made by the European Court of Human Rights of advisory influence only, and therefore unable to directly affect UK Supreme Court rulings. 

The Labour Manifesto

Like the Tories, Labour states it will increase Minimum Wage to £8 per hour, with October 2019 being their specified deadline. Employers using zero-hours contracts will also face changes, including having to grant workers who have been employed for 12 weeks or more the right to request a fixed hours contract like those held by their full time colleagues.

Exclusivity provision laws will also be abolished, and employers will be obliged to provide workers with compensation should planned working shifts be called off at short notice.

Labour has also promised to remove the fees of the current Employment Tribunal system that calls for claimants to pay the Tribunal costs, regardless of the outcome of their case.

The exact nature of a replacement Tribunal system introduced by Labour is not entirely clear, but the fees involved in making will certainly be reduced.

Labour has also announced that it will fully investigate the ongoing unfair blacklisting of workers within the construction sector; a serious problem affecting the industry.

The Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrat goal is to build upon flexible working scenarios. The sharing of paternity leave between parents/guardians is high on the agenda, as are paternity rights, which the Liberals believe should be granted to employees once they take on any form of employment.

Like the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats will enforce a law citing that all employers with at least 250 employees working under them must reveal information regarding the pay differences between their male and female employees.

The Liberal Democrat attitude towards zero-hours contracts is similar to that of Labour, as they plan for workers to have the right to request contracts equal to permanent employees after a certain employment period has passed. Plans to pay a greater wage to 16-17 year olds in full-time employment is also on the agenda.

One intriguing area of Liberal Democrat doctrine is their intention to curtail employers from erroneously naming employees as self-employed when this description isn’t actually relevant to the position held.

The Liberals also want to merge the Working Time Directive Section of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) with the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate and the Gangmaster Licensing Authority to create a proposed alliance known as the “Workers’ Rights Agency”.

UK Independence Party

It won’t come as a surprise to learn that UKIP proposes the most significant changes to UK employment law, namely through Britain leaving the European Union. Such a move would change areas of employment law immeasurably, including cases of unlawful discrimination, employee holiday rights, and all the laws regulated under The Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (TUPE).

A major part of the UKIP manifesto is for UK employers to hire British workers ahead of  other nationalities. Equally significant is UKIP’s plan to withdraw Britain from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, and revoke the current Human Rights Act in favour of a new British Bill of Rights.

UKIP also hopes to give agency workers with twelve or more weeks of employment at their job the same benefits as their non-agency colleagues. UKIP also also seeks to regulate rather than ban zero-hours contracts.

The Green Party

The Green Party manifesto includes plans to increase Minimum Wage as high as £10 per hour by 2020, as well as an outright ban on zero-hours contracts, which the party deems exploitive.

The Greens also want to put an end to banker bonuses, reduce pay margins between employees at higher and lower levels of employment, and protect the wages of professionals in the healthcare and education sectors.

Whatever the outcome of the General Election, be sure to consult expert UK employment law solicitors for assistance in any dispute you have, as they will always adapt to any employment law changes that occur. 

Rive Gauche: It must be time for some more UKIPpery….and TANKS….

I am grateful to fellow tweeters  and @nearlylegal  for alerting me to the latest ‘nonsense bulletins’ about the UKippers…

The Huffington Post reports: Ukip Is At War With The BBC Over Camilla Long’s Comments About Nigel Farage In South Thanet

Ukip has “declared war on the BBC” after a journalist made a joke about leader Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You on Tuesday.

When asked about Farage’s chances in South Thanet, Sunday Times columnistCamilla Long said: “I went there more than Nigel Farage. By the time I arrived there he’d only been a few times.”

Party officials issued a complaint to Kent Police after Tuesday’s broadcast, saying the BBC had breached Section 106 of the Representation of the People Act, hampering Farage’s chances of election in the constituency….

The constabulary said they had no intention of following up the claims, prompting the party to threaten further action.

Excellent nonsense.  It is clear to UKIP that our Police have not got enough criminality to deal with…this latter may be a good thing, of course


AND…it just gets better…UKIP MEP David Coburn banned from Wikipedia indefinitely

The Guardian reports

It can only be a matter of time before some more UKIPpery arrives for our amusement, delectation and delight?

And here is Monsieur Farage drumming up business on a tank…remarkably…

I can’t possibly be left out of all this tanking stuff..

A piu tarde… I may even find some law to write about when I nip out for a smoke…



Legal training firm Datalaw has received the green light to deliver the Professional Skills Course to trainee solicitors.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has added Datalaw to its list of accredited providers of the PSC, which is mandatory for all trainees.

The firm will deliver the three core modules – advocacy and communication skills, financial and business skills and client care and professional skills – at centres in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

It will also deliver at least 24 hours of elective courses through a combination of live and online training.

For this aspect of the PSC, trainees will be able to choose from Liverpool-based Datalaw’s range of nearly 400 continuing professional development courses, which cover more than a dozen areas of law.

Managing director Charles Peter said Datalaw’s PSC package would be priced competitively, with an option to pay in instalments. The firm will provide phone and email support to trainees, with a pledge to respond to queries within an hour.

Its website will have a feature that allows participants to track their progress throughout the duration of their PSC.

Datalaw has appointed qualifications manager Suzanne O’Toole to lead the roll-out of its PSC offer, and the firm is to recruit an administrator to assist her.

The PSC, introduced into the profession in 1994, forms a crucial part of the vocational stage of a solicitor’s training.

It must be taken during the first year of a training contract, and before admission to the Roll of Solicitors.

Mr Peter said: “We are delighted to receive approval from the SRA, whose assessor found our course material to be outstanding, thoughtful, focused and well-structured.

“Datalaw aims to provide a PSC that will provide a positive start to a trainee’s continuing professional development.

“It will be flexible, dynamic and will reflect the skills required for a changing and diverse profession.

“With our extensive experience as an accreditation and professional course provider, we look forward to helping trainees build upon their skills and knowledge.”

The SRA’s approval follows Datalaw’s recent accreditation from the Bar Standards Board for its CPD courses for barristers.

Approval to deliver the PSC marks the latest stage of Datalaw’s expansion strategy which follows last year’s six-figure investment from the North West Fund for Venture Capital.


Datalaw is fully accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Visit for more information on the company.

A kind voice from my teaching past

I received a comment on the About section of my blog from a former student – one who has done very well in his own country.  I am not prone to posting kind comments from others – but I do so in this instance because I particularly enjoyed teaching at Holborn and BPP Law School…back in the day!

Dato’ Dr Siva Ananthan – Hi Mike, I came across your blog as I was searching for your contact number on the internet. As always, your candid and eloquent exposition on all things law is unrivalled. You were the reason for the success that was Holborn College and BPP and many generations of lawyers are beholden to you. You taught us more than law, you taught us to think, challenge the black letter tradition and be all that we could be. You inspired us. Thank you Mike.


(The Dato’ is a Malaysian Honour – the equivalent of a Knighthood in the UK.)

Rive Gauche: Lest we forget our Lord Chancellor Grayling….

It is unlikely that we will forget Mr Grayling – a fine comedy end of the pier turn as Lord Chancellor to be sure – but one who has not contributed markedly to our legal system or system of justice?

Here is a selection of recent articles in the Press covering the Lord Chancellor’s ‘antics’…

The Guardian: Chris Grayling’s policy on absconders and open prisons is declared unlawful

The Guardian: Justice ministry under fire for ‘absurd’ plan to end deduction of union dues

The Guardian: Barristers condemn Chris Grayling over steep rise in employment tribunal fees

The Independent: Chris Grayling spends £72,000 of taxpayers’ money to defend ‘unlawful’ prison book ban

The Mail Online: ‘Chris Grayling is a s*** that needs to be flushed’: Ex-Tory MP and leading barrister in astonishing attack on Justice Secretary who he blasts as ‘off his trolley’


Grayling relaxing at home in his guest wing?


There are more stories about Grayling’s ‘grasp’ of law…but the above is probably enough to be going along with for now.  I marvel…

I thought I ought to balance things up with a bit of UKIPpery nonsense.

More marvelling…

Back on the morrow…ineluctably…


Judge cartoons for sale

I have found four rather good cartoons of judges.  I am selling for £25 for all four (+ postage)

Here is one of the pics…of Lord Phillips

The others are Dame Butler Schloss, Lord Irvine and Lord Woolf

I am selling because I am planning my return to Scotland and I have to cut down on my paintings etc etc!

Please DM or email if you would like to buy them. If you are in London – Delighted to deliver to you via The Tube!

Rive Gauche: A few matters which caught my eye back in the day…

I was digging about in my old drawings file and found a few cartoons I did back in the day – so I thought I would ‘revive’ them.  Not a lot of law about at the moment – but I accept that I may not have been looking hard enough to find ‘Law’

And then this…

And..of course….it would be most remiss of me to leave our revered Lord Chancellor out of this collection.


I shall now nip out for a fag and see if I can find some ‘Law’ to write about…  I am not optimistic…


I will be out looking for signs of a new Labour dawn…

Rive Gauche: Can never have enough UKippery….

One can only marvel…and one does marvel…in fact, I do a lot of marvelling when it comes to the Kippers…

And – from the BBC… Election 2015: UKIP would have welcomed St George

“A third Century UKIP would have welcomed St George into the country because of his dragon-slaying skills, the party’s Patrick O’Flynn has joked.

He rejected the argument that St George’s Day was irrelevant because the saint was from what is now Turkey….”

It is my duty – and a pleasure – to keep an eye on the ‘activities’ of the UKippers… there will be more nonsense…ineluctably 

Back later….or, perhaps, on the morrow.

Rive Gauche…. a bit of this and that potpurri stuff…Royals in sun glasses…

And other things kept me busy in those days…

And then this…. I’ll be back later….inevitably…

I am still of this earth…but this grave stone seems appropriate.  I shall discuss the matter with one of those will drafting solicitors…

A fine headstone... back later if I can find some law to write about… this being a law blog et al…

Did not manage to find any law while I was ite and abite smoking...but I have had time to make a smoking banana with a beret in modelling clay… the pleasures of having a bit of time on my hands as I wait for BBC Question time et al.

Back on the morrow.  I feel confident that there will be some law to report on…




RollonFriday reports: Exclusive: Fieldfisher partner accused of threatening to destroy trainees’ careers after witnessing fight

RollonFriday Exclusive:  Fieldfisher partner accused of threatening to destroy trainees’ careers after witnessing fight

“A Fieldfisher partner has been accused of telling two trainees that they would be fired and their careers ruined unless they gave testimony in favour of the firm after saying that they had witnessed an altercation between a secretary and the office’s managing partner.

The explosive allegation is made in a claim for unfair dismissal being brought against the firm by a secretary in Fieldfisher’s Paris office. She has also accused Bruno Paccioni, the Paris office’s managing partner, of assaulting her.
RollOnFriday can reveal that the secretary alleges the contretemps took place when she bumped into Paccioni on his way to the toilet. She accuses Paccioni of repeatedly pushing the door to the mens’ loos against her when she asked him to pay her for overtime, hitting her with it in the process. She also claims that when Paccioni couldn’t shut the door because she was in the way, he asked her whether she wanted to come in with him and if she wanted to “hold it” for him.”

Full story from RoF…

Ah well…these things happen…but they should not happen…

Rive Gauche: Grant Shapps-Greenery MP daily nonsense….

It would be remiss of me not to alert you to the latest Grant Shappery nonsense…

Daily Mail story

The Guardian reports: Grant Shapps accused of editing Wikipedia pages of Tory rivals

“Online encyclopedia administrators block user account believed to be run by Tory party co-chairman or ‘someone else … under his clear direction’..”

And here is Mr Shapps-Greenery…waving goodbye?

Rive Gauche: Having come dangerously close to doing some work…here are a few lawyer pics..

A painting I did some years ago…unfortunately…not in ‘lights’ as pictured above!

And finally….a collection of barristers…quite a few of them…the client must have been rather busy?

And now for a  a Marlboro fag outside to take in the late afternoon sun…and plan another painting…or even a blog post about some law…




A woman who overcame huge adversity to gain a first-class law degree has won a national competition which will help her achieve her dream of becoming a solicitor.

Ezi Urieto – whose middle name is Destiny – hailed her prize from online legal training provider Datalaw as a life-changing opportunity.

The 28-year-old, who lives in Oxford, was chosen from 1,600 entrants to receive the inaugural Datalaw Scholarship, which will see the firm pay her Legal Practice Course tuition fees.

At the age of nine, Ezi was separated from her family in her native Nigeria and brought up by a carer in the London Borough of Hackney following her father’s death in a car accident.

In her teens, she was homeless for a while, and she then faced a deportation battle with the Home Office while studying for her A-levels.

Inspired by the solicitor and barrister who represented her during her five-year fight, which ended with a successful appeal against deportation, Ezi became determined to pursue a legal career and enrolled on a law degree course at Birmingham City University.

She graduated in 2012 with first-class honours, then landed a job with Oxford City Council’s legal team as an assistant.

Earlier this year, she joined the real estate department at Abingdon practice Brook Street des Roches as a legal secretary.

She said: “I’m overwhelmed and very grateful to win this scholarship. It will change my life. I have dreamed of becoming a solicitor, but have realised how hard it would be to achieve my goal.

“Now that Datalaw has shown such faith in my ability, the LPC will hopefully bring me opportunities to obtain a training contract.

“It just shows that, if you put in the effort, you will get something out of it.”

The Datalaw Scholarship is worth up to £12,000 and was launched last August. From the 1,600 applicants, 10 finalists were selected for interview.

Charles Peter, managing director of Liverpool-based Datalaw, said: “Ezi is a deserving winner who has overcome extreme personal adversity to achieve a first-class degree and employment in the legal world.

“We introduced the scholarship to show our support for the industry. After going to university and studying very hard, many graduates are unable to raise the money for their LPC fees. Some employers sponsor their staff, but this is rare.

“Ezi has not had access to any family assistance, and her endurance and perseverance to get to this stage in her career have been second-to-none. She has tremendous personal qualities and great potential.

“We have no doubt that, once qualified, she will make a fantastic contribution to the legal profession.”

Solicitor James Parry, a member of the judging panel and a Datalaw course provider, said: “Ezi is a very worthy winner from an extremely competitive field. She has all the attributes to build a successful legal career and we wish her all the very best.”


Information about Datalaw

Datalaw is an e-learning business which provides legal CPD training to thousands of solicitors nationwide.

It delivers more than 350 CPD courses via webinars and podcasts delivered by a network of vastly-experienced professionals. The courses cover more than a dozen areas of law, including employment, landlord and tenant, private client, conveyancing, family, personal injury, immigration, criminal and children. They are accessible from any device with an internet connection.

Datalaw is fully accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Visit for more information on the company.

How to make a claim if you’re in a car accident

How to make a claim if you’re in a car accident

Hopefully, you’ll never have to experience the trauma of a car accident. However, as a road user, there is always a risk that you’ll be involved in collisions. This is why it’s so important to make sure you know how to react in the aftermath of these events.

For example, you’ll need to follow the correct protocol if you’re to make a successful car insurance claim. Brokers such as provide information and guidance on this process and it’s wise to make sure you’re in the know just in case you find yourself embroiled in an accident on the highways. To give you a head start, here is a brief guide to making a claim.    

At the scene

Firstly, you’ll need to exchange details with the other drivers involved. Make sure that you get their vehicle registrations, names, addresses, phone numbers and car insurance details. If someone refuses to give you their details, your insurer might be able to trace them through their vehicle registration.

If possible, take photographs of the scene too. This will help you to remember the events better later on when you’re relaying the information to your cover provider. It can also verify your statement and confirm your insurance claim details. In addition, it’s important to make a note of the location of the accident and you should record the weather conditions and the time of day as well.

Whatever you do, don’t admit liability at the scene or offer to pay compensation to the other parties. Accepting blame at this stage could affect any insurance payout you seek further down the line. Also, bear in mind that you might not be thinking clearly after a crash, and other factors that you’re not aware of may have contributed to the accident.

Making a claim

Contact your insurer to inform them of the accident as soon as possible. This should always be done within 48 hours. Once you’ve made your cover provider aware of the incident, the firm will send you the relevant claims forms and ask for all the details you recorded at the scene of the accident.

Unless it’s damaged beyond repair, you’ll no doubt want to get your vehicle back up and running as soon as possible. However, don’t make the mistake of taking it to a garage of your choosing to be fixed. It’s important that you use an approved repairer. Your insurer or broker will be able to provide details of suitable garages in your area. Your cover provider will also ask for an assessor to determine the extent of the damage and the expected cost of repairs.

Paying up

It’s important to be aware of the fact that when you make a claim, you’ll be expected to pay your insurance excess as specified in your policy. However, if your car was in an accident that was another driver’s fault and this is accepted by their insurer, you should be able to claim this money back.

Rive Gauche: UKipper tweet round up

I felt that I could not let today pass without rounding up a few UKipper tweets I have seen on my timeline recently….

I can well understand the sentiment expressed above.

One has to consider the possibility that US Republicans have little idea of what happens over in the UK…or they have been smoking the garden (where legal in the US) ?


And..last but not least…

Right…time to do another painting…a sensible one…unlike the one below which I am selling for £20 if you fancy it..

Email me (also on the blog)  or send me a DM on Twitter if you would like to buy the Pigbanker painting above.

Bar Council report slams BPTC providers

Bar Council report slams BPTC providers

Lawyer2B reports: “Commercial providers are using the system to make money from people with no realistic prospect of pupillage,” a report into the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) says.

The report ‘Criminal Justice, Advocacy and the Bar’ was commissioned by the Bar Council, produced by the Criminal Justice Reform Group and led by Geoffrey Rivlin QC.

It describes the BPTC as expensive and ‘not highly regarded by practitioners”, citing that of the 1,700 students which pass the course annually only around 400-500 will secure pupillage.


I suspect that this statement will elicit a response from the Law Schools.  It will be most interesting to see how they do respond.

Creating digital content for law firms

Creating digital content for law firms
By Graham Laing

 Content marketing should be old news for law firms. But it’s not.

Although legal practitioners have used legal marketing methods such as newsletters, white papers and email marketing in the past to prove and showcase their expertise – other industries are now leaps and bounds ahead in the way they approach content marketing.

Social media has created a generation of professional information creators. Bloggers, micro-bloggers and content producers of all varying abilities within the realms of professional services. But law firms are slowly playing catch-up, and the promotion of thought leadership across social media is becoming an important marketing activity for lawyers.

The problem this creates is that getting content marketing right does require a lot of content to be generated; a labour-intensive and ‘creative’ task that most lawyers aren’t interested in adding to their daily chores.

But the benefits are huge. Firms need to aim for shareable content. Create something your audience actually wants to share with their peers. Then you get to generate high volumes of targeted traffic. You can engage with social audiences. It can produce immediate conversions and it encourages brand advocacy.

Here are my tips to give your content the best chance of being shared:

 Be consistent – Content marketing requires consistency. Legal services content needs to project a professional image and build trust with an audience. Consistency often boils down to producing detailed editorial calendars or schedules and of course an ability to monitor and keep the schedule up to date. Establish your firm’s primary themes. Identify the types of content you will create: blog, videos, info graphics, webinars, eBooks, case studies.

 Be efficient – Content marketing requires efficiency. Your firm needs to choose topics, delegate responsibilities, produce, edit and obtain approval – all in a timely fashion. Firms need to become a well-oiled machine. Determine who is responsible for what. Identify your goals. Build your story. Identify your core distribution channels. Agree a metric and reporting structure. Agree a budget.

 Be relevant – Content marketing needs to deliver the right information. Content needs to be more than a sales pitch. Remember, the age of intrusive marketing is over. Does your content solve a ‘current’ problem? Do you have a meaningful point-of-view about ‘trending’ topics? Hone in on your target audience. Review your audience – what are they sharing? re-tweeting? likes? Ask yourself – does your content answer a common client question? Do your client research!

 Be engaging – Content needs to engage. Providing relevant content that your audience can relate to is a start. Consider user personas. Web users and email readers typically scan text. Respect the audience reading level. Write with an inverted pyramid style – start with the main conclusion and get progressively more detailed towards the end of the content. Use ‘chunking’ – present information into small pieces or ‘chunks’ to make reading and understanding faster. Use bullets, numbered lists.

 Be savvy – Content marketing needs to support your firm’s goals. Keep an eye on the ROI. Have you included a clear call to action? Leave a place for readers to comments. Provide links to other related content.

 Be shareable – The whole point of content marketing is for your readers to share your content and put you in touch with readers and contacts outside your existing network and bring them within your reach. Your content needs to be good enough to share. Ask yourself – if I had to pay to print this, would I? Provoke an emotional response. Provide a reason to share. Ask for a share if you have to. Make it easy to share by providing one-touch sharing options for all the major social media sites.

 Be found – Your content needs to be found online. Make your content ‘findable’. This might be one for your tech guy. Your content needs to have an h1 tag and preferably two h2 tags. You need to include metadata, including title, descriptors and of course keywords. Ensure you place links to other related content, either external or internal. Remember alt tags for any images that are included.


‘Interrupt marketing’ is failing. Content marketing, publishing content that engages and entertains prospects, often without any reference to products or services, is a highly successful and cost effective method of luring prospects to websites or micro sites. It’s an effective way to encourage visitors to leave behind their contact information, information which you can then utilise via marketing automation technology to take them through the buying journey.

Rokman Laing is a law firm marketing agency that specialises in helping law firms generate new business and nurture existing clients through effective professional services digital marketing.

Guest Post: Immigration- The headline event at the General Election

Immigration- The headline event at the General Election

As the General Election steadily approaches, projections and estimates of immigration and naturalisation in the UK are released and analysed. The latest projection by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory Team catches a glimpse of how current immigration will shape England.

What readers should keep in mind when reading is that the following figures are not set in stone, they are only estimates or projections by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory Team! As the Official for National Statistics are yet to be released for this year.

Oxford University’s Migration Observatory Teams’ headline stats read as follows, immigration has resulted in an increase of the population by 565,000 and that has meant the foreign born population has increased to 7,337,000.

For statistical reasons the figures are only for England, so with the exclusion of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the UKs’ immigration total could be far different to what the estimate reads.

Where Did The Estimate Come From?

The Oxford University team decided to calculate the estimates as there are currently no official estimates on the migrant population. The Office for National Statistics release estimates, every three months, on the number of people entering, leaving the country and applying for British citizenship. The stats are calculated from the International Passenger Survey (a special questionnaire of some of the people that enter via key ports). The Census, which is released every decade, will give us an idea on the number of settlers.

In addition to the Census, the Labour Force Survey plays an important part in calculating the annual population estimate. The Survey provides information on the employment circumstances of households.

The official population of 2014 estimate will be released in the summer. The annual estimates made by the Office for National Statistics are considered to be very reliable, although, the true and final figures for migrant activity will be at the next Census, in 2021, which is at least two elections away.

Therefore, the Migration Observatory Teams’ projections are an attempt of highlighting trends and themes, whilst we all wait for the official statistics.

What does the projection tell us?

Every English local authority has seen changes to immigration since 2011, with some changes being huge, as a result of local circumstances.

New arrivals from the EU count for two- thirds of the change, mainly in areas that have had an increased demand for cheap labour.

To find out the number of foreign-born in your local area district, follow the link provided-

EU Migration

In 2011 the capital, London, was found to have 711,000 people from other European Union nations. The Oxford projection suggests this figure has increased by 161,000, in just three years.

Another area which has seen an increase is East of England’s farms and food industry, which has attracted large amounts of EU workers and families at a slow and steady rate. The 2011 Census, stated there were 36,000 people from elsewhere in the EU in the North East. This figure is now believed to be over 51,000.

Modern day migrants are found in all locations throughout the country, as globalisation and the effect of the single market grips the country. With reduced barriers, globalisation has made it simpler for businesses to apply for global visas and find staff at a cheaper price.

Madeleine Sumption, director of Migration Observatory stated that “One of the things the figures show is that there is no single national story of how immigration has affected the UK.”

“There is an enormous amount of variation in the numbers of migrant populations in different local areas and the share of those people that come from EU or non-EU countries.

“The pace of change has also been quite different. Some areas like Boston in Lincolnshire have seen quite rapid transformation over a short period, whereas in other places like the North East immigration has been relatively low and stable.”

The largest factor for the change is the economy. As the UK economy grows quicker than other parts of the Eurozone, businesses have been able to pick up cheap workers from other EU nations. Which has meant the distributions of workers is far more widespread when compared to previous decades. Sectors that have seen the poorest economic performance are also experiencing the lowest levels of migration, as fewer jobs are being created.

As more and more Eastern Europeans workers migrate to the UK, government parties’ policy proposals on how to reduce migration numbers will play a key part in the upcoming General Election. The difficulty of this task was recently discussed by Madeleine Sumption:

“International migration is extremely difficult to predict and many of the attempts to do so have not been successful.”

“If you look back 10 or 15 years no one was really talking about Eastern European migration at the time, and would not have predicted the scale of migration that would happen after 2004.

“Policies are one of the factors that shape international migration but there are other factors like the pace of job creation that cannot be necessarily predicted in advance.

“It is very difficult to sit here today in 2015 and say with for sure what migration will look like 10 years from now.”

DavidsonMorris, immigration solicitors London, is a modern legal services provider specialising in business immigration law and Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Tier 1 Investor Visa.

Guest Post: London Property Market Forecasted to Underperform Compared to Predict Rest of UK

London Property Market Forecasted to Underperform Compared to Predict Rest of UK

Experts have now announced their predictions that house prices in London are likely to take a dip by an estimated 3.6% over the course of 2015. The rest of the UK are expected to experience rises of 1.5%. Contributing factors are thought to be a result of the issues surrounding the euro, mansion tax fears and the rise of stamp duty, that affects many of the more up market properties in the capital.

For the first time in six years, analysts monitoring the housing market, have announced that house prices across the majority of the UK will outperform those in London.

Claims have been made attributing this shift in power to “years of over-performance”, in London’s property market, leaving prices outside of the capital rising faster than those inside of London’s boroughs for the first time since 2009.

This dip isn’t projected to last for long, with the value of property in London anticipated to rise by 2.7% by the time we reach 2016, leaving the rest of the UK falling slightly behind at 2.3%.

Generally speaking, the London Property market tends to benefit more from key factors such as economic growth and shortage of housing; however the down side is that it also suffers during times of uncertainty. This is more apparent than ever with the impending general election, as it has led to fewer new buyer enquiries and longer selling times.

Factors contributing to the changes in the housing market over the last 12 months have included; the strength of sterling against the euro, growing concerns over the possible introduction of changes surrounding mansion tax and higher stamp duty rates on pricier London houses. These factors have affected the usual interest from overseas buyers flocking to the capital.

Regardless of whether you’re buying your first flat, a new home for your family or finally managing to purchase the luxury property of your dreams, moving house can be surprisingly simple and straightforward, providing you have the correct legal support from experts who know the area inside and out.

Gorvins Solicitors are a professional team of conveyancing solicitors who will act promptly on your behalf, ensuring you are kept in the know throughout the whole process. If you are considering buying or selling property in Cheshire or its surrounding areas, then Gorvins can help. To find out more information about the Conveyancing process, contact us today at

Guest Post: London Launch Speeding Pilot Scheme to Reduce Injury and Accident Rates

London Launch Speeding Pilot Scheme to Reduce Injury and Accident Rates

The City of London has launched a new pilot scheme in an attempt to reduce the number of high speed accidents and save lives in London. Those who are caught going over the speed limit in the designated zones could face fines of up to £100 as London looks to reduce the number of deaths on the road by 40% by 2020.

The announcement comes in the same week that other UK cities such as Edinburgh and Manchester also announced that they will look to introduce 20mph zones.  You can read more about the pilot scheme on the TFL website.

Pilot Scheme

The pilot scheme will operate on eight roads in the city. Roads with the highest chance of casualties and high collision rates have been deliberately targeted by the city council. The scheme is being introduced in a bid to prevent incidents involving cyclists and pedestrians.

Last year there was almost 28,000 accidents involving a vehicle and a cyclist, with 132 deaths and over 2,000 serious injuries as a result of these types of accidents.

Jason Tweedy of Personal Injury Solicitors London had this to say:

“As personal injury claims specialists in London we are at the forefront of seeing just what an impact this new type of legislation could have on people’s lives.  Each year we see people whose lives have been drastically impacted by road accidents due to speeding and would welcome any rulings that helped to reduce those types of numbers. Yes, we help people in London to make personal injury claims, but that doesn’t change the fact we believe something needs to be done.”

The pilot scheme will be introduced for 18 months with traffic lights being reposition in order to make it difficult to speed along the tested routes.

If the trial period is successful, 20mph will be put in place on the roads, with an additional 30 miles of roads being placed under the new speed limit by 2016. Currently 75% of residential streets in London have a 20mph speed limit, but the new pilot scheme is looking to impose the speed limit on more urban roads.

Debates Over The Scheme

The number of deaths in London fell by 23% from 2012 to 2013 according to ROSPA. 2015 has seen an increase in the number of deaths for the same period in previous years, with five deaths in the first few days of the year.

The AA and other road safety organisations have criticised the blanket ban on speeding and believe that speed limits should be placed in areas that drivers and residents want to see, rather than simply placed on numerous roads.

Taxi drivers and environmental groups have also condemned the change, especially if it goes on to cover a larger area of the city, with some feeling that it will remove the incentive to get a taxi. Furthermore many have spoken out against the change that it will increase air pollution in the city and lead to more carbon emissions.

Most have praised the scheme however with numerous drivers coming out in favour of the move according to polls. Road traffic safety campaigners have also praised the policy being unrolled by the city council. According to such organisations, the new scheme will undoubtedly save lives, with the current speed limits in many cities across the UK being unfit for purpose. Speed cameras in the city are being enhanced to allow police to detect who has gone over the limit in order to fine and evade others from speeding.

The Dangers Of Speeding

Speeding is one of the main factors in the vast majority of road traffic accidents. Research found that at least ⅓ of all accidents on the road in the UK occur with at least one vehicle travelling over the speed limit. If you are involved in a road traffic accident with a driver who is speeding you will be able to make a personal injury claim. Speeding promotes reckless driving and can hamper decision making leading to accidents.

By travelling at a higher speed than the designated limit, injuries can be worsened if you are involved in an accident. Injuries can be worsened by the impact of vehicles meeting at higher speeds. Speeding is reckless and negligent. If you are involved in an accident with a speeder, you have the right to hold that person to account for their behaviour, and for the injuries you sustained.

Contact Us

If you have been the victim of an accident on the road, or are a cyclist or pedestrian that has been struck by a vehicle going over the speed limit in the area, you will be able to make a personal injury claim. To find out if you can make a claim, contact us today using our online contact form. Our team of expert solicitors will be able to tell you if you are entitled to compensation and what your claim could be worth. Contact us today to get your claim underway.

Guest Post: Man Suffers Serious Injuries in Work Accident and Construction Site Fall

Man Suffers Serious Injuries in Work Accident and Construction Site Fall

A construction worker has been seriously injured after falling from a height at a synagogue in Hackney as reported by the Evening Standard.

The man fell from scaffolding near the end of his shift on the construction site in the East End of London. The worker, who is in his mid-thirties was rushed to the hospital after suffering serious head and chest injuries. The condition of the man remains unknown, but the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have confirmed that they are investigating the incident.

It is yet to be announced if the HSE believe there were any safety failings from the site. However it has been assumed that the worker was not wearing a harness or appropriate safety equipment.

Accidents at Work: Falls From a Height

Falls from height are some of the most common types of accidents on UK construction sites.

Evidence from the HSE found that as well as being one of the most frequently seen accidents in the UK, they also prove to be the most deadly. In 2013/2014 three in every ten deaths on a construction site was a result of a fall from height.

Falls from height were also the most common type of fatal injuries for self-employed workers. Last year there were almost 6,000 serious injuries from employees falling from heights with the type of accident growing from last year.

Construction remains one of the most dangerous employment sectors, with construction work being the most common employment area to suffer from a fall from height with the industry accounting for a fifth of all the falls from height in the UK.

The vast majority of falls from a height result in very serious injuries with employees requiring a substantial recovery time to recover fully from their injuries. According to figures from the HSE close to 2 million working days, were lost in the UK as a result of slips trips and falls alone.

Construction Sites Failing Workers

A report from the HSE found that over 40% of construction sites in the Uk were failing to properly protect employees. Dangerous practices were found in almost half of the construction sites that fell under the inspection of the HSE. One in five of the sites inspected were so poor in regards to health and safety standards that they required immediate action.

42% of all formal notices handed out by HSE inspectors handed out due to failure to protect workers working at height.  Personal Injury Bolton recently published data on construction site accidents.

Worryingly the inspections carried out by inspectors revealed that the vast majority of safety failings were preventable and could have been avoided if there had been some planning procedure in place.

The average fine for employers failing to protect workers was around £9,000 in 2014, worryingly, however, 73 out of the 77 cases had more than one failure in protecting workers.

95% of all cases following a fall from height were heard, with a conviction rate of 89% for employers who failed to properly protect workers.

Making A Claim

While making a claim for your injuries important, it is just as vital to make sure you are healthy. Therefore, we strongly urge anyone who has been injured in the workplace to seek medical care in order to have their injuries assessed. In the short term this will be beneficial as it would let you know the extent of your injuries, however it would also be beneficial in the long run by allowing you to prove the extent of your injuries and the expected recuperation following your injuries.

It is important that if you are involved in an injury in the workplace to provide as many details to our team of expert solicitors as possible as it will allow them to build as strong a case as possible. If there are witnesses or records of your accident, you should provide these details to our solicitors in order to aid them in claiming damages for your injury.

We operate on a no win, no fee basis which means you do not have any unexpected bills if you are unsuccessful in claiming compensation.

Contact Us

We understand that taking legal action against an employer can be daunting, however if you have been injured in a workplace accident that was not your fault you have the right to take legal action. An employer will not be able to dismiss you or else it would be a case of unfair dismissal.

Our team of expert solicitors will use their knowledge and experience to get you the compensation you deserve. If you believe you are entitled to make a compensation claim, contact our team of solicitors in Bolton today via our website.

Guest Post: Recommended No Win No Fee Solicitors in Stockport

Recommended No Win No Fee Solicitors in Stockport

Over the last decade, no win no fee has become a well-known route into claiming personal injury compensation within the UK.  However, it has also sometimes had a negative reputation due to some of the lower quality firms offering legal services.

Finding a good no win no fee solicitor can be hard, but there’s one in Stockport which does come highly recommended – you can find out more about them on their website.

These Stockport personal injury solicitors are friendly, reputable, and extremely professional with years of experience.  They won’t make things complicated, and in fact will try to make the entire process as easy as possible from start to finish – with the main aim of winning your personal injury compensation so you can move on with your life.

The Promise

If you call them you will immediately benefit from talking with a team who know the local area, and who also know the personal injury process inside and out, having represented and one thousands of cases over the last decade.

Almost immediately they will start to look into the circumstances surrounding your accident, which could include gathering witness statements, medical records, talking to relevant insurance companies, and third parties.  With accidents on the rise in the UK they are expertly placed to offer you advice.

They will then put together a personal injury compensation claim package to suit you, which could include looking to recoup any lost earning, medical expenses, care and travel expenses, plus compensation for your pain and suffering.

How They Work

The way they work is that they will assess your claim over the phone, and if they feel that you are due compensation will then put you in touch with a no win no fee claims expert for Stockport and then solicitors (or lawyers) will then take on and proceed with the case. 

Their solicitors will only get paid if your claim is successful, so you can be certain that trying to win your personal injury compensation is their number one priority. They have successfully won thousands of cases over the last decade in Stockport, Greater Manchester and the rest of the UK.

Cases They Can Deal With

The types of claim that they cover and handle is not limited.  However, there are some accident and injury claim cases that are more common than others.  Some of those are listed below.  Don’t worry if you don’t see the accident type that you have been involved with, simply call them and have a no obligation chat with a specialist no win no fee solicitor.

  • Traffic and road accidents (car crash)
  • Whiplash compensation claims
  • Accidents at work
  • Medical negligence and clinical negligence
  • Environmental health issues
  • Poisoning, including food poisoning
  • Slips and falls in a public place
  • Cycling accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Accidents on public transport such as on a bus, train, or plane
  • Accidents on holiday
  • Injuries in the armed forces (army, navy, air force)
  • Injuries from using dangerous and defective products
  • Illness and disease from work
  • Construction and building site accidents

All of their personal injury and no win no fee solicitors are fully qualified, reputable, and will be able to advise you on the best approach to winning compensation.

Start a Claim Today

If you need a no win no fee solicitor in Stockport then please call them on 0161 826 6998.  They can offer a free and immediate consultation and tell you whether or not you are eligible to claim for no win no fee compensation for an injury or accident that you have suffered.  They cover the Stockport and Greater Manchester areas.

Alternatively if you would like them to call you, or would like their Stockport no win no fee solicitors to estimate how much your claim could be worth then please complete the form on their website.

Guest Post: McDonalds Surveys Reveal Worrying Attitude Towards Accidents In The Workplace

McDonalds Surveys Reveal Worrying Attitude Towards Accidents In The Workplace

According to The Guardian, 28 health and safety complaints have been filed against food giant McDonalds in 19 cities over the past two weeks – you can view the original article here.

The figures were revealed by US Occupational Safety and Health Administration and health and safety organisations with some speculating that the injuries occurred due to the high pressure environment and emphasis on working quickly.

Worryingly, however, the report revealed that numerous McDonalds across the world lacked the health and safety equipment and training to offer proper protection to the wounds to allow them to heal.

The report stated that some of the fast food restaurants told workers to sanitise any cuts or wounds using salt and pepper.

Furthermore, had McDonalds been fully staffed there may have been less of a risk to employees with some employees being forced to work without pay as they recovered from their injuries.

Injured In The Workplace

Injuries are common in numerous workplaces and can be freak incidents or a result of negligence either from a co-worker or an employer.  Personal Injury Bristol had this to say:

“Sadly, injuries are exceptionally common in the workplace with the UK losing millions of working days as a result of injuries and illness from work. Construction remains one of the most common areas for injuries to occur in the UK, with agriculture and factory work also posing to be dangerous to the use of heavy or complicated machinery.”

“Employers have a duty of care to their employees and must ensure that adequate safety procedures in place, as well as appropriate health and safety equipment for all members of staff. If you are being failed in regards to health and safety procedures in place or are not given the correct health and safety equipment, you have the right to hold those responsible to account.  Contact us if you would like to make a work accident claim.”

What Can You Do If There Are Safety Failings

We understand that taking legal action of any sort can be an overwhelming and daunting process. This can only be heightened if you are taking legal action against an employer.

Therefore, we aim to make the process as simple and easy as possible. Many people worry that by taking legal action they could be in risk of losing their job if they are to take action against their employer, however an employer cannot dismiss you for making a legal claim against them or they run the risk of having an unfair dismissal claim brought against them. If you are at risk on a daily basis in doing your job, can you really afford not to take action?

Regardless of if it is you or a colleague that will get injured, you have an obligation to speak out.

What Do You Need To Make A Claim?

If you have been injured in the workplace in an accident that was not your fault, you will be able to make a claim for compensation. In order to build as strong a case as possible, it is imperative that you are as open and honest with our personal injury lawyers as possible. Our solicitors will need to be informed of the accident and the details in the build up to the incident.

Any evidence that supports your claim, such as pictures or statements from witnesses will also be collected in order to verify your claim. Contact details of witnesses should be provided as well as any other evidence. If the incident was reported in an accident claims book this will be needed. We advise all our clients who are involved in an injury to contact a medical specialist in order to have the extent of their injuries assessed.

Not only will this grant you closure on the extent of the injuries, but can aid you in claiming for any recovery time, with doctors often given estimates of how long the effects of an injury will be felt. The quicker you claim from an injury, the more likely you will be in remembering crucial elements to the incident.

Contact Personal Injury Bristol

If you have been injured in the workplace in an accident that was not your fault, you have the right and duty to report the incident to health and safety officials, and claim compensation.  We are also specialists in car accident claims.  Visit our Bristol website for full details.

Regardless of what happens to you, by doing this, you are ensuring that no other worker has to be exposed to the dangers that you were and may not suffer from the same injuries you sustained. If you require legal advice or representation, contact us today using our online contact form.

Guest Post: Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester Launch New Website

Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester Launch New Website

A new website has launched this week and is designed to support and assist people in Leicester who require the services of a personal injury solicitor.  What follows is a brief overview of them, their services, and ethos as described by their in-house solicitors.  You can see their new website on this direct link.

Who We Are and How We Work

Have you been injured in an accident through no fault of your own? If you require legal advice, representation or believe you are entitled to compensation, then we can help.

At Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester, our expert team of lawyers specialise in seeking compensation for clients who have been a victim of negligence. If you have suffered from an injury in an accident that was not your fault, we believe it is your right to hold those who are responsible to account. To find out if you are able to make a personal injury compensation claim, contact us today.

Personal injuries and accidents cost the UK over £40 billion a year despite Britain having one of the lowest accident rates in the UK. If you are one of the thousands injured in an accident each year, you deserve closure and to hold those responsible for your injuries to account.

We help customers who have suffered from an accident get the compensation they deserve, even if their accident has been in the last three years. You can find out in less than five minutes whether or not it will be possible to claim for personal injury compensation, and what your claim could be worth.

Call Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester today for a no-obligation discussion regarding your accident and injury. 

No Win, No Fee

At Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester we operate a no win, no fee basis. This means that if you are unsuccessful in claiming compensation, you do not pay for our legal services. We are committed to operating a transparent and quality service for our customers at all times and will look to keep customers informed on the progress of their claim.

You can find out more about how we work on the following link:

If you have suffered an injury we are here to help. From whiplash to an industrial accident, a motor vehicle accident to a slip, trip or fall, we will work tirelessly for our clients to get the necessary compensation for their injuries.

Our lines are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, so call us to see if you are able to make a claim. Finding out if you are entitled to make a claim can take less than five minutes. Once we have assessed your claim we will be able to tell you how much your claim is worth, and the best steps to take in pursuing compensation. Call us now to get your claim underway.

Specialised Personal Injury Team

Our team of expert lawyers are specialists in making personal injury claims. We are part of the Accidents Claimline Limited group and use our skills and experience to benefit you. We pride ourselves on our exceptionally high success rates in obtaining compensation across the country. At Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester we utilise the resources and support of a large company in the Accidents Claimline, on a local level, and offer personalised, legal advice based on your circumstances.

Whilst we are specialists in personal injury, we also specialise in serving our customers. At Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester we will work with you through the process of making a claim. We don’t use fancy legal jargon or complicated technical terms, but rather explain any developments in your case to ensure that you understand, and are involved in, your personal injury claim.

You may feel like your accident was so clear cut that making a claim will be very straightforward and easy to win, however making a personal injury claim can quickly become overwhelming with many issues potentially affecting your case.

Receiving compensation for your injury can make all the difference. Numerous cases can be exceptionally serious and difficult to prove without representation. To make sure you get the compensation you deserve, contact our expert solicitors.

Go Local

We understand that every personal injury claim is unique and everyone is affected in different ways when they are involved in an accident, or suffer from an injury. Our local knowledge of Leicester and the surrounding area allows us to relate to your claim and investigate evidence as soon as possible. We work with our customers and are flexible to their needs, meeting them in the hospital, our Leicester based offices, or their house.

What is Needed to Make An Accident Claim

In order to make a personal injury claim, call us to find out if you are entitled to any sort of compensation. If you have grounds to make a claim we will require certain types of information to build as strong a case as possible.

Our team of expert solicitors may need to know:

  • The date of the accident
  • Where the accident occurred
  • When the accident happened
  • How the accident happened
  • The extent of the injuries sustained as well as any medical report or proof of injury
  • Contact details of any witnesses that saw the incident unfold, in order to obtain statements
  • Proof of loss of earnings or inability to go to work due to the extent of your injuries
  • Your insurance details and any other items that may back up, or support your personal injury claim

Whilst not all of the above is required in every case, by providing as much evidence as possible will allow our team not only to build a case, but estimate how much compensation you may be able to claim. Our team of expert lawyers have vast experience putting together compensation claims and will use your evidence, as well as further investigation, to make sure you have the strongest case possible.

Why Choose Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester?

At Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester we are flexible to our clients’ needs and look to investigate their claims immediately. By being local to the area we can cross reference and question witnesses, contact third parties insurers and make sure you are cared for. We will look into the circumstances surrounding your injury and ensure you are given the support you need in making a claim no matter what your injury.

It is unlikely that your case will go to court if there is no dispute regarding liability. Our team of solicitors will value your claim and talk you through the procedure of settlement case, and use their experience and knowledge to represent you and negotiate on your behalf.

We cover a vast amount of injuries such as:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Accidents at work
  • Medical and clinical negligence claims
  • Whiplash claims in Bolton and the surrounding areas
  • Industrial disease and deafness
  • Environmental Health Issues
  • Injuries from serving in the Armed Forces
  • Food poisoning
  • Injuries from using dangerous equipment or a dangerous product
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Illness through exposure to dangerous chemicals

It is important to note that we cover all types of injuries and those mentioned above are not an exclusive list of all the accidents and injuries we cover, but rather the most common.

Our dedicated team will be able to advise you on the best action to take and how much your potential claim could be worth. Regardless of if it is on the list above, if you have suffered from any type of accident contact us today to see if you are able to make a no win, no fee personal injury claim.

Rive Gauche: Non dom con dom?

The election to come continues to throw up some amusing political cartoons – rather more interesting, perhaps, than some of the utterances of the politicians.

The party election broadcast by the Lib-Dems this evening was….rather dull and predictable… I spent much of it trying to work out if the young woman car driver was wearing a seat belt. All was revealed towards the end…she was wearing a seat belt.  No need to call Knacker of The Yard… I may need to get out more?

Rive Gauche: Smoking bananas and other matters…

As I read law reports this afternoon I was seized with a desire to make a smoking banana with a black beret in clay.  I did this. I return to law reports with renewed interest.

Carl Gardner on his Head of Legal blog: The Prince Charles letters judgment – in a few sentences

I thought it useful to re-post David Allen Green’s interesting post: Grayling: the Lord Chancellor who told the High Court to disregard the Rule of Law

John Bolch on his Family Lore blog: Should women sign post-nups? – Or not, as unsurprisingly advised by the wife in Hopkins v Hopkins.

Family law: a warped view of human nature – What family law professionals witness every day.

A lesson from the past – What Gissing v Gissing can still teach us today.

Guido Fawkes writes: Inheritance Tax highlights millionaire Miliband’s hypocrisy

Nearly Legal : Well I wouldn’t start from here* “Davis Solicitors LLP v Raja & Anor [2015] EWHC 519 (QB)

A cautionary tale on how, when things go badly wrong, it is, by and large, better not to take active steps to make them worse.

Davis Solicitors LLP (a sole practitioner practice run by Nancy Ballard, who appeared for the claimant) had acted for the Defendants, Raja and Riaz, in a disrepair claim relating a boiler in the property in which they were tenants.

It appears that the claim was not particularly well dealt with, because when Davis made a claim for fees of £2,970 plus interest and costs, the Defendants counterclaimed for damages for consequential losses incurred as a result of the alleged breach of duty and negligence of the Claimant. And won, at a one and a half day trial. They were awarded £6590 plus costs and interest, with the total judgment sum against the Claimant being £21,613.08 to be paid by 28 February 2014. The Deputy District Judge’s judgment found…”

Read the blog post in full



I quote from Jerry’s excellent blog…

“The trouble with the modern election is that we are all being bombarded on the social media with so much information, disinformation, scams, red herrings, dead herrings and total unbelievable bollocks that even an old cynic like me sometimes feels that my head is going to explode. However sometimes a party does something so profoundly stupid, so sphincter clenchingly disastrous, that anyone vaguely informed about modern politics takes a deep breath. I had that moment about ten minutes ago and have been hyperventilating ever since. First I checked the date. Nope, April Fools days was a week ago. So it must be true.

Tony Blair is being wheeled out to support Ed Miliband.

This is not an act of desperation, it is a catastrophic admission of sheer panic. It spits in the eye of Miliband’s core support. The unions will go into meltdown. And the lefties will consider a vote for the wit and wisdom of Natalie Bennett….”

Read more…

I’ve done a few podcasts with Jerry Hayes, a very amusing lawyer….it must be time for some more podcasts with him!

Guest Post: Where to Go For Accident Claims in Bristol on a No Win No Fee Agreement

Where to Go For Accident Claims in Bristol on a No Win No Fee Agreement

Have you been involved in an accident in the Bristol area? Are you looking to make a personal injury claim for the injuries you received? Then look no further, as Personal Injury Solicitors of Bristol are available to help both residents and workers in the city and surrounding Avon area. 

At Personal Injury Solicitors Bristol we offer free accident claims advice on a no win, no fee basis. We have a stellar reputation in the Bristol area due to our friendly, approachable nature. Our aim is to fight for what is right for our clients. We pride ourselves on being transparent and open to all. To find out if you are entitled to make a personal injury claim, contact our team of personal injury lawyers for a no obligation discussion regarding your potential claim.

How Does Personal Injury Solicitors Bristol Work?

If you have been involved in an accident in the Bristol area that was not your fault, our team are here to help and waiting to take your call. We quite rightly believe that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. No matter what type of injuries you have suffered, we will strive to get the maximum amount of compensation for your claim.

Our process looks to put our customers first and keep them involved in every step of the compensation claims process. We aim to keep the process simple, and if you call our Bristol team you will go through these steps:

  • Contact our local personal injury solicitors and speak to our excellent customer service team using our online contact form or phone number.
  • Inform our staff of the details regarding your accident and injury. Our staff will be able to offer you some advice, discuss your injuries and inform you if you have a claim to make. Once this has been established you will be assigned a personal injury lawyer in the Bristol area.
  • Following the appointment of a lawyer, they will get in touch with you and examine the details of your case. Once you have been assigned a solicitor, you will be told exactly what they need to take your case forward and what you can expect throughout your claim. We aim to make the experience as stress-free as possible for you.
  • Our expert solicitor will establish how much your claim could be worth and inform you of the best action to take.

It is important to note that when making a claim, our lawyers may need eyewitness accounts and contact details or witnesses to back up your claim. Furthermore, if our team believe a medical report is needed, you may be asked to visit a medical expert to back up your accident claim. Not only will this allow us to build the strongest possible case, but will ensure you are cared for. Whilst getting compensation for your injuries is important, your health and wellbeing is the most vital aspect to us.

Who Can Make A Personal Injury Claim?

Anyone can make a personal injury claim if they have been involved in an accident that was not their fault, even if the accident happened in the last three years. As long as you make a compensation claim within three years, our team of dedicated solicitors will be able pursue the compensation you deserve.

If you have had the misfortune to be injured in an incident that was not your fault, you are entitled to make a personal injury claim.

Why Choose Our No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Solicitors?

As part of the Accident Claimline, our Bristol lawyers are amongst the best and most qualified lawyers in the UK. We know the law and help thousands of people every year get the compensation they are entitled to. We are fully ratified by the Claims Management Regulator to work in and around Bristol, and have one of the finest reputations in the area making us first choice for many personal injury claims.

We specialise in all types of personal injury and pride ourselves on our transparency. By being open and honest with clients we believe it leads to a greater relationship with our clients. To ensure this relationship we work exclusively on a no win, no fee basis, meaning that if you are unsuccessful in your compensation claim you will not need to pay for any of the legal advice, legal work or representation you received.

Our team of lawyers are local to you and will be flexible to your needs, meeting you at your work, our local Bristol offices or even the hospital if required.

If you are successful in making a compensation claim we will take a minimal success fee, which will, at most, be 25% of what you receive (otherwise known as No Win No Fee – full details). We feel that by doing this, we are giving the vast majority of compensation to those who deserve it. Our local team understand the issues that can arise from suffering an injury that was not your fault. Accidents and injuries can often lead to a loss of earnings, but if we believe you’re entitled to compensation, we will attempt to get some of the compensation brought forward in order to aid you financially when making a claim.

What Accidents Do We Cover?

We cover all sorts of accident claims at Personal Injury Solicitors Bristol, and remain dedicated to our solicitors. We work with leading solicitors across the UK and cover injuries such as:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Whiplash accidents
  • Car accident compensations
  • Accidents at work
  • Medical and clinical negligence

Whilst you may feel your case is simple, it is important to contact the experts to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. A claim can quickly escalate and in order to ensure you have the best chance of getting compensation we highly recommend our knowledgeable team of expert solicitors.

Get Your Claim Underway

Contact us using our online form or call us to get your claim underway. Our local lawyers will be able to investigate your claim and work with you to ensure that you get the closure and compensation you deserve. Once we have assessed your circumstances we will be able to get your claim underway. Don’t delay, contact us today to find out if you could be entitled to compensation.

Guest Post: Personal Injury Solicitors of Bolton Goes Live for 2015

Personal Injury Solicitors of Bolton Goes Live for 2015

A new website specialising in personal injury claims has been launched for the Bolton area by the Accident Claimline Limited.  Personal Injury Solicitors Bolton is a new local site that aims to provide personalised advice to those who have suffered an injury after being involved in an accident. You can access that by clicking this Personal Injury Bolton link.

Accidents can be devastating to people’s lives, with many injuries resulting in a loss of work, a lack of financial income and increased stress for clients and their loved ones. Whilst no one wants to be involved in an accident, they are sadly part of everyday life in the UK. Personal Injury Solicitors Bolton understands that every accident is unique and works with you to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.

The new site will see a team of expert lawyers based exclusively in Bolton and the surrounding area working on a no win, no fee basis. The site, which covers slips, trips and falls, road traffic accidents, vehicle accidents, medical negligence and much more, will focus on aiding those who have been involved in an accident in the Bolton area that was not their fault.

The website, which is to be fully launched this year, will join a host of other successful personal injury sites run by Accident Claimline, such as Personal Injury Solicitors Bolton and Leicester.

Committed to Clients

A spokeswoman for Personal Injury Solicitors Bolton said: “We pride ourselves on being a local company working for the people of Bolton and the surrounding area.

“We are committed to providing the best service for our clients and that is why we operate on a no win, no fee basis.”

She added: “We treat every case with the care and attention it deserves and understand the difficulty our clients can be going through.

“To be injured in an accident that was not your fault can lead to numerous problems for clients and we look to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

“Our team are local to Bolton and know the area. By being local we can immediately investigate the claim by reviewing evidence, cross referencing witnesses and talking to third parties.”

No Win, No Fee

Personal Injury Solicitors Bolton will operate on a no win, no fee basis like numerous other successful sites from the Accident Claimline. Personal Injury Solicitors Bolton look to hold those responsible for accidents and injuries to account. The firm will only take payment if your claim is successful, meaning that if you fail to make an unsuccessful claim, you do not pay for their legal services. Payment for services will only be taken after you have been successful in your claim and received compensation.

Personal Injury Solicitors Bolton understand that every claim is unique. Their team of dedicated solicitors will use their local expertise and knowledge of the law to provide clients with the best advice, tailored for their situation.

More than three million people a year are injured through accidents in the UK alone, so if you have suffered an injury that was not your fault, you are entitled to make a claim.

Don’t Delay, Contact Us Today

For more information about Personal Injury Solicitors Bolton visit our website, or call us using the telephone number displayed on the website to discuss a compensation claim. Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Guest Post: Car Accident Claims in the UK

Car Accident Claims in the UK

The following blog post should give you an overview how much personal injury compensation you might get if you have been involved in a car accident or car crash in the UK – of course, depending on circumstances and the extend of your injuries.  This post comes courtesy of the Accident Claims Web who are specialists and helping UK residents with car accident and car crash claims.

Whilst out on the road, you can never be 100% certain that the trip will go to plan.  No matter how careful you are as a driver, road accidents can still happen when you least expect it.  The ramification of a car accident can range from the minor to the very severe and the UK alone there are nearly 200,000 injuries ever year on the road (Source: ROSPA).  Every single accident that occurs can result in a personal injury claim for compensation.

What is a personal injury though? Well, it can describe any form of mental or physical injury suffered caused by the car accident.  The most common injury types that we deal with from a compensation perspective are those concerning whiplash injuries.  This is where the force of the car crash damages the soft tissues in the neck or in more serious cases causes’ damage to tendons, muscles, and ligaments. 

With whiplash injuries, the victim can be hospitalised and need to take time of work, and in more serious cases be left with a life-changing disability.  It’s in cases such as this that car accident claims are most common, and typically are successful in terms of a compensation payment. 

It’s not as simple as just calling up a claims management company though.  At the point of the accident it’s necessary to ensure that witness statements have been gathered, and police records made. Subsequent medical records are also a necessity for car accident claims in the UK as this will mean the personal injury claim process stands a far higher chance of success. 

In terms of the compensation amounts that can be processed for claims of this type, they will typically range between one thousand to two hundred thousand pounds depending on the severity of the injuries. 

If you have been injured in a road or car accident that wasn’t your fault then talk to the Accident Claims Web on their web site.

Guest post: Winter Sun Is Added Danger on UK Road

Winter Sun Is Added Danger on UK Roads

Police have warned drivers to lower speeds and proceed with caution when visibility is bad as a result of poor weather conditions.

The warning comes following a 16 car pile-up in Scotland on the A92 as a result of reckless driving when visibility was reduced due to the low winter sun. The incident saw six people injured with four victims having to visit hospital in order to obtain further treatment.

A Police spokeswoman said that although the low winter sun was a factor in the accident, it was not the only cause, with inappropriate driving being one of the main faults leading to the crash on the A92.

According to the spokeswoman, the low winter sun further added to issues that road users in the winter would be used to, such as dirty or salt ridden windscreens.

The police also urged road users to take their time and allow a good, safe distance between the car in-front in order to allow apt breaking time.

Low Winter Sun

According to an AA report published in 2014, over 3,000 accidents were caused due to the glare from the sun, or the low sun hampering driver’s vision. According to the association’s statistics glare from the sun has been responsible for 28 fatal accidents since 2010.

Naturally the glare of the sun is more prominent in Summer, however police have warned drivers to proceed with caution when visibility is reduced, even in the Winter. Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “European research shows that the rate of head-on crashes involving lorries nearly quadruples in twilight conditions. They also tend to happen on rural roads.“

High speeds and poor visibility as a result of the poor winter sun was the cause of the 16 car pile up on a half mile stretch of road on the A92 between Arbroath and Dundee.

The pile up resulted in numerous bumper-to-bumper collisions at speed, which is one of the main causes of whiplash.

Whiplash Injuries

Road accidents can occur anywhere, and are sadly a part of everyday life. Whiplash injuries are one of the most common following a road accident, in particular, a rear end collision with another vehicle. Whiplash occurs when the neck is jerked forwards or back as a result of a blunt force.

Whiplash injuries are one of the most common injury types in the UK and although it often receives a negative write up from the press, whiplash is a very serious injury that can restrict movement and lead to loss of earnings. We believe that if you suffer from whiplash as a result of a road traffic accident that was a result of someone else’s negligence you are entitled to claim damages.

Involved In A Road Traffic Accident

If you are involved in a road traffic accident and have been hurt as a result, it is important that you seek medical care. Not only can this give you peace of mind regarding your injury, but can also aid you in your compensation claim, as if you have been genuinely hurt, you have evidence of your injury.

It is worth noting that and you do not need to use insurance company lawyers, who may not have your best interest at heart when making a road traffic accident claim. Despite this you should seek legal compensation as soon as possible.

Making a Claim

No matter what sort of injuries you have received, or the extent of the damage, if you have been hurt in anyway in an accident that was a result of someone else’s negligence you have the right to claim compensation.

In order to make a personal injury claim you may need to provide key details regarding the accident, such as where, when and how the incident played out. Contact details of any witnesses may be required as well as medical proof of the extent of injuries. We deal with all types of claims from serious road accidents to minor bumps.

Blog post sourced and researched courtesy of Personal Injury Solicitors Bournemouth. Visit their website for information on their services at – they are the South Coast’s leading specialist solicitors for Bournemouth accident claims and work on a no win no fee agreement.

Rive Gauche: A few paintings…..

Here is a painting by my brother Stewart of his wife and one of her music students which I like and thought I would post again….

Unfortunately, my nonsense, while colourful, doesn’t really ‘cut it’ in the serious and sensible art world!

Mind you… I flog my paintings for £20… my brother charges a bit more!  If you fancy the pig painting above – selling for £20 today…. email me if you want it.

(I thought I would change my flag colour in the cartoon header pic of “Charon” – as a Labour voter!  (I’ll get my coat….)


Guest Post: Protecting Yourself While in Hospital

Protecting Yourself While in Hospital

When you first end up in hospital, you place your trust entirely with those people whose job it is to take care of you and ensure you recover fully, whether it be from an illness or an operation. There’s not a great deal of choice to the matter – it is what it is.

This is fine: those people are fully-trained medical professionals; if anyone knows what they’re doing, it’s them. However, it does become a problem if something were to go wrong – you can easily feel helpless, like you’ve lost control of the situation. After all, you are unlikely to be in any fit state to do anything yourself, and that’s without factoring in the likelihood that you don’t have any medical experience.

That being said, there are a number of steps you can take to retain some of that power, particularly if you are choosing to have a procedure done, rather than being wheeled into A&E.

Do Your Research

As a patient of the NHS, you are entitled to choose which hospital you have your procedure done in, with the small caveat that the hospital is physically able to carry out said procedure. This gives you – as a client, essentially – to do your research, just as you would when booking a hotel or buying a new computer.

Look into hospital guides. Since the scandal with Stafford Hospital came to light in 2009, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been rating hospitals and care providers using a system similar to that of Ofsted in school.

Another way of doing your research is to Google a few patient forums – you will quickly find a wide variety of reviews by patients who have been treated by each provider.

Speak Up

You do, of course, have the right to ask questions, as well as the right to obtain a second opinion. If you ever have any concerns, remember that it is your health which could potentially be at risk, so make sure you voice those concerns.

If you are ever confused or unsure about what is, has, or is going to happen, just ask. It will take no time at all and may provide exactly the comfort you need.

Know Your Rights

Mistakes happen. It’s an unfortunate fact of life. No one expects them to occur, but occur they do. If you are unfortunate and are the victim of such a mistake, there are still steps you can take to ensure the outcome is the best it can be.

You have some choices to make: do you want an apology for what happened? Do you simply want some answers as to why things occurred as they did? Or are you looking to file a claim for some sort of financial compensation for your troubles?

Getting an apology or an explanation can be as simple as making a complaint to the care provider at fault. Follow their particular procedure and you may even be able to get the provider to make a change to their practice, reducing the likelihood of it happening to someone else.

Compensation is a little trickier. Your best bet would be to contact medical negligence specialists, but the process generally remains the same: consult a solicitor, get access to your records, get a second opinion and file your claim.

Guest Post: The poorest regions of the UK are the poorest in Northern Europe


All societies have the problem of economic inequality. How they respond is an economic decision and a political decision. As a political decision, it reflects a regime’s approach to its citizens and the common good. The common good is both the overall societal well-being, such as economic wealth, and the political compact that binds the society together. To promote and protect the common good, a regime has to deliver its highest political priority—justice. If a regime cannot deliver justice, as understood by the society, then its legitimacy is suspect. The regime has to reflect and support the societal well-being by an equitable care for its citizens. If it does not deliver this outcome, it can be accused of serving a private interest not a common interest.

2015InstitutionalInequality.pdf – it is a long article and a good read


Grayling: the Lord Chancellor who told the High Court to disregard the Rule of Law

David Allen Green, who also blogs as Jack of Kent, usually hits the point and he has done so again in his latest blog post…

Grayling: the Lord Chancellor who told the High Court to disregard the Rule of Law

“Today is the birthday of the current Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling.

With parliament dissolved and with a general election just weeks away, he may not be in post, or indeed in any ministerial office, much longer.  But that did not stop the High Court giving him a sort of birthday present.

In a judgment handed down today the High Court held that yet again the Ministry of Justice under Grayling had acted unlawfully.

It may seem strange to some that the very government department running the court system of England and Wales would ever be held to have acted unlawfully.  Indeed, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice has a duty recognised by statute to uphold the rule of law.  But during Grayling’s time at the department, the Ministry of Justice has repeatedly been found to have acted unlawfully….”

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