July 2011 Archive

Red Tape Challenge

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The Red Tape Challenge is a government initiative for the public, businesses, charities and volunteer groups to have their views on the Health and Safety Regulations on which ones they feel need scrapping, keeping, or simplified . The Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling,&nbsp; has advised that the idea behind this is to restore common sense to the safety rule book. <br /> More …

The Consequences Of Exaggerating A Personal Injury Claim

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Unfortunately it is a sad fact that many people suffer accidents through no fault of their own. &nbsp;The effects of an injury suffered in such an accident may be relatively minor, or it may be catastrophic. &nbsp;As personal injury lawyers we regularly see both ends of the spectrum, but it should be noted that even a minor injury may have far reaching effects on the injured party, their family and friends. More …

Causing Death by Careless Driving

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The danger posed by young, inexperienced drivers was highlighted again this week in a court case which concerned the sad deaths of the driver's two best friends. More …

ATOL Reform Consultation Launched by UK Government

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On the 23 June 2011 the Department for Transport launched its consultation on its proposed ATOL reforms.&nbsp; The consultation follows an <a href="http://bit.ly/ikWWb1">announcement</a> in February 2011 by Theresa Villiers, Minister for Transport and Aviation, that the Government would look to extend consumer protection in the event of the insolvency of a travel company. More …

Committing Driving Offences Abroad: An Update

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We reported that the European Commission had tabled legislation by means of a Directive before the European Parliament, which was intended to pave the way for cross-border co-operation to route out drivers who commit traffic offences in other European countries. The legislation would facilitate access by foreign agencies to vehicle registered keeper details. More …

Catching Up With Drivers Who Commit Offences Abroad

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We are in the middle of the holiday season and no doubt many of us are looking forward to spending a couple of weeks abroad, perhaps in Spain or on a Greek Island. It is quite normal to want to explore the resort and its surrounding areas and hire a car or a bike. For others, their holiday experience will involve packing up the car/caravan and driving through parts of Continental Europe. What happens though, if you commit a driving offence whilst abroad? Are the police really going to bother? More …

Top Tips For a Safe And Enjoyable Cruise This Summer

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What could possibly go wrong on board a cruise ship? Travel sickness? Man overboard? Or even the ship sinking? More …

E.coli Outbreak: Causes, Symptoms and Advice

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Many readers will recall the sad case concerning a young boy of 5 who lost his life as a result of the complications associated with the new virulent strain of E.coli found in the German outbreak. The recent outbreaks of E. coli O104:H4 in Germany and France are now thought to have been caused by contaminated fenugreek seeds. More …