Personal Injury report dismissed

A report from Aviva has claimed that freezing personal injury lawyers and claims farmers out of the motor market would save up to £1.5bn in unnecessary costs and lead to lower premiums for drivers. The report calls on accident victims to go direct to their insurer, an idea which has been dismissed by the Association […]

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Housing market recovering

The UK housing market is showing signs of prolonged recovery, according to the latest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) survey. The poll of 280 estate agents found that property prices held steady in December, marking the first time since mid-2010 that surveyors did not report that prices edged downward over a three month period. […]

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Sunday work ruling

Mr Justice Langstaff has ruled that Christians have no right to decline working on Sunday because it is not a “core component” of their beliefs. The judgement was issued on an appeal by a Christian woman who was sacked after refusing to work on Sundays at a care home. Celestina Mba launched an unsuccessful legal claim in […]

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Copyright law amended

Making digital copies of music, films and other copyrighted material for personal use is to be made legal for the first time under government plans. Business Secretary Vince Cable said the move was “not only common sense but good business sense. Bringing the law into line with ordinary people’s reasonable expectations will boost respect for […]

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Inheritance Tax receipts rise

Figures from HMRC have shown that IHT receipts grew by 7% last year to almost £3bn. HMRC took £2.91bn from IHT in 2011/12, compared with £2.72bn in 2010/11. The number of individuals paying IHT also rose, with 20,000 paying the tax this year compared with 17,000 last year. Under the rules, families are liable for […]

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Retirement age request

A survey has found that 54% of firms would welcome the return of the default retirement age. Of those firms who want to see the legislation reintroduced, 60% said they would set it between 61 and 65, while a quarter said it should be between 66 and 70. Irwin Mitchell found that most companies would […]

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Thomas Dunton secures top accolade from national Law Society.

Choosing a solicitor can be difficult, especially when they all seem to offer the same services. Making a decision may be a little easier now that Thomas Dunton in Orpington has secured the national Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel. Since this new mark of excellence was introduced, little more than 10% of solicitors in […]

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Winners of our Free Prize Draw

There were five lucky winners in our Free Prize Draw last Wednesday when they braved the wind and rain to join us at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Orpington on 21st November. Each winner received a £50 voucher towards the cost of any legal services.

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MPs defeat Human Rights Act opposition

Ministers have defeated a bid by Conservative MP Richard Bacon to scrap the Human Rights Act. Mr Bacon said the act had been used by the European Court of Human Rights to influence British law, which was “fundamentally undemocratic”. However, MPs voted against Mr Bacon’s bill by 195 to 72, as such it will make […]

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Your Legal Questions Answered

We’re really happy to announce our program of FREE 30 MINUTE TALKS by Thomas Dunton Solicitors. After each talk, Thomas Dunton, your local solicitors, will remain at the library to advise you, without any obligation, on any further related questions. To reserve your place, telephone or call at the Library or just drop in on […]

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