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The UK leaves the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. 


Joanna Bailey
Joanna Bailey
Partner - Head of Personal Injury

At MW Solicitors we recognise the need to ensure you are on the road legally and covered by your insurance.  You may have received an email or letter from your insurer.  These are some of the questions that you may now be asking yourself.

  • Will I still be able to use my insurance to drive in the EU member states after Brexit?
  • Do I need to tell my insurer if I plan to drive in an EU member state after Brexit?
  • I regularly drive my vehicle in the EU. Will I need to tell my insurer every time I travel after Brexit?
  • Will I need to display a GB sticker on my car?
  • Are there any documents that I’ll need to take with me if I’m planning to drive in an EU member state after Brexit?
  • What is a green card and how do I get one? Does it cost anything?
  • What happens if I travel without a green card?
  • Do I need to let my insurers know which countries I’ll be visiting? Do the rules vary depending on the country I plan to travel to?
  • Will I be able to use a green card issued by my insurer to rent or borrow a vehicle in an EU member state?
  • What happens if I’m involved in an accident abroad and I might be wholly or partly responsible? Should I contact my insurers?

We recommend that if you are considering driving in the European Union after 23:00 on 31/01/2020 you should contact your own insurers to discuss your concerns with them.

Be safe.  Be confident that you have all the necessary cover and documentation that your UK personal car insurers require for you and your family to continue enjoying travelling by car in the EU after BREXIT.  Contact them in advance of any trip made after the 31/01/2020.

We Can Help

At MW we recognise the need to ensure you are on the road legally and covered by your insurance. Our Head of Department, Joanna Bailey, and our team have years of experience in acting for client’s following an accident. We are "Small enough to care, big enough to make a difference".

If you would like to talk to us about your case, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us page to arrange a call back at your convenience.

Brew Monday Cups of Tea

 

MW Solicitors are delighted to support “Brew Monday” on Monday 20th January 2020.


Toni Bedward
Toni Bedward
Trainee Solicitor

This event encourages us all to “reach out to people who might be feeling lonely”. As the organisers put it this is a day where “celebrit-teas join thousands of people coming together for a cuppa, a chat and to banish the winter blues”.

‘Brew Monday’ is an important awareness day to encourage people to put the kettle on and share a few minutes with those around us to have a conversation, make us feel better and manage the highs and lows of life. We are often unaware of who may benefit the most from getting a few things off their mind over a simple hot drink.

Mental Health and Personal Injury

The importance of mental health is now much better recognised in the law than even a few years’ ago.  A claim for a recognised mental health condition which has come about as the result of an accident without a physical injury being sustained, is now established law.

Life Changing Injuries Affect Mental Health

When an accident happens it is sudden and unexpected as are the injuries that occur, sometimes life changing. Those affected will need extra assistance with their usual daily tasks, may require time off work or they may suffer changes to their body or mind that are difficult to digest. All of these issues can culminate in a person feeling stressed, frustrated or lonely.

Thankfully, we are able to assist our client’s in arranging assessment and treatment by medical experts for both mental and physical issues to try and put them back in the position they were in had the accident not occurred. We recognise the importance of being able to discuss concerns is vital not only for our client’s, but for us and our colleagues alike in a demanding working world.

Join us and get the kettle on.  If you think we can help you or someone you love, let us know.

We Can Help

At MW we recognise the need to adjust mentally to your injury and seek treatment to assist you. Our Head of Department, Joanna Bailey, and our team have years of experience in acting for client’s affected with mental health injury following an accident. We are "small enough to care, big enough to make a difference".

If you would like to talk to us about your case, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us page to arrange a call back at your convenience.

 

 

Flags UK Ungary

 

In a recent extradition hearing MW Extradition Solicitor Ruta Mikailaite instructed Barrister Jonathan Swain of 9 Bedford Row to defend a client sought by the Hungarian authorities.

In court we opposed an application by the Judicial Authority for additional time to obtain an adequate assurance and further information given the significant failure to progress the case which was already well outside the 90 day timeframe under the Framework Decision.

The District Judge agreed with the submissions made on behalf of the requested person, and refused the application by the Judicial Authority. Absent an assurance, the District Judge ordered the discharge of the requested person.

There is to be no appeal against the decision.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those who are being threatened with Extradition. we recognise that being the subject of an extradition request can be incredibly traumatic for clients and their families.  It is therefore essential to have expert representation from the outset.  Our specialist Extradition Solicitors are expert in fighting any type of extradition based on technical, procedural and, in particular, human rights grounds.  No matter which country is attempting to extradite you, your best chance lies with a specialist team in your corner.

You can rest assured that you will receive specialist advice and representation of the very highest quality.  Call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us form to arrange a callback at your convenience

 

Police

An independent report commissioned by the Mayor of Manchester reveals that abusers walked free as a result of errors made by the Greater Manchester Police and Childrens Services. 


Fiona McNelis
Fiona McNelis
Senior Associate Solicitor & Head of Public Law, Civil

Some of the police officers involved in the original investigations are still serving police officers and the police watchdog has been asked to investigate.

The independent report concluded that the investigation of the sexual exploitation of vulnerable girls in care were shut down prematurely in 2005. The reason given by the police for this was a lack of resources, which was found to be untrue in this report.  These cases were not prioritised by the police or treated seriously.

The re-investigation of these cases has identified other possible victims. 

The Greater Manchester Police have apologised to the victims.

It appears that at the time the Greater Manchester Police were more concerned with meeting performance driven targets based on the government’s priority offences (vehicle crime, domestic burglary and robbery) than securing justice and convicting the abusers.  Information gathered has revealed that the abusers were known to the police in 2004 but they were allowed to continue their campaign of abuse of vulnerable people and targeted places such as care homes for children. 

We Can Help

At MW, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including victims of abuse.  We are a top 200 firm with dedicated specialist teams in the fields of abuse, personal injury and actions against the Police and other public bodies.  This means that we are fully aware of the issues involved in dealing with these large organisations and are well placed to equip you with the tools needed to succeed in your aims.

If you wish to talk to one of our Abuse Lawyers call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us form to arrange a callback at your convenience.

 

Compulsory Purchase Orders


CPOs are used by public bodies to force property owners to sell their property and are often used when land is needed for a regeneration project. 

They can also be used if properties are in a poor condition and pose a danger to the public or when the property is a listed building not being suitably cared for by the owner.
 
CPOs are also used where land is needed for a transport or infrastructure project. Recent examples of these include the Heathrow Expansion Project and the High Speed Two (HS2) railway. In the case of the Heathrow a Development Consent Order is being used which contains powers for the compulsory acquisition and temporary possession of land.

Compensation

Properties affected by CPOs are entitled to compensation. The general principle is that the owner should not be any worse off after the sale than they were before.  There is a Statutory Compensation Code that governs compensation for people affected by CPO.

There are occasions where people who are affected by CPOs are offered enhanced compensation offers. Enhanced compensation schemes can be time limited. The public body offering enhanced compensation often states that the compensation is only available if an agreement to sell is entered into by a specific date.

If an owner does not agree to sell, the public body will apply to the court for an order forcing the owner to sell the property.  This is the final step taken if an agreement has not been entered into.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors our expert property lawyers can advise you if your property is affected.  Contact us if you have received any letters from a local authority about CPOs and you don’t understand what this means.
If you would like to talk to one of our specialist property solicitors call us on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us form to arrange a callback at your convenience.

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