It is with sadness that we see that another firm with a strong personal injury claims department has ceased trading. Our thoughts go to the employees and the firm’s clients.  


Timothy Pyant
Timothy Pyant
Partner - Injury

Seth Lovis & Co were a Legal 500 ranked for their work in the personal injury field. Sadly firms ceasing trading or being taken over has become an all too common an occurrence with recent rafts of governmental led reform in the personal injury world since 2010. With the forthcoming Civil Liability Act 2018 coming into effect in just over a years time it is likely that more firms will cease trading.

When a firm ceases trading or goes into administration that firm’s clients will worry about what happens with their case. This is particularly true for people who are seriously injured. Usually the files are assigned to one or more firms who then have to go through all of the files and work out what happens next.

However the client has a freedom to choose to move their matter to another firm – one of their choosing.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, Our Mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" and our dedicated team of highly experienced Personal Injury lawyers are here to help you.

We are able to quickly assess whether the matter is something we would be able to assist with. We are experienced in taking over cases from other firms when clients have become dissatisfied with their current firm or that firm lacks the necessary expertise to run the claim.  MW Solicitors is ranked in the Legal 500 for their expertise in the Personal Injury field. We have specialist lawyers who deal with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injuries, amputees, chronic pain conditions including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) as well as orthopaedic injuries such as broken legs.

If you have been notified that your current solicitors are ceasing trading or have any concerns about the handling of your case we are more than happy to speak with you or offer a free initial interview. Use our Branch Finder to locate your nearest MW Office and our lawyers are willing to travel if necessary.  To speak to a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor don't delay, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us page to arrange a callback.

Coniston

MW Solicitors colleagues Stephanie Clark and Rupal Patel are proud to participate in Headway’s ‘Go Wild for Headway’ Challenge.


Stephanie Clark
Stephanie Clark
Trainee Solicitor

This two day corporate challenge consists of a 20km hike, a 30ft waterfall jump, scrambling & lots of other height-related activities set in beautiful Coniston and Lake Windermere at the heart of the Lake District.

About Headway

Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury by providing vital support and information services through its network of Headway groups and branches across the UK and Channel Islands provides a wide range of services including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care to survivors and families in their own communities.

Headway's local groups and branches work hard to raise funds at a local level to continue to provide and develop the services they offer.


Rupal Patel
Rupal Patel
Solicitor - Health & Injury

We Can Help

At MW, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone", including those who have suffered an Acquired Brian Injury.  We will arrange a specialist Brain Injury Case Manager to help plan and implement a rehabilitation package which can incorporate your health, psychological, educational or occupational needs.   We will work with medical, clinical and other experts to value your past and most importantly, future needs, such as personal and medical care, income, accommodation and transport.

Where possible we will secure interim payments to assist with day to day and rehabilitation needs throughout the course of your claim.

If you would like to speak to our team of specialist Personal Injury Solicitors to discuss your case, call us today on 0203 551 8500 or use our Contact Us page to arrange a callback.

 

After the recent revelation that CPS prosecutors in England and Wales are being urged to take a more risk-averse approach to rape charge decision-making, the latest figures reported in The Guardian confirm that only a little over 1/3 of the rape cases referred to the CPS between April and September 2018 (2,310 referred) resulted in the suspect being charged. This is a significant decrease from the equivalent rate for 2013 – 2014 of 62%.


Clare Evans
Clare Evans
Solicitor - Civil Litigation

The team of specialist civil liberties lawyers at MW who work closely with the Centre for Women’s Justice on cases involving failings in the investigation and prosecution of rape and serious sexual assault, on the part of the police and CPS, are seeing a rise in the number of rape victims coming forward to challenge CPS and police decisions which let rape suspects avoid the judicial process.

The gatekeepers of the justice system – the police and CPS - are arbitrarily taking matters into their own hands leading to rape suspects remaining at large without even having to account for their actions in the courtroom. The message this sends is that rapists can get away with it.

The legal test applied by prosecutors in deciding whether to charge/prosecute rape suspects, is of course much lower than the criminal test. Even in cases where we are seeing strong evidence in support of a rape having taken place, the authorities are refusing to prosecute and giving unsatisfactory reasons for their decisions. This causes our clients, the victims, the utmost distress on top of the emotional turmoil they have already and will continue to suffer.

MW have a team of dedicated lawyers who work with rape and serious sexual assault victims seeking to overturn or otherwise challenge these decisions. This can include claiming for compensation following such fundamental human rights breaches and the psychiatric injuries these failings can cause.

One of the major problems in this context is that there are a number of ‘myths’ as to what does and, more concerningly, does not, constitute rape (e.g. ‘she was asking for it’ based on what she was wearing/how she was behaving, and so on). The effect of such myths is exacerbated where the police and CPS themselves seem to be attempting to predict what a jury might think, inevitably based on their own prejudices. The judicial system is set up – with jurors hearing these cases from all walks of society – to avoid just such abuses of power.

There is a clear and established public interest in prosecuting rape and serious sexual assault, an offence which engages the victims’ fundamental human rights. It is well known that such cases are often ‘one’s word against another’ since they often occur behind closed doors. But the crime is heinous and the second in seriousness only to murder. Yet so many cases are still resulting in shoddy investigations and poor-decision making, which itself results in rapists remaining free in society to commit the crime repeatedly. Overall, the impression of all of our clients who have fallen victim not just to rape or serious sexual assault, but to the system awaiting them afterwards, is that no one really cares.

Just such a flawed system is what led black cab rapist John Worboys to be able to repeatedly rape some 105 women (of the known reports), using similar methods, between 2002 and 2008, despite the matter being reported time and time again. Failings highlighted there included lack of training, failure to allocate adequate resources and failure to take the victims seriously.

We Can Help

At MW, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those who are victims of serious sexual assault or rape.  We offer initial telephone consultations with a solicitor, free of charge, and are able to represent clients seeking to complain, exercise their right under the Victims’ Right to Review scheme, and pursue civil claims and challenges by way of Judicial Review. We are able to offer legal aid if you are eligible, and no win no fee agreements.

If you have found yourself in this situation, and want to speak with a sensitive and experienced lawyer call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us form to arrange a callback.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Following our hosting of the inaugural London and South East Burning Nights Support Group meeting in October last year, MW Solicitors is honoured to join Burning Nights' panel of specialist solicitors.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Burning Nights is a charity dedicated to raising awareness and supporting people affected by a poorly understood nerve condition, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

CRPS can cause a person to experience persistent, severe and debilitating pain along with other symptoms. The condition may develop after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack, but the pain is out of proportion with the severity of the initial injury or trauma. Over 65% of cases are caused by soft tissue injuries. The cause of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome isn’t clearly understood and CRPS awareness in the UK is low. However the earlier a diagnosis of CRPS is given, the better the prognosis is for a patient.

There is no cure for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).  It is a chronic and life-changing condition.  There is a range of treatments available to help manage symptoms, including physiotherapy and occupational therapy, psychological therapy, medication, regional and lumbar blocks, neurostimulators, implants, alternative therapy and pain management programmes.

We Can Help

MW acts for individuals suffering from CRPS which has developed following an injury that wasn’t their fault. Instructing a specialist CRPS solicitor who properly understands the condition allows our clients to feel supported throughout the legal process.

At MW Solicitors, Our Mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those suffering from CRPS which has developed following injury. We provide expert support and guidance in what will be difficult and challenging times and put you in touch with other organisations that can help such as BURNING NIGHTS.  Based on our wealth of experience we will  seek to achieve a financial result that makes a real difference to your long-term security as we as providing the care and assistance you need. .

If you would like to talk to us about your case today call  us on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us page

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Philip Scarles
Philip Scarles
Solicitor - Health & Injury

If an employee is injured at work during working hours, a negligent employer will be held accountable for any injuries and losses that are suffered as a result.

However, what happens if an employee sustains injuries in an accident that occurs outside the usual place of work, and outside their normal working hours? Is an employer still liable for the accident?

Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited

This question was central to the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited. Mr Bellman was employed by Northampton Recruitment Limited as a sales manager. His duties included recruiting drivers and placing them with clients. The managing director was Mr Major.

In December 2011 the company held a Christmas party at a golf club. The party ended at around midnight, after which Mr Major suggested further drinks at a nearby hotel and paid for everyone’s taxis. This was not a pre-planned extension of the party at the golf club, but most of the guests went anyway.

At around 2am, the conversation turned to work. Mr Bellman asked Mr Major about a new colleague, Mr Kelly. It was understood that Mr Kelly was being paid substantially more than anyone else. This line of questioning annoyed Mr Major. He lost his temper and punched Mr Bellman who fell down. Mr Bellman stood back up, only to be hit again by Mr Major, this time knocking him out. He fell straight back and hit his head on the ground, resulting in a traumatic brain injury.

The Trial

Mr Bellman pursued a personal injury claim against his employer, on the basis that Northampton Recruitment Limited was liable for Mr Major’s actions.

However, at the trial in 2016, the judge ruled that the assault had taken place outside of work. This was largely because the incident had occurred at the unplanned after-party, rather than the organised Christmas party. As a result, Mr Bellman’s work accident claim was dismissed. 

The Appeal

The solicitors acting on behalf of Mr Bellman appealed this decision. They argued that Mr Major’s position as managing director was connected to his wrongful conduct. Further, it was argued that the trial judge had failed to take into account the nature of Mr Major’s job, and the power and authority entrusted to him over employees.

The Court of Appeal agreed and held that despite the time and place, Mr Major was acting in his role as managing director, and was exercising authority over employees. He then mis-used his position when his managerial decisions were challenged. The appeal was allowed.

This decision provides useful guidance on the extent to which an employer can be vicariously liable for an employee’s accident. Therefore even if an employee is injured outside of work and outside of normal working hours, there could be grounds for a work accident claim.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors we have many years’ experience of undertaking personal injury claims for clients who have suffered serious injuries from accidents at work.

If you have suffered a serious injury at work and have not yet instructed a solicitor, or if you have an ongoing claim and are unhappy with the way the case is progressing, our expert Personal Injury Solicitors are waiting to talk to you.
Don't delay, call us today on 0203 551 8500 or use our Contact Us form to arrange a callback.







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