MW Solicitors are proud to announce that the firm has been shortlisted as Finalists in two categories at the British Legal Technology Awards 2018.


David Fazakerley
David Fazakerley
Chief Information Officer

The nominations are in the category of “Alliance of Year” with technology partner Infotrack and in the category of “Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year” for the development work MW Solicitors have done creating web based portals for their clients.

In response to the announcement MW Solicitors Chief Information Officer, David Fazakerley, said:

“To be named finalists out of hundreds of submissions is an achievement in itself and is recognition of the progressive work MW staff have been doing on behalf of their clients.”

With the judging panels now completed, Representatives from MW will be present at the awards ceremony on 1st November where the Winners and Runners Up will be announced.

This is the first year MW have been shortlisted in these awards and is a testament to the progress in technology that we have made especially given the judging panels are made up of the UK’s leading industry experts in academia, technology providers and peer law firms.

Alliance of the Year Award Most Innovative Firm of the Year Award
Alliance of the Year Most Innovative
Law Firm of the Year
Brain and Vestibular Injury

 

In recent months there have been three judgments where the Claimant has sought to prove a subtle (mild) brain injury, claiming a number of ongoing symptoms and impairments, including vestibular (balance and dizziness) injuries.

Pinkus v Direct Line

The Claimant was involved in a road traffic accident on the M4 when another vehicle moved into the fast lane and collided with the Claimant. The injuries claimed included a mild traumatic brain injury and psychological symptoms. The Claimant claimed that his injuries caused him to lose his job a few weeks after the accident and that he has not worked since apart from some unsuccessful attempts at short term contracts. His claim totalled in the region of £850,000. However, the Judge found that the Claimant had consciously exaggerated and had given inconsistent accounts of his symptoms. The Judge held that the Claimant had been fundamentally dishonest and dismissed the claim in it’s entirety.

Hibberd-Little v Carlton

This claimant was involved in a rear end collision and claimed that she suffered a mild brain injury, a diffuse axonal injury, resulting in a cluster of cognitive and physical problems, psychological issues, concussion of the auditory and vestibular symptoms resulting in vestibular migraine and hyperacusis. She also suffered a soft tissue injury to her neck and upper thoracic spine. Her claim totalled £4.4 million. However, the Judge preferred most of the Defendant’s medical expert evidence and was not satisfied that the accident had caused an organic brain injury with cognitive, behavioural and audio-vestibular symptoms. In addition the Judge did not accept much of the Claimant’s witness evidence as there were inconsistences with her medical records and an absence of a clear timeline. The Claimant was awarded just £41,250.

Joseph v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

The Claimant was again involved in a rear end collision. She complained of a number of ongoing symptoms including dizziness, imbalance, headaches, difficulty thinking, poor memory and poor concentration. A key factor in the judge deciding that there was no traumatic brain injury was the preference of the defendant’s neurology expert who was of the opinion that there was no post traumatic amnesia. She was awarded £388,181 but of the future losses claimed totalling £1,183,051, she was awarded just £151,800.

We Can Help

The poor outcomes of these cases for the Claimants demonstrate that each case is individual and requires the knowledge and expertise of a specialist Personal Injury solicitor when preparing and building a brain and vestibular injury case. 

At MW Solicitors we have many years of experience of undertaking brain and vestibular injury cases, achieving successful outcomes.  We are experts in:

  • Preparation of accurate and consistent witness statements.
  • Selecting appropriate medical experts.
  • The careful consideration of what each medical expert is saying.
  • Claiming sums appropriate to the injuries which can be proved.

If you have suffered a brain or vestibular injury 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 email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

Essay

We are proud to announce that MW Extradition Solicitor Sarah Phillips has been selected as the Winner of the DELF John RWD Jones QC Essay Competition 2018.


Sarah Phillips
Sarah Phillips
Solicitor - Crime & Extradition

The DELF Committee and judging panel would like to thank all participants. The standard of entries was high and picking a winning entry was not an easy task.

About DELF

The Defence Extradition Lawyers' Forum was founded in 2016 to provide a coherent and unified voice to represent the interests of persons requested for extradition and of the lawyers that defend them.

About John RWD JOnes QC

John RWD Jones QC was a superb barrister, specialising in extradition, international law and human rights. He represented clients in many of the leading cases of the day, including Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, and Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. John was also a gifted academic lawyer, with publications including a textbook with Antonio Cassese, the eminent international lawyer, and a leading practitioner text on extradition. John sadly passed away in April 2016 and DELF very much wishes to honour his memory by launching its annual essay competition in his name.

Shared Ownership

 

Recent changes to the Government's affordable home ownership schemes eligibility criteria mean that households earning less than £80,000 (or £90,00 in London) now have the opportunity to become homeowners. 


Duncan Hall
Duncan Hall
Partner & Head of Shared Ownership

Wesley Moodie
Wesley Moodie
Licensed Conveyancer - Head of Greater London Shared Ownership

Shared Ownership Becoming More Popular

According to the Office for National Statistics, the average price of a starter home now costs £140,000.  As a result Shared Ownership properties are increasingly being seen as an essential first step onto the housing ladder. 

Analysis of the latest data from the Housing and Communities Agency shows that in 2016 sales of Low-Cost Homeownership (LCHO) properties in England and Wales rose by 26% and by 36% in London and The South East.

Dedicated and Expert Shared Ownership Solicitors

Buying a home is one of the most important purchases you will ever make and choosing the right Solicitor to help you is critical. 

At MW Solicitors we understand that the process of buying a home on a shared ownership or affordable ownership scheme is often much more complicated.

Our dedicated team of shared ownership experts is ready and waiting to guide you through the Shared Ownership Buying Process.  They can help with every aspect of Affordable Home Ownership including:

  • Shared ownership New Build and Resale purchases
  • Resale sales
  • Staircasing - the process of buying the remaining shares in your home
  • Reverse staircasing - the process of reducing your share of ownership in your home
  • Remortgages

We Can Help

Our Shared Ownership Department specialises in this sector of the property market.  We can help you to realise your dream of owning your own home. 

Call our specialist Affordable New Build property solicitors today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

The Supreme Court unanimously rejected Mrs Owen’s appeal in the case of Owens v Owens and brings to the fore the issue of whether Parliament urgently needs to introduce changes to the current law with the introduction of ‘No fault’ divorce.

Today’s decision means that Mrs Owen who is said to have been contemplating a divorce since 2012 will have to wait until 2020 to divorce her husband on the basis of 5 years separation having only left the family home in 2015.

Mrs Owen had petitioned on the basis of her husband’s unreasonable behaviour. Mr Owens denied the behaviour and pointed to Mrs Owen own behaviour as perhaps the cause if any as to the breakdown of the marriage.

The appeal judges expressed having ‘uneasy feelings’ in giving their judgment but they were bound by the current legal framework. The examples given by Mrs Owen of her husband’s behaviour were considered to be ‘flimsy and exaggerated’. Mrs Owen sought to argue that she should not have to prove that Mr Owen’s behaviour was unreasonable. Mr Owen’s legal team disagreed and the Supreme Court agreed that as the law stood at present it was the case that the wife would need to prove the behaviour alleged if disputed.

Based on the experience of many of our clients MWSL supports the call for  a change in the law.  The problem with the current law is that to get divorced couples are legally required to assign blame for the relationship breakdown, unless they have lived apart for 2 years.  This makes an amicable separation more difficult, and can have a negative impact on any children, as it increases tensions at what is already a difficult time.  As we all know sometimes in life things just don’t work out, but the current law does not allow for that, and currently one party has to blame the other with sufficient detail to met the legal test, this forces many couples into coming up with something to be able to divorce, which is a legal fudge.  It is the view of all the leading lawyers’ organisations that the current divorce law is not fit for today’s modern society.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, our mission is to "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those couples going through the breakup of a marriage or civil partnership.  

Our team of dedicated Family Lawyers have years of experience dealing in all aspects of Family Law and can help you to resolve your dispute with your former partner in a pragmatic and cost effective way.  If you would like to speak to one of our specialist Family Solicitors call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk.

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