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Please treat the contents of our blogs as general guidance only. Please do not take any action based on their contents unless you have sought specific legal advice. Brethertons cannot accept responsibility for any errors or inaccuracies, loss or damage in circumstances where there is no formal retainer between us and we have not given you personal and specific advice relating to a matter for which you have given us full background details.  You must also bear in mind that the contents of our blogs are based on English Law, and because they contain archival material, that material is likely to go out of date. Therefore, it is important to consider the date that the blog was posted. Please also remember that the laws may differ in different Jurisdictions.

The Difference Compensation Can Make - Independence, Security, Fulfilment

Jon Rees
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Compensation is the best a civilised society can do to deliver a measure of justice to persons injured through the negligence of another. But no amount of money can ever turn back the clock. Does compensation make a difference after spinal cord injury and if...

How Can I Protect My Digital Memories?

Emma Stewart
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Most of us have a digit footprint on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the like. We also have photographs, videos and other memories stored with Google, Apple and Meta. Have you thought about what happens to all those images and memories when you die or if...

Is Mediation Worth it?

Monique Wagner
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The court process for many is lengthy, stressful, and highly emotional. Many individuals believe that court room is the only solution. However, mediation can be a suitable alternative where parties want to avoid the emotional roller coaster of court. ...

Brethertons Named as One of the Top Providers of Private Wealth Law in Oxfordshire 2022

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Leading legal services provider Brethertons LLP, is celebrating after being named as one of the top law firms in the region of Oxford and Surrounds for Private Wealth Law by the High Net Worth Guide 2022.  The Chambers High Net Worth Guide researches...

The Principle of Compensation

Jon Rees
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Around the same time as the conversation with the neurosurgeon described below, someone suggested I should write a blog about the ‘principle(s) of compensation’. Not so long ago, I was in what was genuinely a light-hearted conversation with a...

Brethertons' Senior Associate, Verity McMahon Highly Commended as Young Lawyer of the Year

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The Enfranchisement & Right to Manage Awards, celebrated excellence in the leasehold enfranchisement and right to manage industry on 30th June 2022 in the Ballroom of The Sheraton Grand Hotel. Senior Associate, Verity McMahon , has over 8 years’...

Misunderstanding Spinal Cord Injured Patients' Ongoing Needs

Jon Rees
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We have covered elsewhere how spinal cord injuries are relatively rare (even though seven people will suffer the injury each day – one every 3.5 hours or so). If there are 50,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the UK, that number represents...

Depp Vs Heard - What is DARVO?

Liz Headley
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The Depp versus Heard case has attracted much interest from both the media and the general public. I know my daughters have both been following it all very closely and have been quite shocked at some of the narrative around the couple’s behaviour. I...

Moving Mountains

Jon Rees
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Congratulations to Martin Hibbert of the Spinal Injuries Association on completing his Martin’s Mountain challenge and getting to the top of Kilimanjaro. What Martin has accomplished since suffering spinal cord injury in the Manchester arena terrorism...

Compensation and Legal Rights After Injury

Jon Rees
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As solicitors who help clients after spinal cord injury, we frequently find ourselves confronting the stark reality that as litigators all we can ever achieve is the recovery of an amount of money that the law deems to be commensurate with the...

Couple Declared Legal Parents Of Surrogate Son Born In 1998

Kim Lehal
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X v Z (Parental Order Adult) [2022] EWFC 26 A recent Family Court ruling granting a UK couple a Parental Order concerning their adult child born by surrogate in the United States in 1998 has highlighted the fact that UK surrogacy law remains desperately...

How to decide on The Split

Sarah Horton
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I have recently finished watching BBC drama ‘The Split’, which always makes interesting viewing for lawyers. Despite the scarily frequent professional conduct breaches obvious to the trained eye, it has raised some thought provoking...

Who Is Involved In A Spinal Cord Injuries Case?

Jon Rees
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By the time a person comes to speak to a solicitor about making a compensation claim following spinal cord injury they will already have been assisted by a range of clinicians, therapists and others in the medical setting, but there are also likely to be a...

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Liz Headley
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It's Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 and we have been invited to consider the experience of loneliness and how we can all potentially be affected by it and the potential detrimental effect feeling isolated can have on our mental health. The Covid...

Types of Spinal Cord Injury

Jon Rees
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There are obviously excellent medical references that can explain the different types of spinal cord injury far more helpfully than we can as mere solicitors. But the purpose of this blog is to explore some of the more frequently encountered aspects of...

Why use a Solicitor to prepare your Will?

Laura Stuart
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Instructing a solicitor to prepare your Will is usually seen as the expensive way to do it but using a solicitor can save a lot of stress for you and your family, as well as giving you peace of mind and potentially saving you additional costs in the future. ...

Help - Recognising You Need It, Identifying Who Can Provide It; And Letting Yourself Be Helped

Jon Rees
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In our experience of helping people who have suffered spinal cord or other life changing injuries, the process of coming to terms with the fact you or someone you care for might need help through to actually being helped has several identifiable and nuanced...

Sibling's Bitter Battle Over £100 Million Estate

David Richards
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One of the fundamental principles of English law is that a person is free to draw up a Will that sets out how they wish to distribute their property. How and to whom that distribution is made is their choice alone and should be free from the interference of...

In The Spotlight - Dawn Millar

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We are delighted to be highlighting our expert lawyers in a new feature 'In The Spotlight' where you can get to know our individuals and the important work they carry out each day. This week we are excited to be highlighting Dawn Millar -...

The Four Questions All Clients (Should) Ask Solicitors

Jon Rees
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The Brethertons spinal cord injuries team are asked all sorts of questions by clients and prospective clients, but typically at the outset of a new case those questions coalesce around four main ones. Those are: Have a I got a case? Is it worth pursuing? ...

Brethertons Solicitors Announce the Appointment of Four New Trainee Solicitors

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Brethertons are delighted to announce the appointment of four trainee solicitors. Training contracts have been awarded to the following individuals: Poppy Harber, Florence Woods, Chanel Brown and Abigail Laborero. The “Training Seats,” at...

Choosing A Solicitor - Specialist Experience & Expertise Is Vital

Jon Rees
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Not so many years ago a client approached us concerned that their then solicitor was advising them to settle their claim for a lump sum they thought was not enough. The long story cut short is we settled the claim for 44 times the amount the previous...

The Right To Disconnect

Amy Edwards
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Technology is a wonderful thing. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it enabled millions of workers to do their jobs from home, allowing them to stay safe whilst playing their part in keeping the organisation they work for operating. Two years on from the first...

Love Thy Neighbour or Pay the Price?

Emma Bush
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Whilst February 14 th is memorable and amorous for some, Valentine's Day 2022 was a lesson in “loving thy neighbour” for the parties involved in Prime London Holdings 11 Limited v Thurloe Lodge Limited [2022] EWHC 303 (Ch) as the first...

What To Do If Your Child Has Been Abducted To India

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The recent case of SS v MCP [2021] EWHC 2898 (Fam) illustrates the complexity of returning a child who has, according to one parent, been abducted by the other parent to reside in India. Furthermore, it provides an excellent discussion of parens patriae...

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