FirstGroup Suffer Huge £327m Loss

FirstGroup chief executive Tim O’Toole has stepped down with “immediate effect”, after the bus and train operator reported a huge full-year loss. The company said lost £327m in the year to 31 March, compared with a profit of £152.6m last year. The group also runs South Western Railway, the Heathrow Airport Connect service and First…

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James Campbell, the only son of his late mother Sarah who was told by his late mother ‘it’s all yours’ is defeding a High Court claim for over half of his inheritance of £725,000 by his mother’s last boyfriend, Andrew Banfield.

James Campbell, the only son of his late mother Sarah who was told by his late mother ‘it’s all yours’ is defeding a High Court claim for over half of his inheritance of £725,000 by his mother’s last boyfriend, Andrew Banfield. James Campbell also claims that this mother’s will, drawn up 14 years before her…

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The National Audit Office have warned that law chiefs will fail to complete their digital courts revolution in time and on budget

The National Audit Office have warned that law chiefs will fail to complete their digital courts revolution in time and on budget. It says HM Courts & Tribunals Services faces a ‘daunting challenge’ in meeting target for technological and cultural change. The Ministry of Justice wants to vastly reduce the number of physical court hearings, cut…

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District Judge Read has publicly criticised the lack of funding for a woman alleging rape and sexual assault

District Judge Read has publicly criticised the lack of funding for a woman alleging rape and sexual assault against her ex-husband, suggesting it may have resulted in a miscarriage of justice. The family court at Middlesbrough heard details of the allegations from the woman in a case to decide what contact her 10-year-old daughter should…

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Adam Lennon, head of family modernisation and improvement at HM Courts & Tribunals Service, told a Westminster Legal Policy Forum that enabling people to apply for a divorce online could eliminate up to 13,000 hours of time spent by court staff checking divorce petitions

Adam Lennon, head of family modernisation and improvement at HM Courts & Tribunals Service, told a Westminster Legal Policy Forum that enabling people to apply for a divorce online could eliminate up to 13,000 hours of time spent by court staff checking divorce petitions. Lennon spent years in the courts service issuing divorce petitions. He…

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Consumer champion and the journalist behind ‘MoneySavingExpert’ Martin Lewis, is suing Facebook for defamation

Consumer champion and the journalist behind ‘MoneySavingExpert‘ Martin Lewis, is suing Facebook for defamation after it failed to tackle “dodgy” adverts that used his face and website to sell dubious financial products. Lewis claims that Facebook has failed to remove or prevent the adverts from appearing on its site. He also claims that the false adverts are not only…

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A businessman has won the first ever “right to be forgotten” lawsuit against Google in London’s High Court

A businessman has won the first ever “right to be forgotten” lawsuit against Google in London’s High Court – but a second man’s attempt to have embarrassing search results about him deleted has failed. The two men were referred to as NT1 and NT2 during the trial. Both had sued Google under data protection laws…

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The Federation of Small Businesses is warning its members could struggle because of a planned rise in business rates and the National Living Wage.

In April, the amount companies in England pay in business rates will change for the second year in a row. It follows a major revaluation by the government, which was introduced in 2017. It saw some bills going up, and others going down. Many retailers have closed down stores and a number of High Street…

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Children affected by a family break-up will be helped to stay in contact with their grandparents

Children affected by a family break-up will be helped to stay in contact with their grandparents under reforms being contemplated by ministers in Scotland. They are considering a legal presumption that children stay in touch after a divorce or separation. At present, grandparents have no legal entitlement to their grandchildren. Currently, grandparents in Scotland can…

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Asos sees strong sales over Christmas

Online fashion retailer Asos saw strong sales over the Christmas period as total sales rose by 30% to £790m in the final four months of 2017. Online Manchester-based rival, Boohoo, which also owns PrettyLittleThings and Nasty Gal brands, saw revenues double to £228m in the four months to the end of December. The performance of…

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Phone-hacking allegations against both The Sun and the now defunct News Of The World are due to be heard at the High Court.

Phone-hacking allegations against both The Sun and the now defunct News Of The World are due to be heard at the High Court. The latest round of the long-running litigation involves four individuals – including comedian Vic Reeves, and Coronation Street actor Jimmi Harkishin. The others are TV presenter Kate Thornton and talent manager Chris…

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Shares in photo firm Eastman Kodak soared nearly 120% after it revealed plans to mint its own crypto-currency, the KodakCoin.

The US firm said it was teaming up with London-based Wenn Media Group to carry out the initial coin offering (ICO). It is part of a blockchain-based initiative to help photographers control their image rights. Kodak is the latest in a series of companies to see its value jump after revealing plans for blockchain-related activity.…

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Hit and Run

If you have suffered a personal injury following a collision with a vehicle and the driver does not stop or leaves the scene quickly – you can still claim compensation for your injuries. Such incidents are known as “Hit and Run” cases. The Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) is a non-profit organisation that was set up…

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Government consultation paper plans to protect consumers from unresolved debts

A government consultation paper plans to protect consumers from unresolved debts stemming from unfair county court judgments (CCJs) in a move to tackle concerns about ‘rogue companies’ such as parking enforcement businesses. Concerns were raised that some companies are deliberately sending claims to incorrect addresses. This can severely impact credit ratings and the issue may…

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High Court battle for Monarch Airlines slots

Monarch Airlines has lost its High Court battle against Airport Co-ordination Limited’s (“ACL”) decision not to allocate certain take-off and landing slots to Monarch for next summer. Monarch wanted to exchange with other carriers to raise cash for creditors. The slots cover Manchester, Gatwick, Birmingham, Luton and Leeds-Bradford airports. The airline ceased trading last month…

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Family Justice System

Ministry of Justice figures highlighting the rising number of private law cases and litigants in person have prompted calls for the government to heed recent warnings about the family justice system. 13,029 new private law applications, involving over 28,000 children, were made between April and June this year, a 3% increase on the same period…

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“triple talaq” declared unconstitutional by India’s Supreme Court

An Islamic practice permitting men to instantly divorce their wives has been declared unconstitutional by India’s Supreme Court after decades of campaigning by women’s groups and victims. The “triple talaq” has allowed Muslim men to dissolve marriages by pronouncing the word “divorce” three times. The Supreme Court in Delhi took up the issue last year…

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Employment Tribunal Fees

This week marks almost three months since the abolition of employment tribunal fees. For those who missed it, the ruling followed Unison’s arduous and multi-year appeal against the government’s decision to impose tribunal fees on employees issuing tribunal proceedings. Unison, having had their case rejected at every level, finally succeeded in the Supreme Court. The…

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Mediation to aid debt recovery

A pilot scheme encouraging mediation as a less costly way of resolving civil disputes will launch in Manchester on 1 September. Mediation sessions will be held at Manchester Civil Justice Centre and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It will be available to parties involved in disputes where the value of a claim is more…

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Corporate manslaughter cases set to rise warn commercial litigation solicitors

Organisations increasingly face investigation for corporate manslaughter and the number of convictions is expected to dramatically increase in the coming years. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (CMCHA) 2007 made it easier to secure convictions against organisations for their liability for workplace deaths. An organisation can be convicted of someone’s manslaughter if its mismanagement…

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Marriage split for Elle Macpherson

Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson has announced she’s split with her billionaire hotel heir husband Jeffrey Soffer after four years of marriage. She has two teenage sons from her relationship with hedge fund manager Arpad Busson and was also previously married to fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon. Family Solicitors Oldham At Wrigley Claydon, we fight on your…

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Airbus profits fall amid continued problems and “contractual capabilities”

Airbus’ profits have fallen due to continued problems with certain projects. Airbus stated that there were still issues over “meeting contractual capabilities” securing export orders, cost cutting, and commercial exposure. It also said that technical problems with engines for its new A320neo aircraft were still to be resolved. The warnings came as Airbus posted quarterly…

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Professional negligence case finds against property agent and lawyer who failed to provide purchase deeds

A recent judgement has been made in the professional negligence case of Adams v Atlas International Property Services Ltd which saw many individuals lose their homes which they had purchased during the Spanish property boom. Purchasers in England had bought property in Spain after seeing adverts placed by English agents for the developer and who…

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Dealing with a separation

Actor David Schwimmer announced that he and his wife Zoe Buckman are taking time apart. The couple who married in June 2010 stated “It is with great love, respect and friendship that we have decided to take some time apart while we determine the future of our relationship”. The couple have a 5 year old…

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Experienced family solicitors

Olympic medalist figure skater Michelle Kwan and political activist Clay Pell are getting divorced after 4 years of marriage. Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in American history. She won five World titles as well as the silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics and bronze at the 2002 Games. According to sources Pell…

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brexit advice for businesses

Brexit advice for businesses

Lloyd’s of London will establish a new European subsidiary in Brussels to avoid losing business when the UK leaves the EU. Lloyd’s is one of Britain’s oldest institutions and is the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance market. Several investment banks such as Bank of America, Barclays, and Morgan Stanley are considering relocating staff to Dublin…

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Divorce for Johansson as marriage “irretrievably broken” say family lawyers

Actress Scarlett Johansson filed for divorce from French journalist Romain Dauriac in New York on grounds of “the marriage being irretrievably broken.” She requested joint legal custody and residential custody of the couple’s 2-year- old daughter. The couple married in 2014. The court documents ask for the enforcement of a prenuptial agreement. This is the…

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Hepburn’s sons fail to agree how to split late mum Audrey’s memorabilia

The late actress Audrey Hepburn, who died in 1993, left memorabilia including hats, scarves, jewellery, posters, costumes, photos, scripts and awards, which caused a dispute between her two sons, Sean Ferrer and his half-brother Luca Dotti who each wanted a tangible piece of their late mother. Hepburn had left her sons a 50/50 cut of…

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The successful appeal of Metroline in an employment tribunal sounds a new note says employment law solicitor

Mr Ibrahim Ajaj was an employee at Metroline West Ltd (“Metroline”) for 10 years and was dismissed for gross misconduct for deceptively alleging that he could no longer perform his duties after an injury at work. His allegation was supported by an occupational health advisor and physiotherapist. However Metroline decided to covertly survey him and…

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(Snack) attack, on family solicitor fees

If football pundit Gary Lineker has recently attacked family solicitor fees because they “manipulate” the situation to increase their costs it is probably the thought of giving away all those crisp notes! In any event, his assessment is not borne out by the experience of Wrigley Claydon’s family team. Mr Lineker’s suggestion of a formula to assist in…

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Advice on contesting a Will from our Will dispute solicitors

Actress Lynda Bellingham, who starred in the long running Oxo TV adverts and panelist on Loose Women, died in 2014. In her will she left everything to her husband, Michael Pattemore. Ms Bellingham’s two sons have criticised Mr Pattemore for ‘disrespecting their mother’s memory’ since her death. The sons stated they are in the process of challenging…

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Intellectual Property solicitors Oldham

Possible Intellectual Property case for Fawlty Towers actor John Cleese

Actor John Cleese says he may sue an Australian theatre company for its “shameless rip-off” of Fawlty Towers. The actor said that the Faulty Towers Dining Experience did not seek permission to use the show’s title, themes or characters and had not received royalties from the show, which reportedly makes almost $2m (£1m) a year. He stated, “Seems…

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Civil litigation solicitors Oldham warn of Crash for Cash scams

Birmingham has been ranked as England’s “Crash for Cash” capital by research carried out by Aviva. Crash for Cash scams are run by fraudsters who manufacture collisions, sometimes with innocent road users, hoping to profit from fraudulent insurance claims. The research also showed that Oldham was in the top 10 hotspots. If you have been in an…

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Debt recovery Todmorden

The Late Payment Legislation exists to protect all businesses but particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are most vulnerable to financial burden as a result of late payments. Late payments for any business can cause trading difficulties and so the Late Payment Directive’s ethos of paying on time being the norm, and late payment…

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Wrigley Claydon mean business as they recruit a new commercial solicitor

In a move that signals not only growth for the practice, but perhaps also for Oldham’s business sector as a whole, Wrigley Claydon have bolstered their Commercial Department with the appointment of a new assistant commercial solicitor. Soibilate Iketubosin has joined the practice to support the growing portfolio of corporate clients Wrigley Claydon looks after.…

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Accessing personal messages at work advice from Oldham employment law solicitor

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled recently the dismissal of a Romanian worker in breach of his employer’s company policy was lawful. Bogdan Barbulescu, who was sacked in 2007 for sending personal emails from his work account, argued that his employer had breached his right to a private life by reading his emails. On instructions from his…

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Calder Valley Flood Appeal concert featuring Wrigley Claydon Todmorden solicitor

As you will all no doubt be aware the Calder Valley was badly hit by the Boxing Day floods. Many properties in Todmorden were flooded. Musical Director of the Todmorden Choral Society, Antony Brannick, an Associate Family Solicitor at our Todmorden office, is conducting a very special performance of Handel’s oratorio Messiah, with the Todmorden Orchestra. Proceeds…

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New divorce settlement advice from your family law solicitors Oldham

In two recent family law decisions of the Supreme Court, the court has allowed appeals in cases where the husbands had deliberately been untruthful either by fraud or by non-disclosure about the full extent of their financial circumstances. The court has emphasised that the fundamental principle that a party in divorce financial proceedings must make a full and…

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Is your Will up to scratch? Advice from our Wills and Probate solicitors

A woman is seeking hundreds of thousands of pounds compensation from Barclays, claiming the bank’s Will-writing service resulted in her losing a stake in a valuable London home. Barclays is contesting the claim. The matter has now gone to the High Court. Court documents show that in 2007 Ebenezer Aregbesola used Barclays’ £90 Will-writing service…

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Flight Compensation

As the holiday season takes off and millions of holidaymakers take to the skies over the summer months for the annual family holiday, a change in the law could see many benefit from the ultimate holiday stress-maker, flight delays. Passengers hit by long delays due to technical faults with planes will be entitled to claim compensation…

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Boundary Disputes

According to “most land in England and Wales is registered with general boundaries”. This is the responsibility of the Land Registry who draw up a ‘title plan’ (an official sketch) of any property that is registered with them. This is stored and made available on request. Some property owners choose to have more exact…

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Intellectual property advice from your commercial litigation solicitor

Commercial disputes come in all shapes and sizes, from contract and property disputes, mergers, acquisitions and litigation to debt collection, employment issues, licensing and intellectual property. The issue of intellectual property can be a confusing one. Every business will own some form of intellectual property and protecting this is imperative. What is intellectual property? According to the…

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Legal aid for musicians as Wrigley Claydon family law solicitor tours with opera

Local solicitor Antony Brannick has been providing ‘legal aid’ of a rather different kind to a group of professional musicians recently. Antony, who is a family law specialist with Wrigley Claydon solicitors and based at their Todmorden office, has been using his musical skills as a conductor in the world premiere of a new opera…

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Your Digital Legacy

The Law Society is the latest in an increasingly long line of organisations to stress the importance of online assets. More and more testators are being encouraged to leave instructions regarding their ‘digital legacy‘ in their will due to modern society’s reliance on online services. The Law Society has recommended that testators keep an up-to-date list…

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Visit us by Metrolink!

Over the last two years, Rochdale and Oldham have experienced extensive road works, diversions and public transport disruptions as the new Metrolink line was installed. However the work is finally complete, leaving in its place a brand new tram service, making it more convenient than ever to travel around Greater Manchester. The changes took their toll…

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Family Justice System Reforms

Changes to the family justice system have now been introduced, which fundamentally change the way that the courts in England and Wales will resolve disputes between families. As from 22nd April 2014, Combined Family Courts have been introduced in England and Wales. These courts replace the previous three-tier system and are intended to simplify the…

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Are you ready for a ‘Company Health Check’?

With the increased confidence in the economy and Government actions such as the new National Insurance Employment Allowance, designed to encourage business owners to take on more staff, many businesses will be considering new recruits this year. The means many will be reviewing their contracts of employment. Regulations and legislation surrounding business is constantly changing…

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Unfair dismissal and the law

As the law surrounding employment and dismissal continues to expand, specialist knowledge on these matters is becoming essential for all employers in order to avoid problems further down the road. One of the most misunderstood matters is unfair dismissal, and as employment solicitors who advise on all employment matters, we have helped numerous companies who…

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Medical Negligence Claim

If you have been unlucky enough to suffer from medical negligence the results can obviously be catastrophic, ranging from minor inconvenience to death. Medical negligence occurs when you have suffered unduly from the malpractice of a medical practitioner which can come in the form of things like misdiagnosis, wrong treatment, clinical malpractice, botched surgery, and…

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Do I need a divorce lawyer?

Deciding that your marriage is over is a hard decision to reach. In addition to your personal feelings there maybe children or other family members who will be affected, and wider financial implications to consider. Once you are sure that a permanent split is the only way forward, seeking professional legal advice from a divorce lawyer is recommended. If you are ready…

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Should you be influenced by hospital advertising by personal injury solicitors?

In recent times certain members of the government have made calls for hospitals to stop personal injury solicitors from advertising in NHS hospitals. They want patients to have the time and peace to recover rather than being diverted by thoughts of claiming compensation. As a reputable Personal Injury Solicitor and Partner at Wrigley Claydon Vijay Srivastava…

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What is Civil Litigation?

This area of law revolves around the resolution of disputes. The disputes can be between individuals, families or commercial organisations. Civil litigation is a legal dispute where one party is seeking money damages or specific performance rather than criminal sanctions. Whether you are a business or an individual unfortunately disputes do arise and debts remain…

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Making a Will

Surveys carried out by show that half of the population does not have a Will. Furthermore, people put off making a Will, often until they are in their 50’s. This leaves a sizeable number uncovered, not to mention those who die young. Making a Will lets you leave clear instructions about how your estate is to…

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Caring for Children

The recent decision by the local authority in Rotherham to remove children from the care of foster carers who were members of UKIP raises a number of concerns about what happens to children when they cannot be placed or remain in the care of their parents. In the first place the Children Act 1989 makes it clear…

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Age Discrimination

Age Discrimination It use to be the case that when an Employee reached the national retirement age he or she could be forced to retire. This is no longer the case. Since April 2011 it has become unlawful to force someone out of work simply because they have reached a particular age. This now falls…

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