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Ombudsman Gives Update on PPI Complaints

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The Financial Ombudsman has recently published the latest edition of its publication ‘ombudsman focus’, which contains an update of the number of complaints it received during the first quarter of the 2014/2015 financial year.

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As much as £530 million is set to be wasted in inheritance tax (IHT) this year by individuals not placing life protection policies ‘under trust’, according to research from unbiased.co.uk. This is apparently £58 million more than last year.

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A significant majority of the British public back measures to cut death and injury on the roads through limited restrictions on newly qualified young drivers, according to a recent survey.

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When it comes to important but difficult conversations about finances, many families are struggling with the timing, according to a recent American study by Fidelity Investments.

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Cavity Wall Insulation Claims

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If you have had cavity wall insulation carried out on you home which has been unsuccessful, you could be owed compensation. At CBC solicitors, we have great experience in dealing with claims involving defective cavity wall insulation and we offer specialist legal advice on a no win no fee basis.

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The Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has stated that legislation to modernise and reform the fatal accident inquiry (FAI) process in Scotland will be introduced "within the lifetime of this parliament".

The reforms to be implemented will include the remaining recommendations of 2009 review of FAI under Lord Cullen, and will also build on reforms already introduced by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. The newest consultation, pubished by the Scottish Government, makes the proposal of extending the categories of death in which it is mandatory to hold an FAIto include those arrested or detained by the police at the time of death; and the deaths of children in secure care, holding FAI’s outside of court buildings and permitting discretionary FAI’s where the death of a Scottish national occurs abroad and the body is repatriated.

MacAskill said;
"This consultation is designed to ultimately develop a policy that streamlines the FAI process to ensure it is more efficient and robust.In 2008, the Scottish government commissioned an independent review into the legislation around FAIs in Scotland led by Lord Cullen. The process was designed to ensure that the FAI system was fit for purpose in the light of changes to other parts of the justice system. Lord Cullen made 36 recommendations; some of these were the responsibility of COPFS. These have been implemented through the formation of the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit. However, this consultation will build on these changes and give further consideration to other vital areas,".

The Scottish Justice Secretary confirmed that the legislation will not include a time limit within which an FAI must be brought or hasten the decision making process where criminal charges or regulatory investigations need be carried out. A Fatal Accident Inquiry cannot begin in Scotland until a decision has been made over whether to proceed with a criminal case or regulatory investigation.

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Chair of the Transport Committee Louise Ellman MP launched a report that reviews the Governments strategy to tackle exaggerated and fraudulent motor insurance claims. The government plans particularly target whiplash injuries.
Ms Ellman said;

“The Government must prohibit insurers from settling whiplash claims before the claimant has undergone a medical examination. Action is required to prevent abuses arising from Alternative Business Structures that allow solicitors tocommission medical reports on whiplash and other soft tissue injuries from medical experts who are not genuinely independent. Solicitors must be banned from generating more work by offering inducements, such as cash or tablet computers, to encourage people to make a claim.”

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A judge in the Court of Session in Edinburgh has rejected arguments in a personal injury case that building owners are responsible for nesting seagulls.

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Members of the public and organisations across Scotland are being given the opportunity to put forward their views on the standard of care provided in Scotland.

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Discussions have recently taken place over joint actions by the European Commission and the Member States to restore confidence following the scandal of defective breast implants produced by the French PIP company.

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A recent study from Canada has revealed that almost half (45%) of Canadians don’t expect to receive an inheritance, monetary or in some other form, from their parents, compared to just one in three (35%) who believe they will receive one.

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A boy who was left severely brain damaged as a result of mistakes at his birth has been awarded compensation of around £8 million, reports the BBC.

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The introduction of new legislation has meant that councils will have to transform the way they deliver social care, offering people choice and control over the support they need.

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A Glasgow-based company has been fined for safety failings after a worker was left paralysed from the neck down when he fell around three metres from the top of a gritter.

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HMRC has recently published proposals for consultation that could significantly increase inheritance tax in trusts.

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Customers Under Compensated for PPI

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A recent investigation by the BBC has discovered that many customers may have been under compensated by banks for mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI). One estimate puts the amount of underpaid compensation at around £1 billion.

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Concerns Raised over POA Documents

Posted by on in For the Elderly

Solicitors have been advised to review the wording of power of attorney (POA) documents following a legal opinion given by a Sheriff, which found that a POA under consideration was not legally valid.

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A historic private school in Clitheroe has been fined £100,000 over health and safety failings after one of its stonemasons developed a potentially fatal lung disease.

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CBC continue their interest in charitable causes by collecting stamps (UK) in order to benefit RNIB.

Director Martin Berman said, "With the expanding use of franking machines, there are less opportunities for many businesses to make this easy contribution. It is a very easy way to try and assist a very worthwhile charity. We are delighted to assist. "

Both our offices are now saving any UK stamps and sending them to RNIB to help this worthy cause. The RNIB guideline is that they receive £4.50 for every kilogram of British stamps and up to £15 per kilogramme of overseas stamps. A lot of stamps are needed. It's a worthwhile cause.

Anyone with stamps, or even a collection they do not want, can send them to this worthwhile cause at:

RNIB Stamp Recycling

PO Box 185

Benfleet

SS7 9BH

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To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the National Records of Scotland is making the last wills of 31,000 Scottish soldiers available online.

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