Mistaken beliefs about equity release could lead to Britain’s pensioners missing out on much-needed cash in retirement, according to research from Aviva....
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The media has recently reported that a number of the UK’s major banks have had to make additional provisions to meet their liabilities with regard to claims for mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI)....
A recent report has explored the issues that can arise when families fail to talk openly about inheritance planning, and highlights that failure to communicate can often lead to an increased risk of disagreement....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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.
"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.”
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....
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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