Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons


This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

March 29, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons


This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

March 22, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons


This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

March 15, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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7 Common Causes Of Neck Injury Cases

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Everyone wants to live a normal life where pain doesn’t stop you from doing anything. However, bodily pain brings a discomfort that can stop usual routines, such as pulling a sweater down, putting on socks, tying on shoes, and more. This is particularly true for neck injuries which affect the person’s entire lifestyle.  

Neck injury results when an unexpected event disrupts the mobility and functionality of the neck. Medical treatment to bring it back to normal can be painful and difficult. 

With that, here are the common causes of neck injury that you should look out for: 

1.     Vehicle Collisions 

If you’ve been in a car accident where a car hit yours from behind, pushing your head forward even with a seatbelt on, there’s a high chance of developing neck injury as the event happened quickly, not allowing you to prepare or brace your body.  

When your body is pushed forward during the accident, tension is provided to your neck. There will also be strain on your neck and head as your head bounces back to the headrest.   

After meeting a car accident and you’ve developed a neck injury, you should file a personal injury claim as it has affected your life. This allows the other party to pay for the damage that it has caused both your car and your health.   

2.     Falls and Slips 

Whether you’re at home, work, or outside, there’s a possibility of having a neck injury when you accidentally slip or fall to the floor. If you suddenly drop to the floor and kept your head from hitting the ground, there’s a chance that you put too much pressure on what your neck could handle, allowing you to develop neck injury.  

When you develop neck injury from falls or slips, make sure that you ask a physician to check your other body parts for injuries as well. You need to ensure that there aren’t’ any more as these could provide inconvenience and pain in the long run. 

If you slipped at work or in someone else’s property because of the negligence of the owner, you should consult your neck injury lawyer to receive the compensation that you deserve for the injury.  

3.     Sports Event 

Getting injured due to sports events is pretty common, especially if it’s a competitive sport that requires your entire body to move intensely by the minute. One of the most common sports that cause neck injury is football as it requires a player to do a lot of tackling.  

While you cannot avoid physical collision with the other players, you need to ensure that your body is in the right condition before you play. You should always stretch out your entire body, including your shoulders and neck, to decrease the possibility of a neck injury. You should also wear your protective gear to ensure that you won’t be developing neck injuries that can stop you from playing.  

4.     Diving Into Shallow Water 

If you’re a swimmer and persists in diving without knowing how deep or shallow the water is, you’re more likely to develop a neck injury.  

When you dive into shallow water, you’re allowing intense tension to your head when it touches the ground. While that can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you your life, it could also cause neck injuries.  

Before you head out and dive, ensure that the water is, at least, eight feet deep to guarantee that you’ll be safe from injuries or accidents that could occur.  

5.     Poor Sleeping Position 

If you’ve been sleeping in an awkward position, there’s a chance that you’ll wake up with intense pain in your neck. This can make it extremely difficult and painful for you to turn your head.  

To avoid getting neck injury from your sleep, you should use a pillow with the right height. Ideally, you should have a pad that allows your head to align with your spine as it’ll cause more tension if your head is too high or too low for your body. For your best options, you might want to consider purchasing a sleeping pillow intended for neck pains so that you’re sure you get the right sleeping position to avoid neck injuries.  

6.     Performing Repetitive Tasks 

When you always sit on your computer for the whole day in the normal course of your work, you can develop neck injuries over time. Apart from work, it could also be from writing, knitting, sewing, drawing, or driving where your head is constantly held in position for extended periods, 

While you cannot avoid performing these repetitive tasks, you should try to relax and ease the tension away from your neck for, at least, a couple of minutes to do some light stretching. You should practice basic neck exercises to relieve your neck from stress, allowing your muscles to move and avoid developing injuries.  

7.     Lifting Heavy Objects With Improper Posture 

When it comes to lifting heavy objects, you should try to avoid bending your whole body over to the item that you’re going to grab as it’ll cause you hip, back, and neck injury.  

To lift heavy objects properly, you should do a squatting position in front of the thing you’re to carry and put your hands on the proper handles and straighten your legs and back as you lift the object upward. With a correct and straight position, you’re allowing your body to be injury-free while carrying heavy items. Along with this, you should also stretch your body before and after lifting the object to avoid muscle strain.  


Experiencing neck injuries can be genuinely inconvenient and painful at the same time. While no one wants to develop them, you should know the common causes of neck injuries so that you could avoid them. However, when doing strenuous activities, you shouldn’t forget to stretch your neck and shoulders after every few minutes to prevent you from developing injuries. Now, when the inevitable happens and your neck gets injured because of someone else’s negligence, know that you have a recourse in filing a case.

February 19, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons


This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

February 15, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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When accused of dangerous driving in Inverness, you should seek the help of a traffic solicitor right away. Dangerous driving is a serious traffic offense that attracts severe penalty, license disqualification, and a sentence, especially if the accident caused injury or death. Inverness road traffic lawyers come in to help with your case. This article provides you with more insights into dangerous driving, what it is and how to navigate when accused of dangerous driving.

What is dangerous driving?

Dangerous driving is driving in a way that falls below the standard or a competent driver whereby such driving could result in an accident. When such a driver causes a fatal accident such as the death of a pedestrian, another driver, passenger, or any other road user, the charge becomes causing death through dangerous driving. Instances of dangerous driving include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drugs cause impaired reasoning whereby the driver overestimates their ability to drive safely.
  • Distracted driving, for instance, using a cellphone to text, surf the internet, or taking selfies while driving. Distracted driving involves anything that takes the driver’s attention off the road, including eating or adjusting the radio.
  • Speeding or exceeding the posted speed limits.
  • Failure to observe road signage and traffic rules.
  • Undertaking.
  • Aggressive driving.
  • Driving in the wrong lane (for oncoming vehicles).
  • Driving a vehicle that is not roadworthy which puts other road users at risk. For instance, a car with substandard brakes. If the driver is aware of that and still drives the car and causes an accident, there will be a firm ground for a dangerous driving charge.

What to do when you face a dangerous driving charge

When faced with a traffic offense such as dangerous driving, you should always look for Inverness Road Traffic Lawyers to help you out. It is very crucial to contact the traffic lawyer at the earliest chance available. If you face a charge of causing death by dangerous driving, you are in serious trouble that you should not take lightly. You face potential conviction and sentence.

When to contact a traffic lawyer

If charged with causing death or an accident by dangerous driving, it means that the police officers have visited the accident scene, collected evidence, and probably breathalyzed you to determine if you were driving under the influence. The officers may then investigate the circumstances of the accident and take you with them to the station to collect more information. At this point, you should call a traffic lawyer to accompany you when filing the police report. The lawyer offers you legal advice, and guides you on what to say.

Can you defend yourself?

Even if you are charged with dangerous driving, there are defense mechanisms available. Your traffic lawyer can gather substantial evidence to put up a defense.

The bottom line

Being accused of dangerous driving is not only stressful but traumatizing if an accident occurred. A road traffic lawyer helps you secure the best outcome on your case.

February 11, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons


This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

February 8, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Accidents Caused by Amazon Delivery Trucks

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Amazon is now making deliveries with Amazon Flex. It’s like the Uber of Lyft of delivery services. Drivers are now being hired by Amazon as independent contractors to pick up orders from regional shipping centers and deliver them with their own vehicles. They enjoy flexible hours, and some drivers earn as much as $25 an hour.

The Trend Toward Gig Drivers

Only a small minority of truck drivers for Amazon are actual Amazon employees now. Nearly all of their drivers are independent contractor gig works who don’t want to be tied into one job anyway. Companies like Amazon have learned that by using independent contractors for deliveries rather than teamsters or other unionized drivers, they’re saving big money and increasing their bottom lines.

Who Pays if an Amazon Driver Causes an Accident?

Amazon does require its gig worker drivers to carry liability insurance, but only a statutory minimum amount. It isn’t much anywhere in the country, and in the event that you’re seriously injured by an Amazon delivery driver, you’ll likely find that the mandatory coverage isn’t enough to even cover your medical bills. Amazon does have its own commercial liability insurance, but that’s only triggered if the driver’s liability limits have been exhausted, AND that driver was on a delivery when the accident occurred.

What to Do in the Event of an Accident Caused by an Amazon Driver

Whether you’re another driver, a motorcyclist, bicyclist or a pedestrian, there are certain steps that you should take to preserve and protect your rights after being injured in an accident that was caused by an Amazon driver. First and foremost, phone 911 and ask that both police and paramedics be dispatched to the scene. Don’t get talked out of this under any circumstances. You’ll likely have no claim or lawsuit against the driver or Amazon without a police investigation and report. The investigating officer will complete a report of the accident, and the paramedics can stabilize you and get you to an emergency room. They’ll also complete their own report of their findings after examining you at the scene. That report can be crucial in tying your injuries into the crash. After that, the following steps might be helpful:

  • Take photos of any visible injuries after you leave the emergency room.
  • Note any symptoms that aren’t visible like headaches, ringing of the ears, blurred vision or nausea.
  • If safe, take photos of the exact accident scene and your vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle. License plates should be on the vehicle or motorcycle.
  • Report the crash to Amazon by calling 844-311-0406.
  • Call a reputable law office that specializes in rideshare law.

February 1, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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How a Real Estate Lawyer Can Help You

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Whether you are looking to buy your first “starter home,” the ski chalet of your dreams, or a multi-million dollar commercial property, contacting a real estate lawyer can be the single best decision you make. Not all real estate transactions require legal representation, but all real estate transactions can benefit from it.

Real estate lawyers can also help with transactions that don’t involve purchases and sales, such as refinancing an existing property, and renting/leasing a home or commercial property. Real estate lawyers may represent buyers or sellers, and landlords or lessees. If you have questions about how to proceed with any type of real estate transaction, it is in your best interest to contact a real estate lawyer in your area.

Reviewing and Drafting Real Estate Documents

Buying and selling a home is essentially a business transaction; as such, it comes with a lot of paperwork. From deeds and title insurance policies to seller disclosures and home inspection reports, the paperwork can be overwhelming.

Unless you have a background in real estate or real estate law, making sense of the industry jargon and legal language can be difficult, if not impossible. And this is a problem for many reasons; namely, buying a home can be the biggest purchase you will ever make, and not understanding the finer details of this investment can have devastating financial consequences. An experienced real estate lawyer can review and draft documents on your behalf, ensuring that your rights and best interests are protected throughout the entire process.

Conducting Title Searches and Resolving Real Estate Encumbrances

When buying a home, you want to make sure the title is clear of liens or other real estate encumbrances. If a third party has legal interest in the property, that interest may be passed on to you if the previous owner doesn’t resolve it prior to your purchase. For example, if there is a lien against the house as collateral for a debt incurred by the previous owner, the holder of that lien may be able to sell the property to repay the debt, even if you are now the owner. Without the help of a real estate attorney, such a situation can quickly escalate into a serious, and expensive, problem. As such, it is important to have legal counsel from the beginning; your lawyer can check for any real estate encumbrances and advise you about how to proceed if any exist.

Protecting Your Interests and Negotiating for the Best Deal

Your real estate lawyer can also counsel you about potential purchases and sales. While a real estate agent simply wants to ensure that you buy a house or find a buyer, both of which translate to a large commission check, a real estate lawyer wants to protect your interests and make sure you buy the right house or sell to the right buyer. In addition to helping you through the purchase and sales process, your attorney can help you beforehand—ensuring that you stick to your budget, find a home in the right location, avoid bad deals, and negotiate for the best purchase or sale price.

In addition to being one of the biggest investments you will ever make, purchasing a home can also be a very emotional experience. Having the perspective of your attorney, who is looking out for your best interests and free of any emotional attachment to the prospective home, can be invaluable.

Just as we often overlook potential red flags at the beginning of a new and exciting relationship, we tend to gloss over red flags when we fall in love with a particular home. If, despite the advice of your lawyer, you insist on purchasing a home with problematic real estate encumbrances or other issues, your lawyer may be able to negotiate a better deal on your behalf.

Bargaining Power

Just having a real estate lawyer by your side can have a positive impact on the deals you are being offered in the purchase or sale of a home. When sellers know that you have legal counsel, they may be less inclined to go back and forth on your offer, knowing that the stated amount is backed by professional research and a deep understanding of the market. As a result, the seller’s agent is more likely to accept the initial terms, or terms that they may have otherwise advised the seller to counter. Likewise, a buyer’s agent who knows that the seller has legal counsel will be less likely to encourage the buyer to keep going back with low-ball offers, knowing that the seller’s attorney will advise against any offer that is not in their best interest.

Seek Real Estate Law Assistance

Although many states require a real estate lawyer at closing, Florida among them, you can benefit from the counsel of a real estate attorney from Hoyt & Bryan,  during all real estate transactions, leasing and rental agreements included. If you have questions about buying, selling, refinancing, or renting a property, contact an experienced real estate attorney today.

January 25, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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What is a Peace Bond and How Can it Help Me?

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When someone has a reasonable fear of harm at the hand’s of another, that person may be able to obtain a peace bond as protection against this potential harm. If the Court believes the defendant is likely to commit a crime against the person(s) making the request but no crime has been committed, section 810 of the Criminal Code offers one mode of protection in the form of a peace bond. If approved, the named defendant has no choice but to obey the orders imposed by the peace bond.

On the other hand, if a defendant is being charged with a crime, the Crown might offer a peace bond in exchange for a dismissal of, or reduction in, charges. For example, if the defendant has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend, a peace bond may be offered in lieu of a conviction, jail time, and a criminal record. At first glance, this might sound like a wonderful deal for the defendant. But whether or not you should accept a peace bond, if one is offered to you, depends on multiple factors.

Peace Bond in Exchange for a Criminal Record

One of the primary factors affecting an accused’s decision to accept a peace bond in exchange for lighter sentencing is the strength of the Crown’s case against them. This is why it is so important to obtain legal counsel if you have been charged with a criminal offence or are being offered a peace bond; your lawyer can advise you about your rights and how to proceed. If the case against you is weak, accepting a peace bond may not be in your best interest. Every case is different, and an experienced lawyer can evaluate the details of your unique situation to determine the most appropriate legal strategy.

Peace Bond by Application

To apply for a peace bond as protection from another person, outside of a criminal case, the person fearing bodily harm must make an application with the Court. If approved, the defendant will be prohibited from engaging in certain acts, depending on the particulars of the case. For example, the Court may impose a condition that the defendant is not permitted on the grounds of his daughter’s school, if there is reasonable suspicion that he will kidnap his daughter.

The defendant must obey the peace bond’s conditions, or face criminal charges. In Canada, a peace bond can remain in effect for up to one year, and its conditions can be enforced anywhere within the country. If the concern of harm continues beyond the peace bond’s expiration date, the person(s) receiving its protection can apply to the Court for a renewal.

It is important to note that a peace bond is not intended for emergency situations; obtaining this legal document can take upwards of several weeks, and sometimes even months. An emergency situation requires emergency action. Call 911 if you believe that you, your children, or any loved ones are at risk of imminent bodily harm.

The Anatomy of a Peace Bond

A peace bond is intended to protect the safety and well-being of the public, or the person(s) named within. It can also be obtained if there is  reasonable concern that the defendant will cause serious damage to another’s property.

Each peace bond is unique to the situation, defendant, and people it’s designed to protect. After reviewing the application, the Court will impose certain conditions. Some of the most common conditions of a peace bond require the defendant to:

  • Remain on good behavior;
  • Avoid contacting the person who requested the peace bond, as well as his/her partner and children;
  • Avoid visiting the named people;
  • Avoid calling, texting, or writing the named people;
  • Abstain from use of alcohol or illicit drugs;
  • Provide blood or urine tests to ensure compliance with alcohol/drug restrictions;
  • Not possess weapons; and
  • Pay a surety bond to the Court, which will be forfeited if the defendant breaches the peace bond’s conditions.

If a defendant breaches any of the conditions imposed by the peace bond, not only will they forfeit their surety bond, they will also be charged with a criminal offence. As it stands, the penalty for such a conviction is up to four years in prison.

A peace bond is generally effective at preventing a defendant from harming those it serves to protect because of the consequences involved in violating its conditions. The conditions are strict, and even a minor violation can immediately result in the loss of bond money, a criminal record, hefty fines, and time behind bars. If there is a peace bond against you, it is in your best interest to obey the imposed conditions. An experienced criminal defence lawyer can help you understand your rights and options if you are facing any type of criminal charge.

Contact a Defence Lawyer

If you are being offered a peace bond in exchange for a lesser sentence, it is crucial to speak with a lawyer before accepting any type of deal. Agreeing to a peace bond is not the same thing as pleading guilty, but it will remain on your criminal record while it is in effect. There are also certain criminal record searches that may show an expired peace bond. Regardless of your specific situation, it is in your best interest to obtain legal counsel, such as the team at Oykhman Criminal Defence, if you are facing a peace bond or charges for a criminal offence.

January 25, 2021 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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