A good kicking

BabyB LPlate improvedToday I was instructed on behalf of an insurance company.  My instructions were the following:

“The other side’s solicitor has caused your instructing solicitor no end of grief in the past few months.  We were minded to settle the case on a 50/50 basis but given their approach, Counsel is instructed to go along to court and give the other side a good kicking.  With bells on.”

I lost, but was able to report back that at least I went down in flames.

October 12, 2016 · Tim Kevan · One Comment
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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 info@qccartoon.com.

October 10, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Bare garden

OldFatherTimeThis morning I visited the so-called ‘bear garden’ in the high courts for the first time with a case of my own.  Whenever I’ve seen the place before it’s like a vision of hell with lawyers piled high all arguing aloud like some kind of terrible legal trading floor.  Today though, it was completely and utterly silent.  Not a lawyer in sight.  Not even an opponent.  Now admittedly all I was doing was handing in agreed directions, (hard days work if ever there was one) and so I guess not having an opponent was not actually a complete surprise.  But what has happened to the bear garden?  Is litigation coming to an end?  All cases settling?  For the sake of the profession, that would be a most terrible thing.

But just when I was even starting to wonder if I’d somehow got the wrong day or something, who should pass through but OldFatherTime himself.  The old ex-law lord who still strolls around the Temple and also it now seems the high court.  We have now met on quite a few occasions and this time he recognised me. “Ah, hello, young man.  It’s rather quiet around here don’t you think?”
“I was wondering about that myself.  Do you think perhaps people have decided to stop litigating or something?”
“Don’t worry about that young man.  So long as people remain greedy, vain and proud they will continue to waste their hard-earned money in fights so complicated and expensive that only the ingenious imagination of a lawyer could ever have invented.”

Then he looked at me with a smile before adding: “But remember young man, for every thousand meaningless cases that you churn out just for the money, there’ll be one in which you might actually make a difference.”

I’m not sure quite how to take those kind of statistics but as he went on his way, he turned around and added: “Believe me, when you get that case you’ll know.  Oh, please do pass on my very best to OldRuin.”

October 5, 2016 · Tim Kevan · One Comment
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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 info@qccartoon.com.

October 3, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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All You Need to Know About the TABC

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Have you heard of the TABC? Well, be sure that you fully understand this governmental entity before you even think about selling or handling alcohol in your business.

What is the TABC?

Let’s start off with the basics, shall we? TABC stands for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and this is the entity that controls the rules and regulations that you must follow as a business that sells and distributes alcohol. Since you are going to have bartenders or other employees handing out alcoholic beverages, you need to be sure that you are adhering to all of the guidelines that the TABC sets up for companies and workplaces in Texas. A TABC expert can help you move things along and get everything put together so that you can spend less time worrying and more time conducting satisfactory business with your customers. The attorneys at Monshaugen & Van Huff are liquor liability experts, and they can help you out in no time at all.

Whom Does the TABC Concern?

The TABC will be looking at you if you are a company or business that has employees who are handling or selling alcoholic beverages, so this could include liquor stores, bars and pubs, restaurants, or even supermarkets that carry liquor and other alcoholic drinks. Hotels are another entity that the TABC will be keeping tabs on, so there are quite a number of people who need to maintain good standing with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The good news is that a liquor law attorney can help you understand what you and your employees are liable for, as well as what rules you must follow within your business and the rules that you can set up for your employees and patrons to follow. Furthermore, these attorneys are extremely helpful when it comes to figuring out counseling services, insurance coverage, and all of those other legalities that give you a headache.

Why is the TABC Important?

The TABC is something that can’t be ignored because it can be your ticket to prison or court, or it could be your way of maintaining good social and legal standing in your community. Your business is in Texas, a place where people want to have fun! Just make sure that you stay safe and responsible at all times. A liquor liability attorney at Monshaugen & Van Huff can make is so much easier to stick to the rules and have a good time in your business ventures. Contact them today to schedule a consultation!

September 30, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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ClaireClaire and I had a drink with one of the more eccentric characters in chambers last night (and that’s saying something).

‘You know, you kids should all slow down’, he said.  ‘You’re all in far too much of a rush to be getting on these days.  It’s all work, work, work.  Careers advisers and goal-setting.  Why not let fate take a hand for once?  Let life flow a little more easily.’

He took a long drag on his cigar in the private smoking room which a certain wine bar continues to provide to particularly favoured barristers.  He was on a roll and to be fair we had finished off six bottles of claret between the three of us.

‘Not that I can understand why any of you would want to come to the Bar anyway.  Who’d want a four day week sitting around in an ivory tower even when you do get paid ridiculously well?  Not when you could be toiling at the grindstone working fourteen hour days as solicitors.  No, the sort of freedom the Bar can give a man is enough to drive him to drink, I can tell you.’

September 28, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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5 Things NOT to do Following a Serious Road Accident

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With over 187,000 road collision casualties per year, and over 20,000 of those involving serious injury, our chances of being involved in a significant road accident are worryingly high. While we hope you’re never in situation where you have to, knowing how to react after a road accident could make all the difference when it comes to any insurance or personal injury claims you need to make later. Here are five things we’d recommend not doing for an accident involving injury or damage to property:

Driving away

The average person isn’t likely to mosey off after being involved in a serious collision but you might not know that you’re legally required to stay and deal with it even if the accident doesn’t seem that serious or no one seems hurt. Not only is leaving the scene immediately after an accident illegal, it’s also not going to help your case if any injuries (such as whiplash, for example) present themselves at a later date and you find yourself needing to make an insurance claim.

Leaving without documentation

Before you do leave, it’s crucial to exchange the relevant documentation with anyone who has been involved in the accident. It’s your responsibility to both collect and give your own contact details, insurance details and any other pertinent information that might inform any proceeding insurance claims. Unless you have been injured yourself, it can also be a good idea to take photos, get the contact details of any witnesses, and to make notes on the exact circumstances of the accident as these can often be easily forgotten over time.

Failing to report your accident

As well as leaving the scene of an accident immediately, it’s also illegal to neglect to report the accident to the police. In the case of a serious accident this is vital not just for ensuring the correct emergency services are contacted and for clearing the scene but also to protect yourself in case the other person involved in your accident doesn’t have any insurance. After all, without an official police report you could be leaving yourself at risk of being unable to prove the accident happened at all.

Getting angry or admitting fault

In the aftermath of an accident, shock can lead us to react in ways that aren’t always helpful. Rather than getting angry at the other person involved, try to keep the peace and deal with the situation in a calm manner to avoid exacerbating tensions. Similarly, it can also be tempting to apologise or admit fault but doing so could potentially leave you at serious risk if the accident ends up leading to an insurance claim.

Neglecting to consider your legal position or potentially to consider getting legal advice

If you have been injured in a serious road accident there is a chance that you could be entitled to compensation, especially if the accident leaves you suffering any disabilities or ongoing medical complications. Unfortunately many people neglect to seek legal advice after an accident until it’s too late. As soon as you are able to, you might wish to consider getting in touch with a serious injury specialist like First4seriousinjury to find out if you’re entitled to claim; it could potentially make all the difference when it comes to recovering from a serious accident.

September 27, 2016 · 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 info@qccartoon.com.

September 26, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Help With Mediating Your Civil Dispute

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Are you preparing to file for divorce? Is your marriage just starting out, but you want to get a prenuptial agreement? Maybe struggles with child support and custody are dragging you down. Whatever your civil dispute with your partner, the divorce attorneys at Liaise Divorce Solutions mediation services can assist you.

Dealing With Divorce the Smart Way

No one ever wants to deal with a matter of divorce, but it does happen for some people, and that’s okay. With mediation services in San Francisco that are run by certified and experienced attorneys, you will be in great hands. The experts will guide you through the process and get you help with any of the documents or paperwork issues. These attorneys have worked with many case studies and clients just like you, but they also understand that each case is different. That’s why they do their best to get on a one-on-one level with each and every client so that they can find the most optimal solutions at a price that you can afford. Divorce isn’t fun, but it can be much more manageable with these San Francisco-based professionals.

Preparing for Prenuptial Agreements

So what about prenuptial agreements between two parties? These mediation services are involved in that as well. Using the evidence and experience from case studies, the attorneys at Liaise Divorce Solutions work around the clock to identify potential problems and ways that the wealth and assets between a couple can be properly divided. It is not saying that your marriage won’t work out, but it is always best to have a plan of action in the case that a divorce does come up. The clients who work with these attorneys are more than satisfied, whether or not they end up getting a divorce. The prenuptial process just provides the added assurance that many couples feel better with.

Mediating Other Civil Matters

When it comes to other civil matters or disputes, the San Francisco attorneys are ready to work with you, and fight for you if need be. Help with applications and important filings, as well as assistance for court appearances are just some of the services that these trained and qualified professionals have to offer. For instance, they are skilled in handling family probates, child support, alimony, and so much more. Be sure to get in touch with them today to begin the process of resolution. It is always better to be safe than sorry, and no one will provide more safety than Liaise Divorce Solutions.

September 23, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Why You Might Consider Using a Motor Lawyer

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If you have been stopped for a driving offence, and are facing a fine, and points on your licence, contacting a motor lawyer could be a good idea. Doing so could save you from an awful lot of problems, both now and in the future. Below we look at what some of those issues are, and show you how a good motoring lawyer can help you to avoid them.

Avoid being unfairly punished

Many people do not realise that it is perfectly possible to be erroneously accused of a motoring offence. This possibility simply does not cross the mind of most motorists.

Unfortunately, this does happen. Every year, hundreds of people end up getting points on their licence for offences they did not commit. Often, all that is necessary is to ask for the evidence to be re-looked at. A good motoring offence lawyer knows how mistakes are made, so understands which questions to ask to make sure that the evidence against you is sound.

Avoid the more severe sentences

A good motoring offence solicitor will work with you to make the court aware of any mitigating circumstances, so that your punishment can be reduced when appropriate.

A good solicitor understands the system, and knows how to work within it to get the best outcome for you, in the circumstances. For example, in the UK, if you already have 12 points on your licence and you commit another offence you will normally lose your licence.

As you can imagine, for most people, this is a serious problem. Many find themselves unable to travel to work, go shopping or get their children to school.

However, in many cases, an experienced motoring lawyer will be able to put together an ‘exceptional hardship’ defence. An effective defence can allow you to keep your licence, and be punished in another way.

Finding a good motor offence solicitor

As you can imagine, it is important to make sure that any lawyer you hire to help you with a motoring offence knows what they are doing. Hiring a company like motoringoffencelawyers.com, who have a 94% success rate for handling appeals from the magistrate’s courts, will greatly improve your chances of avoiding unnecessarily harsh punishment. They give advice about dealing with notices of intended prosecution and are able to represent drivers who are being prosecuted in Court.

A good solicitor will always offer you a free, or low cost, initial consultation to assess your case. Only the best motoring offence lawyers do this. They are not interested in taking your money for no reason, they want to win, and usually do. This type of lawyer takes pride in their work, and will not waste the client’s time or money by taking on unwinnable cases.

If after reading this, you are still not convinced of the benefits of hiring a motoring offence lawyer, this forum thread will prove enlightening. Reading it will help you to understand how getting a criminal record, including one from driving offences, can have a long-term negative effect on your life. Understanding all of the potential consequences will help you to determine whether hiring a motoring offence solicitor is the best approach for you.

September 21, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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