September 2012 Archive

Applying for an extension of time

Applications for an extension of time should be made as soon as practicable, setting out the relevant event and explaining the grounds and period of extension required. Generally, under the main JCT contracts, an application is not a pre-requisite to getting an extension. The architect or employer’s agent has review periods for considering extension applications.

Themes arising from SMMT's 2012 open forum

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) recent open forum event at the National Motor Cycle Museum provided a useful touchstone as regards some of the themes and issues relating to the automotive industry both in the UK and further afield. UK based manufacturing was generally presented in a positive light on the back of recent sales success and investment by vehicle manufactures (VMs) such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Nissan.

How to avoid bad debts - evaluate customer's finances

Although there are circumstances when you will be unable to recover a debt there are ways to strengthen your position as creditor. The more information you have about their financial situation, the easier it will be to recover debt. Above all, keep this information up to date.

Dealing with rogue landlords

On 31 August 2012 the Department for Communities and Local Government issued a guide for local authorities on how to deal with rogue landlords. The guide deals with issues such as diagnosing problems that tenants are experiencing, taking action and prosecution and deterring criminality. The manner in which local authorities will make use of this guidance is not yet clear but landlords should keep a close eye on new policies being introduced.

Doctors know best - or do they?

Some people that have suffered pain or loss as a result of poor medical treatment believe that pursuing a medical negligence claim would be pointless. For many people, they feel that they do not have the resources (time, money or energy) to take on the medical profession. But that is a common misconception.

How to avoid bad debts - be organised

Find out everything you can about your customer – this information will be invaluable if they find themselves in financial difficulty. Obtain all available contact details. Armed with the right contact information you have a better chance to discover early on if your customer is experiencing financial difficulty.

Hip replacement surgery complications

Although hip replacement surgery is a tried and tested procedure with many thousands being carried out every year, things can, and do, go wrong. We have acted, and continue to act, on behalf of a number of clients who have suffered severe post-operative trauma due to a discrepancy in the length of the prosthesis as well as a misalignment of the acetabular component.

How to avoid bad debts - know your customer

Although there are circumstances when you will be unable to recover a debt there are ways to strengthen your position as creditor. The best time to start is at the beginning of a new trading relationship. Find out everything you can about your customer – this information will be invaluable if they find themselves in financial difficulty.
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