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A Boost for the Medical Negligence team at Pearson Solicitors

Jacqueline White
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It’s a big month for the Medical Negligence team at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers who are not only celebrating 21 years, they are also boosting their team with the appointment of medical negligence solicitor Sheyma Alwail and...

Taking on Insurance Companies in Court

Usman Anwar
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In what might seem a David v Goliath battle, the litigation solicitors at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers are taking on the insurance giants, Toyota Motor Insurance, on behalf of a client whose car insurance claim was rejected when his new car was...

Put animosity aside in divorce cases

Lucinda McWatt
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Going to court to settle your divorce is not always necessary and our solicitors, whilst ready to fight for you should that be the case, also recommend putting personal animosity aside and agreeing on how assets should be divided. Clean break Order We can...

We can help with your remortgage to utilise cash from your property

Victoria Marshall
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Raising money on your bricks and mortar is something our property team regularly advises upon, a recent survey shows that homeowners are remortgaging and the main reasons are; raising money to invest in buy-to-let properties, home improvements and to...

Supporting Clients with Medical Negligence Advice for 21 Years

John Pollitt
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2021 is a celebratory year for Oldham Law firm Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers as it is 21 years since the firm developed a medical negligence team, one of the first specialist teams outside Manchester. Since then they have represented...

How to Extend Your Lease Without Paying Over the Odds

Ben Tatters
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If you have a leasehold property the law protects you in a certain way and allows you to extend that lease without paying an exorbitant price. Along with other property changes the government has recently announced proposals to standardise the cost of a...

Divorce and how to get the best financial settlement

Karen Kenyon
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Time at home usually leads to a traditional spike in divorce cases, days after Christmas or the summer holidays, but life as we know it has been very different this past year and lockdown has led to changing circumstances for everyone. “The...

Failure to Diagnose an Ischemic Foot

Jacqueline White
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Pearson Medical Negligence Solicitors secured £10,000 in damages when our client lost her independence due to a failure in treating her promptly and efficiently led to more serious consequences. Medical Negligence Case In this case, the lady...

DIY Wills often lead to Inheritance and Will Disputes

Laura Pracy
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Taking the advice of a solicitor when preparing your Will can help prevent a dispute arising between your family after your death.  Drafting a Will with your solicitor will ensure that your wishes are recorded in the correct way. Case Law In a...

UK Property Frenzy as homebuyers make the most of SDLT holiday

Gillian Hawley
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Sunny days and daffodils usually mean an annual spring property frenzy and the incentive of the stamp duty relief scheme has undoubtedly ensured that this year will be busier than ever for our Conveyancing Solicitors.  With the extension of this...

Asda Equal Pay Case Could Affect Employers

Susan Mayall
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A recent Supreme Court verdict has found that staff performing various roles at a large supermarket have the basis of an equal pay claim.  This latest case could have ramifications for a wide variety of employers. Employment Law Case The case,...

Management Buy-Out Advice for Oldham Company

Keith Kennedy
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Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers have advised Lift Safe Ltd on a recent Management Buy-Out of the Oldham Company. The recent Management buy-out of Lift Safe Ltd ensures continuity of staff and services at the Oldham based company. The business...

Lasting Powers of Attorney - essential at any stage of life

Lucy Roughley
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Due to the pandemic many families have found themselves in situations that they never would have anticipated; whether it’s losing a family member to Covid-19 or coping with the long term health effects of contracting the virus. Many of you will have...

Why making a Will is more important now than ever

Zoe Johnson
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“To my daughter, I leave £1 – for the kindness and love she has never shown me.”  Shakespeare left his ‘second best bed’ to his wife, then died about a month after this Will was written, having caught a fever...

The Pandemic One Year On Legally

Richard Eastwood
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“That was the year that was and what a difference a year makes” - the aphorisms for 2020 flow thick and fast and with Oldham hitting the headlines on a weekly basis for corona statistics we’ve all had our part to play. Businesses have...

Hospital misdiagnosis leads to £120,000 settlement for family

Jacqueline White
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Medical negligence solicitors in Oldham secured a £120,000 settlement after a failure by hospital doctors to diagnose a perforated duodenal ulcer leading to peritonitis and the sad death of a patient. A 59 year-old man who was misdiagnosed and...

Commercial Property, Pubs and HMOs - Advice for Builders

Paul McGladdery
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As the High Street evolves and pubs continue to close, there are an increasing number of smaller builders looking to convert commercial properties  into apartments or Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). So what advice can a commercial property...

How to ensure a Financial Settlement in a Divorce

Emma Kendall
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Whilst family life may have been difficult throughout the pandemic and divorce cases have risen there is light on the horizon with news of the lockdown lifting and a new law coming into force in the autumn where no one spouse is sited as at fault. However...

Marching over 1 Million Steps for Maggie's

Suzanne Wright
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It’s day 11 and the 11 Pearson staff taking part in the March Maggie’s step challenge have now walked over 1,500,000 steps and until the recent rain have been enjoying getting out and about. Maggie’s is funded almost entirely by voluntary...

Reasonable Steps to Prevent Harassment in the Workplace

Susan Mayall
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A recent finding in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) is a warning to all employers that equality and diversity training should and must be up to date. The EAT found that the training in this particular case was “stale”.  It was found...

Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Dave Meredith
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Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?  Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim. - Dory, Finding Nemo If anything sums up...

It's Never Easy Claiming Against the NHS

John Pollitt
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Medical Negligence Expert John Pollitt comments on Covid-19, Cancer, Postponed Operations and the struggle facing claimants after a year of change. “We ought to take pride in the fact that, despite our financial and economic anxieties, we are...

Commercial Tenant Pays Price for Leaving Site Contaminated by Asbestos

Ben Tatters
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Most commercial leases require tenants to leave premises in a decent state of repair on their departure, failure to comply can have financial consequences for the tenant and this was the case recently on an industrial site where asbestos was discovered...

Supreme Court rules UK Uber drivers as workers

Susan Mayall
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The gig economy and the rights of 'workers’ has been brought into focus after a Supreme Court decision in favour of Uber drivers, this now poses a number of interesting challenges for employers. Workers Vs self employed With the court...

Claiming for low level personal injuries during the pandemic

Michael Talbot
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Whilst most of us are staying at home and haven’t been exposed to the same risks during the pandemic accidents can still happen.  Many people have jobs which they cannot do from home and so are still travelling for work or working on commercial...

Leaving Digital Assets Through Your Will

Sarah Finnigan
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We live in a digital world where many of us rely heavily on technology to carry out even simple everyday tasks such as shopping and banking.  Digital assets are something that we all own – whether you use a smartphone, tablets or a computer you...

Pharmacy Makes Same Mistake in Medication Error

Gemma Miller
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Location is not always crucial when lodging a complaint or a legal case as a recent medication error case proves – our client was from Kent and our medical negligence team managed her whole case online securing a recent £2769 settlement...

Credit for Payment in Lieu of Notice

Susan Mayall
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If you’ve been dismissed from your job it’s important to know when calculating your potential compensation whether you’ve received any money in lieu of notice? One of our employment team recently had a query from a highly paid employee...

Conveyancing Solicitor warns of Japanese Knotweed ahead of the Stamp Duty Deadline

Victoria Marshall
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In the rush to meet March 31 Stamp Duty deadline homebuyers are being warned not to rush ahead assuming the property they are buying is not affected by Japanese Knotweed. Whilst viewing properties during the winter months it is easy to focus on the...

Personal Injury Claim resulted in £17,600 compensation

Lisa Anderson
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Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Personal Injury Solicitors secured a settlement of £17,600 for an elderly Sheffield lady after sustaining injuries to her chest and shoulder caused by taking a bus journey. Personal Injury Case 80 year old...

SMEs stand to gain £1000s in Pandemic Business Insurance Pay-outs

Usman Anwar
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SME’s impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic now have an insurance lifeline thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision which could see a surge in pay-outs and may keep some businesses afloat. Business Interruption Insurance Case The Financial Conduct...

Can Employers Demand You to have the Covid Vaccine?

Susan Mayall
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As the vaccine programme rolls out across the country and the age limit gets lower pretty soon it will hit those of working age so –   as employers do you have the right to make your staff get vaccinated?   But also as employees what can...

Business Reputation and Online Reviews

Asa Cocker
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Business reputation is important but can be quickly damaged with subsequent financial losses if online review platforms provide negative feedback. In some cases if the feedback is unfair and misleading it can be challenged. If a call to the client or...

Government set to revamp Leasehold costs

Victoria Marshall
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Revised legislation of the current leasehold system in England is set to limit the cost of extending a lease which in turn will help people with short leases worried about the large costs involved. It is believed these new government proposals could affect...

Employment guidance for Carers and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

Susan Mayall
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The Government has clarified its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Employees are eligible for the CJRS, and can be furloughed, if they are unable to work, including from home or working reduced hours because they: are clinically...

Does Brexit change Consumer Rights?

Usman Anwar
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Now that the UK has left the EU some of you may be wondering how it affects consumer rights and the way consumer disputes are handled? Although many consumer rights are based on long outstanding EU directives most of them have already been incorporated...

Divorce Advice at the start of a New Year

Lucinda McWatt
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Typically the first week in January is a busy one for our Divorce and Family team as they see a surge in enquiries following the Christmas period. However, this year might be different as it has been predicted that numbers of enquiries will be lower than...

Coronavirus Update - Services during Lockdown

Joanne Ormston
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In the light of Monday night’s government announcement, we have undertaken a full review of our processes for managing the coronavirus threat. Paramount to this review is the safety of our clients and staff and to ensure that we continue to operate...

Move Quickly in 2021 and Make the Most of the Stamp Duty Holiday

Victoria Marshall
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Homeowners are urged to get house sales agreed, to get moving and to get conveyancing solicitors instructed as soon as possible in the New Year to save money on stamp duty. The biggest rush on this Christmas is not the supermarket or the shops, it’s...

Covid19 causes grandparents to pass on more money to families

Hannah Pearson
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Millions of people have found themselves out of work due to the Covid19 pandemic and thousands of businesses have had to close their doors due to the various lockdowns. The spike in financial uncertainty has caused many grandparents to want to provide...

Personal Injury Case resulted in £15,500 claim

Lisa Anderson
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Pearson Solicitors’ Personal Injury Team secured a settlement of £15,500 for a 68 year old gentleman after sustaining a serious fracture to his left leg following an accident which resulted in him requiring care. Personal Injury Case Mr Jones,...

Pearson rounds off the Year with Charitable Christmas Cheer

Joanne Ormston
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2020 has been a difficult year for all charities, particularly hospices and foodbanks. We are thrilled to be finishing the year with a fantastic £2.5K donation to Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and a huge delivery of food to the Oldham Foodbank worth...

Cutting Corners when drafting a Will can lead to disputes

Laura Pracy
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Seeking professional advice from a reputable law firm when preparing your Will or Trust documents is so important.  People leave things to loved ones in their Will to recognise the significant place they had in their lives or in gratitude for what...

Health and Safety Needs of 'Gig' Economy and Workers Recognised

Susan Mayall
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A recent High Court case has recognised the needs of ‘workers’ as well as ‘employees’ under health and safety rights. The former now gain protection (in the Employment Rights Act 1996) against disadvantage during employment or...

Legislation relief for landlords and tenants this Christmas

Usman Anwar
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A double dose of legislation means landlords with long-term rent arrears can now pursue tenants, but in other rulings tenants can also relax as a moratorium on evictions is in place until at least mid January. Landlord and tenant rent arrears Some...

Free Family Law Advice During Good Divorce Week 2020

Karen Kenyon
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Family law solicitors at Pearson Solicitors are showing their support for Good Divorce Week this year by offering free advice sessions to families. Good Divorce Week (30th Nov – Dec 4th)  is an annual campaign that aims to promote...

Cash is on the decline in the UK

Kimberley Sykes
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Is cash still king? As contactless payment options have grown dramatically in availability and popularity in recent years, we have seen a reduction in the use of cash as a result and the UK is ahead of the curve. While there has been a steady decline in...

Bullying in the Workplace is not just Confined to Westminster

Susan Mayall
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Workplace bullying can have many forms and has hit the headlines recently and made employees more aware of their own workplace situations. Bullying is any type of abusive behaviour in the workplace and can be as a result of the employer or a colleague ...

Oldham Law Firm Expands its Practice into Failsworth

Karen Kenyon
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Oldham law firm, Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers is expanding and opening a new office in Failsworth and welcomes family lawyer, Karen Kenyon , to the team to manage the move. The Oldham based firm currently has three offices in Oldham , North...

Are ESG funds set to become the new normal?

Richard Eastwood
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The adoption of Environmental, Social and Governance funds has been rising steadily for some time now, and yet the question has lingered of whether they are to be a flash in the pan or the centre of our financial future.  With ESG funds reportedly...