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  1. Not quite. The concept was changed. The 'no win, no fee' part remains. If you don't win, you don't pay anything. It used to be (until 2013) that you wouldn't pay if you won either. You would recover all your costs from the Defendants. Now that doesn't happen, and you will have to pay a percentage of your damages to cover the costs of the claim. The idea was 25% (the Jackson cap) but certain firms have found ways round that. Oddly, despite the fact that insurers demanded those changes in 2013, and said premiums would drop hugely ("we'll pass the savings on, we promise!!"), I never noticed my premium go down, rather it continued to increase. Who would have thought the billionaire insurers would lie!
  2. A word of warning that I think people ought to be aware of. You mention 'no win, no fee' here, quite rightly. People however should be aware that this isn't all it seems. Many people take that to mean that if they succeed, they won't have to pay. That's not right. You will. The warning relates to how much. The law recommends 25% of damages as a maximum. One of the firms mentioned here will take, on average, 45%, through a mechanism whereby they 'avoid' the current law. What they do is theoretically legal, but wouldn't be approved by a Court if challenged. Just a warning to be careful about that.
  3. Dr Brogden at LWT on Ecclesall Road - can't recommend him enough. My mrs was the most dental phobic person going, and he managed to get her through an extraction, root canal and sorted out her referral to Charles Clifford for extraction of wisdom tooth under sedation. He is taking on new NHS patients too I believe. Very much recommended!
  4. It's because all the utter lunatics coming up with their conspiracy theories about how the earth is hollow and has an internal sun, Elvis working in shops in Grimsby and so on all, without fail, publicise this utter rubbish on YouTube. It's a little like the Daily Mail. I'm sure not everything they publish is bigoted garbage, but they've published enough bigoted garbage that that becomes the general view of the paper. It's a form of prejudice if you like, but a reasonable one.
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43398417 Facebook has decided that BF is a hate group, and therefore is banned. I've seen arguments that it's the right thing to do, as they are clearly inciting racial hatred, but also contrary arguments that they're just exercising freedom of speech. I'm personally on the former view. I think they're filth, desperate to cause hatred amongst their ranks of mouth breathers. Any views on this?
  6. I'm glad screechy and lardy have been sent down. Good riddance to hideous rubbish. Just a shame it wasn't longer.
  7. That's really odd. I was at the pub at the station last week, and there were four outside the station. That was lunchtime, so I rode one back to the office
  8. Apologies - SEO (as I've learnt from the multiple emails I get a day - Search Engine Optimisation - the people that tinker with your site to make it appear on Google). The SRA are the Solicitors governing body, who stop lawyers making cold calls, and made it illegal. Apologies
  9. Hi all, This doesn't relate to lawyers before anyone thinks that. I've discovered a bigger and more persistent pest - web designers and SEO people. My company website was set up a couple of years back - 2013 from memory. Since then, I've had occasional emails from companies wanting to re-design it, to sort our SEO out and offering all sorts of web solutions. It really seems to have ramped up recently though. Today alone, I've had about 40!! I also have had calls from people in China and elsewhere offering these services. I don't know why the sudden increase (perhaps the SEO people we do employ are doing a good job and the site is getting more noticed) but it's very annoying!! Over the years, I've probably had 10 calls in 10 years from accident companies, but I've had literally thousands of emails from SEO and web people. Is there any way to stop this now? Is it regulated? I don't know if the web market has a regulatory body to stop them doing this, in the same way that the SRA stops Solicitors cold-calling. It's annoying though!! </RANT>
  10. Catch them when you're both going into the house one morning, or leaving for work or whatever, say thank you for the card and have a quick chat. Swat I'd do.
  11. Think of it like an NCP car park. You park your car, the timer starts, and at the end of your stay, you're charged whatever the cost is. Same with the bikes. You unlock them, and start riding. When you've finished, the charge is dictated by however long you've been on it. As has been said, you've already registered a card, so they just charge your card. You lock them yourself, so as to signal that that's the end of your ride. Next person comes along and wants to use the bike, they unlock it with the app.
  12. Is that right? I'm never sure where the Peaks start, but I can't see how it's 5 mins cycle from Stannington? End of Rivelin Valley Road and turn right maybe, but is that 5 minutes? I agree completely on what you get for your money of course, but was just curious about the 5 minutes.
  13. You think it's bad on here? The Facebook comments on the various news stories were frankly disgusting. Let them be happy! They're excited about a new life. No one gives heterosexual couples who use a surrogate such a hard time. Sadly, it seems that some people still live in the 70s.
  14. There's an online shop called Dobell which does jackets, waistcoats etc, and would probably have them. Excellent delivery and customer service I found.
  15. I think they pretty much are aren't they? NHS for example, you can find the various payscales/bands online. I know that my friend for example is a senior consultant of over 10 years, so I can look up his basic salary. There are other parts of course, such as clinical excellence awards etc, but I can get a good idea. Same thing for the police, and I believe teacher salaries are online too (but that might not be correct).
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