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Posts from August 2019

Family law Solicitors will always stress that it is illegal to monitor a person using online communication tools or spywear. However in the UK, you can legally use covert surveillance cameras in the home to spy on others so long as it is not in an area where there would be an expectation of privacy such as the bathroom/shower/bedroom. 
In the case we’re about to look at the use of spy cameras saved a woman’s life. 
Sadly, we live in a world where we have all heard of someone’s house being broken into and someone’s belonging being taken, and we are forever hearing the phase “if it isn’t nailed down, they’ll take it”. 
Our Property Department have recently noticed an interesting case in Plymouth where one lady reportedly had her house stolen. No, MG Legal’s Conveyancing Department aren’t suffering from sunstroke - that’s right she had her house stolen! 
First of all, for those of you who might not have heard of the concept before, when you buy a shared ownership property, you buy a share in a property, usually a new build, for a smaller sum than the whole value. For example, if a property was worth £200,000.00, you would buy a 25% to a 75% share, for between £50,000.00 and £150,000.00. 
To be eligible to purchase a shared ownership property, you have to meet certain criteria, which our team of property solicitors Preston have set out below:- 
You must be a first-time buyer, so you can’t own any property either abroad or anywhere else in the UK, whether that’s a buy-to-let, inherited property or a holiday home. 
If you are a previous homeowner, you must now no longer be able to afford to purchase a property. For example, you may have divorced from your spouse, and you need to re-house yourself and your children. In this case, after taking some advice from your local family law solicitors, you may decide to enquire about shared ownership properties. 
Your household’s income must be less than £80,000.00 per year – or £90,000.00 if you’re one of our clients living in the London area. 
When you’re buying your first property, you may not consider all the expenses that come with it. We don’t blame you – it’s easy to not realise what everything will cost. So, to help you out, our team of property solicitors Lancaster have put together a list of things you need to remember. If you’re prone to forgetting, why not print it out for future reference? 
It can cause a bit of a panic on the roads when you’re driving or walking and hear the sound of sirens heading your way. Most of us will do our best to move out of the way, slowing down, or even stopping, to ensure that the Fire Engine/Police Car/Ambulance can get to their destination. 
However, just because we all try to move out of the way, doesn’t mean that this is always possible. Sometimes, it can be quite a struggle, and on some occasions, unfortunately, people have suffered a catastrophic personal injury. 
Take for example the case of the lady who heard the sirens, and saw the blue flashing lights, but still wasn’t able to get out of the way in time, and was hit by a police car. 
The incident occurred during rush hour, around 5:20pm, with the woman, aged 57, being taken to hospital by Air Ambulance. She died the following morning, around 9:30am. 
As with all incidents involving police officers, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, as well as the Directorate of Professional Standards, have been informed. 
Our team of Personal Injury Solicitors in Preston’s thoughts are with the woman’s family and friends at this sad time. 
MG Legal, Preston and Lancaster’s local property solicitors, have noted lots of new build developments cropping up along the A6, through into Longridge, Lancaster and the like to be fair though they are hard to miss! Local websites and forums have either dismissed or applauded the developments, and our team of property lawyers are staying firmly on the (garden?) fence. We can however, advise all buyers and prospective buyers alike of the benefits of New Build Home Warranties
NHBC are one of the leading suppliers offering protection for homebuyers when they purchase a new build property in the form of Buildmark warranty and insurance. It is NHBC who are reporting that 2019 has seen the highest number of new build home registrations in the past twelve years! 
Property Solicitors will always advise you to weigh up what is important to you. What property ticks the boxes for you? 
Food safety is vital in ensuring that potential consumers are kept safe when purchasing goods that they intend to consume. There are various sources where important information can be found on how this is to be achieved. 
Firstly, our solicitors in Lancaster look to what the law itself says. The Consumer Protection Act, of 1987, states that retailers are to sell products which are free from bacteria that may cause food poisoning. 
Further guidance comes from the Food Standards Agency who, in conjunction with the Chilled Foods Association, have published specific guidance on such matters in their ‘Best Practice Guidelines for the Production of Chilled Foods’. The Chilled Foods Association release annual reports, which can be viewed at “https://www.chilledfood.org/”, on issues surrounding the standards that chilled food should be at. 
As is the case with many young people, having their ears pierced is an exciting step; until they feel the pain for hours later, that is. What they fail to recognise, amidst the excitement, is what safety precautions should be taken when having a procedure, such as a body piercing, carried out. 
To become a body piercer, the relevant training course should be undertaken. Practitioners are then required to apply with the local city council for a licence to be registered, and will then be subject to various inspections to ensure all is in order. 
When you go on holiday, you expect a week away in the sun, returning feeling relaxed and care-free. 
Sadly, for one British man, this was the farthest thing from what he got. 
David Briffaut, and his girlfriend, Penny Bristow, were on holiday in Benidorm, when they decided to visit Aqualandia Water Park. David, only 23, decided to race on the waterslide, known as Splash. However, the fun-themed waterpark was not fun at all. 
David’s head allegedly snapped forward as he came to the end of the slide, and he lost consciousness, briefly. When he came to, it’s said that David couldn’t feel his legs. 
After being rushed to Hospital, he was sedated and put into an intensive care unit, being placed on life support. 
Blue flip flops and an assortment of other holiday essentials on a sandy beach.


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