27.10.11

Sponsored blog post: Understand the UK Family Law through Expert Solicitors


Money is the foremost cause of numerous family disputes. Conflicts over pensions and wills are highly widespread and a seasoned solicitor is capable of verifying the facts so as to decide who is lawfully qualified to the money. Every facet of the law plays a significant role in finding an appropriate solution quickly and in accordance with the family law of the United Kingdom.  

Getting familiar with the UK family law can be hard and complicated. However with the help of a prestigious solicitor firm, you can easily come through the judicial procedure and terms to comprehend the statute law that influences your case. Your solicitor will keep informing you about every step and develop a foolproof case to make sure that a quick settlement is accomplished.   

Irrespective of what type of family law you need to be helped with, a group of family law solicitors can provide professional and sensible counsel. A specialized arbitrator can play a crucial role when attempting to resolve a serious family dispute. If you’re encountering such a conflict, contact a legal brokerage firm of thousands of solicitors to rest assured that your case is being handled in a professional way and with your larger interests in mind. Searching the Internet can give you access to many experienced solicitors in the UK.

Sponsored blog post: Evaluating Litigation Lawyers in the Present Context of Business


If you are owner of a company or business concern, there are specific situations that may persuade you to look for some legal counsel from commercial litigation lawyers pertaining to particular matters involving your business enterprise. However, before hiring that ideal lawyer for your company, how will you ascertain that the one you are going to engage will be the superlative one for your business?   

Apparently, it is a challenging task since there are so many litigation lawyers available. Nevertheless, not all of them are experts in dealing with lawsuits relating to commercial litigation. Hence, you should invest some of your valuable time in searching and finding out the most excellent lawyers in the region. They must possess a high level of experience in managing and resolving lawsuits in connection with commercial litigations.

While embarking on the quest for the litigation lawyers who can cater to your needs, you must discover those legal agencies that offer assistance and support for specific issues concerning your type and area of business. You can take the help of other experts in the industry or may even resort to the Internet for an effective search online. As soon as you find a competent lawyer, you should arrange a lengthy personal session with him and try to assess his capability.

Sponsored blog post: Understand the UK Family Law through Expert Solicitors

Money is the foremost cause of numerous family disputes. Conflicts over pensions and wills are highly widespread and a seasoned solicitor is capable of verifying the facts so as to decide who is lawfully qualified to the money. Every facet of the law plays a significant role in finding an appropriate solution quickly and in accordance with the family law of the United Kingdom.  
Getting familiar with the UK family law can be hard and complicated. However with the help of a prestigious solicitor firm, you can easily come through the judicial procedure and terms to comprehend the statute law that influences your case. Your solicitor will keep informing you about every step and develop a foolproof case to make sure that a quick settlement is accomplished.   
Irrespective of what type of family law you need to be helped with, a group of family law solicitors can provide professional and sensible counsel. A specialized arbitrator can play a crucial role when attempting to resolve a serious family dispute. If you’re encountering such a conflict, contact a legal brokerage firm of thousands of solicitors to rest assured that your case is being handled in a professional way and with your larger interests in mind. Searching the Internet can give you access to many experienced solicitors in the UK.

26.10.11

Book recommendation: 'The Man Who Planted Trees' by Jean Giono


An allegorical tale, urging readers to rediscover the harmonies of the countryside and prevent its wilful destruction.

Available from Amazon.co.uk

21.10.11

RebeccasReads review of 'Law and Peace'


Very many thanks to RebeccasReads for reviewing my new book Law and Peace. You can read the review here or below. You can buy the book at Amazon.co.uk

The title of this book is a misnomer? With law and lawyers how can peace ever prevail…and more importantly how can lawyers live in a world of peace. I am reminded of the work “Utopia” wherein it is remarked that there are no lawyers in Utopia…for lawyers are persons who take advantage of misfortune- and Utopia is the perfect society, the only society were law and peace prevails.

Having read “Law and Disorder” a couple of years back, I knew that the author Tim Kevan has the stuff in him to give you a punch…but what “Law and Peace” provides is not merely a punch, but a real kick that will knock you over.

BabyBarista the protagonist whom we first met in “Law and Disorder” has learned the hard tricks of the trade…lying, cheating and all other underhand dealings to become a good lawyer. But BabyB is deep in financial trouble. He has to get out quick- come clean and save his neck…otherwise everything would be downhill. So does BabyB deal with it? Like a good lawyer he engages in shifty deals, blackmail and some share dealing techniques the types of which one might not even have heard in Wall Street.

What follows is a hilariously funny read which satires the legal profession to its maximum. Not since the days of A. P. Herbert and Laurance Polak has the humorous side of law been so much explored. The demise of John Mortimer a couple of years back left a void in pure legal fiction….and now that vacuum has been filled. Welcome Tim Kevan, the John Mortimer of the 21st century.

19.10.11

Book recommendation: 'The Hopeless Life Of Charlie Summers' by Paul Torday


Hector Chetwode-Talbot, Eck to his friends, has left the army and is slightly at a loss as to what to do next, when he is approached by an old army pal, Bilbo Mountwilliam. Bilbo runs an investment fund company and business is booming. Bilbo persuades Eck to join the company as a 'greeter' for moneyed clients. All Eck has to do is supply the contacts with entertainment and large G&Ts and then the fund managers will do the rest. Soon Eck is able to buy himself a luxury sports car and decadent flat. It is on a golfing trip to France that Eck first meets Charlie Summers, a fly-by-night entrepreneur whose latest scheme is to import Japanese dog food into the UK. Soon Charlie lands on Eck's doorstep with his suitcase, intent on staying and relaunching his dog food business in the area. But with the financial crash looming, Eck begins to ask himself if they are so very different...

Available from Amazon.co.uk

12.10.11

Book recommendation: 'Liar's Poker' by Michael Lewis


'An amazing book, readable, funny and mind-boggling ... one of the great business books of all time' (Punch )

'Read all about it: headlong greed, inarticulate obscenity, Animal House horseplay . . .' (The Sunday Times )

'Immense verve and wit' (20/20 Magazine )

'A highly immoral book' (Daily Mail )

'Wickedly funny' (Daily Express )

'As traders would say, this book is a buy' (Financial Times )

Available on Amazon.co.uk

7.10.11

Sponsored blog post: Islamic Divorce & How It is Recognised under the UK Law

When it comes to Islamic divorce, there is a particular kind of separation called the Talaq divorce. In this form of divorce, a man breaks association with his wife under Islamic rules. A wife can also get a divorce from her husband, but the husband should accord and in case he does not, then the matter should put through the Islamic courts. Islamic divorce is solely recognized in the United Kingdom under specific situations. If such a divorce is carried out in the UK, then the UK law does not allow for its validity. A Talaq will solely be legitimate in the UK if it is conducted in a country that acknowledges Talaq as a legal means of divorce.


Talaq divorce is generally approved in Pakistan and Bangladesh and consequently, if both husband and wife were customarily resided or domiciled in Pakistan or Bangladesh and this is the place where the divorce took place, then the UK law would acknowledge the divorce. Specific conditions need to be complied with when seeking an Islamic divorce in Pakistan or Bangladesh. The husband should give notice to the chairman of the council ward where the couple reside and should inform his wife as well. Once the 90-day period of Iddat comes to an end after the notification, the divorce will finally come into effect, unless the husband has changed his mind and will not terminate his marriage.

Sponsored blog post: Cosmetic Surgery – Popular but Risky

Recording almost 100,000 customers last year, the UK cosmetic surgery industry has continued to expand rapidly despite adverse economic conditions. Cosmetic surgery now has an aura of respectability which would have been unthinkable for the previous generation.
A successful cosmetic surgery practice can be very profitable. Therefore, many of these businesses lure customers in with special offers such as 'pay nothing now' credit deals. Furthermore, cosmetic surgery is not regulated in the UK. These two factors partly explain why an ever increasing number of customers are getting injured or are unhappy with their treatments. A large number of solicitors and claims management companies are now encouraging the public to claim compensation for cosmetic surgery. However, these claims are far from simple and many clients are promised compensation that they have no real prospect of obtaining.
Cosmetic surgery solicitors are increasingly in demand as beauty treatments continue to surge in popularity and regulation of practitioners remains light. However, prospective claimants should not believe all they are promised regarding how much compensation they will obtain especially when their complaint is simply dissatisfaction with their appearance after surgery.

5.10.11

Book recommendation: 'Other People's Money' by Justin Cartwright


The venerable bank of Tubal & Co is in trouble. It's not the first time in its three-hundred-year history - it was bailed out by Rothschilds' in 1847 - but this time will be the last. A sale is under way, and a number of rather important facts need to be kept hidden, especially from any potential buyer. Hundreds of millions of pounds are being diverted - temporarily - to shore it up, masterminded by the bank's chairman, Julian Trevelyan-Tubal. His aging father Sir Henry would be horrified, but fortunately he is in the early stages of dementia, writing admonitory letters that all say the same thing to Julian from the sunny climes of Antibes. His letters instruct his son to stick to the time-honoured traditions of the bank, and, indeed, had his son taken his advice the bank might still be solvent. Great families have all sorts of secrets, though, and this one is no exception. And whether they are lovers, old partners, or retainers who resent not being part of the family, they have a nasty habit of turning awkward. When an alimony payment from the bank to an abandoned husband, the penniless, quixotic director (currently putting on Thomas the Tank Engine, hoping to woo Daniel Day-Lewis for his new playscript), a trickle of consequences turns into a tsunami of potential catastrophe for the family, the bank and all who sail in her. Other People's Money is both a subtle thriller and an acutely delineated portrait of a world and a class. Justin Cartwright manipulates our sympathies with masterly ease, unwinding the story with gentle satire, and, as ever, acute and beautifully phrased insights into the eccentricities and weaknesses of the human condition.

Available from Amazon.co.uk

4.10.11

Charon QC review of ‘Law and Peace’


Very many thanks to Charon QC for reviewing my new book Law and Peace. You can read the review here or below. You can buy the book at Amazon.co.uk

Law and Peace is a very good read and builds upon the amusement of Tim Kevan’s regular BabyBarista column in The Guardian and the first book BabyBarista and The Art of War.(now renamed Law and Disorder)

BabyBarista is populated with wonderful characters – few a credit to the legal profession, it has to be said – each with their own perspective on the changing legal landscape.

I enjoy the regular column and I have enjoyed both of the BabyBarista books published so far. I leave you with this extract from a recent BabyBarista post… to give you a flavour of the parodic content…
Have you heard that UpTights, OldSmoothie and HeadofChambers have all applied to be judges?” said TheCreep.

“Why on earth would anyone want to be a judge?” said BusyBody. “I can’t think of anything worse than having to sit around listening to barristers self-indulgently wittering on all day.”

“Not forgetting the nervous meanderings of witnesses,” said Teflon.

“And then there’s the laborious litigants-in-person with their fifty-page long arguments and reams of irrelevant evidence,” said TheCreep.

“Which is a little rich coming from a barrister who sometimes resembles a litigant-in-person,” said TheVamp.

“So why on earth do they want to do it?” asked BusyBody.

“Pensions, of course,” said OldSmoothie. “What little pension I had left after two divorces has now been destroyed in the financial crisis and I hardly think things are going to improve. I mean, it’s not as if there are even any quangos left to sit out one’s days in some degree of comfort.”

And.. if you wish to keep up to speed with BabyBarista or order the book…. no better place than BabyBarista’s own website.

While Abraham Lincoln once said…“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” This would not be an aphorism acceptable to BabyBarista. I hope you enjoy reading…..

3.10.11

Sponsored blog post: Cycling helmets and cycling compensation

Ask most people to name a piece of safety gear to wear whilst cycling and the odds are that a cycling helmet will be the first item they list. Wearing a cycling helmet not only provides you with vital protection from head injuries and brain damage in the event that you are involved in an accident, but it can also have an effect on cycling injury claims. Increasingly courts deciding cycling injury compensation claims are looking at whether the cyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of his or her accident.

One case in particular that has been covered recently was that of Reynolds v Strutt & Parker LLP. In that case, an employee on a team building day organised by his employers had taken part in an off-road cycling race and had collided with another cyclist, receiving serious head injuries which left him brain-damaged. Mr Reynolds took his employer to court to recover cycling injury compensation. Whilst the court did find in favour of Mr Reynolds, as his employers had not undertaken a risk assessment for the team building activities, the compensation he received was reduced by two thirds, partly due to his decision not to wear a cycling helmet, even though helmets were available on the day.

This case is not the first cycling accident claim where an accident victim’s compensation has been reduced by a court because they were not wearing a helmet. It is however the first case of its type to involve an accident between two cyclists, as previous similar claims have all been road accidents involving cyclists who have been hit by motor vehicles.

If you’d like to find out more about claiming cycling compensation, visit My Cycling Claim.

Author: Neil Worrall