A little knowledge is worse than no knowledge when it
comes to the law and yet you must also remember that
ignorance is no excuse.
The internet enables us to research at the touch of a few
keys any subject we fancy and law is like medicine one
of the most popular searches of all the professions.
Doctors hate it when a patient comes to the surgery
explaining their problem having already diagnosed
themselves and researched the treatment. My doctor
gets so fed up with this that he usually dismisses them
with the remark that they clearly don’t need him so will
they kindly go away.
His language is a little stronger than that but at least they
get the message. It can be a similar scenario when a
disgruntled person visits their solicitor with perhaps some
work related grievance and begins with the words I
know my rights.
One of the most common grievances is problems
between neighbours and often about boundary issues.
Both parties can get to the position where they have
convinced themselves that they are in the right.
Like an early consultation about discussing a divorce any
good solicitor will first of all try to arbitrate and explain
that if it goes all the way to court it can be a very
Solicitors Preston like others all over the country often
don’t like to get drawn into these disputes particularly if
it is clear to them that their client is probably going to
Some claimants by the time of going to court will have
completely convinced themselves that they’re right and
the other party wrong. So when the judge finds in favour
of the other party and awards costs against running into
tens of thousands of pounds they’ll usually blame their
There is one area of law that has become more
prominent of late and that is personal injury claims. A
couple of generations ago most people that tripped over
something at work and broke an arm would blame
themselves and be grateful for a few weeks off work on
Nowadays if the fault can be shown to be negligence on
behalf of the employer then there is usually some
compensation from the company’s liability insurance. It’s
important to remember that companies pay insurance for
such an eventuality.
A friend in a small business had an accident that was
clearly not his fault. He missed a few days’ work and
when asked if he had seen a solicitor to take a look at the
possibility of a negligence charge and rightful
compensation, said his employer was also his friend and
he didn’t want to upset this.
It actually took that friend and employer some time to
persuade him to see a solicitor as was his right and that
none of this was personal as it was not him paying out
but the insurers.
Just remember the one rule that if you leave a claim
more than three years it’s unlikely to be covered.
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