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Legal claims: 'No win, no fee' vs 'contingency fee'

Chris Dabbs, 28 August 2009 13:13

If you have to go to Law for an accident claim you may be offered a "no win, no fee" agreement or even a contingency fee agreement, but what's the difference? A Conditional Fee Agreement is what is commonly referred to as a no-win, no-fee agreement. This means that if a claim fails you don't pay your solicitor but if ...

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Legal advice: Can you forget about an offence after six months?

Chris Dabbs, 19 August 2009 10:15

It's a commonly held belief that there is a six-month limit on summons, and if one arrives 26 weeks after the offence, you can ignore it. Unfortunately the applicable six-month rule for a summons to be issued is within six months of the information being laid before the court, rather than within six months of the date of the offence. ...

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FAQ - Do traffic police have to wear high-vis clothing to be able to issue a ticket?

Chris Dabbs, 14 August 2009 10:55

There's nothing worse than a police officer suddenly appearing and waving you into the side of the road for a lecture at best, and probably a ticket too. It's so unfair, why aren't they wearing high-viz clothing, surely that's against the regulations? Sadly not, police officers do not have to wear specific clothing when engaged in roads policing or provide ...

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What to do if you disagree with your MoT

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 16:35

If you're not happy with the way your MoT test was conducted you should get in contact with your local Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) office, who administer the test. There should be a poster at the test station with the office address, or you can ring the MoT enquiry line on 0845-600-5977. You'll also need a form VT17 ...

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What if you get two NIPs on the same day?

Anonymous, 29 July 2009 12:00

If you are unlucky enough to get two Notices of Intent to Prosecute (NIPs) timed within a few minutes of each other you shouldn't be charged twice. Assuming that you are willing to accept the first offence and pay £60 and take three points then you will almost certainly succeed in getting off the second. Section 28 (2) of the ...

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Council road inspections: the code of conduct

Marc Abbott, 24 July 2009 13:11

If you've had an accident which you believe was caused by a badly-surfaced road, it's worth knowing that there is a code of practice that governs their inspection. You need to ask the council for their inspection and repair records for the stretch of road where you had your accident. If they had identified it as in need of repair ...

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Making an import road legal

Marc Abbott, 09 July 2009 13:12

The regulations for getting a bike legal on UK roads have been getting more complicated over the years and it’s easy to get confused if you have a bike that’s out of the ordinary, like a Japanese-market parallel. Does it need a Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval test or just an MOT? The MSVA and MOT are different things. An MOT ...

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Tagged for dropping sweets

Steve Farrell, 15 May 2009 14:24

A motorcyclist has told how he was electronically tagged for four months and given a 36-hour community order – for dropping mint imperials while riding. Thomas Payne, 19, must be at home from 8pm till 6am under the terms of his ankle tag after police spotted the trail of sweets left by his Yamaha DT175. A police charge notice said ...

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Six months’ jail for being a biker

Steve Farrell, 14 May 2009 11:46

A driver has walked free for speeding at over 120mph with a child passenger – after a biker was jailed for doing the same. Months after the media furore over biker Robert Bennett speeding at 122mph with his 14-year-old son as pillion, a driver who went faster with a younger child onboard has escaped with a £400 fine and six-month ...

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Legal advice: Part 36 offer to settle

Chris Dabbs, 30 May 2007 06:00

We have received enquiries from readers this week about Part 36 Offers.This is to do with offers to settle and in these cases it refers to accidents.Here we offer advice on what to do. Question: Can Someone enlighten on "Part 36 Offers" I am in dispute with a 4x4 driver who drove into the right-side of my bike while I ...

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