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Legal advice: Choose your own solicitor

Chris Dabbs, 09 September 2010 14:30

If you’ve been unlucky enough to be in an accident, but you have got legal cover, it makes life easier to have your legal expenses paid when you claim against the other party. Your insurance company has already got an arrangement with solicitors and may insist that you use them, otherwise they won’t fund the claim. However, you do not ...

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Legal advice: what to do if the work car park is dangerous

Chris Dabbs, 03 June 2010 15:00

Riding to work is a great way to beat the traffic, especially if you have got a works car park to leave your bike in safely. But what do you do if the car park is in a shocking state with potholes and sharp objects that mean you have picked up numerous punctures? The law says that employers have a ...

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Legal advice: What to do if the motorcycle parts you order don't turn up

Chris Dabbs, 06 November 2009 16:21

What do you do if you order some motorbike parts, pay for them in full and then they aren’t delivered? Firstly telephone them to give them seven days to deliver the goods or provide a full refund, failing which you can tell them you will issue court proceedings in the small claims court for your losses. Assuming they ignore you, ...

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Legal advice: What to do if the mileage doesn't match the advert

Chris Dabbs, 02 October 2009 18:30

If you’ve just come home with your latest purchase, a used bike from a dealer, and you discover that the mileage isn’t as it was advertised, what can you do about it? Assuming that you no longer want the motorcycle you can return it to the dealer stating that you wish to reject the motorcycle as the mileage is not ...

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Legal advice: Where do I stand with iffy indication?

Chris Dabbs, 18 September 2009 11:00

Here's MCN reader Ryan Little's plight... So there I was on a nice national speed limit road and I come round a corner at 40mph and there's a farm quad with a trailer, two-up going about 20mph. The guy on the back saw me and puts his right arm out (as if to let me past). I looked past them, ...

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Legal advice: placing a deposit on a bike

Chris Dabbs, 11 September 2009 11:00

When you place a deposit to secure a bike that needs to be ordered months ahead and negotiate added incentives like an alarm, a dealer cannot pull out of the deal because the bike has gained in popularity. Your contract was for the bike with an alarm fitted, not one without it. It is irrelevant that the bike has gained ...

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Legal advice: Appearing in court for speeding

Chris Dabbs, 05 September 2009 08:30

If you have accused of speeding at more than 20mph over the relevant limit you won’t receive a Fixed Penalty Notice with a £60 fine and three points. Instead a Summons will be issued for you to attend Court where the magistrates will decide on your punishment. They have considerable discretion as to the level of fine and whether you ...

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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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