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Residential Property Resources

Resources available for the clients in the Residential Property field

Can you put a price on pain?

Compensation obtained for injury caused by substandard treatment on the part of clinicians working in hospitals or general practice is often referred to as Damages. The sum awarded as Compensation is decided by a Court after consideration of the ‘head of damage’. *The ‘head of damage’ generally comprises the categories ‘General Damages’, ‘Past Special Damages’ and ‘Future Special Damages’* *Category*... […]


Examples of general damages for pain and suffering

General damages are compensation which cannot be mathematically calculated at the date of trial. The main head of general damages in Clinical Negligence claims is pain, suffering and loss of amenity although a number of other heads must also be considered. The term ‘loss of amenity’ refers to the impact a negligent act has had on a Claimant’s everyday life, for... […]


Two examples of clinical negligence claims

The following two examples outline the injury sustained, the problems caused by the injury and the compensation consequently awarded. *1. Orthopaedic Surgical Negligence “I went into Hospital to improve the quality of my life. I left with it completely turned upside down. The money has helped a lot, but I’d rather have my health back.”* Peter had suffered from right hip pain for... […]


Energy Performance Certificates

As of June 2010 the Home Information Pack requirements were suspended but every property for sale or let must still have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). EPCs record how energy efficient a building is, giving a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). They enable the buyer or renter to know how costly it will be to heat and light,... […]


Searches and Search Indemnity Guidance

Introduction We strongly recommend that searches are carried out in a purchase transaction to ensure that all relevant information is available to you to assist you in your decision whether or not to proceed with the transaction. Although we would always advise that searches are carried out, in some cases, search indemnity insurance may be an alternative to be considered. In most cases... […]


Property Ownership Guidance

Property ownership comprises two elements: first, there is the legal title and secondly there is the beneficial entitlement. The legal owners are those shown on the deeds but they are not always the persons who are entitled to benefit from the property. This is a very important consideration as there are various ways in which the legal and beneficial entitlement... […]


Selling Your Home - The Legal Process

Once you have accepted an offer on your property from the proposed buyer, you will need to contact us with your instructions and let us have details of the deal you have agreed. Once the offer has been accepted, the Estate Agent will send to us Sales Particulars identifying the parties in the transaction, the legal representatives, the agreed price and... […]


Buying a Home - Guide to the Legal Process

Once you have found the new home you wish to buy and all the terms have been agreed with the Seller either directly or through an Estate Agent, the Seller will instruct their solicitor. The Seller or Agent will provide a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate for the property and the Seller's solicitor will prepare a contract pack to send... […]