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This will be the place to find all breaking news and updates from Thompsons and personal injury litigation in general.

When getting ready for a holiday abroad, most people are aware of the need to take out travel insurance to cover in the event that something goes wrong. These insurance policies will cover for cancellation of holidays, lost luggage and medical bills, amongst other things.

An interesting English case has recently been reported regarding a man in his mid-80s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease seeking to marry his long-term partner. The couple had lived together for over 20 years. The man had three adult daughters from a previous marriage, who were against him marrying again.

On Saturday 17 February 2018, migrant workers and their supporters across the UK will take part in ‘1 Day Without Us’ which is a national day of action to raise awareness and celebrate the contribution of migrant workers to the UK.  Demonstrations, rallies and parties are expected across the country, with the aim of changing the general public’s views on a group who are all too often slated by the right wing press.

The scandal of courier drivers forced to pay fines to their employers if they are too sick to work has been receiving media coverage since March last year. The PM continues to come under fire for failing to regulate the so called gig economy and crack down on employers contriving self-employed status for workers in order to evade legal rights.

The basis of any personal injury claim is the law of delict. This is a concept whereby an injured party should be restored to the position they would have been in but for the accident or harm which has occurred to them. Unfortunately, in a time of significant media attention surrounds the existence of a ‘compensation culture’ arising due to the actions of ‘ambulance chasing’ lawyers, the original harm appears to have been forgotten.

It has recently been reported that the Chancellor has ordered a review into Inheritance Tax by the Office for Tax Simplification. The Chancellor specifically referred to a review of the current gift rules, therefore the review could lead to changes of the limit at which gifts can be made without potentially attracting Inheritance Tax liability.

This week is UK Tinnitus Week, which aims to raise awareness of an extremely disabling condition which affects around 6 million people across the United Kingdom.   Tinnitus is a ringing, buzzing, hissing or whistling noise in the ears which many of us will have experienced after attending loud gigs or nightclubs.   Luckily, this is usually short lived but unfortunately there is no cure once tinnitus becomes permanent.  

I have been known on occasion to get agitated while watching the TV.  I have definitely shouted at referees’ decisions at football matches.  Question Time (both the Dimbley and Parliamentary versions) often has me vocalising my views to the screen.  But, until this morning, I have never found myself, sitting alone in my car on my way to work, expressing aloud (but to myself) my feelings about the content of an interview.  

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