Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Personal injury claims and insurance companies.

Garden House Solicitors regularly receives instructions from accident victims who are dissatisfied with the service that they have received from another firm of solicitors.  The most frequent complaints are that they have never met face to face with the person handling their claim and that the medical evidence obtained by that solicitor is not correct.
 
Accident victims are often in need of rehabilitation and if your solicitor does not see you face to face it is not always apparent what help you need.  At Garden House we see every one of our clients face to face and their rehabilitation is one of the most important aspects of our work.  We also ensure that we instruct eminent experts to examine our clients and prepare expert medical reports.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Garden Party 2016


Garden House Solicitors held its 6th annual Garden Party on Friday 1 July 2016 to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. We are pleased to announce that the event was a huge success and we raised £2,400 for the charity.

Garden House Solicitors - Hertford Lunch and refreshments were provided at the Garden House as well as a raffle prize draw. We would like to thank all the local people and businesses who kindly donated raffle prizes and vouchers. Kaya Halil on behalf of Barclays Bank in Hertford boosted the fundraiser by nominating the Alzheimer's Society as their charity of the year. The money raised will help them to continue supporting individuals suffering from dementia and their families.


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Monday, 13 June 2016

Biometric Passports



New rule changes on the 1st April 2016 require individuals to have a British Passport which is biometric, when visiting some countries abroad.

What is a biometric passport?
This is a passport which has an electronic chip containing your personal details.

Do I have a biometric passport?
If your passport was issued prior to 2007, then you may or may not have a biometric passport. This will be evident if there is a small logo located at the bottom of your passport.  Passports issued after 2007 should be biometric. You should ensure your passport is biometric before travelling, otherwise you may be turned away.

If you are travelling on a holiday, visiting friends and family or you are making a visa application, Garden House Solicitors are able to assist. We specialise in the following areas of Immigration Law:
Uzma Saleem of Garden House Solicitors in Hertfordshire
' Article by Uzma Saleem'
  • Applications for Indefinite leave to remain
  • Applications for further leave to remain
  • Asylum
  • Discretionary Leave
  • Nationality
  • Travel ID

Our services include fixed fees for standard applications and an initial consultation fee of £75.00 plus VAT.

If you require advice in relation to an immigration matter, then please call for an initial consultation. Please contact me on 01992 422128 or email uzma@ghslaw.co.uk

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Manual handling at work and risk assessments


All employers must comply with the risk assessment requirements set out in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. These regulations require employers to apply control measures to prevent or reduce the risk of injury to their employees from manual handling. Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling.

Assessing and reducing the risk of injury

Nazmin Chowdhury of Garden House Solicitors
Article by Nazmin Chowdhury
Risks can be found in all work sectors and employers will be asked by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide copies of all risk assessments carried out. This will then be assessed by a safety representative to ensure that the employer is preventing and controlling hazards. If a safety representative thinks that there is a risk of injury then under Regulation 4 the employer must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk by: 
  • Avoiding hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable
  • Making a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided
  • Reducing the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable 
  • Avoiding hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable.
  • Making a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.

  • Reducing the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Immigration Health Surcharge Fees



The Home Office introduced changes to fees accompanying immigration applications in April 2015. One of the changes introduced was for the payment of an Immigration Health Surcharge fee.

What is an Immigration Health Surcharge fee?
This is a fee paid by individuals entering the UK towards the NHS.

When is an Immigration Health Surcharge fee payable?
If you are applying for a visa application outside of the
Uzma Saleem of Garden House Solicitors in Hertfordshire
' Article by Uzma Saleem'
UK you will have to pay for an immigration health surcharge payment if:

  • Your applying for a visa for the purposes of studying, work or joining family in the UK for longer than a period of 6 months
  • You are a national of a country outside of the EEA (European Economic Area)

If you are making an application within the UK, you’ll have to pay if: 

  • The application is for any length of time (which includes those for 6 months or less) 
  • You are a national of a country outside of the EEA 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Immigration fee changes

If you are looking to submit an immigration application to the Home Office, whether this is as an individual or a family member, you will need to ensure that your application is accompanied by the correct fee.

The government set out proposed fee changes for Immigration which came into effect on the 18th March 2016. Under the new changes there is an increase to the fees charged for applications submitted to the Home office.

The main changes to the fees include;

·         An increase to visit, study and work visas
·         An increase to settlement, residence and nationality applications
·         An increase to premium services

If you are submitting an application to the Home Office, it is crucial that you speak with an individual who is able to advise you on the appropriate application and accompanying fee.

At Garden House Solicitors we offer services in the following areas of Immigration Law;
Article by Uzma Saleem

·         Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
·         Further Leave to Remain in the UK
·         Asylum
·         Discretionary leave
·         Nationality

·         Travel ID

We provide a cost efficient and feasible service to all individuals. We provide fixed fees for standard applications and an initial consultation fee of £75.00 plus VAT.

Please call for an initial consultation. Please contact me on 01992 422 128 or email uzma@ghslaw.co.uk

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

What is the Data Protection Act 1998?


The Data Protection Act 1998 controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government. It also give you the right to know what information is stored about you and how they can use it.

The Data Protection Principles

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, anyone who processes personal information must ensure that the information is:
  1. Fairly and lawfully processed
  2. Processed for limited purposes
  3. Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  4. Accurate
  5. Not kept for longer than is necessary
  6. Proceed in line with an individual's rights
  7. Secure
  8. Not transferred to other countries without adequate protection

How to find out what data an organisation has about you

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to know what information is stored about you and you can make a request in writing. This is known as a subject access request and a response must be given within 40 days of the request.

How much does it cost?

Some organisations may charge you for providing the information. The cost is usually no more than £10 and adequate proof of identity is required from the applicant before considering the request.

If you think your data has been misused or that the organisation holding it hasn’t been kept secure then contact Garden House Solicitors for further advice on 01992 422128. 

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Registering to vote and the Electoral Roll


If you would like to take part in the EU Referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016, you will need to ensure that you are registered to vote. To vote in an election or referendum, you will need to be registered on the Electoral Roll. The Electoral Roll is a list of all the names and addresses of those registered to vote in the UK. Each local authority is in charge of the Electoral Roll in its own area and it is updated every month.

Who can register to vote?
  • You can register to vote if you are 17 years old. However, you can only vote when you become 18 years old. 
  • You must be a British or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen. 
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Not all households are automatically registered to be able to vote in an election or referendum and therefore it is absolutely vital to ensure that you have signed up to the Electoral Roll. The information on the Electoral Roll must be correct especially if you are applying for credit as the lender will use this information to confirm if your name and address is correct when carrying out a credit check. If you have not registered to vote or the details on the Electoral Roll are incorrect then you may be refused credit.  

If you would like to find out if you are registered to vote on the Electoral Roll or would like to check your credit report please contact Garden House Solicitors on 01992 422128.

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Immigration law at Garden House Solicitors


Garden House Solicitors are proud to announce that they are now offering services in Immigration Law.

If you are looking for advice in respect of your immigration matter, it is important to consult an individual who is able to guide you through this process from start to finish.

What is Immigration Law?

Uzma Saleem of Garden House Solicitors
Article by Uzma Saleem
Immigration law refers to national government policies controlling the immigration and deportation of people, and addresses matters such as applications for individuals, including those for naturalization, citizenship, and settlement.

Some of the services we offer comprise of:                        
  • Applications for settlement
  • Indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • Spousal Visas
  • Applications for extension of stay in the UK


Our services include fixed fees for standard applications and an initial consultation fee of £75.00 plus VAT.

If you require advice in relation to an immigration matter, then please call for an initial consultation. Please contact me on 01992 422 128 or email uzma@ghslaw.co.ukuzma@ghslaw.co.uk


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Friday, 8 April 2016

Microchipping made compulsory for all dogs



Nazmin Chowdhury of Graden House Solicitors
Article by Nazmin Chowdhury
From 6 April 2016, all dog owners must ensure their dogs are microchipped under the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations (2015). A microchip is a small electronic chip which is implanted under the dog’s skin and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner.

The dog owner’s contact details relating to each number are logged on a central database and should the dog ever go missing or be stolen it can be scanned by the police or the local authority to make it easier for the dog to be returned to its owner. Therefore it is absolutely vital that the owner takes responsibility for updating their details with the database should their circumstances change. 

Microchipping of dogs hertfordIf the police or the local authority find a dog without a microchip, assuming that the owner of the dog in question can be located, the owner will be given a time limit of 21 days to get their dog microchipped. If they still fail to comply with the law, they will face a fine of up to £500 per dog.


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Monday, 4 April 2016

Garden House Solicitors awarded Law Society's Lexcel Accreditation


Garden House Solicitors are proud to announce that we have again been awarded the prestigious Lexcel Accreditation by the Law Society.

Lexcel Accreditation is a mark of quality awarded by the Law Society specifically developed for law firms who demonstrate and maintain the highest levels of service.  It is a recognised accreditation scheme for law firms which gives assurance to our clients that our practice meets high client care and business management standards.

Garden House Solicitors Hertford To gain and retain Lexcel Accreditation, firms must undergo a rigorous assessment process from an experienced, trained Lexcel assessor and we are absolutely delighted to announce that Garden House Solicitors has met the Lexcel V6 Practice Management Standard. 

Client care is paramount at Garden House Solicitors and we do our best to ensure that our clients are provided the highest level of service. As a Lexcel Accredited firm, we are always looking for ways to improve our client care service and one of the ways we do this is by asking our clients for their feedback and making any appropriate changes.

We are assessed annually by Lexcel to ensure that we are maintaining the same high standards and therefore we are proud to have received continued accreditation for the forthcoming year.

If you would like to discuss your legal issues with our Lexcel Accredited Solicitors please do not hesitate to contact us on 01992 422128.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

How to ensure your job interviews meet with legal requirements


Job interviews are an opportunity for employers to find out more about their candidates but there are some legalities around the process which you should be aware of before you begin the interview process.

Whilst the purpose of the interview is for you to determine if the candidate is suitable for the vacancy, there are laws to protect the interviewee from being asked unlawful questions that could possibly lead to a claim against your business.

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against candidates based on their:
  • Age                                                             
  • Faith
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Pregnancy
You should ensure that you keep written notes taken during interviews so that you can prove why you selected one candidate over another. Applicants are legally entitled to request such notes and you are obliged to keep them for a year post interview.

If you would like advice about the recruitment process, need help with drafting a job description or an interview assessment template, please contact us on 01992 422128 to arrange an appointment. 

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Are you thinking of making a living will?

What is a living will?

A living will (sometimes known as an advance directive) is a written statement detailing your wishes regarding health care and how you wish to be treated if you were to become seriously ill. Living wills come into force when you are no longer able to communicate your own choices and can be useful if you have not made a power of attorney. Living wills are legally binding under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This means that as long as a living will is valid and applicable then any refusal to accept treatment set out within it is legally binding in England and Wales.

Please note that a living will is not the same as euthanasia, but a request in advance to doctors not to give certain life-sustaining treatments. 

Who can make a living will? 


Anyone who is aged 18 years or over and has the mental capacity to do so.

Does a living will need to be signed and witnessed?

If you are choosing to refuse life-sustaining treatment then this must be done in writing and both you and at least one witness must sign it.

Is rugby now too dangerous for children?

There has been a recent rise of head injuries in children which occur as a result of injuries suffered during contact sport in school. The UK Government has selected rugby as a sport it will be focusing on to increase the prominence of competitive sport in schools.

More than 70 health experts around the country have written to the Government urging a ban on tackling in school rugby matches due to the high rate of injury. These injuries may include fractures, spinal injuries and head injuries which could have long term consequences for children.

Nazmin Chowdhury of Garden House Solicitors
Article by
Nazmin Chowdhury
Each year around 700,000 people are admitted into hospital with a head injury in England and Wales and many other head injuries go undetected. This has been a cause of worry as children are more likely to sustain head injuries due to their active nature, particularly those who play contact sport. 

What symptoms to look out for

Signs of a brain injury after a blow to the head include:
·         Brief loss of consciousness
·         Memory loss
·         Disturbance of vision
·         Confusion


If your child has suffered a head injury whilst playing sports at school, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01992 422128 or email nazmin@ghslaw.co.uk

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Attending court as a witness


A witness is someone who can provide evidence relevant to a case being dealt with in court. 

Before the trial of the case, you may be contacted by legal representatives of the party who wish to call you as a witness. They may wish to obtain a written statement from you about what you have seen, heard or otherwise observed something that may assist the court in deciding a case.

If you have been asked to attend court to give evidence, you may claim a fixed amount of expenses:

Nazmin Chowdhury Garden House Solicitors
Article by
Nazmin Chowdhury
The expenses you can claim are as follows:
  • Travelling expenses to and from the court – the standard or second class fare for bus and train fares.
  • Travel by motor vehicle is paid at a rate of 25p per mile.
  • Exceptional costs such as taxi fares are allowed in circumstances where this was the only form of transport available or if a witness is disabled or infirm.
  • Allowance for refreshments and meals -  £2.25 for up to 5 hours, or £4.50 for 5 to 10 hours.
  • Claims can be made for loss of earnings for witnesses who are employed or self-employed - £33.50 for up to 4 hours, or £67 for longer (£42.95 or £85.90 if you’re self-employed).
  • There are no childcare facilities at court buildings so witnesses can claim expenses for childcare and babysitting at a fixed rate of £67.00 per day.
(Please note that this may be subject to changes and further information can be found on http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/assets/uploads/files/Attachment%201.pdf)

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Power of Attorney Solicitor Hertford

If you are looking to prepare a power of attorney it is important to consult a specialist who can discuss all of the relevant options with you; give you accurate advice on the implications of each decision and guide you through the process from start to finish.

We are proud to have two solicitors who specialise in powers of attorney, both of whom are Dementia Friends and members of Solicitors for the Elderly

We offer fixed fees on all power of attorney packages so that you know exactly what you have to pay with no hidden extras. Our office is in Hertford and we have parking available, but if it is more convenient for you we also offer free home visits within a 20 mile radius. If needed we are happy to arrange to see you outside of office hours. 

There are different types of power of attorney:

  • General power of attorney - usually used as a short term measure, for example if you are going abroad for a long trip and need some matters dealt with whilst you are away.
  • Property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney (LPA) - this is a document that authorises your chosen attorneys to act for you even if you lose mental capacity. You can allow them to do anything with your money and property that you yourself can do, or you can restrict the way in which they can act for you. 
  • Health and welfare lasting power of attorney - this document also allows your attorneys to make decisions for you if you have lost mental capacity. It covers the care and treatment you receive, and you can also decide whether or not you wish them to be able to make decisions in relation to life sustaining treatment on your behalf. 
  • Enduring power of attorney (EPAs) - this was the document used until 2007 to give attorneys authority to act even after you had lost mental capacity. Since 2007 it has not been possible to create new EPAs, but valid documents created before that date are still valid. 
For more information or for details of costs please see our website http://www.gardenhousesolicitors.co.uk/powers-of-attorney-and-court-of-protection.html or call us on 01992 422128 to arrange an appointment. 


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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Do you know your rights with redundancy payments?


Being made redundant is a worrying process and an area that can be difficult to understand. 

If you have worked for your employer for two years or more then you would qualify for redundancy pay. The amount you will receive is based on age and length of service. 

If you are:

- Under 22, you would receive half-a-week’s pay for each full year you have worked 
- Over 22 and under 41, you would receive one week’s pay for each full year service 
- Over 41 or older, you would receive one-and-a-half weeks’ pay for each full year 


Nazmin Chowdhury of Garden House Solicitors in Hertford
Article by Nazmin Chowdhury
For Statutory Redundancy Pay, the maximum number of years is capped at 20 years for calculating the amount payable. The maximum payable per week is capped at £475, which means the maximum statutory redundancy payable is £14,250. 

Garden House Solicitors have successfully represented many people who have been made redundant. If your employer has consulted you in a possible redundancy situation and you wish to seek advice, please contact Garden House Solicitors on 01992 422128 or email Nazmin@ghslaw.co.uk





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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Worries about 'revenge porn' addressed on Coronation Street

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Coronation Street ran a storyline in November about 'revenge porn'. A young woman was being blackmailed by a former boyfriend who had taken explicit photographs of her during the course of their relationship and then threatened to publish them on social media sites. The character involved went through a nightmare for weeks on end worrying about how she would be perceived if the images became public. In the end, the photographs were published because the character had faced up to her ex and refused to be blackmailed by him. After he had published the images on social media sites, she reported him to the Police and he was arrested.
  
Taking explicit photographs of someone and threatening to publish them without the person's consent is a criminal offence. English law protects photographers through the law of copyright but only to the extent that their work is not immoral or being used in a criminal manner.  The photographer owns the copyright of photographs taken for a period of 70 years after his or her death except where they are taken in the course of employment in which case the copyright is owned by the employer. How the photographer uses the images taken is another story and may result in criminal charges being brought against the photographer, as in the example referred to above. Furthermore, anyone who takes or possesses pornographic photographs of a person who appears to be under the age of 18 years can face prosecution under the Protection of Children Act 1978, this is a serious offence and can result in imprisonment.

If you are the victim of revenge porn and or if someone is threatening to publish explicit photographs of you on social media sites contact Garden House for advice.



Revenge porn
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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Inheritance Tax: the basics

When you pass away, your estate may be required to pay Inheritance Tax. This is a tax on the money, possessions and other property you own when you die and also other assets including certain gifts made during your lifetime.

Garden House Solicitors, Solicitors specialising in trusts and estatesEveryone has an allowance that they can leave tax free. This is known as the ‘Nil Rate Band’ which is currently fixed at three hundred and twenty five thousand pounds (£325, 000).

Generally speaking, if your net estate is worth less than £325,000 at the time of your death, usually no tax will be payable. If your net estate is worth more than £325,000 at the time of your death then normally tax is paid on the surplus at the rate of 40%.

This is subject to various exemptions and reliefs. For example if you have a spouse or civil partner, inheritance tax would not be paid on anything they inherit from your estate. Your spouse or civil partner could then use the percentage of any remaining allowance from your estate that may not have been used when they pass away. In simple terms, this generally means that if you are a married couple or in a civil partnership with a combined estate worth less than £650,000 and you leave everything to each other on the first death, Inheritance Tax will not be an issue.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Have you had an accident because of high winds?


Storm Barney unleashes hell on Britain with 80mph gusts and crippling floods.  Strong winds can cause damage to buildings, trees and roads which can increase the chance of accidents occurring resulting in injury to individuals.


Trees are frequently blown down during high winds, they often fall onto the highway or the pavement. Large trees falling on cars and/or pedestrians cause injuries and they are often life threatening.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Contract for live music event

Music contract solicitors in HertfordCalling all musicians, agents, bar, club and music venue owners! 

With Christmas and New Year fast approaching, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate! If you work in the music industry or if you are interested in hiring a live music performer to perform at your venue, it can be a very busy time of year and a fantastic opportunity to bring in members of the local community, new customers and new fans! But how do you know that you are getting what you are bargained for?

Lucy Walpole of Garden House Solicitors in Hertford
Article by Lucy Walpole
If you are interested in holding a live music event, or if you are a musician interested in doing some extra performances this festive season, you will want to ensure that the event runs as smoothly as possible and the fans and customers get the event that they are looking for. To make this happen it is important to have in place a legally binding agreement which can protect any and all interests most important for a successful event and to establish a future business relationship between the parties. 

So what happens if something does go wrong? In the absence of a legally binding agreement it can often be very difficult to prove the existence of a legal relationship and duty based on an informal agreement or email correspondence. By entering into a formal agreement, it protects your position and means that you may be able to bring a claim against the other party for any losses suffered as a result of any ancillary or fundamental breach. 

Garden House Solicitors specialising in music contracts HertfordshireFrom 12 November 2015 – 11 December 2015, Garden House Solicitors are offering to draft a live music performance contract for the reduced fixed fee of £300.00 plus VAT. This agreement can cover basic information such as the time, date and venue of the performance, payment terms, fee, even any special requests made by either party. This will make it undeniable by either party as to what their duties and responsibilities are and it ensures that all interests most important to the parties are protected.

So don’t miss any opportunity this festive season and make sure that you are prepared for some amazing music events to top off 2015! To arrange an appointment telephone me on 01992 422128 or email Lucy@GHSlaw.co.uk 

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Consumer Rights Act 2015 explained

The new Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015 and it applies to purchases for physical and digital products and services made by consumers from that date on.


With regards to any physical items that you have bought, the goods must be of: 
  1. Satisfactory quality
  2. Fit for purpose
  3. Match their description at the time of purchase.
If you have purchased something that is faulty or does not fit the criteria then you can make a claim against the retailer under the Consumer Rights Act. The outcome of your claim will depend on the item that you have purchased and how much time has passed since you made the purchase.

You can reject goods and get a full refund if they are not delivered within a period of 30 days, unless you had pre-agreed to a specific delivery time.