Dependency claims: what rights to fatal accident compensation do co-habitees have when their partner dies?

When a loved one dies in an accident, fatal accident compensation can only be claimed in certain prescribed circumstances. Under the Fatal Accidents Act, 1976, only 3 groups of people are entitled to make a fatal accident compensation claim following the death of an individual in a UK accident: dependants of the deceased, close relatives of the deceased and the deceased’s estate. Under the act, husbands, wives or civil partners, parents or ascendants, children or other descendants and brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles can all make a claim for a loss of dependency. Continue reading…


What constitutes a package holiday? Titshall v Qwerty Travel Limited

We’re in the middle of high summer now, but the chances are if you look of your window right now you wouldn’t necessarily know it. Britain might not be ideal in every way, but you know there are certain things you can rely on consistently in this country, and one of those things is the unpredictability of the British weather. So it’s no wonder that the popularity of the package holiday has risen inexorably in the UK. We know that if we want guaranteed and reliable sunshine, then we have to go abroad to find it. But times are hard and money is tight, so before we splash the cash we like to know that we are going to get what we are paying for. So what are your consumer rights in relation to package holidays? Continue reading…


Mr L of Oldham.

Mr L of Oldham instructed Harold Stock & Co to deal with a claim against the Local Authority whose dustbin lorry had turned left at a junction, had not seen Mr L on his bicycle and ran over him crushing his leg underneath the rear wheel of the vehicle. Continue reading…