Friday, 20 May 2011

Legal aid under threat for clinical negligence claims - Appeal for Help

Keith Simpson MP
David Jones has specialsed in Clinical negligence cases for 27 years on behalf of legally aided clients is meeting with Keith Simpson MP on the 1st July, 20011 to discuss the Governments radical plans to change the way legal costs are dealt with impacting significantly on the future of legal aid.

If you have a point of view why legal aid should be retained or even extended, please email davidjones@m-j-p.co.uk or call David on 01603877000

Morgan Jones and Pett are solicitors who provide legal advice and services to clients based in England and Wales and who can be contacted on 01603877000 or via email at davidpett@m-j-p.co.uk

Why is a Will so important?




If you have no Will or your Will is currently out of date with your personal circumstances you are not then in control of the future distribution of your assets following your death. 


Indeed, you may well find that your everything ends up in the hands of relatives you have no relationship with or alternatively the government purse. 

Here at MJP Solicitors we are able to provide the guidance and service for you to make the  decisions to give you the necessary peace of mind that the future of your estate is where you want it to lie.


For a FREE consultation please call Andrew Skuse on 01603877004 or email andrewskuse@m-j-p.co.uk 




Morgan Jones and Pett are solicitors who provide legal advice and services to clients based in England and Wales and who can be contacted on 01603877000 or via email at davidpett@m-j-p.co.uk

Should I extend my lease or leave it at is?

Some clients are put off by the expense and time taken in making an application for a lease extension. However putting things off only makes it worse as the shorter the lease gets the lower its value becomes and the more expensive it can be to extend or to buy the freehold.  

At MJP we have expertise in this field and can help you make the right decision.  For a FREE consultation please call either David Jones or Andrew Skuse on 01603877000 or email davidjones@m-j-p.co.uk or andrewskuse@m-j-p.co.uk


Morgan Jones and Pett are solicitors who provide legal advice and services to clients based in England and Wales and who can be contacted on 01603877000 or via email at davidpett@m-j-p.co.uk

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Negligent HIP replacement attracts award of £50,000

Simon Bransby of MJP Solicitors has recently recovered over £50,000 for a 70 year old man who was the victim of a poorly performed hip replacement

Simon Bransby
If you have had a similar experience or wish for further information please contact Simon Bransby on  01603 877000 or by e-mail at simonbransby@m-j-p.co.uk

MJP Solicitors have a specialist team of personal injury and clinical negligence injury claim experts who offer free legal advice about taking a claim, if you, a friend or relative have been in an accident or suffered from medical negligence please get in touch with MJP Solicitors to find out what to do next on 01603 877000

Dog bite attracts compensation payment of £7500

Simon Bransby Personal Injury Specialist with MJP Solicitors has recently settled a case for young lady, who was bitten on the backside, by a dog. Fortunately the incident has not left major scaring but she suffered a psychiatric reaction and is now scared of dogs. The award of £7,500 was accepted after negotiations between the parties

If you have been in a similar accident or wish for further information please contact Simon Bransby on  01603 877000 or by e-mail at simonbransby@m-j-p.co.uk


MJP Solicitors have a specialist team of personal injury and clinical negligence injury claim experts who offer free legal advice about taking a claim, if you, a friend or relative have been in an accident or suffered from medical negligence please get in touch with MJP Solicitors to find out what to do next on 01603 877000Morgan Jones and Pett are solicitors who provide legal advice and services to clients based in England and Wales and who can be contacted on 01603877000 or via email at davidpett@m-j-p.co.uk

Are hospitals doing enough to prevent avoidable thrombosis?


The NHS, writes Simon Bransby,  is paying out millions of pounds in clinical negligence claims because hospitals are failing to spot life-threatening blood clots.

New figures show that since 2005 the health service has spent £112m compensating patients who have suffered an avoidable thrombosis.

According to thrombosis charity Lifeblood, just 30 of the 159 hospital trusts in England meet the mandatory goal of risk-assessing at least 90% of patients admitted to hospital.

That means 4.5 million patients a year miss out on potentially life-saving assessments that could prevent clots.

Simple measures such as compression stockings and blood-thinning drugs can reduce the risk of clots in high-risk patients, such as those having surgery.

David Jones, Senior Partner and Head of the Clinical Negligence Department at Norwich specialist clinical negligence solicitors Morgan Jones & Pett explains “These figures are not surprising. My firm regularly handle claims against the NHS for claims arising out of a failure to spot blood clots. It is well known that thrombosis prevention guidelines are in place and it is not difficult, with the right tests, to ensure that these life threatening conditions are spotted.”

David Jones adds: "It is evidently more sensible to ensure that the right assessment and treatment is carried out, as it much more preferable and costs substantially less, to treat patients rather than paying them off when things go wrong."

MJP Solicitors have a specialist team of personal injury and clinical negligence injury claim experts who offer free legal advice about taking a claim, if you, a friend or relative have been in an accident or suffered from medical negligence please get in touch with MJP Solicitors to find out what to do next on 01603 877000

Spinal Fracture Compensation of £600,000


Sara Westwood, partner and clinical negligence expert with MJP Solicitors has recently settled a case for a 35 year old lady recovering compensation of £600,000.00 for injuries and financial losses sustained as a result of a hospitals failure to diagnose spinal fractures following a fall.

If you have a similar concern or wish for further information please contact Sara Westwood on  01603 877000 or by e-mail at sarawestwood@m-j-p.co.uk

MJP Solicitors have a specialist team of clinical negligence injury claim experts who offer free legal advice about taking a claim, if you, a friend or relative have been the victim of medical negligence please get in touch with MJP Solicitors to find out what to do next on 01603 877000

Compensation for lady who conceived following negligently performed sterilisation

Sara Westwood, partner and clinical negligence expert with MJP Solicitors, has recently settled a case in the sum of £25,000.00 for a 29 year old lady who conceived following a negligently performed sterilisation operation.

If you have a similar concern or wish for further information please contact Sara Westwood on  01603 877000 or by e-mail at sarawestwood@m-j-p.co.uk

MJP Solicitors have a specialist team of clinical negligence injury claim experts who offer free legal advice about taking a claim, if you, a friend or relative have been the victim of medical negligence please get in touch with MJP Solicitors to find out what to do next on 01603 877000



Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Is property indemnity insurance over used in conveyancing?

There seems to be a tendency these days to take the easy route whenever a problem with title arises.  Rather than carrying out investigation to inquire whether an alternative solution exists, an increasing number of conveyancers are turning to indemnity insurance to ‘plug the hole’.

I can understand the reason.  Conveyancing fees are being squeezed and there is pressure to move transactions quickly and with the minimum of case handler input.   On top of this is the increased pressure we all receive from clients to ensure there is minimum delay during the process.   Clients generally have only two priorities when moving home - to move quickly and at little cost.

It is often easier for a practitioner to ask the client to pay for the indemnity policy than to ask for extra fees to investigate other solutions.

I question however whether taking out indemnity cover is always the right decision to take.  Take for example the lack of building regulations.   Yes insurance is available to cover the cost of enforcement action but this does not address whether the loft conversion for instance is structurally safe.  I recognize this should be pretty evident to most of us but there is wide spread ignorance of cover afforded by indemnity policies.

In my view insurance should be viewed as a ‘last resort’ solution and one that should only be used after investigations of other solutions are at an end.  Yes this would mean extra work but if the reason for this is explained then there should not be any problem obtaining money from the client.  

Conveyancers should always check the terms and limitations of policy cover; failure to do so could result in a negligence action.  Conveyancers should also when a lender is involved consider the policy of the particular lender relating to the use of such policies.  If a policy already exists always check it against the current valuation of the property and consider if necessary top up insurance.

My other issue with indemnity policy is that there is no register to check whether a policy on a property has been previously established.   It would not take too much for the Land Registry to make it a requirement that policies activated on a property should be noted on the title.

Perhaps another answer is the adoption of a property logbook – as a firm we have developed an electronic logbook into which we upload for clients all documents (including the indemnity policy) relating to the property and which they will need when they come to sell.  We also include a loyalty voucher to ensure as best we can that the client comes back to us in the future.  If anybody wishes to know more about this product please feel free to email me


Morgan Jones and Pett are solicitors who provide legal advice and services to clients based in England and Wales and who can be contacted on 01603877000 or via email at davidpett@m-j-p.co.uk