Process of Personal Injury Claims

Personal Injury Northampton

A personal injury claim is usually put through when an individual has suffered injury in any accident which wasn’t their fault, this process can sometimes be very lengthy depending upon the situation, but the first step would be to contact a local solicitor who will specialise in these claims.

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What happens in a Personal Injury Claim?

When an injury has an injury usually at work or even road traffic incidents then the first step would be to contact a solicitor so that the situation/claim can be discussed, once the solicitor has got as much information as possible they can then see the best form of action for the claim.

The next step is paperwork, fortunately if it was a road traffic accident worth £10k or less then this will be done via an electronic system ‘MOJ Portal’, this portal will send the request/information to the insurers to see if they accept liability.

If accepted the next stage involves looking at details for medical evidence and loses/expenses, before then a letter of claim will be sent out to the other party in which they’ll have up to 3 months to investigate and act.

If the case is to proceed further this may go to a court proceeding in which the other party will then have to obtain a Defence, between the court proceedings and the case going to trail there are many other steps which must be taken to ensure the information is correct and the evidence is collected to use.

Most of the time cases are settled without a court proceeding or even trail and can be settled at the procedural steps leading up. If it was to go to court then they’ll decide whether the defendants can be liable for the accident/value of the clam.

How long can this process take?

This process from when the claim was made can take usually up to 3/4 months however, this all depends on how serious the claim or sustained injuries are, in this case it could take many months.

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Civil Litigation, the law and what it is

Civil Litigation, the law and what it is

A civil law dispute is where there’s an argument which is not criminal or family in nature but the word ‘Litigation’ means a legal case between 2 or more individuals, the situations in which civil litigation arises in can be from the following:

  • Negligence
  • Estate/Probate disputes
  • Faulty goods or poor services
  • Contract/Agreement breaches
  • Neighbour & Boundary Disputes
  • Property (Intellectual) disputes

Process of Civil Litigation

If there’s a case regarding one of the situations above and the dispute has been taken to court the proceedings are issued in the county court or worst cases the High court (this obviously depends on the complexity). If the claim is of £5000 or less this is valued as a small claim and requires a solicitor to conduct the case for you.

Once the case is started you’re known as the claimant or defendant depending on where you stand in the situation, once the case has been sorted and you’ve resulted in loosing the legal case you’ll usually be ordered to pay not only your own legal costs but also the other parties costs. It’s encouraged that all disputes to engage in Alternative dispute resolution which includes mediation and negotiation meeting (sometimes) which will help to try and resolve the situation before being processed in the courts.


Immigration and Asylum Law in the UK

Chartlands Chambers Northampton offers some of the best legal advise and appealing reviews in the UK, the Chartlands’ Immigration and Asylum pratice includes all forms of appeal work from Human Rights to Refuge Convention issues.

Immigration and Asylum Law in the UK

Chartlands focus in helping all of their clients achieve their goals, with expertise to help obtain visas for people from both; outside & inside the UK as well as regularising overstayers, human rights claims, appeals against removal and deportation as well advocacy at Immigration Courts on your behalf. We will provide you with the complete A-Z in all areas of the immigration law.

Immigration law is vast; from the complex UK immigration laws which incorporate British Nationality and Human Rights Law. There are case laws, immigration laws and a multitude of ever changing Home Office policy’s to be familiar with when making an immigration application.


The United Kingdom Boarder Agency

The UKBA (United Kingdom Boarder Agency) is responsible for controlling immigration both inside and outside the UK, with the Secretary of State which is the person responsible for issuing the decision to an individual who makes an application to remain whilst in the UK.

It’s very important to know the correct immigration law before applying for a visa or submitting an application to the UK Immigration Authorities. Chartlands Chambers have particular expertise in assisting overstayers and those who have no lawful status to remain in the UK.

Chartland Chambers will offer some of the best specialist legal advice and assistance when making an application and proceed to fighting any case.

What is the difference between a barrister and solicitor?

The basic difference between barristers and solicitors is that a barrister mainly defends people in court and a solicitor mainly performs legal work outside court. There are, however, exceptions.


When people talk about going to see their lawyer, it is usually a solicitor that they will contact. Solicitors can work for a big range of organizations, including commercial or non-commercial law firms, the government and so on. They have specialist knowledge of different areas of the law such as family, immigration and asylum law, civil litigation law and personal injury law.

Most of the time solicitors advise clients, undertake negotiations and draft legal documents. It is primarily a desk job, but does involve travelling to see clients and representing them in court.


Barristers can be distinguished from a solicitor because they wear a wig and gown in court. They work at higher levels of court than solicitors and their main role is to act as advocates in legal hearings, which means they stand in court and plead the case on behalf of their clients in front of a judge. They also have specialist knowledge of the law and so are often called on to give legal advice.

Barristers do not come into contact with the public as much as solicitors. They are given details of a case by a solicitor and then have a certain amount of time to review the evidence and to prepare what they are going to say in court.

Most barristers are self-employed and work in Chambers with other barristers so they can share costs of accommodation and administrators.

And finally – why the wig?

Barristers wear white wigs to provide anonymity, not in the sense of giving a disguise, but disaffection from personal involvement with the case. The white wigs also confer dignity on proceedings of the court.

This is the same thinking as behind many uniforms – for example police, army, nurses – all say “while I am on duty, I put my own feelings aside and represent the law/state/medical system“.


Immigration Law – and the immigration

Put simply – immigration law govern how and people from countries outside the UK are legally allowed to come to the UK and how long they can stay. It is also about what they are allowed to do when they are in the UK, for example, whether they can work, whether relatives can come to the UK to join them afterwards, and whether they can use the National Health Service or claim benefits.

The system of immigration law in the UK splits people into two broad categories:

  1.  ‘right of abode’ in the UK and who can live, work and move in and out of the country as they wish
  2. Those requiring permission to remain here.

The laws indicate different requirements that must be satisfied before someone will be granted leave to come and stay. The rules require that most of the categories of people coming to the UK will be able to support themselves without relying on public funds.  People in most ‘temporary’ categories, such as visitors, will also need to show that they intend to leave the country when the purpose of their stay is over.

For immigration problems which you may need advice on, contact Chartlands Chambers. You should bear in mind that immigration laws are strictly enforced in the UK and the consequences of misunderstanding your right to be here can be very serious. It can include the risk of deportation. It is therefore essential to consult a specialist adviser if you are unsure about your position, or the position of family and friends.

Immigration laws encompass many occurrences including:

  • obtaining permission to stay in the UK longer than originally intended
  • getting permission to do something which you are not at present allowed to do, for example, being allowed to work
  • bringing relatives into the country, for example, a spouse, fiancé, children
  • being threatened with deportation from the UK
  • being held by the immigration authorities in a detention centre
  • wanting a passport and not knowing whether you are entitled
  • wanting to apply to become a British Citizen
  • if you are already living in the UK but wanting to travel (for example, for a holiday), whether you will be allowed back into the UK
  • whether you are entitled to use state services or claim benefits, for example, education, health services, council housing, social security benefits, housing benefits, Council Tax Reduction
  • the right to vote
  • a relative or friend being refused entry to the UK when arriving at an airport or port.

The government has announced the introduction of the Immigration Bill on Thursday 10 October 2013.  The bill will reform the removals and appeals system, making it easier and quicker to remove those who have no right to be here and will prevent illegal migrants accessing or abusing public services and the labour market.

  • For further details see the Immigration Bill  on the GOV.UK website. The progress of the bill and explanatory notes can be found on the Parliament website here

Common law – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Do you understanding common law?  According to wikipedia –

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In fact, the Queen is more likely to inherit than the partner.