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Alcohol and Personal Injuries – Who’s liable?

Christmas is fast approaching, with the additional gathering of friends and family, work parties and New Year’s celebrations it is safe to say alcohol consumption will be on the increase. We are commonly asked if a personal injury claim can be made after there has been alcohol involved on behalf of the individual making the claim.

If you have had an injury whilst under the influence of alcohol you may still be eligible to make a claim, although you will need to prove that the accident was caused through no fault of your own. If you were highly intoxicated at the time of the accident you may also be liable to prove that the accident wasn’t caused by your intoxication.

Due to the complexity and individuality of these types of accidents they are usually assessed on a case by case basis.


best large conveyancer 2015

Last Friday Howells Solicitors won The Gold Award in The Best Large Conveyancing company category of The Sunday Times / The Times Estate Agency of the Year 2015 Awards.

Competing against conveyancing companies from across the UK, the judging panel awarded us the top prize and said we are ‘a stand out business.’

This achievement follows our success in September when Howells achieved a first for a UK law firm and won three categories at the conveyancing industry's prestigious annual Law Firm Services Awards including the premier ‘Overall Conveyancing Firm of the Year’.


A Word from Mark Hobbs

Managing partner Mark Hobbs said of our successes in 2015:

“The Award is a fitting finale for Howells in 2015. We started the year by announcing a record turnover for the company and have created over 31 jobs across all of our six branches with more planned during 2016. More...

Available from banks and building societies, the new Help to Buy ISAs are savings accounts offering those saving deposits for their first home competitive rates of interest and a top up bonus from the Government of up to 25% to a maximum value of £3,000.

When will they be available?

The new initiative was launched on December 1st 2015 and will remain open until 30 November 2019. The government bonus must be claimed through the purchase of a house by 1st December 2030.

Who is eligible to open a Help to Buy ISA?

Anyone who is aged 16 years or older, a UK resident and purchasing a property in the UK for the first time will be eligible to open this savings account. The house value must be £250,000 or under (in London the limit is increased to £450,000) and must not be rental or buy-to-let.More...

Between October and March, the number of people who require time off work due to a slip, trip or fall related injury rises. If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault then you could be entitled for compensation.

Thinking of making a claim? Here’s what to do if you’ve had an accident this winter.

Slips and Trips: UK Statistics

According to the Health and Safety Executive, falls, slips and trips accounted for 36% of all employee injuries in 2014/2015. 2.1 million working days were lost because of handling or fall related injuries; although, with the new RIDDOR requirements less than half of non-fatal injuries are correctly reported each year. More...

Understanding stamp duty can be extremely confusing at the best of times, but should you be buying more than one property, the issue becomes even more complex.

Howells Solicitors offers a brief overview to help you get to grips with stamp duty liability.

Linked Transactions

If a single party purchases two or more properties from the same seller, then this is known as a ‘linked’ transaction. For example, if a buyer were to purchase two flats from the same developer, or a house and a piece of land from the same seller, they would be considered linked transactions. More...

With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes