What should you expect from a good personal injury lawyer?
They will: – Meet you in person or, if more appropriate, via an online option. You can get to know
UK’s potholes are causing more than just damage
After the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, recently announced a £200 million road-fixing project focussed on the UK’s ‘Pothole Plague’, just how
5 personal injury myths
As members of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers), we are committed to helping injured people receive the justice and
Client receives substantial damages after accident caused by bike malfunction
Our client was cycling his mountain bike on holiday in France, when suddenly and without warning, the front wheel quick-release
Keep safe and avoid a fine by de-icing your windscreen properly
Following on from our road safety tips, and with temperatures dropping below zero, properly and fully de-icing your windscreen and
Keeping safe on the roads in Winter
Brake, the road safety charity, held its annual Road Safety Week in November. It’s Brake’s most extensive road safety campaign,
Horses on the road ahead? Follow the Highway Code’s advice
Horses are very special creatures, having an amazingly strong bond with humans. They have similar family structures to humans with
“My life would be much much much worse” – new film shines light on the law
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) continue their Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign. Watch the powerful new short film at
What is the Rehab Code and how can it help an injured person?
When someone suffers a personal injury through no fault of their own, their first thoughts will probably not be about
Civil litigation – what you need to know
For non-criminal offences in the UK, we have civil law which is used to deal with disputes between two or more
Had an accident that wasn’t your fault, but don’t know where to turn?
If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, look for an APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) accredited
Cycling in traffic? Read our tips to keep safe
With the cost of fuel soaring and the onset of warmer weather, many people are choosing to cycle to work.
Private e-scooters will soon be legal on roads
Since 2019, one million e-scooters have been imported into the UK, but while they can be sold legally, it is
How do you prove you’re an employee when you’ve been injured at work?
Imagine you have an accident at work and sustain serious injuries because the equipment you were using was not adequately
APIL fights for access to legal aid for bereaved families
Few of us can imagine what it must be like to lose a loved one in circumstances that could and
Why do we support the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)?
For over 30 years APIL has been fighting for the rights of injured people. It understands that injured people can
Personal injury claims are now less than a third of insurer claim costs
Analysis by APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) has found that since the pandemic, car insurers have saved £1.2
Rebuilding Shattered Lives
Negligence shatters lives and an injury can happen to anyone at any time. Rebuilding Shattered Lives is a campaign by
It is well known that the process of bringing a personal injury claim can be stressful for the claimant and
Have you suffered an accident at work?
It’s a fact that accidents happen. Sometimes they happen through our own negligence, but they can also happen as a
Is it all in their minds?
28 million people in Britain suffer from persistent chronic pain for longer than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment. A
What are e-scooters and what are the rules around them?
As e-scooters are classified as powered transporters, they are subject to the same legal requirements as motor vehicles, i.e., MOT,
Compensation Win for Breast Implant Victims
Thousands of women have celebrated the ruling of a French court that they should be compensated for dangerous PIP breast
£15 Million in Fifteen Years of Simpkins & Co
We are delighted to say that Simpkins & Co is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this month. Specialising in personal injury,
Why are we so successful at claiming personal injury compensation for our clients?
Simpkins & Co is a niche firm of solicitors who are not part of a large national company. We meet
Congratulations to Steve on his Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation
Steve is one of only 7 solicitors in the whole of Dorset who holds a Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation.
We support Injury Prevention Day
As a long-standing member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) we are supporting Injury Prevention Day 2018 on Wednesday
Disabled M&S worker awarded £1,000 against the company by employment tribunal
Mr M who suffers from a disability requiring him to go to the toilet more frequently, asked his employer to
Supreme court’s judgment could influence legal battles over employment status.
The UK’s highest court has unanimously decided that a heating engineer has won his employment claim against Pimlico Plumbers. It
What are the top benefits of using an experienced personal injury solicitor?
They will ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries. Experienced personal injury solicitors have a wealth of knowledge when dealing
New compensation limits in force for employment rights from 6th April 2018
The increase in compensation limits and minimum awards which are payable under employment legislation will come into force from 6
NHS removing testicles is not a ‘mistake’
A Times columnist has made the proposal that injured patients should be willing to accept apologies instead of damages and
Men still earn more than women at most firms
A gender pay difference at a company is not illegal but could possibly reflect discrimination. This is not the same
Can you claim for an icy road or pavement injury?
With red alert warnings issued and airports, stations and roads closed, the whole of the UK has been struggling with
Employer found to be vicariously liable for employee’s data breach
In the case of Various Claimants v Morrison Supermarkets, the High Court has held that an employer was vicariously liable
What does APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) do and what is its accreditation scheme?
APIL has been fighting for the rights of injured people for over 25 years. A not-for-profit campaign organisation, APIL’s member
Warning by the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) over the handling of personal injury claims
The SRA is concerned about how some law firms handle personal injury claims when they deal directly with claims management
Why we’re proud to stand tall in our industry
We are under no illusion that the personal injury claims industry does not come top of the league when it
If your child’s school is closed, your boss MUST give you time off
With the recent freezing temperatures and snowfall dominating the news in early December, what are the facts about parental leave
What kind of injuries can I be compensated for?
We’ve all heard and read misguided comments concerning personal injury claims, whether in a newspaper, overheard conversations on the train
Church minister complains of direct marriage discrimination
In a recent case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has overturned an employment tribunal’s decision to strike out a church minister’s
How will the Chancellor’s Autumn 2017 budget affect employers and employees?
The Chancellor presented his latest budget to the House of Commons on Wednesday 22 November, including increases to the National
Why do you need an experienced personal injury solicitor to handle your claim?
The day in mid-February 2014 began as a normal day out for a mother and her adult daughter. The mother
Hot off the press from APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers). These leaflets are a great guide for anyone
What do our clients think of us?
When our clients’ matters have been settled, we ask how we handled their case and for any other feedback. Here
Mental health problems cause 300,000 people to leave their jobs each year
A recent report commissioned by Theresa May revealed poor mental health is costing the UK economy up to £99bn each
Help! We need an Admin Assistant/Secretary!
Help! We need an Admin Assistant/Secretary We’re a very busy law firm in the heart of Highcliffe, Christchurch and we
Government proposes a ban on cold calling for personal injury claims
The Government has announced that it proposes to ban cold calling by claims management companies (CMCs). This concession has been
European Court of Justice decrees minimum height requirement for Greek police is discriminatory
After a prospective female applicant of 1.68 meters tall filed a suit against the policy of imposing a minimum height
What is compensation for personal injury?
At Simpkins & Co, we are members of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers), a not-for-profit organisation who have been
Personal injury: What is it and how do I claim?
Personal injury gets a lot of media attention – and not all of it favourable. However, there is a genuine
Do you need to establish a workplace dress code?
As an employer, you may wish to consider establishing a workplace dress code that forms part of your staff handbook
“Unjustifiable” motor insurance reforms would eliminate injured people from the justice system
The European Commission is debating on options for reform of compulsory motor insurance requirements. The Government wants to amend the
We are committed to following the ‘Guide to the Conduct of Cases Involving Serious Injury’
The guide has been developed after years of work between the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), the Forum of
Latest news: Supreme Court rules that employment tribunal fees are unlawful and now the government will now have to repay up to £32m to claimants.
When the government introduced employment tribunal fees of up to £1,200 in 2013, it caused a reduction in claims of
What happens during a legal consultation?
For many people, seeking legal advice is a big step. The law and its intricacies can appear to be a
Knights in shining armour or ambulance chasers?
A knight in shining armour is a person who comes to the aid of another in a gallant and chivalrous
5 things your boss shouldn’t say!
The Citizens Advice has exposed some of the things that unscrupulous bosses say when they’re trying to undermine their employees’
Accident on holiday? Can you claim compensation?
Ms B and her friend Mrs H, ladies of mature years, were looking forward to their holiday in the West
Brexit! What Can I Do?
EU Welcome invites you to find out more about what you can do now in light of Brexit. We will
Your Duties And Obligations As An Employer
When you are an employer, it can sometimes feel like your duties and obligations are almost endless. The ever-changing body
Our Guide To The Personal Injury Process
If you have been injured, you are likely to be feeling hurt and angry. The thought of embarking on a
Getting Legal Advice For Your Business
Starting and then running a business is complex and challenging. From your very first day of trading, you will encounter
Why You Should Engage An Accredited Law Firm
Finding a law firm and solicitor to help you with a legal matter is rarely an easy exercise. With an
Welcome revision of the personal injury discount rate
Simpkins & Co Solicitors has welcomed the decision announced by the Ministry of Justice this month to review the methodology
Join us for our Spring Charity Event
We have a few tickets available for our Spring Charity event to be held at Highcliffe Castle on March 30th.
New immigration legal advisory service at Simpkins & Co
To further extend our range of legal services, Simpkins & Co Solicitors has launched a new Immigration Advisory Service to
Why people’s rights to claim must be protected
In the current climate where the government is seeking to cap personal injury claims, people are quick to jump on
Claims win for injured cyclist
With Britain’s roads getting busier there is an increased likelihood of being involved in an accident. Whilst many accidents just
Supporting Polish Entrepreneurs in a Post Brexit Environment
Simpkins and Co Solicitors are delighted to be supporting the 2016 Congress of Polish Entrepreneurs In London organised by the
Thanks for supporting us
Jacque, Steve and Lynn would like to thank everyone who so generously sponsored us in the 2016 Going the Distance
How to choose the right solicitor when making a clinical negligence claim
If you find yourself in a position where you are needing legal advice over a medical negligence incident – then
The Management Accepts No Responsibility’…. Oh really?
‘The Management Accepts No Responsibility’…. Oh really? Almost everywhere you go these days you will see various legal looking notices
Age Does Not Preclude Medical Negligence Claims
Age Does Not Preclude Medical Negligence Claims Many legal cases are protracted, but we were recently delighted to finalise a
Castle Soiree Aids Spinal Injuries
It wasn’t a glorious June evening, but nevertheless thank you to all our friends and guests who attended our summer
Sun, Sea, Sand & …knowing your holiday rights!
There is a minimum right to paid holiday, but an employer may offer more. In order to qualify for the
ACAS early conciliation for employment claims
All new employment claims (with limited exceptions) must now be referred to ACAS for early conciliation before a claim can
Unfair dismissal reminder
The two year qualification period for unfair dismissal has now been in place for over two years and means that
Flexible working rights extended
The right to request flexible working hours has been extended to all employees who have worked for at least 26
Law Society launches The campaign – ‘Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor’
In September 2014, the Law Society launched its consumer campaign, reminding the public to use a solicitor for legal advice
Personal Injury – can I make a claim?
A recent YouGov survey revealed that only 25% of people who have suffered a personal injury are likely to claim
Compensation – what can I claim?
There are different types of compensation that may be claimed; if you have suffered an injury where you were the
Equal Pay Day Awareness
In 2015, Equal Pay Day was on 9th November: it marks the point in the year when women essentially stop
Asbestos – The killer that still surrounds us!
With most cancers, it is hard to know the exact cause. For example, someone may get lung cancer, but not
Manual handling at work
Manual handling at work causes over one-third of all workplace injuries. It can cover a variety of areas, such as
Rights for women on maternity leave
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a Council was in breach of duty under the Maternity and Parental Leave
“Her face doesn’t fit”
“Sometimes I look at the way they treat me and the way they treat someone else and I think that’s