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Enjoy your Easter long weekend. Our offices are closed from 5pm this evening until 9am on Tuesday 7th April.
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We would like to pay our respects to Bernie Phelan, one of Canter Levin and Berg's longest serving employees, who sadly passed away on Wednesday after a long battle against cancer.

Bernie worked for the firm from 1973 – 2011, based in our crime department. 

He was a larger than life figure in the Liverpool Legal fraternity, well known for his abundance of stories and anecdotes delivered with a barbed sense of humour.

In his free time Bernie was a keen, if not necessarily accomplished, golfer.

He is survived by his wife Ronnie, daughter Sarah and grandson Monty.

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

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More than 100 Liverpool lawyers met on Wednesday to discuss the future of the profession, with every barristers’ chambers in the city and the vast majority of solicitors represented.

Attending Wednesday’s meeting at the Liverpool Law Society was +Peter Mitchell, one of the partners at Canter Levin & Berg and a solicitor in our Motoring and Criminal Law department.

Afterwards, Pete explained why he and his colleagues would be joining other lawyers from across Merseyside in refusing to take on legal aid work.
#LegalAid   #SaveUKJustice  

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We require a dynamic Solicitor or legal executive to join our busy personal injury team.

The successful candidate must have relevant experience in all areas of EL/PL/OL and RTA. May suit newly qualified. Salary to be negotiated.

The closing date for applications is 27th May 2015. Applicants for this position should submit their C.V. & Covering Letter by email to our HR Officer, Hayley Roberts.

Full details can be found on our website.
#LawJobs   #PersonalInjurySolicitor  

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Here's our quick-fire summary of the parties legal aid pledges.
#GE2015   #LegalAid   #infographic  
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askCUE PI, a new online service which aims to prevent fraudulent claims from entering the compensation process was launched yesterday.

Ruth Bennett, a solicitor dealing with road traffic accident compensation claims at Canter Levin & Berg, offered her thoughts on the new service and on fraudulent injury compensation claims in general.
#PI   #RTA   #Fraud  
askCUE PI, a new online service which aims to prevent fraudulent claims from entering the compensation process is being launched today.

As a solicitor at +Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors (Liverpool)  dealing with compensation claims made by the victims of Road Traffic Accidents, it is encouraging to see the insurance industry engaging in the sharing of data long requested by representatives of Claimant Solicitors.

Over the last few years the government and insurance companies have implemented changes that have denied genuine Claimants access to justice. This development will assist Solicitors in the rigorous checks already being made to prevent fraudulent claims and I welcome it.

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If you’re facing prosecution for a drug driving offence, you need specialist legal representation. At Canter Levin & Berg, our Drug Driving Solicitors can help.

We offer a range of fixed fee legal services for specific driving offences, including drug driving offences.

For more information please view our guide to fixed fee legal advice for driving offences which can be found on our website.
#DrugDriving  

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Fans of Coronation Street were left wondering the fate of devious David Platt after his master plan of blackmailing fake Gavin, who is really Andy, into planting drugs in Callum’s car, spectacularly backfired.

David is currently locked in a store room at the side of Callum’s drug dealing office, aka his local pub, whilst Callum and his cronies decide which form of rough justice to mete out.

As Callum has pulled the proverbial plug on their mediation sessions, he now cockily thinks he holds all the cards with Max being his biological son.

CLB’s resident legal soap pedant +Rebecca Finnigan, Family Law solicitor and member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Law panel, begs to differ.

If you enjoy soaps and would like to learn more about the legal issues that they feature in their storylines, why not subscribe to Sud’s Law – we wish David Platt would!
#Corrie   #FamilyLaw  

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Are you an experienced Proclaim Developer?

A vacancy has arisen here at Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors, for a Proclaim developer working within the IT department at our Liverpool City Centre office.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic team player who will be willing to share their knowledge with colleagues, whilst also being able to work independently when required.

We are looking for someone who is fully proficient in the development and support of the Proclaim case management system.

In return, you will be joining a Lexcel and IIP accredited law firm - receiving a competitive salary, with benefits and good working hours.

The closing date for applications for the position of Proclaim Developer is Thursday 30th April 2015.

Further details can be found on our website.
#Proclaim   #ITJobs  

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Are you aware of one of the most significant changes ever to be made to the sentencing process, the new Criminal Courts Charge?

From April 13 2015, a new Criminal Courts Charge has been introduced in England and Wales. Announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling back in March, this charge of between £150 and £1200, depending on the type of case, is NOT means-tested.

Richard Hughes, one of our specialist criminal law solicitors, offers his thoughts on the new charges and how they would affect people who have been found guilty of a criminal offence.
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From April 13 2015, a new Criminal Courts Charge has been introduced in England and Wales. Announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling back in March, this charge of between £150 and £1200, depending on the type of case, is not means-tested.

The Criminal Courts Charge will be levied in addition to the monies which those convicted of an offence currently have to pay. These include the prosecution’s legal costs, a compensation payment to the victim of their crime and a Victim Surcharge – which funds victims’ services. All of these charges are in addition to the sentence the guilty person receives, which can itself take the form of a fine.

Where costs awards differ from the new Criminal Courts Charge, is that they are set by the courts individually in each case, based on what the court decides it would be “just and reasonable” for the convicted person to pay.

In my opinion, this is one of the most significant changes ever to be made to the sentencing process and it has been brought in by the back door, by way of a statutory instrument, thus avoiding any appropriate scrutiny, debate and challenge.

You can read my full thoughts on the new Criminal Courts Charge on the +Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors (Liverpool) website.
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