Your local solicitors in East Anglia

As a highly regarded commercial and individual client law firm, our objective is to deliver clear legal solutions which precisely match your needs. Our business is based upon providing excellent service to our clients.

Norton Peskett has enjoyed significant growth in recent years, both in terms of size and reputation and has provided legal services to the people and businesses in East Anglia for over 180 years. The practice continues to build on traditional core values of professionalism and integrity.

Since its foundation Norton Peskett as a firm has always prided itself on being part of the community. With its various offices throughout the area many Partners and staff have been members of voluntary organisations such as Roundtable, Rotary, Lions and Governors of local schools, giving back to the community their time and expertise in fund raising and charitable work.

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Refund of Power of Attorney Fees - How to Claim

Under a new Government scheme, if you paid to register a Power of Attorney in England or Wales between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 you can apply for a partial refund. How much you get depends on when you paid the fees. You will also get 0.5% interest.

How to claim a refund

You can make a claim if you were the donor or the attorney but the refund will only be paid to the donor. To apply, you can claim a refund online or phone the Office of the Public Guardian's helpline on 0300 456 0300 and select option 6. It takes up to 12 weeks for your claim to be processed. There is currently no deadline by which you must apply.


Tread Carefully .....

Given the recent weather there has been a very high risk of slipping over and the question we are often presented with is "should the Council not have gritted the pathway/public car park?" Last year a case in this regard was taken to the Court of Appeal:- Cook v Swansea City Council [2017]. This case confirms that local authorities are not under a duty to ensure any areas they are responsible for are gritted each and every time there is a particular cold night, it in fact confirmed that a reactive system of gritting can be sufficient in certain circumstances.

In this particular case the injured party was caused to slip and fall on ice in a car park owned by the Council. This particular car park was outside, unmanned and open 24 hours a day. The Council would not automatically grit the car park in bad weather conditions but only in reaction to reports from members of the public about potentially dangerous conditions.

In considering the duty of the Council, the Court of Appeal carefully considered the costs and resources that the Council would have needed to ensure that the car park was gritted on days where there was snow and ice. The Court of Appeal considered that it would be too onerous for the Council to have gritted the car park on every one of these days. In addition, they also confirmed that the risk of snow and ice in cold weather was an obvious danger which people could reasonably be expected to watch out for and take care.

This case shows that just because there is ice or snow on the ground it does not mean that there are failings on the part of the occupier of land to ensure that people are reasonably safe when using their premises. Rather, the Courts will assess whether the system of gritting and inspection was reasonable in the circumstances. This judgment was fact specific and limited to the system of gritting that was reasonably required in a public car park that was unmanned and open to elements.

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