Moore Blatch wins Property Law Firm award
South Coast Property Awards recognises Moore Blatch’s exceptional year
Rising Star wins Gold for Lymington sailing duo at 420 World Championships
18-year-old sailors Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle, both from Royal Lymington Yacht Club, have won GOLD at the 2019 420 Women’s World Championships in Portugal. The Lymington duo narrowly beat their closest rivals from Italy.
A clearly ecstatic Vita, who is sponsored by local law firm Moore Blatch, described the win as “the weirdest feeling ever” going on to say; “I can’t believe it has happened, I actually can’t. Winning the World Championships means so much to me; it is the culmination of many years of training and racing, out in all weathers and trying to be the best.”
“Sometimes it doesn’t go according to plan and you literally have to right the boat and, probably by now very wet, cold, exhausted and desperate, sail on and try to claw your way back up through the fleet.”
“After 5 years of 420s we finally did it and it is such a good feeling” added Vita.
The 420 World Championships saw 456 sailors from 24 nations compete in Vilamoura, Portugal, with racing concluding on 11th July.
Ed Whittington, Managing Partner, Moore Blatch said “We have many sailors in our midst and so understand both the physical and emotional challenges of sailing as a world class sport as well as the financial pressures these athletes face. We’re thrilled to see Vita enjoy such success and are proud to be supporting her.”
Vita is part of Moore Blatch’s Rising Star programme, which identifies inspirational local talent helping them to achieve their goals and aspirations through raising awareness and providing funding. Throughout the programme, Moore Blatch and Vita work together to provide inspiration and motivation to encourage others to follow their dream.
On the support that Moore Blatch provided, Vita commented: “The support I have received from Moore Blatch has been more than just help, it has been essential to me, and it lifted us up so that Milly and I could have a realistic chance of becoming the World Champions. Thank you to all at Moore Blatch!”
Other individuals who have received support from Moore Blatch’s Rising Star programme include Lucy Shuker, double Paralympic medallist and Great Britain’s No.1 Paralympic wheelchair tennis player.
The Government has announced a change to the “discount rate” for clinical negligence claimants
Better news than expected for clinical negligence claimants following the government’s review of the discount rate to -0.25%, but continued frustration over accommodation claims.
The government has announced a change to the “discount rate” (the expected rate of return on investments) which is applied to claims for future losses. Having been changed from a longstanding positive figure of 2.5% to a negative -0.75% in February 2017, a change back to a positive figure had been widely expected across the profession.
Whilst the change will mean a modest reduction in the value of claims for future losses such as care, loss of earnings, accommodation adaptation costs, future treatment costs etc, maintaining a negative rate means that these claims will not be impacted as much as a return to a positive rate would have required.
The down-side for some claimants is that claims for the cost of purchase of specially adapted accommodation (often necessary, particularly in the highest value claims) will continue to be difficult as these claims are calculated in accordance with the 1989 Court of Appeal decision in Roberts v Johnstone, which takes account of the discount rate, and for as long as this remains negative, the Roberts v Johnstone calculation inevitably leads to a nil award.
This cannot be right, but to date, the courts are following precedent and making no award for accommodation purchase costs at trial. In some cases, the discount rate of -0.75% meant that there was sufficient provision elsewhere which could be utilised for purchase costs, but this was certainly not the case in all claims. A number of alternative methods of calculating purchase costs have been submitted in cases and usually, where a settlement has been negotiated, a significant allowance has been made by Defendants.
Trial judges, however, have considered themselves to be bound by the Roberts v Johnstone calculation, but those dealing with such claims are now waiting for the Court of Appeal to review the position and clarify how such claims are to be dealt with in the future – their hearing of the appeal in the case of Swift v Carpenter is expected this month.
Those in need of specialist accommodation, and their advisors, hope that the Court of Appeal will conclude that it can only be right that a claimant who needs rehousing due to negligence can recover the cost of purchasing appropriate accommodation as part of their claim.
Moore Blatch advise a number of clients who need specialist accommodation due to the extent of their injuries.
Moore Blatch raise funds for Smile4Wessex
Kathryn Grimes, Community Fundraising Officer, for Smile4Wessex, receives a cheque in the sum of £2,389.40 from Matthew Claxson, Partner, at local law firm, Moore Blatch LLP.
Matthew, along with a team from Moore Blatch LLP, recently walked 26 miles in one day from their Chandler’s Ford offices to their Lymington office in aid of Smile4Wessex.
Smile4Wessex provides charitable support for the Wessex Neurological Centre of Southampton General Hospital. The Wessex Neurological Centre is one of the largest and most highly respected neurological centres in the UK. Smile4Wessex raises funds for cutting-edge equipment and facilities that enhance the range and quality of treatment available, and by sponsoring pioneering research into new treatments for a variety of neurological conditions.
Kathryn Grimes said “This is a fantastic achievement to walk 26 miles in one day and amazing fundraising for Smile4Wessex. The funds will be used to further our aims in support of neurological services at the Wessex Neurological Centre helping those in our region. Well done to all involved at Moore Blatch”.
Matthew Claxson said: “Having access to the right neurological treatment and rehabilitation from the outset is key to maximising your outcome after a brain injury. As a solicitor who works on behalf of those who have suffered a brain injury through no fault of their own, perhaps due to a road traffic collision or fall, I am aware through those clients as to the importance of neurological rehabilitation and I am keen to ensure that we continue to have in our region excellent neurological care. I therefore, with a team from Moore Blatch, was pleased to be able to undertake this challenging walk and raise for Smile4Wessex a substantial sum”
If you would like to donate to Smile4Wessex, please visit their website at www.smile4wessex.org
Scaling Up for Success
Moore Blatch has recently partnered with Smith & Williamson to deliver a series of four Scaling up for Success seminars in 2019 to help founders and senior management teams in businesses that have an ambition to grow and ‘scale up’.
26 miles to raise Smiles4Wessex
20 members of the personal injury and private client teams at local law firm Moore Blatch recently took part in a 26-mile walk from the firm’s Chandler’s Ford office to its Lymington office, raising over £2,200 for Smile4Wessex. Smile4Wessex provides charitable support for the Wessex Neurological Centre, one of the largest and most highly respected neurological centres in the UK.
Moore Blatch shortlisted in the South Coast Property Awards
With offices in Southampton, Lymington, Richmond and the City of London, the 350 strong law firm has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Property Law Firm award in this year’s South Coast Property Awards.
This award celebrates law firms whose property team has had an exceptional year, either in terms of volume of work, quality of instructions, or both.
South Coast Property Awards 2019 will be held on Thursday July 18, 2019 at the Hilton Ageas Bowl on where the winners will be announced.
Martin Duck, Partner and head of commercial real estate at Moore Blatch, commented: ”
I am delighted that our hard work this year has been recognised. The reputation of our Real Estate team continues to grow year on year and we are fast becoming the ‘go to’ property firm in the area. We have worked on many significant transactions and have recruited some exceptional lawyers to further strengthen the team over the last year.”
10 firm-wide promotions at Moore Blatch
With the firm’s continued growth and success, Moore Blatch, a top 100 law firm focused on supporting people, families and growth businesses for the long term, is delighted to announce 10 key promotions firm wide.
Moore Blatch appoints Mark Grant as partner in its land development team
Mark Grant has joined Moore Blatch as a partner in its land development team. Mark joins from Gateley Plc where he was partner in the firm’s Guilford office.