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June 21 / News

Family Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Do you offer any free advice?

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June 14 / News

Simply Castle Street

Our next SIMPLY CASTLE STREET is taking place at the beautiful venue, Dash Restaurant & Bar, 15 Victoria Street, Liverpool on Wednesday 29th June, commencing at 9:00am and we would love you to join us.

Our events are free, friendly and informal and an ideal opportunity to meet likeminded business individuals and grow your contact list.

So, if you fancy joining us, then early booking is advisable as places are limited.  Please book via Eventbrite link:


Hope to see you there!

May 25 / News

CASE STUDY – Medical Negligence

We have recently dealt with a medical negligence claim for a client and successfully secured compensation.

The claim involved cataract surgery with anaesthetic administered to the Claimant during the same.

The client had attended hospital to have cataract surgery. She had a left eye cataract and this was uneventful. She returned to the same hospital to have right eye cataract however, complications arose.

We sent a Letter of Claim to the Defendant hospital after our investigations, and input from our own expert evidence however, liability was disputed. The Claimant alleged that the Defendant had been negligent in delivering injectable local anaesthetic into the right eye via a retrobulbar block technique; planned and documented a peribulbar block but in fact attempted to use a retrobulbar technique; perforating the globe of the Claimant’s right eye and continuing to insert the needle far enough into the back of the eye to cause penetration of the retina close to the macular; directed the needle through the Claimant’s eye ball so that the local anaesthetic was deposited near the macular; utilised a 40mm long needle which was far too long for a peribulbar block and failed to obtain any or any adequately informed consent from the Claimant as to the use of the technique and explain the relevant risks and benefit of alternative techniques.

May 23 / News

WE DID IT! – We smashed our target for our “Group Distance Challenge for Ukraine”

We have now completed our “Group Distance Challenge for Ukraine”.  We had set ourselves a target to raise £2,000 for charity UK-Med who are “a frontline medical aid charity. Born of the NHS, we’ve been working for over 20 years towards a world where everyone has the healthcare they need when crises or disasters hit.”  Thanks to the Directors who gave a generous £1,000 to kick start the fundraising.  The challenge was for our Team to walk, run, cycle, ski, or even roller skate to clock up 1949 miles in 6 weeks – which is the distance from the UK to Ukraine.

We are delighted to announce that we smashed our fundraising goal – raising in excess of £2,500, which is fantastic, AND clocking up an amazing 2,400+ miles!  What an achievement.

Kristina Stoddern, one of our Directors said “All of our staff have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in such a worthy cause.  Everyone looked forward to the weekly updates and we had an internal competition to see which office could clock the most miles.  Formby were our winners!  We are so pleased that we could try and make a small contribution to such a great charity, providing vital front line aid.  Thank you to all our sponsors!”

Our Just Giving page is still open.  If you would like to make a donation, you can do so here:

To find out more about the charity, UK-Med, their details can be found on the link:

May 10 / News

Mental Health Awareness


The Theme for this years’ Mental Health Awareness Week is Loneliness.

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April 29 / News

Group Distance Challenge for Ukraine

Staff at Maxwell Hodge Solicitors are participating in a group 6 week challenge (1st April to 13th May), raising funds for Ukraine. 

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April 28 / News


We are often asked by our clients how much it will cost to bring a claim to court. The answer is wide ranging due to the nature of different disputes and also depending on the complexity of a case and how much work would be involved. Disputes such as Will disputes, contract disputes and property disputes are covered under the term, Civil Litigation.

Can you just send a letter?

We are sometimes asked to draft a letter before action which lets the other party know what the issues are and what is required to rectify the dispute. This is usually the first contact between the parties via a Solicitor. Most clients presume a simple letter should be quick and cheap to send.  However, we are required to undertake a substantial amount of work prior to being in a position to send an initial letter. The work involved includes taking all of the instructions and carrying out a review of documents to ensure that what the client is saying is true and accurate. We have a professional reputation to comply with rules of behaviour expected of solicitors, by ensuring that any information we provide to another party is accurate. We are required to check our client’s ID and obtain electronic ID searches. We then have to draft the letter and send to our client for approval, which often results in amendments being made or further discussions. There may then be further documents to consider if the dispute is moving along. This could take several hours of time. Once a response is received, we then have to review the same and advise further. Overall, undertaking the initial work prior to going to court can be quite costly.

Costs to Trial

Often, if the claim is not resolved at this stage, there will then be the option to proceed to court. For some disputes of lower value, and with less complex issues to resolve, the costs could still easily amount to £20,000.00 to £30,000.00 plus VAT, Court fees and Barrister’s fees, if the matter proceeds to a final hearing. However, costs could of course exceed this, depending on the nature of the work involved. We have dealt with cases which are more complex and the costs budget has amounted to £60,000.00 plus VAT for all costs and disbursements. Sometimes, cases are capable of settlement after issue of proceedings but before the Trial, in which case, costs will be less. Decisions to proceed to Court are therefore serious.

Win or Lose

The rule regarding costs is that you are responsible for your own solicitor’s costs. If you win the dispute or settle on favourable terms, you may be awarded these costs to be paid by the opposition. However if you lose the dispute, you may be ordered to pay your opponent’s costs as well as your own.

Overall, litigation is risky and costly. Parties should try, where possible, to resolve the matter amicably or use ADR to try and narrow the issues before proceeding to Court action.

If you are involved in a dispute, please feel free to contact one of our Team members to discuss how we can assist with this.


April 22 / News

How to trace the untraceable?

Has a parent deserted their child with no means of contact?

Has your partner deserted you and left you in a financial mess?

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April 8 / News


If you have had a successful accident claim, then you may be entitled to receive compensation.

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April 8 / News

No Fault Divorce

As of 6th April 2022, No Fault Divorce proceedings are now made law, marking the end of the ‘Blame Game’ in divorces.  From today, divorces in the UK no longer need grounds and parties can even apply jointly.

It is hoped that this change will revolutionise divorce proceedings and provide a more amicable process for all parties.

To find out more, we invite you to read our article:

If you would like advice on divorce, please contact Michael Pratt, or Joanne Hoy, in our Family Team.