19 November 2009 by Lynne Burdon

The fear of failure

This year I am leading our marathon effort – 13 of us are going to Florence at the end of this month to run the marathon. We have trained hard – we have all completed a half marathon and all was going well. I really thought my dodgy hamstrings were holding up but then just a couple of weeks after the half marathon in Bristol they decided enough was enough and running became impossible. There followed MRI scans, diagnosis of 2 slipped discs, painful procedures (blood taken from my arm and injected into my hips!) and worst of all enforced rest. 6 weeks of absolutely essential training were lost. I am back running very gently now but much too little and much too late. The medical advice is that I must not attempt a marathon.

Back in January we set team goals

  • That on 29 November 2009 every single person in our team completes the Florence Marathon.
  • That we would raise £15,000 for the NSPCC.
  • That we would build a great team and have fun.

I have no doubt that we will achieve the second two goals – but I am facing the prospect of being the only team member who is not going to be able to complete the course. I don’t do failure! I am not finding this easy.

19 November 2009 by Louise Dawson

Let the Buyer Beware or Let the Seller Be Honest

The common law principle of caveat emptor, “let the buyer beware”, means that the onus is on a buyer to find out everything he wants or needs to know about a property before becoming committed to buying it i.e. prior to exchange of contracts.

19 November 2009 by Louise Dawson

How annoying

The recent Court of Appeal case of Davies v Dennis and others [2009] dealt with the question of whether building an extension on a residential property fell foul of a restrictive covenant against annoyance or nuisance.

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