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The Funerals Market Investigation Order 2021

Posted on 17th September 2021 in Later Life Planning

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that the new obligations contained in the Funeral Markets Investigation Order 2021, which was made in June 2021, are now in force for funeral directors and crematoria.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

Insights

Step-Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities after Divorce

Posted on 16th September 2021 in Family Law

Step-families are an ever increasing family type within the United Kingdom, yet the rights of step-parents after divorce are often overlooked. 

Posted by

Bea Taylor

Trainee Solicitor

Insights

Virtual GP appointments lead to missed liver cancer diagnosis

Posted on 15th September 2021 in Medical Negligence

All clinicians including GPs have faced an exceptionally difficult time during the Covid crisis and the restrictions created by the pandemic has evidently made diagnosis of serious conditions a real challenge. 

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Acting as Attorney or Deputy under Covid-19 Restrictions

Posted on 10th September 2021 in Later Life Planning, Coronavirus Pandemic

If you are acting for someone who is elderly or vulnerable, it is important that you understand how your responsibilities might need to adapt under any current rules and restrictions.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

Insights

Financial Disclosure in Divorce

Posted on 10th September 2021 in Family Law

When couples are separating and looking at their finances, they will be asked to provide full and frank disclosure of their financial position.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

Insights

Death of baby part of largest review into NHS maternity care

Posted on 07th September 2021 in Medical Negligence

After initially examining 250 cases it has since been widened to focus on nearly 1,900 cases dating back decades and is now the largest ever review into NHS maternity care.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

The use of donor's funds by a registered lasting power of attorney

Posted on 27th August 2021 in Probate & Wills

Unless express instructions are included in the lasting power of attorney (LPA) for property and financial affairs about providing for others or making gifts, the general rule is that the LPA attorney does not have power to benefit others apart from the very restricted authority to make the usual Christmas and birthday gifts and to make gifts to any charity to whom the donor may have been making regular payments.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

Insights

How to ensure your dog is looked after if your relationship breaks down

Posted on 25th August 2021 in Family Law

When a relationship breaks down, dogs often get caught up in the separation process leading to difficulties arising over who will retain ownership at an already incredibly stressful and emotional time. 

Posted by

Bea Taylor

Trainee Solicitor

Insights

Clinical negligence process during lockdown look set to stay

Posted on 20th August 2021 in Medical Negligence

Unlike personal injury litigation, clinical negligence litigation relies on medical expert opinion to identify and determine both liability (whether there were failings in the care provided) and quantum (the losses arising from any injuries sustained).

Posted by

Simon Mansfield

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

A decade on, a maternity unit downgraded again following needless deaths of 12 mothers and babies

Posted on 20th August 2021 in Medical Negligence

Back in March 2015 a scandal hit a maternity unit when it was blamed for the needless deaths of 12 mothers and babies between 20024 and 2012, once again this unit has been criticised for providing poor care.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Should you wait for No Fault Divorce or act now?

Posted on 13th August 2021 in Family Law

The introduction of No Fault Divorce has been long awaited by clients and practitioners alike. Many have speculated whether it is wise to wait until April 2022 to initiate divorce proceedings in the hope of achieving a more amicable separation. In our latest insight article we discuss why, in certain situations, it may be more beneficial to begin divorce proceedings before the reforms take effect.

Posted by

Bea Taylor

Trainee Solicitor

Insights

Staffing shortages in a pingdemic

Posted on 06th August 2021 in Employment

Many businesses – especially those in hospitality – are suffering from dire staff shortages. Whilst a measure of relief is in sight with news that the criteria for being pinged by the NHS app have been relaxed and the easing of rules on self-isolation from 16 August for those who have been double-jabbed or who are under 18, it seems clear staffing is likely to be a problem for many employers for some time.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor