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Covid employment legislative changes

Posted on 30th March 2022 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

Prior to 25th March 2022, individuals were deemed incapable of work (for the purposes of assessing eligibility for SSP) if they were unable to work due to the need to self-isolate.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Hospital’s desire for ‘natural births’ causes loss of 300 babies

Posted on 28th March 2022 in Medical Negligence

Details of a five-year investigation have been released ahead of a report into the heart wrenching stories of 1,862 former patients affected by decisions made at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust between 2000 and 2019.

Posted by

Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

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Woman dies from cervical cancer after symptoms were mistaken for IBS

Posted on 25th March 2022 in Medical Negligence

A recent Daily Mail article describes how Porsche McGregor-Sims died at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth on April 14th 2020 after cancer spread to her lungs, causing breathing problems before she suffered a fatal heart attack.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Registration of Trusts with H M Revenue & Customs

Posted on 25th March 2022 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

The Financial Times has reported that as many of 1 million trusts in the UK could be caught by a new requirement to register trusts with HMRC.  Failure not to register could result in the risk of fines and potentially difficulties accessing professional advice.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Senior Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Change to LPAs allows discretionary fund management

Posted on 25th March 2022 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

The OPG is expected to update its LP12 guidance note to confirm that attorneys will not require specific wording in order to instruct discretionary fund managers.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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The risk of an all at home commute

Posted on 23rd March 2022 in Employment

The Government’s Living with Covid strategy removed one of the final hurdles towards a return to full-time office working, but many are expected to continue working from home under the new regime.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Survey finds over 80% of UK GP’s think patients are at risk in their surgery

Posted on 21st March 2022 in Medical Negligence

When it comes to patients visiting their GP surgery, GP’s believe their patients are being put at risk when they come in for their appointment.

Posted by

Simon Mansfield

Partner and Solicitor

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DIY divorce

Posted on 17th March 2022 in Family Law

As we move into the new era of “no fault divorce” more people will consider applying on-line themselves.

Posted by

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

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Woman “forgotten” after birth - postnatal care

Posted on 16th March 2022 in Medical Negligence

NHS staff have warned that mothers are being “forgotten” after giving birth, with the emphasis focused on providing safe care during labour,  and that staff shortages are making this worse.

Posted by

Clair Hemming

Partner and Solicitor

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Department for Health and Social Care issue a consultation on draft statutory guidance concerning the care charging reforms

Posted on 14th March 2022 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning, Safeguarding Vulnerable Clients

The government announced in September 2021 charging reforms and their commitment that personal care costs in England will be capped at £86,000 over a person's lifetime. This is scheduled to take effect in October 2023.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Senior Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Delay in maternity scandal report leaves families frustrated

Posted on 10th March 2022 in Medical Negligence

A report into the biggest maternity scandal in NHS history is due to be published but families have voiced “huge frustration” as the publication of the final report was delayed for a second time

Posted by

Simon Mansfield

Partner and Solicitor

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Sepsis death should have been avoided

Posted on 10th March 2022 in Medical Negligence

In 2017 56-year-old Stephen Durkin died of sepsis as the Wye Valley Trust in Herefordshire failed to diagnose and treat the life-threatening condition in time.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor