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How should employers approach sabbatical requests?

Posted on 10th March 2022 in Employment

Work-life balance has very much been a talking point as a result of the covid pandemic. With this, employers have seen an increase in requests for sabbaticals.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Top midwife says sorry for babies and mothers lost following the pursuit of “normal births”

Posted on 08th March 2022 in Medical Negligence

Head of the RCM (Royal Collage of Midwives), Gail Walton, has apologised for the part the organisation played in promoting “normal births” which has led to the deaths of mothers and babies.

Posted by

Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

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Estate Administration - missed assets and liabilities

Posted on 04th March 2022 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

One of the main roles of a personal representative’s role is to identify all the assets and liabilities in the estate.  

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Senior Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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A word of caution as an employee is fairly dismissed for refusal to be vaccinated

Posted on 01st March 2022 in Employment

In Allette v Scarsdale Grange Nursing Home Limited, an Employment Tribunal dismissed an employee’s claim for unfair and wrongful dismissal following her refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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COVID-19 and employment brief update

Posted on 01st March 2022 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

From 24 February 2022 the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test for COVID-19 no longer applies in England.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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What are the key commercial considerations for trademarking a logo?

Posted on 28th February 2022 in Intellectual Property

Exeter Chiefs have unveiled a new logo in a daring move away from the current branding the club has used since 1999. The new logo will take effect from 1 July 2022.

Posted by

Jessica Whittick

Trainee Solicitor

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Shoulder dystocia in BBC's “This is Going to Hurt”

Posted on 25th February 2022 in Medical Negligence

As a solicitor specialising in medical negligence litigation, I was interested to watch “This is Going to Hurt”, the BBC drama based on the bestselling memoir of Adam Kay, in his role as a junior doctor in obstetrics and gynaecology. This was particularly pertinent to me given the significant number of cases relating to pregnancy, childbirth, and neonatal care that we, as a specialist firm handle.

Posted by

Clair Hemming

Partner and Solicitor

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Biggest maternity scandal uncovered by help of mothers

Posted on 23rd February 2022 in Medical Negligence

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is at the centre of what many have said may be the biggest scandal in the history of the NHS.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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End to NHS targets for natural births following baby deaths

Posted on 21st February 2022 in Medical Negligence

Hospitals are being told to drop their targets which encouraged “normal births” because of fears for the safety of mothers and babies.

Posted by

Simon Mansfield

Partner and Solicitor

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Can I make gifts as an attorney?

Posted on 18th February 2022 in Later Life Planning

If you are appointed as an attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), you may wonder whether it is possible to make gifts on the donor’s behalf, for instance to family members or charities they would support.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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What should I do if my employees refuse to return to the office after working from home?

Posted on 16th February 2022 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

Government guidance to work from home where possible has ended. As an employer, you may wish your staff to return to the office. However, some of your employees may be reluctant to return.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Top tips for separating parents

Posted on 16th February 2022 in Family Law

If you’re thinking about separating, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and seek legal advice as early as possible so you know what your options are. Sorting finances, living arrangements, children and other things can feel overwhelming, but a good solicitor will be able to give you practical advice so that you can take it one step at a time.

Posted by

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor