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Probate grants averaging nine weeks to be issued

Posted on 21st December 2021 in Probate & Wills

The latest family court statistics for England and Wales show 58,642 grants of were issued between July and September 2021, with a record number of 82% being made through the new digital application system, compared to only 46% in the same quarter in 2020.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Hospital required to take action following deaths of four patients after gallstone procedure complications

Posted on 21st December 2021 in Medical Negligence

Within six months of each other, after receiving the same gallstone procedure, four patients died and action has been demanded by a coroner to prevent further deaths.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Beneficiary witnesses and void gifts in a Will – new rules needed to include cohabiting couples

Posted on 20th December 2021 in Probate & Wills

There are strict rules in place for witnessing Wills.  One of these rules is that if the spouse or civil partner of a beneficiary witnesses the Will then the gift to the beneficiary in the Will is void.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Senior Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Deceased's nominees can now be given access to Apple iCloud

Posted on 17th December 2021 in Later Life Planning

When someone dies family members and friends often wish to have access to the deceased’s data stored on their iCloud account but without knowing the password this is not always possible and can cause difficulties.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Senior Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Will I need to pay for my own care costs?

Posted on 16th December 2021 in Safeguarding Vulnerable Clients

The prospect of paying for care can be very worrying, especially as care costs and people’s life expectancy continue to increase. The rules and regulations surrounding care costs can be tricky to navigate and this is especially the case where the need for care has not been anticipated ahead of time.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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CMA updates care homes guidance following High Court decision

Posted on 15th December 2021 in Later Life Planning, Company & Commercial

Following the High Court’s decision in Competition and Markets Authority v Care UK Health & Social Holdings Ltd and another [2021] EWHC 2088 (Ch), the Competition and Markets Authority has updated its sector-specific guidance for care homes.

Posted by

Oliver Kent

Trainee Solicitor

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Pregnant woman are being denied the opportunity to plan a caesarean birth

Posted on 14th December 2021 in Medical Negligence

Despite the introduction of national guidance giving pregnant woman the right to a caesarean birth a decade ago, women are routinely being denied the opportunity for this.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Case regarding a Registered Provider’s liability for CIL, it intended to include more affordable housing than the limit set out in the existing s.106 Agreement

Posted on 13th December 2021 in Affordable Housing

In this High Court case the judge stated that "whilst affordable housing is generally desirable in policy terms, it does not follow that more affordable housing is always desirable without limit".

Posted by

Alex McKerron

Chartered Legal Executive

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West Devon housing tenants could receive money if they downsize

Posted on 13th December 2021 in Affordable Housing

West Devon Borough have backed the move of giving those living in rented properties thousands of pounds if they downsize. The aim is to tackle a shortage of affordable housing for families.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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NHS report reveals decade of failings in vulnerable mans care

Posted on 10th December 2021 in Medical Negligence

Mr Treacey lived his life in the care of the NHS and social care authorities, but experienced an “unacceptably poor quality of life” and was not kept safe from harm and NHS report has found.

Posted by

Simon Mansfield

Partner and Solicitor

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Can you bring a claim arguing you should never have been conceived?

Posted on 08th December 2021 in Medical Negligence

Short answer – yes - Para-showjumper who sued mother's GP claiming she 'should never have been born' wins landmark case | Daily Mail Online

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Michelle Beckett

Associate and Solicitor

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Why you should think twice before running a workplace raffle or bingo

Posted on 08th December 2021 in Employment

A great way to simultaneously raise money for your organisation’s chosen charity and boost workplace morale may be to run a raffle, bingo or similar ‘lottery’, and the current festive period may seem like the perfect time to do so. However, you may find there are unexpected rules you have to comply with.

Posted by

Oliver Kent

Trainee Solicitor