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Couple’s baby died in the womb following mistakes made by maternity staff

Posted on 07th December 2021 in Medical Negligence

As a result of the mistakes which lead to their baby’s death, Mr and Mrs Hawkins have now received a £2.8m pay out which is believed to be the largest payout for negligence relating to a stillbirth.

Posted by

Simon Mansfield

Partner and Solicitor

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Catalogue of errors led to six year old girl dying of sepsis

Posted on 30th November 2021 in Medical Negligence

In July 2017 six year old Coco Bradford died in a Bristol hospital after receiving treatment at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. An independent report has previously criticised the hospital and those involved as they missed opportunities save the young girl’s life.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Who gets the house in a divorce?

Posted on 29th November 2021 in Family Law

Separation is never easy, but if you and your former partner own property together, the situation can be even more complicated.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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How does divorce affect siblings?

Posted on 29th November 2021 in Family Law

Divorce can be traumatic for everyone involved, especially children, however siblings can often strengthen their relationship by going through this shared experience.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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What rights do step-parents have after separation?

Posted on 29th November 2021 in Family Law

Step-parents who have divorced the biological parent of their step-child may legitimately wonder what their ongoing rights and responsibilities are towards their step-children.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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How to achieve a good divorce when children are involved

Posted on 29th November 2021 in Family Law

Divorce can be a difficult, and often lengthy, process. But it is possible to achieve a ‘good' divorce for you and your family. The process of achieving a ‘good’ divorce should start from the moment it is considered in the first place, rather than when legal proceedings begin.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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How can parents support children with separation?

Posted on 29th November 2021 in Family Law

Separation may involve bad feelings between the parents and their families. Children can pick up on this, which can make them confused, unhappy, or even blame themselves for a break-up.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Does the construction of a bike training circuit for personal use in your garden require planning permission?

Posted on 26th November 2021 in Planning and Licensing

The case involved a bike training circuit that had been set up in someone’s garden. It included the creation of tracks, jumps, ramps and scaffolding towers. The local authority took enforcement action alleging a material change of use of the garden to a mixed use for residential use and mountain bike purposes and use for motorised sport. The landowner appealed against the enforcement notice.

Posted by

Alex McKerron

Chartered Legal Executive

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Proposed reforms to the charging system of adult social care in England

Posted on 26th November 2021 in Later Life Planning, Safeguarding Vulnerable Clients

STEP has reported that the Government has published more details of its proposed reforms to the charging system of adult social care in England, including a lifetime cap on the charges for personal care.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Senior Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Unexpected tax bill warning when gifting money

Posted on 26th November 2021 in Later Life Planning

A recent poll conducted by financial advisors Killik & Co has shown that many people do not understand the rules of Inheritance Tax.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Senior Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Maternity service failings leads to public enquiry call in Nottingham

Posted on 26th November 2021 in Medical Negligence

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) is facing review following a number of problems regarding its under-fire maternity services, calls which are being backed by councillors.

Posted by

Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

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‘Tis the season to be jolly’ or not?

Posted on 23rd November 2021 in Family Law

For many families Christmas planning is now well underway and what should be a joyful and child focused time can become difficult for separated parents who are attempting to agree arrangements for their children over the festive period.

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Senior Paralegal