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Our solicitors and lawyers regularly write about different legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. Below you will find links to the latest articles from across the firm. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01616 966 229.

A prosecution of an NHS Trust for failing in its duty of candour - a one off or the first of many?

Gemma Crompton
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University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust has been prosecuted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for failing in its obligations to be open and transparent. Elsie Woodfield, who was 91, died due to suffering from a perforated oesophagus during an endoscopy....

The CQC's first prosecution for a breach of duty of candour

Laura Hannah
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It was recently reported that the CQC prosecuted University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust for breaching the duty of candour, contrary to Regulation 20 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This is the first reported...

Stoptober 2020 - quit smoking and breathe easier

Sarah Masters
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Did you know that if you quit smoking for 28 days then you are 5 times more likely to stay smoke free for good? With the global COVID-19 pandemic, staying fit and healthy is at the forefront of our minds. There’s never been a better chance to quit! ...

Health and Safety Executive targets construction firms in October with dustbusting initiative

Sarah Masters
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From Monday 5th October 2020, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be targeting construction firms across Great Britain in a month long inspection initiative focussed on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease. The health and safety...

Update: Corporate Insolvency & Governance Bill 2020

Julie Hunter
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The measures put in place by the government earlier this year to protect businesses against the threat of insolvency and those protecting directors against wrongful trading claims by a liquidator have been extended to 31 December 2020, to give companies...

Covid-19 pandemic - feeling safe in the workplace

Danielle Callaway
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The landscape of the workplace has changed significantly for almost everyone in the midst of the current pandemic, and many people remain reticent about returning to their workplace for fear of contracting the virus. There remain a lot of...

Cost of legal services in England and Wales

Simon Page
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A recent survey by the Legal Services Board (LSB) of legal service providers has found that there is a wide discrepancy of prices charged for legal work and advice in England & Wales. The survey unsurprisingly finds that cost of legal services in...

Funding a medical negligence claim - the options

Tom Mooney
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The funding of medical negligence claims is understandably very important to clients and, in my experience, prevents some people from attempting to access justice. I am regularly asked for reassurance from potential clients that they won’t...

Applying for secondary schools in 2021- key dates & tips

Natalie Tolley
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If your child turns 11 between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021, then they will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2021. The admissions applications window for secondary schools opened on 1 st August...

10 changes for landlords to consider when seeking possession of residential property

Gillian Cooke
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Since the start of lockdown, the government has made various changes to existing legislation and enacted new legislation to deal with the effects of the coronavirus on tenants, with a view to keeping a roof over the heads of those in rented property. If...

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