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Latest legal blogs - Stephensons Solicitors LLP

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 0175 321 6399.

Road traffic accident case reopened following advice of German courts

Cecilia Frodsham
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Being involved in any accident can be extremely stressful and upsetting but perhaps even more so when the accident has taken place abroad. We act for a number of clients who have been involved in accidents abroad. Whether that be through slipping on a...

Solicitors' responsibilities - planning application reports

Liam Waine
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In a recent Court of Appeal case it was decided it was reasonable to expect that a conveyancing solicitor should explain the detail of a Plansearch report which provided details of a school development in close proximity of the property being...

Tweet but be sweet - drawing the line between private and professional worlds

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Social media has expanded rapidly over recent years. It allows people to share information, ideas and views and is important for both individuals and businesses. Once more it can also distort the boundaries between home and work and this has been a key...

Private club, society or association discrimination

Maria Chadwick
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Under the Equality Act 2010, a private club, society and/or association, must not discriminate against an individual or group of people.  What is discrimination?  Discrimination is the unequal treatment of an individual or a number of persons...

Could breast feeding at work become commonplace?

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Last week, we saw Australian politician, Senator Larissa Waters, breast feed in Parliament. This opens quite an interesting debate as to female employees’ rights regarding breast feeding in the work place.  While it is rare for female...

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day 2017

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Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day is on Friday 19 th May 2017 and is used to increase the understanding as well as raising the profile of spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries are always serious and often life altering. Spinal injuries can...

Connected and contented? Secrets and suspicion make social media a potential relationship minefield

Amanda Rimmer
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The world has been overtaken by social media, Facebook, Skype, Snapchat, Twitter and – apparently – ‘WhatsApp’. Today, many people’s personal lives are being played out publicly, marriages, separations and divorces. There...

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming - Are you ready?

Stuart Crook
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK on 25 May 2018. In short, the GDPR is a new law that significantly extends and strengthens the current law and regulatory regime in relation to data privacy and data...

The YouTube 'adpocalypse' and the need for website T&C's

Thomas Baker
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Whether it is a 20-minute video of the funniest cat moments, or a day in the life of a daily ‘vlogger’. For some YouTube channels and the people/companies behind them, advertisement revenue is their main source of income. Google’s...

Deaf Awareness Week - 15th to 21st May 2017

Clare Gammond
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This year’s Deaf Awareness Week is taking place from 15-21 May 2017. It is promoted by the UK Council on Deafness, the umbrella body for voluntary organisations working with deaf people in the UK. Deaf Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise...

Employment status clarified further by new ACAS guidance on gig economy

Emma Corrie
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If you believe that you have been treated less favourably than another individual in the workplace  and you feel that the treatment is connected to one or more of the characteristics protected and defined in the Equality Act 2010, then you may be able...

Sun Awareness Week 2017

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It’s Sun Awareness Week from 8 th – 16 th May 2017, and what a week it’s been so far with the news headlines announcing that an “unexpected mini heatwave is set to hit Britain.” In marking Sun Awareness Week, the British...

Changing rooms - can you help?

Sarah Boustouller
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As a firm we have an active Corporate Social Responsibility forum. Our CSR committee have decided to carry out a ‘time’ project at Barnardo’s Preston Foyer. The project involves a ‘changing rooms’ exercise in the common...

Misdiagnosis of broken bones in our A&E departments

Gemma Crompton
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A study in the Medico-Legal Journal has recently demonstrated a worrying trend of patients being sent home from A&E departments with undiagnosed fractures, particularly of the hand and hip. A delayed diagnosis of a fracture can lead to non-union of the...

Mental Health Awareness Week

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It’s Mental Health Awareness week this week and the theme this year hosted by the Mental Health Foundation is ‘surviving to thriving’. The Mental Health Foundation is seeking this year to look at why so few people in the UK, and...

Action for Brain Injury Week

Kate Sweeney
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It’s Action for Brain Injury Week this week and brain injury charity, Headway, is seeking to raise awareness of the impact of brain injury on injured people and their families by encouraging them to share their experiences and address the common...

Pay whilst on-call or sleeping at work: am I entitled to the national minimum wage?

Adam Pennington
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Are workers entitled to the national minimum wage when 'on-call', or sleeping, at work? ‘It depends’ according to a recent decision in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The EAT confirmed the following factors can assist in...

Grandparents set to pass on property worth £400 billion

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According to new research from insurers Royal London, over £400 billion in wealth is due to be passed down from grandparents to younger generations over the next few decades . Data was collected from over 5,000 people from three different...

Criminal convictions for "rogue" breast surgeon

Gemma Crompton
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The Criminal Trial relating to the disgraced former NHS Surgeon, Ian Paterson, has now concluded with a jury finding him guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three further wounding charges. Paterson was a Consultant Breast Surgeon working at...

Proposed reforms on clinical negligence funding

Judith Thomas-Whittingham
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The government have introduced a proposal to fix legal recoverable costs in clinical negligence cases, and the consultation is due to expire on the 2nd of May. The current cost regime that we have is that the opponent, the losing party, pays the...

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