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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 0175 321 6399.

Ongoing discrimination against the transgender community

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In 2013, the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community celebrated the passing of The Marriage (same sex couples) Act. However, Stonewall, an organisation which actively fights for equality in the LGBT community has recently produced a report...

PI reforms 'on hold' as Parliament faces snap election

Kate Sweeney
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The announcement of a ‘snap general election’ on 8 June has dominated the news this week, but how these events will impact the planned Personal Injury Reforms, remains to be seen. The announcement yesterday in Parliament that the Prisons and...

Have you been discriminated against due to your marital status?

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If you believe that you have been treated less favourably than another individual, 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 to pursue a claim...

Changes to the clinical negligence compensation discount rate

Judith Thomas-Whittingham
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Compensation in clinical negligence claims can often be received by way of a lump sum intended to cover the remaining period of the claimant’s life. The money is intended to put the claimant back into the same position they would have been in,...

GP appointments under ten minutes may not be long enough

Kelly Withers
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GPs have labelled short consultations in the NHS ‘crazy’ and say that the length of appointments risks undermining care if more patients are pushed out of hospitals, the BBC reports. The average length of a consultation in the UK is...

Over 23,000 allegations of abuse made against home carers

Kelly Withers
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BBC Radio 4 submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request for their programme ‘File on 4’, which revealed over 23,000 allegations of abuse have been made against home care workers across the UK. Prosecutions, however, are rare. The...

Disability discrimination: know your rights

Chloe Parish
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In today’s society it is considered the norm that those who suffer from a disability are treated with respect and dignity. But are they? A recent case in the County Court has seen a gentleman who suffers from autism, win his disability...

Challenging evidence obtained by the CQC

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There are a number of routes available for providers to challenge evidence obtained by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the way they apply their ratings process. It is important for providers to be aware of the options available and the prompt action...

Global Asbestos Awareness Week - 1st to 7th April 2017

Clare Gammond
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An American non-profit organisation is preparing for its 13 th annual event, held during the first week of April each year. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) is the largest independent asbestos victims’ organisation in the...

Care costs 'more than half of home value' according to study

Jill Rushton
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Concerns about paying for residential care are nothing new. However, with more of us living into old age than ever before and increasing numbers of alzheimer’s and dementia diagnoses in old age, the prospect of making financial plans to pay for care...

Trampoline park safety concerns

Pauline Smith
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Everyone will remember with fondness those rainy PE days at school, when the usual activities of rugby, netball and hockey were forsworn, the class headed for the gym, and if your school was lucky enough to have them, the trampolines were rolled...

One in nine mothers experience pregnancy/maternity discrimination

Maria Chadwick
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Recent research by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, ( Pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination and disadvantage: experience of mothers, November 2016), has stated that one in nine...

Discrimination in social housing

Maria Chadwick
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Are you being discriminated against by your social housing provider? Often, social housing tenants won’t recognise that what they’re experiencing is discrimination . But if you’re making a complaint because of unfair treatment by a...

Shocking inspection results from private hospital

Gemma Crompton
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The CQC has recently published a damning report on the Oaklands Private Hospital in Manchester. Two senior managers have lost their jobs following a Care Quality Commission report which branded the hospital as “inadequate” and states that...

Britain open for business

Thomas Baker
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‘Britain is open for businesses’ the words of Greg Clarke in the wake of the recent Peugeot takeover of Vauxhall and Opel. It seems that international big business mergers show no signs of slowing down. And the age old question remains - ‘...

Charities win in the Supreme Court after 10 year Will dispute

Heather Roberts
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The Supreme Court yesterday handed down judgment in the case of Ilott v Mitson 2017 [USC] 17, which, appears to now be the end of the line for this long running inheritance dispute case that began with a County Court decision in 2007. The controversial...

Sepsis - new guidelines being published for doctors on how to deal with this deadly condition

Carla Twist
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A report in 2015, by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD), reviewed the care of patients with sepsis. The report concluded with a number of recommendations for training, guidance and protocols to be implemented to ensure...

The Road to Wigan Pier

Clare Gammond
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It is now 80 years since George Orwell’s famous book was published on 8th March 1937. The author’s son, Richard Blair, will visit the town as part of a programme of events to celebrate its links with one of the most important writers of the...

Is your cavity wall insulation causing problems in your home?

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A few years ago the government, our energy suppliers and various installation companies were all encouraging us to have cavity wall insulation installed in our homes. With the promise of a warmer home and reduced energy bills many people jumped at the...

Determining the exact line of your property's boundary

Liam Waine
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In the aftermath of storm Doris I have seen many fences blown down and hedges up-rooted. I imagine many property owners will be negotiating the replacement of these boundary features with their neighbours. But what happens if one land owner doesn’t...

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