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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.

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

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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...

Sliding scale imposed for probate fees

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Currently the probate registry fee is a standard fee of £155.00 (or £215.00 for personal applications) for all estates of all values whether they are worth £6,000 or £1,000,000. This is soon to change as in May 2017 the standard...

Storm Doris: a weather bomb, a nationwide pandemic and a reminder to landlords

Louise Hebborn
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Storm Doris was named on the 21st February as warnings for wind, snow and rain were issued by the Met Office. Overnight and into the morning of the 23rd February, storm Doris underwent explosive cyclogenesis labelling it a ‘weather bomb’. The...

Law firms not being vigilant to cyber crime could be negligent

Heather Roberts
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Some very high profile claims against firms have recently highlighted not only the dangers of cyber crime in the legal industry today, but has also opened the door for clients effected by such crime, to have recourse against their solicitors. ...

NHS data error may have caused harm to patients

Gemma Crompton
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The Guardian have today reported on a significant data protection error which has potentially harmed hundreds of thousands of patients. It has been reported that more than 500,000 individual pieces of patient correspondence were not delivered from 2011 and...

New sentencing rules to give an alternative approach for the courts

Paul Loughlin
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It might have been picked up on most people’s radars in the last few weeks that the Sentencing Council has revised the sentencing guidelines for speeding meaning motorists convicted of serious speeding offences are set to face harsher penalties....

Issue of gig economy workers still live

Martha McKinley
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A recent employment law case is seen by many as the most significant step yet in bringing the rights of ‘casual workers’ in-line with those enjoyed by full-time employees. Martha McKinley, an employment law expert from the national law firm,...

Is a progressive condition considered a disability?

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The legal definition of disability can be found in section 6 of the Equality Act 2010. The Act states: A person (P) has a disability if- P has a physical or mental impairment, and The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on P’s...

Sexist dress codes: fine or should companies be fined?

Emma Corrie
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Women of today have the right to dress and express themselves the way they wish to – or so you would think.  It has been well publicised in the media that a receptionist for a national company was sent home from work in December 2015 for refusing...

Airlines still hiding behind 'extraordinary circumstances'

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When it comes to going on holiday, or even catching a flight for business purposes, being delayed probably isn’t the first thing you think about. However delays occur for millions of travellers each year. Under EU Regulation 261/2004 passengers are...

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