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Time for Reform of the Statutory Bereavement Award

12 Aug 2022

When a loved one dies there is already so much grief to contend with. If the death was caused by negligence that opens up fresh wounds. No life can be 'valued' in monetary terms, but the law provides a 'token' statutory bereavement award in such cases. This was revised in May 2020 and is…

Clinical Negligence

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GPs miss cancer symptoms during video appointments

11 Aug 2022

The Times Newspaper reports "Cancer symptoms are more likely to be missed by GPs because they are now carrying out fewer face-to-face appointments, a study by Oxford University suggests." Early diagnosis is often key to cancer survival and treatment. It is often a difficult balance for…

Clinical Negligence

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Claim in regard to the validity of a Will

09 Aug 2022

Our Contentious Trusts and Probate team were instructed to consider the validity of their client's late mother's Last Will in relation to capacity and/or undue influence . The investigations came to no avail and the team were just about to close their file when the client said she had spoken…

Contesting a Will

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Is a four-day week the way forward for UK businesses?

02 Aug 2022

On the 6th of June 2022, the world's largest trial of the four-day work week was embarked upon in the UK. 3,300 workers across 70 UK companies have enrolled on the program from a wide range of industries - from a local chip shop to large-scale corporations. The coordinated trial will run for six…

Employment & HR

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How hot is too hot (to work)?

25 Jul 2022

The recent record-breaking temperatures and the first ever red heatwave warning from the Met Office has led to calls from some MPs and unions for legislation to be introduced to put a limit on workplace temperatures to 30 degrees, or 27 degrees for workers doing strenuous work. There has also been calls…

Housing & Regeneration

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Statutory guidance for frontline professionals updated

25 Jul 2022

The guidance was first published in 2014 and relates to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ASBCPA), which provides police, local authorities and social housing providers with a range of tools and powers to respond quickly to anti-social behaviour (ASB) and to ensure victims have a…

Housing & Regeneration

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Duty of Candour and the truth

20 Jul 2022

An article by Oliver Quick says " Healthcare harm is a global public health problem. The World Health Organization estimates that adverse events in medical settings cause more deaths than lung cancer, diabetes, or road injuries, and that 80% of adverse events are avoidable ." " The…

Clinical Negligence

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