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The battle for bereavement

The issue of bereavement damages has long been a contentious issue for many reasons. Many find it unattractive that a figure (and a very meagre one at that) can be placed upon the emotional impact of losing those closest to you. But it is the rights of loving and dedicated,...

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New Court of Protection rules: a brief overview

The new Court of Protection (CoP) rules are due to come into force on 1 December and will particularly affect those practitioners who conduct contested proceedings in the CoP. The new rules revoke the CoP Rules 2007 and the amendments to them made by the CoP (Amendment) Rules of 2009, 2011,...

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Government announce plans to deliver safer maternity care

Safer maternity care The Department of Health has published a report on 28 November; ‘Safer Maternity Care: Progress and Next Steps’ in support of its ambition to halve the number of stillbirths, deaths and brain injuries by 2025. Jeremy Hunt has acknowledged that the NHS must improve to learn from...

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Autumn Budget 2017: changes in the future for private clients?

The centrepiece of the Autumn Budget was the Chancellor’s announcement of the abolition of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on purchases of residential properties with a purchase price of less than £300,000 by first-time buyers. In addition a 5% rate of SDLT is payable by first time buyers on the...

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NICE approves life extending drugs for cancer patients

NICE recommends life extending drugs become routinely available Drug companies Pfizer and Norvatis have agreed to reduce the price the NHS pays for their drugs Palbociclib and Ribociclib to allow them to be made routinely available to people with hormone receptor (HR) positive, HER2 negative and locally advanced or secondary...

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Trusts: not just for the super-rich

The release of the Paradise Papers has excited much media interest with their focus on the finances and tax affairs of the super-rich and the tax manoeuvres of large multi-national corporations. Trusts have been mentioned a number of times during this coverage, often linked to tax avoidance. Trusts are, however,...

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A guide to personal injury compensation

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a not-for-profit campaign organisation dedicated to improving the services provided for victims of personal injury, has produced an information booklet explaining: compensation for personal injuries; why it is important that injured people are compensated; what it takes for an injured person to receive...

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Limbless Association Stepping Forward Seminar at Clarke Willmott

Clarke Willmott delighted to host Limbless Association seminar On 26 October 2017, Clarke Willmott, panel members for the Limbless Association, hosted the second in the Limbless Association series of engagement seminars. The event was attended by amputees and those working in the amputee field. Limbless Association Vice President David Rose,...

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Maternity Audit Report to assist NHS in delivery of service

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) has published a report on 9 November 2017 which identifies both opportunities for improvement and highlights areas of good practice. The report concludes that a significant variation exists in maternity care in England, Scotland and Wales. Although some of the variation is as...

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Strokes, mismanaged treatment and the benefits of aspirin in stroke prevention

What is a stroke and can it be prevented? Strokes affect 100,000 or more people annually and approximately 40,000 of those are fatal; they are a serious cause of deaths or permanent disability and Britain’s fourth biggest killer. The most common form of stroke is an Ischaemic stroke where a...

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