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Farming tragedy

A recent tragic case has once again highlighted the importance of maintaining good health and safety practices on farms. This week, Neil Carpenter, a farmer from North Devon, was jailed for 4.5 years after being convicted of manslaughter and breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (“the...

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To mediate or to litigate? That is the question

The advantages of mediation You are engaged in a commercial dispute. That means that you might be committed to 18 months worth of litigation, which will be costly both financially and in terms of your time. What do you do? You could mediate. What is mediation? Mediation is a voluntary...

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Breakthrough in diagnosis of traumatic brain injury

A portable device for diagnosing mild TBI About a million people each year attend hospital in the UK following a head injury. Fortunately, the majority suffer no lasting consequences, but for those not so lucky who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it could have lifelong consequences. The most reliable diagnosis...

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No inheritance tax changes at present but…

… the “death tax” is back The recent budget left the private client unscathed on the inheritance tax front, although the big guns may be delayed until the Office of Tax Simplification’s forthcoming report on inheritance tax. However, not long after the budget the government announced that it was resurrecting...

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Budget 2018

Calm before the storm? The first Monday budget since 1962 provided little excitement for those advising private wealth clients. Any changes made were largely tinkering round the edges, with major alterations perhaps being saved until the outcome on the review of trust taxation (which is still to take place) and...

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First ever compensation for man misinformed about A&E waiting times

Supreme Court rule that compensation should be paid A landmark Supreme Court ruling that compensation should be paid for an injury caused by a receptionist giving misleading information at A&E need not cause alarm throughout the NHS about increased levels of responsibility, according to specialist medical negligence solicitor Chris Thorne....

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Solicitors warn of eye appointment delays

An investigation at the Southampton General Hospital A total of 4,500 patients did not receive appointments at Southampton General Hospital for eye conditions within acceptable timeframes last year, an internal investigation by the hospital has revealed. Our solicitors who are representing one of 16 patients who suffered harm as a...

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For every heartbeat

Dan Akers rides The morning of 6 October 2018 saw three figures silhouetted by the headlights of the Skoda Octavia that delivered them to Llanberis, North Wales, frantically windmilling their arms in order to encourage some warmth back into their fingertips. This was the sight of Dan Akers setting out...

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World Mental Health Day 2018

10 October 2018 is World Mental Health Day The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has this morning announced the appointment of Jackie Doyle-Price as Minister for Suicide Prevention. She is tasked with tackling the stigma surrounding suicide in an effort to encourage more people to seek help. The Prime Minister has...

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Inheritance tax planning and lasting powers of attorney

“the concept of best interests is not limited to self-interest” A property and finance lasting power of attorney (LPA) confers extensive powers on the attorney to deal with the financial affairs of the person granting the LPA (the donor). However, the attorney’s power to make gifts from the donor’s property...

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