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A Celebration! 10 years of the NFU’s Legal Panel

Celebrating 10 years of the NFU Legal Panel Esther Woolford, agricultural partner at Clarke Willmott, joined Louise Stratton, the NFU’s County Advisor and James Cossins, the NFU’s County Chairman on their stand at the Dorset County Show on Saturday 1 September. Clarke Willmott supplied a delicious anniversary cake to celebrate...

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Why make a Will?

What happens if you die without a Will Have you ever considered what would happen if you die without a Will? Research suggests that most people would rather go on holiday than make a Will, but making a Will is arguably one of the most important things you can do for...

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Strawberry fields forever?

Migrant labour: an uncertain future? UPDATE: Since this article was first published in our Summer 2018 edition of Field Talk, a new migrant farm worker visa scheme has been announced. The strawberry plays a crucial role in the quintessential British summer. In 2017, 23 tonnes of strawberries, amounting to over...

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‘Ealth & safety gone mad…

…but it might be keeping you alive The myth We know it has, we have heard it down the pub, on the bus, in the shops. “‘ealth and safety has gone mad mate”. Can’t have a conker fight in school, can’t put up hanging baskets in the park, can’t blow...

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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and Gross Negligence Manslaughter

A time for reflection, a need to re-focus It is hard to believe that almost 3 years have passed since we began to look at the influx of gross negligence manslaughter cases being brought against doctors, in our blog “A dark approach to clinical responsibility”. 2015 saw prosecutions brought against...

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Drink-drive deaths on the increase again?

“None for the road” The Department for Transport (DfT) has published new figures for the number of drink-drive fatalities for 2016, and commentators are saying there is a major cause for concern with deaths numbering 230, which is a 15% increase from the previous year. Drink-drive statistics The DfT figures...

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Maximum sentence for animal welfare offences to increase significantly

DEFRA announces increase in maximum sentence for animal welfare offences DEFRA has announced that the maximum sentencing powers available to Courts when sentencing those convicted of animal welfare offences are going to increase significantly. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 as it currently stands animal welfare cases can only be...

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The importance of domicile

“Residence without intention or intention without residence will not do to establish a domicile of choice”. In English law domicile is a vitally important concept which can have important ramifications affecting the succession of assets, tax liabilities and whether an individual is entitled to pursue certain proceedings in the English...

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The Rehabilitation Code: recent case provides some much needed guidance for Case Managers

How The Rehabilitation Code works and when a Case Manager becomes independent What is The Rehabilitation Code? Brain Injury Case Managers will be familiar with “The Rehabilitation Code” – which is designed to promote co-operation between the parties to litigation and to maximise the chances of an injured person receiving...

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Worrying statistics about unexpected deaths in hospitals across the Black Country

What is the problem in Black Country Hospitals? Marguarita Tyne, a clinical negligence expert at Clarke Willmott, is supporting calls for a rigorous investigation into worrying statistics about unexpected deaths in hospitals across the Black Country. Marguarita has been reviewing the emerging evidence in recent reports issued. Figures from NHS...

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