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Farm Safety Week

This week is Farm Safety Week (16 July-20 July) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has just released its annual ‘Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2017/18’ report. The statistics Whilst agriculture represents over 1% of the UK workforce, it has one of the worst...

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New report suggests changes to farming regulation

Farm inspection and regulation review: interim report In January 2018 the government published A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment and also Health and Harmony: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit. Following the publication of these reports, the Secretary of...

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Sepsis on the Street – Corry gets serious

The trend for popular soap operas to run storylines with a theme drawing attention to a serious social or medical issue is growing. From Stacey’s postpartum psychosis in East Enders to Dee Dee being affected by encephalitis in Hollyoaks, writers are challenging perceptions and raising the profile of conditions that...

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Gosport War Memorial Hospital deaths

A very English scandal The news that an independent panel has established that the lives of 456 patients at Gosport War memorial had their lives shortened by over prescription of pain relieving medication and that a further 200 more may have suffered the same fate may come as a surprise...

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Reducing road deaths – UK not doing enough

The EU has set a target of halving the number of road deaths in the decade to 2020, but the latest statistics suggest the United Kingdom is not making enough progress to make our roads safer by reducing fatalities caused by road traffic accidents. The 12th Road Safety Performance Index...

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“WOT A HOLE – AINT GOING BACK THERE” – What to do with a damaging review

Mr Justice Warby recently held in Mballe Sube v News Group Newspapers and Express Newspapers that articles under headlines such as “Shameless French family-of-10 demand MANSION” did not pass the threshold for serious harm under the Defamation Act 2013. This decision has left us wondering whether, in this social media...

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Headway Somerset Dragon Boat Race 2018

A mixed crew of gnarled old hands and fresh faced novices (really fresh in one case, making his debut at 17 weeks of age) gathered on the banks of the River Tone on a warm and humid Summer’s morning, prepared to give their all for the honour of Clarke Willmott...

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Death, tax and ISAs

Individual savings accounts have a number of tax advantages and recently these have been extended so that they apply during the administration of a deceased person’s estate. However, these advantages are sometimes misunderstood. We summarise the extent to which ISAs are tax exempt in the administration of an estate. Income...

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Spinal cord injury awareness day is today – there is life after SCI

Today is spinal cord injury awareness day This day is an important one for those with SCI and the charities and people who support them – both in raising awareness of SCI in the UK and Ireland, but also in showing that there is life after spinal cord injury. Five...

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Can trustees withhold information from beneficiaries?

In Lewis v Tamplin 2018 EWHC 777 (Ch) the High Court has ruled that trust beneficiaries should not have had their request for more information simply dismissed by their trustees on the basis that they already had enough information. Gladys Tamplin originally left her farm in her will on trust...

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