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Five new year resolutions to protect your family wealth

Clarke Willmott’s private capital team suggests some strategic resolutions that will help protect your family and its wealth in 2022: 1. Review your Will You should review your Will every five years or when there is a significant change in your circumstances. The freezing of the inheritance tax nil rate...

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Business relief and inheritance tax

Business property relief (BPR) – all you need to know If you own business assets, business property relief (BPR) is a very valuable relief from inheritance tax (IHT) which can reduce the taxable value of those assets to nil. We look at the fundamentals of BPR and how it might benefit your...

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What is NHS Continuing Healthcare Provision and am I entitled to receive it?

NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of care for adults aged 18 or over It is arranged and funded solely by the NHS and the patient is not liable to pay for the care. However, in order to receive NHS Continuing Healthcare funding individuals have to be assessed by Clinical...

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Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021

We hope that we have shone a light on #babyloss and #stillbirth Over the last week we have explored: The impact of Covid-19; The concerns being raised by midwives; The recurring themes in maternity care failures; and The ability of partners to claim for psychiatric injury. Whatever the circumstances, losing...

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Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board

Recurring Issues in maternity care, limitations of the ‘putting it right’ scheme and Inquests In October 2018 a report was commissioned to investigate maternity services at Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board following concerns raised regarding safety within the maternity units of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and Prince Charles Hospital. The...

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Can fathers claim for psychiatric injury following stillbirth?

Claiming for psychiatric injury as a secondary victim. Who or what is a “Secondary Victim”? Since the case of Alcock v Chief Constable of Yorkshire Police was decided following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, it has been well established that if certain criteria are met by the Claimant, he or...

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Concerns about maternity care staffing levels

This week is #Babylossawarenessweek There has been a lot of press recently in relation to maternity care and the impact that COVID has had on this. We have already posted a blog on the impact of COVID on maternity care, which makes for interesting reading. It has been an extremely...

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Stillbirths – Has COVID-19 led to an increase in the rate?

Last summer researchers from St George’s Hospital in London began a retrospective study of pregnancy outcomes at their hospital. They compared two periods: from 1 October 2019 to 31 January 2020 (pre-pandemic) and from 1 February 2020 to 14 June 2020 (pandemic). They found that in the pre-pandemic period there...

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Raising awareness on stillbirth | Baby loss awareness week 2021

Baby Loss Awareness Week will be taking place from 9 to 15 October 2021 (#BLAW21) to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in early childhood. The annual event involves 60 charities and the aim is not only to reflect on the...

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Continuing to raise awareness of Cauda Equina Syndrome

The Cauda Equina Syndrome Festival 2021 has been taking place from 27 September 2021, and culminates with international Cauda Equina Syndrome Awareness day on 1 October 2021. Here at Clarke Willmott we understand the catastrophic consequences of failing to diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome in a timely manner. It is therefore...

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Devon and Cornwall road deaths spike

Recent years have seen many initiatives across the UK to improve road safety to reduce deaths and serious injury, which makes the figures for Devon and Cornwall for August particularly surprising. Authorities have said that in August 2021 more than 20 people died on Cornwall’s roads, where the average is...

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Damages awarded to mother following Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury (OASI)

We all know that giving birth is painful and that when a woman is in the process of giving birth, there is little room for modesty or embarrassment. For most women once the baby is born, they will recover from the trauma of childbirth and be able to focus on...

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Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury (OASI) in childbirth

Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury (OASI) is an injury suffered by women during childbirth. OASI involves damage to the perineal and anal sphincter muscles. The more severe the injury the further into the anal sphincter the tear extends. What are third and fourth degree tears? OASI injuries are categorised as third...

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Perinatal birth plan: Clarke Willmott secures £12,000 compensation for client

Clarke Willmott has recently obtained £12,000 in compensation for a client as a result of the hospital failing to follow her perinatal birth plan. The pregnancy in question was our client’s third pregnancy following a first trimester miscarriage and a successful caesarean section. The previous caesarean section was complicated by...

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Lasting powers of attorney for business owners

Everyone should consider how their financial affairs will be dealt with in the event of their incapacity, and, as everyone has been reminded over the past year, old age is not the only cause of incapacity; accidents and devastating illness are also possibilities that should be borne in mind. The...

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What to expect following insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD)

The intrauterine device (commonly known as the coil) is an extremely effective (99%) and long-lasting form of contraception (five-ten years depending on the device used). It is the preferred method of contraception for many thousands of women in the UK. The nhs.uk website lists the various advantages to IUD and...

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E-scooters causing serious injuries

A few weeks ago we discussed the rules surrounding e-scooters and their use on the road. It seems that many people remain unaware of the rules and only in Government approved rental schemes can they be used on the road. However, police in Slough are saying that it seems to...

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Drink-drive clampdown

We have probably all heard the famous lyric from the song “In the Summertime” – “have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find”. Whilst that song might be said to be of its time, nevertheless drink-driving over the summer months has always been concerning,...

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Clarke Willmott has recently concluded a case on behalf of the estate of RD (deceased)

RD was 62 years of age and retired when on 30 April 2017 he collapsed at home and was found unconscious on the kitchen floor by his wife, having suffered a significant bleed by mouth. Following a tonic-clonic seizure, RD was then transferred by ambulance to University Hospital Southampton, with...

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Clarke Willmott secures millions for child with cerebral palsy

Our personal injury and clinical negligence team have successfully secured over £19 million for a child with cerebral palsy. Led by senior associate Gemma Osgood, our multi-disciplinary team worked on behalf of ‘P’ who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following complications during his birth at a local birthing centre and...

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