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Case study: Clarke Willmott receive £16,000 in compensation for client

Our Medical Negligence team recently acted on behalf of a client, know as AA, after a foreign body was discovered in her abdomen AA had undergone a number of surgeries in the past. Over the years she had suffered from significant ongoing problems, the cause of which could not be...

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Case study: Clarke Willmott has successfully obtained £56,000 for a client

Our Medical Negligence team recently acted for a client who suffered from complications after a surgeon failed to remove her entire appendix On 9 August 2019 EH had a call with her GP. She was noted to be suffering from severe abdominal pain which had been present for the past...

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Inheritance issues for the LGBTQ+ community

What do LGBTQ+ families and individuals need to be aware of? In some ways the law is still evolving to encompass the different forms of family that now recognised and consequently LGBTQ+ families and individuals should be aware of their legal position under Wills and how they stand in relation...

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Case study: delay in diagnosis of testicular torsion

Clarke Willmott were able to successfully obtain £24,000 in compensation for a child who suffered a delay in diagnosis of testicular torsion. SW, (now aged 13), suffered left testicular atrophy as a result of an inadequate assessment by the Defendant and a delayed diagnosis of testicular torsion. In  February 2018,...

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Case study: negligent gynaecological surgery

Clarke Willmott has successfully obtained £75,000 for a client who underwent negligent gynaecological surgery. Ms S had a long history of heavy periods, clots and dyspareunia. In December 2018 it was agreed that she could undergo a hysterectomy to try to address these issues. Ms S had problems with skin...

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Guide to international divorce

How to achieve the most favourable outcome At Clarke Willmott, we have considerable expertise in family law and in successfully managing complex divorce cases, especially those where the parties involved have connections with more than one country. International divorces often come with an added layer of complexity, so you can...

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Tips for the end of the tax year

It’s that time of the year when accountants remind you of all the things that you should be doing before the tax year ends on 5 April. Here are a few tips about some actions you might consider: Inheritance tax (IHT) Every individual can give away £3000 in any tax...

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Shrewsbury & Telford Trust – Learning lessons from the past

The long-awaited review into maternity care at Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust, undertaken by Donna Ockenden has finally been published and it makes shocking reading The key headlines are that with better care, around 201 babies might have survived, maternal deaths may also have been prevented and other babies may...

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Rebalancing generational wealth

Whilst perhaps some time ago, in 2016 the then housing minister suggested that inequality between the so-called baby boomers and the younger generation might be reduced if parents were to leave their properties to their grandchildren (rather than to their children) in their Wills. This suggestion remains relevant today given...

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Are you aware of the changes to the Highway Code?

Many people remain unaware of the new Highway Code rules which came into force in January 2022, aimed at protecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. It is important that all road users are aware of The Highway Code, are considerate to other road users and understand their...

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Case study: hospital failure to identify pressure sores

Clarke Willmott have recently settled a case for a family where a hospital failed to identify or treat grade 4 pressure sores. Mrs F was admitted to hospital on 5 January 2021. She had fallen at home and fractured her left humerus. She had also (unknown to anyone at the...

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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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