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Coronavirus and your brain: More about staying safe in difficult times

What is an ABI? In our last article we looked at how the coronavirus pandemic may be affecting the lives of those with an acquired brain injury (ABI). ABI is a term which generally covers any injury to the brain caused after birth, other than congenital or degenerative disease. ABI...

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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: Early Diagnosis and Treatment

Every day around 45 people in the UK will die from bowel cancer. While the number of people surviving bowel cancer has doubled in the last 40 years, deaths from bowel cancer continue to be high. Bowel cancer (or colorectal cancer as it is also known) is cancer of the...

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Court of Protection and coronavirus: how we can work together to support our clients

This update has been prepared as a summary of some of the key pieces of guidance and changes to legislation as at 3 April 2020 that will affect community care and welfare Court of Protection (COP) practice. It is a developing picture. Further regulations, updates and proposals are being published...

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Coronavirus and acquired brain injury

Staying safe in difficult times Everyone, without exception, is having a hard time at the moment. Whether you are the heir to the throne or the Prime Minister, it makes no difference. All men and women are equal when confronting coronavirus. There are some who are finding it more difficult...

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Farming families and inheritance disputes

Clarke Willmott successful for client in significant inheritance dispute case Last year we reported on how we had successfully represented farmer and National Farmers’ Union member Andrew Guest in a significant High Court inheritance case against his parents. Andrew’s parents then appealed against the High Court’s decision to the Court...

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Intestacy rules change but co-habiting partners still lose out

In 2014 major changes were made to the intestacy rules which apply when someone dies without leaving a Will. The amendments included an increase in the statutory legacy (the fixed sum of money that passes to a surviving spouse or civil partner on their partner’s death), to £250,000 with a...

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The short guide to a suspected brain tumour: Treatment and diagnosis

When someone is suspected of having a brain or spinal cord tumour, it can be very difficult. We’ve put together a guide to help you navigate through this tough journey. What to expect in the lead up to a diagnosis It is common for brain tumours to be diagnosed by...

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Testamentary capacity explained

One of the essential requirements for a Will to be valid is that the person making it (the testator) must have testamentary capacity. This means that the testator must have sufficient mental capacity to make a Will. If a Will is rational on its face, and correctly signed in front...

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Brain cancer signs, types and grades. Know yours.

The background to brain tumours In the UK, almost 11,700 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year. Whilst brain tumours come in all shapes and sizes; depending on type, location and stage – the symptoms can also vary widely. Tumours develop in different parts of the brain and...

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The media, the clinical negligence divide

Two sides of the same coin January can be an infuriating time for clinical negligence lawyers. NHS Resolution, the body which manages clinical claims and disputes on behalf of Trusts, publishes its data setting out the amount of costs purportedly paid to Claimant’s lawyers each year and it usually results...

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