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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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The Queen of Soul and the dangers of homemade Wills

Saving money now could cost a small fortune in the future The sad demise of famous entertainers often seems to give rise to family arguments, and disputes over the estate’s assets are not uncommon. In recent years we have seen this played out in the estates of Michael Jackson, George...

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Road safety week gains support of legal experts as shocking statistics revealed

Road Safety Week 2020 has unveiled some shocking statistics leading to legal experts calling for tighter road safety measures. Clarke Willmott have leant their support to the campaign, which this year has been focused on the key message of “No Need to Speed”. Organised annually by the road safety charity...

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Farming divorces and collaborative law – a better way

Sorting out a financial settlement on divorce can be complicated, especially for farming families whose personal and business affairs are often inextricably entwined. However, this does not mean that it can only be resolved through an expensive and stressful court battle. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers several different ways of...

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Second marriages later in life

Protecting your assets The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) recently published some research showing that over the past five years more than half of their members have seen an increase in clients wishing to use trusts to provide control and protection. STEP reports that the rise in second...

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Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch release their independent report on delays in intrapartum intervention

Approximately 650,000 babies are born each year in England and Wales (Office for National Statistics, 2019); the vast majority are delivered safely. However, England and Wales have higher numbers of babies who are stillborn and neonatal deaths compared to other high-income countries. Background to the HSIB Report In 2014 the...

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Sharp rise in stillbirths due to COVID-19

Between 9 and 15 October 2020 we supported Bliss’ Baby Loss Awareness Week. Sadly, only a few weeks after Baby Loss Awareness Week, it has been reported that there was a considerable increase in rates of stillbirth between April and June 2020 compared to the same period last year. On...

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Compensation claimed for incorrectly performed pinnaplasty

On 27 November 2006 the Claimant was seen in the plastic surgery clinic, aged seven. It was noted that he had prominent ears and was a suitable to have his ears pinned back. The risks of surgery were explained to his parents and the surgery was performed on 27 March...

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Causes of stillbirth | Baby Loss Awareness Week

Most common causes of stillbirth Around 60% of stillbirths are unexplained meaning that the doctors do not know why the baby died. Where there is an explanation for the stillbirth it is usually caused by one of the following: Congenital abnormality Placental factors for example placental abruption and pre-eclampsia Infection...

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Steps for navigating a stillbirth or neonatal death case

This week is baby loss awareness week, 9 – 15 October 2020. If you have questions or concerns about how your baby died and whether the stillbirth or neonatal death could have been avoided, then we are here to help. We are experts at investigating stillbirth and neonatal death cases....

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