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Construction industry deaths on the rise

The number of deaths in the construction industry was higher than any other sector in the last financial year, new figures reveal. The Health & Safety Executive have released statistics which show that 40 people died in the construction industry in 2019/20, up from 30 the previous year. Whilst care...

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Neurological associations: Is there more to COVID-19 than we think?

The predominant symptoms of COVID-19 are widely recognised as being respiratory in nature (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to the senses of smell and taste), but recent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research has highlighted a growing number of case...

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UK-wide consultation launched to tackle dairy sector supply chain issues

On 24 June 2020, the UK Government launched a consultation seeking to end any unfair practices across the UK’s dairy sector. This consultation is seeking views from dairy farmers and processors on whether future regulation could be used to strengthen fairness and transparency. Recent press coverage has focused on the...

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Medical Negligence and the coronavirus pandemic

Should practitioners be provided with immunity from negligence claims during the crisis? The coronavirus pandemic is the healthcare crisis of a lifetime. It is a huge medical challenge which raises many legal and ethical dilemmas and many questions are being asked. How far should individual liberties be restricted in order...

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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 16 June 2020 that will affect community care and welfare Court of Protection (COP) practice. The most recent updates to this blog address the government’s additional guidance for...

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Quick facts on living with brain tumour : Navigating everyday life

Being diagnosed with a brain tumour can feel like your world has changed from all recognition. Everything you know and are used to is suddenly uncertain and you don’t know what to expect or who to turn to. A diagnosis of brain tumour can not only impact you directly but...

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Nothing left to paint, nothing left to plant – but plenty left to plan!

Often matters such as Wills and lifetime planning are pushed to one side because ‘life gets in the way’, not forgetting the fact that they can often prompt difficult and uncomfortable questions. During this unprecedented period, many people have extra time on their hands and it is a good opportunity...

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Intestacy and unexpected Inheritance tax bills

Over the years many celebrities have died without making a Will including Jimi Hendrix and Prince. The comedian, Rik Mayall, sadly died in 2016 without a Will leading to his estate reportedly facing a large inheritance tax (IHT) bill. Assets left to a surviving spouse or registered civil partner are...

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Accident at work – but what actually happened?

John (name changed), a stone mason and building labourer, was working alone in an outbuilding at a rural property, rendering internal walls so they were ready to be plastered. What exactly happened is unknown (there were no witnesses to the incident and John could not remember), but he was found...

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Time limit for storing frozen sperm and eggs extended in coronavirus lockdown

At some stage historians will sit down and analyse the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and perhaps identify some beneficial effects to weigh in the balance against the huge amount of damage done. Amongst those beneficial effects may be a softening of the position with regard to the time limit...

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