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Q & A with LettUs Grow

Our Agriculture team recently got the chance to talk with LettUs Grow, a Bristol based start-up who are designing irrigation and control technology for indoor farms. You create aeroponic technology for indoor farms. We understand this is a way of growing plants without soil, can you briefly explain how this...

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Wills, marriage and vulnerable adults

The test of capacity to marry is a lower one compared to some other decisions There has been some recent press coverage about a particular form of financial abuse of elderly people which occurs when a younger person marries an incapacitated older person with the objective of inheriting their partner’s...

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Dangerous Dogs

We assist victims of dog attacks and dog owners under investigation There have been a number of high profile attacks by dogs in the news recently, notably the tragic case of Frankie Macritchie, a nine-year-old boy from Plymouth who was mauled by a ‘bulldog-type’ dog in a caravan during a...

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Relationships after brain injury

The impact of a brain injury can place immense stress and pressure upon a relationship Following the amazing story of the 46 year old Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor James Cracknell was part of the winning Cambridge team at the annual boat race, many commentators have looked at his motivations,...

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Reporting requirements in private hospitals

Do they go far enough to protect patient safety? Many people are aware of the recent case of Ian Paterson, a surgeon who was allowed to conduct hundreds of unnecessary breast operations on patients whom he falsely told had cancer. His actions were allowed to continue for over a decade...

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NHS costs recovery

Increase in the level of recoverable charges It is a little known fact that as a result of a successful claim for compensation for injury, for example after a road traffic accident or accident at work, those responsible for causing injury to others are required to contribute to the cost...

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Our Serious Injury team reflect on their successful “Psychology of rehabilitation” conference

We hosted our annual serious injury training day on the 27 March Our Serious Injury team hosted their annual serious injury training day on 27 March 2019 at Millennium Point in Birmingham. This was the first time the event had been held outside of the South West and reflected the...

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Delayed waiting times for NHS Cancer Treatment

Recent report from the National Audit Office The National Audit Office published a report on 22 March “NHS waiting times for elective cancer treatment”. The report concluded that there could be a rise in negligence claims against the NHS as a result of waiting times increasing. Targets set are not...

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Bowel mesh surgery at North Bristol NHS Trust

Bowel mesh surgery under Surgeon Anthony Dixon should not have been offered For over two years now concern has been expressed regarding post-surgical complications following surgery undertaken at Bristol’s Southmead and Spire hospitals by surgeon, Mr Anthony Dixon. Mr Dixon has been suspended while surgical issues have been investigated by...

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Court of Protection guidance on capacity to use the internet

The Court of Protection has recently issued guidance in two related cases about how capacity to use the internet and engage in social media should be assessed. This will no doubt be of particular interest to those caring for younger adults without capacity who wish to engage with social media....

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