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World Mental Health Day 2018

10 October 2018 is World Mental Health Day The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has this morning announced the appointment of Jackie Doyle-Price as Minister for Suicide Prevention. She is tasked with tackling the stigma surrounding suicide in an effort to encourage more people to seek help. The Prime Minister has...

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Inheritance tax planning and lasting powers of attorney

“the concept of best interests is not limited to self-interest” A property and finance lasting power of attorney (LPA) confers extensive powers on the attorney to deal with the financial affairs of the person granting the LPA (the donor). However, the attorney’s power to make gifts from the donor’s property...

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Inheritance issues for the LGBT community

What do LGBT families and individuals need to be aware of? Statistics from the Office of National Statistics show that in 2017 there were 190,000 same sex families in the UK of which over half were co-habiting couples rather than spouses or civil partners. In some ways the law is...

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A Celebration! 10 years of the NFU’s Legal Panel

Celebrating 10 years of the NFU Legal Panel Esther Woolford, agricultural partner at Clarke Willmott, joined Louise Stratton, the NFU’s County Advisor and James Cossins, the NFU’s County Chairman on their stand at the Dorset County Show on Saturday 1 September. Clarke Willmott supplied a delicious anniversary cake to celebrate...

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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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Strawberry fields forever?

Migrant labour: an uncertain future? UPDATE: Since this article was first published in our Summer 2018 edition of Field Talk, a new migrant farm worker visa scheme has been announced. The strawberry plays a crucial role in the quintessential British summer. In 2017, 23 tonnes of strawberries, amounting to over...

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‘Ealth & safety gone mad…

…but it might be keeping you alive The myth We know it has, we have heard it down the pub, on the bus, in the shops. “‘ealth and safety has gone mad mate”. Can’t have a conker fight in school, can’t put up hanging baskets in the park, can’t blow...

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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and Gross Negligence Manslaughter

A time for reflection, a need to re-focus It is hard to believe that almost 3 years have passed since we began to look at the influx of gross negligence manslaughter cases being brought against doctors, in our blog “A dark approach to clinical responsibility”. 2015 saw prosecutions brought against...

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Drink-drive deaths on the increase again?

“None for the road” The Department for Transport (DfT) has published new figures for the number of drink-drive fatalities for 2016, and commentators are saying there is a major cause for concern with deaths numbering 230, which is a 15% increase from the previous year. Drink-drive statistics The DfT figures...

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Maximum sentence for animal welfare offences to increase significantly

DEFRA announces increase in maximum sentence for animal welfare offences DEFRA has announced that the maximum sentencing powers available to Courts when sentencing those convicted of animal welfare offences are going to increase significantly. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 as it currently stands animal welfare cases can only be...

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