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Why should you entrust your baby loss claim to Clarke Willmott?

The loss of a baby is likely to be the most life shattering, stressful and emotionally charged event in your life. You will experience a series of thoughts and emotions ranging from anger and upset, to denial and a need to search for answers. You will need experienced, expert and...

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Dealing with stillbirth or neonatal death | Baby Loss Awareness Week

We are supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week and over the next few days will be sharing some useful information to support those affected by this topic. You can read our first blog on the subject here. The topic for today’s blog is what to do after a stillbirth has occurred....

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Raising awareness of Cauda Equina Syndrome

Last week encompassed the first Cauda Equina Syndrome Awareness day. Here at Clarke Willmott we have seen the sometimes catastrophic consequences of failing to diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome in a timely manner. It is therefore vital to raise awareness and improve knowledge and understanding about this potentially very serious condition....

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Symptoms of memory loss and effects after brain injury

This week sees Headway launch Action for Brain Injury Week 2020, the focus this year on ‘Memory Loss: A Campaign to Remember.’ All brain injuries are different and will affect an individual in different ways. One of the potential consequences of an injury to the brain is memory loss. If...

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Acquired brain injury memory loss

This week Clarke Willmott joins with Headway – The Brain Injury Association – to support their campaign on Memory Loss: A campaign to remember. One of the biggest impacts we see for the brain injury survivors that we work with, is the enormous impact of memory problems after an acquired...

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Law change to allow some bereaved partners to receive compensation

Important update for cohabiting couples following a bereavement A claim for compensation is rarely at the forefront of a person’s mind following the death of a friend, partner or relative. However, if a legal claim is to be brought, it can include a claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate...

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An MOT for your Will?

We are used to taking care of our cars on a regular basis. Even if we decide to skip the service we are forced to have a yearly MOT to ensure the car is still roadworthy. But when it comes to our Will – arguably the most important financial document...

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Wills and Capacity

In a contested probate case, an elderly man changed his Will to disinherit those he had previously regarded as family and instead left his entire estate to an acquaintance. The family beneficiaries claimed that the elderly man did not know and approve of the Will’s contents because he did not...

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Compensation obtained for delay in diagnosis of ovarian cancer

Negotiations took place and settlement was reached in the sum of £10,000 Ms N first attended the gynaecology clinic in April 2015 with a three month history of lower abdominal pain and dysuria. An ultrasound scan noted that the right ovary contained a cyst. By June 2016 the Claimant had...

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Lasting powers of attorney: top ten tips

Lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) are often associated with elderly people, but in fact everyone should consider making a property and financial affairs LPA. Accidents and illness can happen at any age and an LPA ensures that someone is appointed to deal with your financial affairs should you be unable...

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The inheritance tax residence nil rate band

The inheritance tax residence nil rate band: your questions answered We look at what you need to know about the inheritance tax residence nil rate band (RNRB) and how you can increase your entitlement. Inheritance tax saving In this tax year (2020/21) if you comply with the necessary requirements, the...

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Clarke Willmott successfully claim compensation for clinical negligence following cosmetic procedure

Damages obtained for client left with permanent scarring to her nose On 28 October 2019 Mrs K saw the Defendant. She had been treated by him previously in 2011 for spots around her mouth and then in February 2016 for spots on her nose. The spots came back again on...

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Guide to international divorce

How to achieve the most favourable outcome At Clarke Willmott, we have considerable expertise in family law and in successfully managing complex divorce cases, especially those where the parties involved have connections with more than one country. International divorces often come with an added layer of complexity, so you can...

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Prevention is indeed better than cure…

The Public Policy Research think tank, IPPR, has published a timely report (coming ahead of APIL’s Injury Prevention Week) calling for the UK Government to act on the renewed focus on public health to inform the public on the role of injury prevention in public heath, both physical and mental,...

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Do your part to help everyone stay safe | Injury prevention week 2020

According to Government figures published in September 2019, there were 122,635 road traffic accidents in Great Britain the previous year, of which a staggering 24,836 involved fatal or serious injuries. The World Health Organization reports that approximately 1.35 million people die worldwide each year as a result of road traffic...

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Injury prevention week 2020 – let’s be careful out there

Be prepared for the unexpected Today marks the start of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) “Injury Prevention Week” Those of us who represent the seriously injured and the bereaved see all too often the devastation and heartbreak that being involved in an accident can bring. No one should...

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A bold vision for cycling and walking: vulnerable road users to be protected

You don’t need statistics to know that cyclists and pedestrians are amongst the most vulnerable people using the roads. If you did want any proof, recent reports showing an annual increase on average of 1% per year since 2010 in pedestrian deaths, and that 83% of cyclist deaths are a...

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Why did the total value of NHS clinical negligence claims fall in 2019/2020?

NHS Resolution’s annual report states that the total value of clinical negligence payments for 2019/20 had fallen from £2,359.9m in 2018/19 to £2,324.2m in 2019/20. Though a relatively small decrease of 1.5%, we would expect the total value of clinical negligence payments to increase year on year. So, what caused...

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Government funded scheme that compensates victims of violent crime to be reviewed

The Ministry of Justice has announced a review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme to determine whether the scheme remains fit for purpose. The government funded scheme exists to recognise the harm experienced by victims of violent crime in Great Britain, including sexual assault and domestic terror attacks, through compensation. A...

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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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