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Here you will find latest legal updates, the thoughts and opinions of our lawyers, changes to the services we offer and details of what we are doing outside Waldrons including sponsorship and events.

  • One-Stop Shops for Diagnosing Cancer

    21 May 2018

    "One-stop shops" aimed at speeding up cancer diagnosis are being introduced across England. NHS England says this is a "step change" in the way people with suspected cancer are diagnosed and treated.

    Cally Palmer, national director for cancer at NHS England, says the new centres could play a key role in improving diagnosis and treatment. "Early diagnosis is crucial to saving lives and providing peace of mind for patients, which is why we are driving forward plans to revolutionise our approach to cancer in this country," she said.

    Presently, those with symptoms which are regarded as red flags can expect ...

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  • Is the Solicitors Qualifying Exam the way forward for aspiring solicitors?

    01 May 2018

    September 2020 may be the month of change for aspiring solicitors. After years of being able to pick and choose the route future solicitors wish to take into the profession, uncertainty and doubt have started to surface. There are concerns about the consistency in the level of skill and expertise each solicitor holds, with many solicitors qualifying from different institutions with different pass rates.

    This concern has not gone unnoticed. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) which is the governing body for all solicitors has decided to overcome this by introducing a new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

    What is the Solicitors ...

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  • New Scheme for Birth Injury Claims

    18 April 2018

    Maternity claims against the NHS have tripled in the past decade; £1.2bn in compensation was awarded in 2015/16. The recent review of compensation claims indicates that the overall cost of catastrophic birth injuries has reached almost £2bn. Most cases involve a failure to monitor babies’ heart rates and to detect oxygen starvation, resulting in brain damage.

    The current scheme

    It takes an average of 12 years for families to see a resolution to their case where their baby has been injured because of poor medical care during pregnancy or labour. This is because the impact of birth related injuries such ...

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  • Troubling Times with A&E Delays at Worcester Hospital

    10 April 2018

    Recent news reports regrettably show continuing delays in A&E treatment provided to patients in Worcestershire.

    Ambulances were reported to have been queueing for some three hours before being able to hand over patients at the Accident and Emergency department at Worcester Royal Hospital. The situation became so bad that the West Midlands Ambulance service deployed its 'Hazardous Area Response Team' to assist. Deploying a team with such a name might have led to increased anxiety among staff, however fortunately the team's efforts were said to be limited to surveying the situation after the tailback of ten ambulances was cleared an ...

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  • How Help to Buy ISAs can benefit you

    03 April 2018

    The Help to Buy ISA is a government scheme which has been designed to help first time buyers get onto the property ladder by saving up for a deposit for their first home.

    Like with any ISA, savings held in a Help to Buy ISA are tax free, however this type of ISA attracts the added bonus of receiving government contributions. With the added bonus, the government will add 25% to your savings, so for every £200 you save you will receive a government bonus of £50.

    To be eligible for a Help to Buy ISA you must:

    • be aged ...

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  • Government works towards Fixed Legal Costs in Clinical Negligence Claims

    22 March 2018

    The government has announced that it intends to proceed with its plans to cap recoverable costs in clinical negligence cases worth less than £25,000.

    In a consultation response , the Department of Health and Social Care said the Secretary of State for Health has accepted proposals to set up a working group to develop a ‘bespoke process for clinical negligence claims’. A grid of costs will also be published.

    A total of 167 responses were received. The largest proportion of responses came from law firms.

    According to the responses, 85% of those currently practising law and representing the claimant side, ...

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  • Is Chancel Repair still a Real Risk to UK Homeowners?

    14 March 2018

    It was only a few years ago that the headlines were filled with tales of unfortunate home owners saddled with expensive bills to repair their local church.

    The headlines may have vanished but the risk to homebuyers is still very present. Since 12th October 2013 it has become a requirement for Chancel Repair liability, along with many other overriding interests, to be registered against a property’s title. Although there has been a requirement for chancel repair liability to be registered it still does not mean that the church has lost its right to apply for registration.

    What is chancel repair ...

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  • Accreditation to the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel

    12 March 2018

    Waldrons would like to congratulate Adam Smith for successfully retaining his accreditation to the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel. There are approximately 140,000 practicing solicitors registered with the Law Society in England and Wales and only 347 have achieved Clinical Negligence Accreditation.

    Clinical Negligence cases are generally complex in nature, requiring the input of a solicitor with exceptional skills, competency and knowledge of the relevant law and medicine. The Law Society Accreditation is designed to differentiate between clinical negligence solicitors and those solicitors who have proven competency and experience, making them a specialist in the area. Adam has considerable experience ...

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  • ‘Dress down’ days in honour of Friends of Alfie Johnson Charity

    05 March 2018

    Waldrons Solicitors have chosen to support The Friends of Alfie Johnson Charity, a vital charity operating across the Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton boroughs that is committed to helping children with disabilities.

    The charity has helped many children and their families by purchasing specialist equipment and funding services to enhance the quality of their lives. The charity is now celebrating its 10 year Anniversary and its founders are working harder than ever to help other families that are in need. Their main objective is to assist disabled children up to the age of 18, including helping their families and those involved ...

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  • Waldrons teams up with Barclays and Sutcliffe & Co for essential GDPR Seminar

    28 February 2018

    As of the 25th of May every business will need to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation or could face the fine of up to 4% of turnover or €20million. This is a huge step change from the Data Protection Act.

    Barclays Bank will be hosting a seminar focusing on the GDPR on 20th March 2018 at Worcester County Cricket Club. The Bank recently asked Hannah Scott, a specialist data protection solicitor from Waldrons, to share her wealth of knowledge and expertise on this key issue with seminar attendees. Barclays will be presenting on the importance of cyber ...

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