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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.

  • Russells Hall Hospital A&E – An Accident Waiting to Happen?

    18 September 2018

    It has been reported in the press recently that Russell’s Hall Hospital A&E department is being investigated after concerns were raised over the deaths of 54 patients in a six-month period.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) examined Russells Hall Hospital's death records from the first six months of 2018 as part of an inspection in June.

    An independent inquiry has been ordered into the Dudley hospital. There is obviously great concern amongst all Dudley residents at what this means for their healthcare and this has not gone unnoticed.

    In the latest development, Dudley’s four MP’s have written a letter to ...

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  • ‘No Win, No Fee’ Agreements in Clinical Negligence Claims

    17 September 2018

    The formal name for a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 resulted in the vast majority of clinical negligence cases becoming ineligible for legal aid, leaving CFAs as the main method of funding.

    How does it work?

    As the name suggests, you do not normally pay your lawyer’s fees if your claim is unsuccessful. As long as you keep to the terms of the agreement, you are only obliged to pay your lawyer’s fees if your case is successful and you receive compensation.

    What happens ...

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  • The Cost of Buying a House & The Conveyancing Process

    04 September 2018

    Buying a house is generally the most expensive purchase you will make and some of the costs will be incurred through your solicitor during the conveyancing process.

    If you are aware of these fees from the outset, you can then be better prepared and ensure you have sufficient funds available for your new home.

    It’s imperative to ensure that, when you obtain a quote for conveyancing, this is fully transparent so there are no hidden costs further down the line. At Waldrons, we guarantee that we will always be clear on costs right from the outset.

    Disbursements (payments to Third ...

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  • Waldrons’ Junior Lawyers Summer Sundowner!

    22 August 2018

    After several weeks of preparation and hard work, Waldrons’ Junior Lawyers hosted their first ever networking event, the ‘Summer Sundowner’, on Thursday 9th August 2018. The event took place at The Brierley Hop House, which is located along The Waterfront near to our Merry Hill office.

    The night was a great success! It was an opportunity for Waldrons and the newly formed Junior Lawyers group to introduce themselves to local businesses along The Waterfront.

    As the name indicates the night was a relaxed evening with drinks, music, light refreshments and lively chatter all whilst getting to know other newly qualified ...

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  • Medical Examiners and the Case of Dr Bawa-Garba

    20 August 2018

    The Government has announced that unexpected deaths within the NHS in England and Wales, which have not been referred to a Coroner, will be investigated by medical examiners.

    The medical examiners will engage bereaved families in the process of investigating deaths to increase transparency for the bereaved and the investigation could also include the care the deceased received prior to death. The proposed regulations will require a doctor’s certification of cause of death to be scrutinised and confirmed by an independent medical examiner. Registration of the death will only be permitted once the death has been scrutinised by a medical ...

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  • Getting Our Duck in a Row for St Richard's Hospice

    14 August 2018

    We use the phrase “Get your ducks in a row” to encourage the making of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney but this took on a more literal meaning when we entered the St Richard’s Hospice annual duck race on the River Severn in Worcester…and Judge Wiggy Waldron certainly got himself in a row to win the race!

    The race started at Worcester Bridge, South Quay on 11th August and, after some tense moments, ended with Wiggy Waldron crossing the finishing line first at Worcester Cathedral.

    The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Jabba Riaz, was there on the day to offer ...

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  • Incapacity crisis over Lasting Power of Attorneys

    13 August 2018

    More than one third of people admit to not having any provisions in place for later life, such as writing a will or creating a Lasting Power of Attorney.

    An LPA is defined as a legal document that lets you appoint someone to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf and this gives you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and can’t make your own decisions.

    With an LPA:

    - You must be 18 or over and have mental capacity;
    - You can choose more than one attorney;
    - The ...

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  • The Midland Met – In a Critical Condition?

    27 July 2018

    In January 2018 the Wolverhampton construction firm Carillion collapsed. It left more than 14,000 people having to look for work elsewhere, and when it was liquidated it had debts of more than £1.5bn. It was also the home of some 420 public sector contracts, including one to build the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick.

    It was back in 2015 when Carillion was awarded the contract to build the Midland Met. A huge hospital designed to service patients across Birmingham, it was also envisaged to replace some of the services currently provided at the City and Sandwell Hospitals. News came of ...

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  • Things to think about when buying Commercial Property

    20 July 2018

    1. What is your overall Budget? Include the cost of the property, legal costs & SDLT.

    2. What is the current commercial market situation?

    3. Consider the location, type of building, infrastructure, socioeconomics and the skill of the available workforce in the area. Consider engaging an expert if you are unsure in relation to these considerations.

    4. Know what type of property that you would like to invest in.

    5. Make sure the property is right for your intended business.

    6. Set realistic time frames. Rushing can mean mistakes are made that can then cost you money down the line to rectify.

    7. Get your financing in ...

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  • Delays in Cancer Treatment Causing Concern

    09 July 2018

    It is a well known statistic that cancer will affect one in three people in their lifetimes. Regrettably, as clinical negligence solicitors, we regularly deal with cases involving treatment and diagnosis of cancers of all kinds.

    However, the lives of cancer patients are being put at risk, experts say, as the NHS struggles to see people quickly enough.

    Patients are meant to start cancer treatment within 62 days of it being suspected, but nowhere in the UK has achieved this for more than two years.

    It means one in six patients are now waiting longer than they should, a recent ...

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