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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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  • Limitation: Time Limits for Bringing a Claim for Clinical Negligence

    03 July 2018

    The Limitation Act 1980 allows a Claimant or their representative three years to bring Court action for a claim for clinical negligence. This is called the limitation period. Court proceedings must be issued by this date otherwise the Claimant becomes statute barred from pursuing the claim.

    If a claim is statute barred, the Claimant may ask the court to disapply the limitation period. The Court will have regard to all the circumstances of the case in exercising its discretion to disapply the limitation period. The Court will consider whether the Claimant can show compelling reasons for the delay, the extent ...

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  • Justice Minister continues with push for PI Law Reform

    28 June 2018

    The annual conference of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers included a talk from Justice minister Lord Keen of Elie (Richard Keen QC). During his speech, he confirmed that the Civil Liability Bill is continuing its was through Parliament.

    The more controversial of the measures proposed in the Bill are:

    • a tariff system for whiplash injuries caused in road traffic accidents;

    • a ban on any settlement offers being made before a victim has been examined by an independent clinician;

    • an increase to the limit in the small claims court to £5,000 for road traffic accident claims.

    All of the above ...

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  • Gender Pay Gaps in the Legal Sector

    12 June 2018

    A recent study by market research company Acritas has revealed that men belonging to a select group of ‘stand out’ lawyers were paid nearly 30% more than their woman counterparts in the last year.

    It is surprising to see that there is such a large gender pay gap at equity partner level, especially in the legal sector. Legislation under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) requires firms with 250 employees or more to publish their gender pay gap by 4th April each year. This allows the government to keep track on the larger companies’ pay gaps but still ...

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  • Surgical Infections and Claims for Compensation

    07 June 2018

    Recent reports about dirty surgical instruments leading to delays in operations at Russells Hall Hospital led me to wanting to put down in writing some of my thoughts about infections developed following surgery.

    Anyone who has had surgery will be aware of the lengthy consent forms used by hospital staff prior to operations, warning patients about the various risks and complications that could occur. We’re asked to sign to confirm that we understand and accept the risks set out within the consent form, and more often than not, ‘infection’ is listed as a risk. This is quite right too; infection ...

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  • Is your break notice effective?

    04 June 2018

    In light of the case Cowthorpe Road 1-1A Freehold Ltd v Wahedally (2017) where the tenant served a notice via email, email is not an accepted method of service.

    An effective break notice must have/be:

    1. Correct address for service (the landlord’s registered office);

    2. Served on time ( usually 6 months before the break date as specified in the lease);

    3. Served in the correct manner (by recorded delivery);

    4. Used the correct form of notice required by the lease (your solicitor will be able to advise in this regard)

    Errors to avoid when serving the notice:

    1. Ensure all names of the parties ...

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  • 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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