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The never ending Accident and Emergency Department drama

Accident and Emergency Departments across England and Wales have been scrutinised for months now. This is due to increased waiting times. Hospitals have set targets that should be met, one of them being to see 95% of attending patients within 4 hours. Shocking figures relating to Hospital waiting times have recently been released. It has…
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I have been accused of anti-social behaviour but I would like to tell my side of the story

Council home eviction for anti-social behaviour | Falsely accused of anti-social behaviour | False allegations to council | False accusation of anti-social behaviour Kate is a Council tenant. She has some loud parties but didn’t realise her neighbours mined. Kate gets a letter from the Council telling her that they want her to leave. They…
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Tenancy Deposits – Could you claim Compensation?

Anyone renting a property from a private landlord or through a letting agent will be familiar of the process of paying a 'damage deposit' before they get the keys; but did you know that you can claim compensation from your Landlord if they don't follow the proper procedure? A deposit paid by a tenant to…
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My housing association is saying I am unlawfully subletting my flat, but I’m not. What can I do?

Accused of subletting a council property | Illegal Subletting | Unlawful Subletting Carolyn rents from a Housing Association.  She has a big family who often come and stay with her. Her landlord has taken her to Court because her neighbours have reported seeing lots of people coming and going. Carolyn doesn’t know what to do.…
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Whiplash Claims – Here we go again! 

The countdown to cracking down on fraudulent whiplash claims has been announced by the Government. Their aim? To set fixed amounts for compensation. Although figures have not yet been finalised, these fixed amounts will be significantly lower than the amount of compensation that is currently being awarded by the courts. Here are a few possible…
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Mental health crisis is violating human rights

As the mental health crisis deepens in the UK report shows human rights are being violated. Rob Behrens, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), has prepared a report showing serious failings in the mental healthcare provided to people in crisis. In some cases there are violation of human rights. Campaigners said the PHSO report, titled…
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Should mental health patients ever be kept in police cells?

In Devon and Cornwall the practice of putting people experiencing mental health crises into police cells has been completely stopped. This raises the question of whether mental health patients should ever be kept in police cells rather than in a psychiatric unit. Lack of specialist beds in the region of Devon and Cornwell resulted in…
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Has your landlord evicted you without notice? | Unlawful Eviction

Swain & Co Solicitors has experts who can advise you on your options to see if you can avoid unnecessary worries. We can contact your landlord to find out what has happened.
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I can’t pay my mortgage, I don’t want to lose my home | Dean’s Story | Housing Law Legal Advice

Dean has a mortgage. He’s fallen behind with payments. He’s back on track now but the mortgage company has sent him some court paperwork. They tell him that even though he is paying now, they want to take his home from him. That doesn’t sound, right? Dean contacted Swain & Co Solicitors for advice. They…
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Common Divorce Myths

If you are contemplating divorce, it may surprise you to realise that some decisions you are making are based on misconceptions. MYTH: I’m entitled to half of my husband’s/wife’s assets. The split of assets depends on a variety of factors. These include: Length of the marriage The ages of the married couple The earning capacities…
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