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Medical Negligence

AvMA - A charity that represents the interests of people who have suffered a medical accident.

The Patients Association - A charity that represents patients.

Citizens Advice Bureau - A service that helps people at local level to resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice.

MRSA Support - A support group for MRSA sufferers and their dependents.

Mind - A charity that offers help and support to people with mental distress.

The Erb’s Palsy Group - A charity that offers help and support to parents and children with erb’s palsy.

Rethink - A charity that supports people with severe mental illness.

Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS) - A voluntary organization that campaigns for improved maternity services.

National Childbirth Trust - A charity that provides antenatal education and postnatal support for parents.

Patient Concern - An independent organization that campaigns on issues that matter to patients.

Witness - A charity that provides a help line and support for people who have been abused by health and social care workers.

Cauda Equina -  www.caudaequina.org/

www.medicalnewstoday.com 

Cerebral Palsy - Cerebral Palsy Guidance is an educational support website dedicated to providing parents with detailed information on a complex condition of cerebral palsy.

Government Bodies

The Ministry of Justice - The government department that administers the court service.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman - A government sponsored official who has the authority to enquire into complaints of mal-administration within the National Health Service.

The National Patient Safety Agency - A government body that collects and analyses information on adverse health events with a view to identifying the risk and produces solutions to prevent them happening again.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) - A government body that has responsibility for advising the National Health Service on the most effective treatment options.

The Care Quality Commission - The government sponsored body that regulates health and social care in England whether provided by the NHS, private companies or voluntary organisations.

Data Protection Information Commissioner

Regulatory Bodies

Law Society - The body that represents solicitors.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority - The body that regulates solicitors.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council - The body that regulates nurses and midwives.

General Medical Council - The body that regulates doctors.

Mid Essex Law Society -

The Legal Ombudsman - The government sponsored official who has the authority to resolve complaints about lawyers.

General Optical Council - http://www.optical.org/

General Dental Council - http://www.gdc-uk.org/Pages/default.aspx

Professional Organisations

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) - A membership organisation of over 5,000 solicitors and barristers who specialise in personal injury claims on behalf of Claimants.

The Academy of Experts - A membership society for expert witnesses.

The Expert Witness Institute - A membership organisation for expert witnesses.

The British Medical Association - The body that represents doctors.

The Royal Society of Medicine - A private members organisation, which is open to doctors and other professionally qualified people who have an interest in medicine.

Legal Aid

Legal Aid Agency - A government agency that administers the legal aid scheme.

 

Barristers Chambers

1 Crown Office Row - Barristers who specialise in clinical negligence.

3 Serjeants’ Inn - Barristers who specialise in clinical negligence.

7 Bedford Row - Barristers who specialise in clinical negligence.

Cloisters - Barristers who specialise in clinical negligence.

Crown Office Chambers - Barristers who specialise in clinical negligence.

42 Bedford Row - Barristers who specialise in clinical negligence.

Hailsham Chambers - Barristers who specialise in clinical negligence.

Outer Temple Chambers - Barristers who specialise in clinical negligence.

http://www.no5.com/ - No 5 Chambers

Insurers

www.arag.co.uk


Criminal Defence

Justice for All - http://www.justice-for-all.org.uk/

CrimeLine - www.crimeline.info

Criminal Law Solicitors Association - http://www.clsa.co.uk/

Justice - http://www.justice.gov.uk/

Citizens Advice - http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Sound off for Justice - http://soundoffforjustice.org/

 

Family Law

Resolution - http://www.resolution.org.uk/

National Association of Child Contact Centres - http://www.naccc.org.uk/

Justice For All - http://www.justice-for-all.org.uk/

Sound Off For Justice - http://soundoffforjustice.org/

Cafcass - http://www.cafcass.gov.uk/

The Roberts Centre - http://www.robertscentre.org.uk/

Helping families in need:

http://www.family-action.org.uk/home.aspx?id=11578

http://www.mind.org.uk/help/medical_and_alternative_care/how_to_survive_family_life?gclid=CKSK346ImK0CFUIMfAodZHMjoA

http://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/

Family support:

http://www.way2hope.org/

http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/?gclid=CKW25vCImK0CFSFItAodW1EX1A

http://www.getconnected.org.uk/486/what-to-contact-us-about/relationships.html?gclid=CIypwIqKmK0CFYEhtAod7lDzGw&ef_id=4IhOEbNIyj4AAEYO:20111223112220:s

Advice for men:

http://www.thecalmzone.net/talk/issues/relationships/?gclid=CLri7ZSKmK0CFYEhtAod7lDzGw 

Domestic Violence:

The Hampton Trust - http://www.hamptontrust.org.uk/

http://www.womensaid.org.uk/?gclid=CLr3wd-CmK0CFegmtAodmHgrlA

Havant Women’s Aid

http://www.havantwomensaid.hampshire.org.uk/

Eastbourne – refuge - http://refuge.org.uk/

Southampton support service

http://www.homegroup.org.uk/Pages/default.aspx

www.crimestoppers-uk.org

www.domesticviolence.co.uk

http://www.portsmouthdvanda.com/?page_id=14

Government website:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/CrimeJusticeAndTheLaw/VictimsOfCrime/DG_4003136?PHPSESSID=736f5275b56d62ec7969d72820aa6bfe

National helpline:

http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/

DV information

http://www.hiddenhurt.co.uk/

Hants Police:

http://www.hampshire.police.uk/Internet/news/campaigns/domesticviolence.htm

Hampshire Information Directory:

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/familyinformationdirectory

Male victims:

http://www.mankind.org.uk/

Hampton Trust – perpetrators course

http://www.hamptontrust.org.uk/

Helping families in need:

http://www.family-action.org.uk/home.aspx?id=11578

Men helping to stop violence to women

http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/getinvolved/localgroup

http://www.enddomesticabuse.org/spousal_abuse_tx.php?gclid=COKo5caKmK0CFWIntAodRBTdlg

http://www.saferportsmouth.org.uk/priorities/violence-and-hidden-violence/domestic-abuse/#.UB_dsU2PWFg

Divorce:

Getting a divorce – Law Society - http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/choosingandusing/commonlegalproblems/divorce.page

Advice for separating parents:

http://www.gingerbread.org.uk/content/567/Just-split-up

http://www.familylawassociation.org/

Childcare:

Advice for separating parents:

http://www.gingerbread.org.uk/content/567/Just-split-up

http://www.familylawassociation.org/

Contact Centre Portsmouth:

http://www.robertscentre.org.uk/

National child contact centres:

http://www.naccc.org.uk/

Winchester contact centres:

http://www.muwinchester.org.uk/projects/child-contact-centres/

Help from Social Services:

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/childcare/parents/cis.htm

Helping families in need:

http://www.family-action.org.uk/home.aspx?id=11578

Help from Social Services:

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/childcare/parents/cis.htm

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/childrenandyoungpeople/child-protection.htm

Helping families in need:

http://www.family-action.org.uk/home.aspx?id=11578

Mediation:

www.arenamediation.co.uk

http://www.hantsfamilymediation.org.uk/

http://www.laceysmediation.co.uk/

Counselling:

www.counselling-directory.org.uk 

Welfare Benefits

http://gardensocial.co.uk/ - This links to Garden Court Chambers social welfare website. They update it regularly with changes in the law, cases that have recently set precedents and also recommend links for help and support for members of the community.

http://gardensocial.co.uk/welfare/?showupdate=201201 – this is a link to their welfare benefit updates. They are updated monthly and at the moment are concentrating on the legal aid reform bill and the adverse effects it is having on all, normally they report successful cases.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/ - Government website with a wealth of general advice on benefits available and where to go to claim them in a persons area.

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice.htm - Link to CAB’s website for ways to get in contact with them in relation to advice.

http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/ - A good website to follow in relation to all the changes happening as and when the news breaks – it is particularly helpful for anyone wanting to follow the current reforms being proposed and discussed at the moment regarding benefits and legal aid.

http://soundoffforjustice.org/

http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/courts-and-tribunals/tribunals/sscs/index.htm - Link to the tribunal service website for the welfare benefit tribunals. This gives details of the types of cases the tribunal can hear, the venues, relevant forms, expenses claims for travel to the hearings, and generally what they can expect.

http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/courts-and-tribunals/tribunals/sscs/rules-and-legislation.htm - link to the tribunal service website rules and legislation page.

http://www.justice-for-all.org.uk/News/legal-aid-benefit-appeals -  proposed legal aid reforms for benefits, offer advice services and general information.

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/TAXCREDITS/ - this is the link to the HM revenue and customs tax credits page.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/adviser/updates/ib-reassessing-claims/ - This link provides a information on the transition of incapacity benefit claimants onto ESA between now and 2014.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/Illorinjured/DG_171894 - this link to the DWP website which provides general information on ESA, how it works and who can claim.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/Disabledpeople/DG_10018702 - again this website provides general information on DLA, how it works and who can claim.

http://www.tooks.co.uk/ - advice in welfare benefit cases.

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/benefits-check

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/money-matters/claiming-benefits/pension-credit/

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Pensionsandretirementplanning/PensionCredit/index.htm

 

Personal Injury

Way Foundation, supporting those who are bereaved and young - www.wayfoundation.org.uk

Sheffield Rape Crisis, supporting rape victims - www.sheffieldrapecrisis.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care - www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk - Click here to download the brochure

The Patients Association - www.patients-association.org.uk - Click here to download the brochure

Health and Safety Executive - www.hse.gov.uk

The Department for Work and Pensions - www.dwp.gov.uk

Families Against Corporate Killing - www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/fack

National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux - www.nacab.org.uk

Road Peace - www.roadpeace.org

Brake - www.brake.org.uk

West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership - www.safetycameraswestyorkshire.co.uk

Army Families Federation - www.aff.org.uk

Army Benevolent Fund - www.armybenfund.org

Army Welfare Service - www.army.mod.uk/welfare-support/welfare-support.aspx

The Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association - www.rhqagc.com

British Limbless Ex-Serviceman's Association (BLESMA) - www.blesma.org

Combat Stress - www.combatstress.org.uk/

Haig Homes - www.haighomes.org.uk

Injured Soldiers Support Network on Facebook - login here

The Royal Artillery Association's Gunner Net - www.forums.theraa.co.uk

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust - www.rnbt.org.uk

The Royal Engineers Regimental Association - www.reahq.org.uk

The Royal Marines Association - www.royalmarinesassociation.org.uk

Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation - www.oswaldstoll.org.uk

St Dunstans - www.st-dunstans.org.uk

SSAFA - www.ssafa.org.uk

The Veterans Agency - www.veterans-uk.info

The Clydebank Asbestos Group - www.clydebankasbestos.org

Asbestos Support West Midlands - www.asbestossupportwm.org

June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund - www.junehancockfund.org

British Lung Foundation - www.lunguk.org

British Thoracic Society - www.brit-thoracic.org.uk

Mesothelioma Matters - www.mesotheliomamatters.com

Mesothelioma UK - www.mesothelioma.uk.com

Child Brain Injury Trust - www.cbituk.org

Child Accident Prevention Trust - www.capt.org.uk

Advisory Centre for Education - www.ace-ed.org.uk

Rainbow Trust - www.rainbowtrust.org.uk

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority - http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/compensation-schemes/cica/index.htm

Commission for Social Care Inspection - www.cqc.org.uk/

Headway - the brain injury association - www.headway.org.uk

The Brain and Spine Foundation - www.brainandspine.org.uk

British Tinnitus Association - www.tinnitus.org.uk

HAVS Screening Limited - www.whitefinger.co.uk

Spinal Injuries Association - www.spinal.co.uk

The Brain and Spine Foundation - www.brainandspine.org.uk

 

Prison Law

Association of Prison Lawyers -  www.associationofprisonlawyers.co.uk

Prisoners Advice Service - www.prisonersadvice.org.uk

Prisons and Probation Ombudsman - www.ppo.gov.uk

Converse - www.spyholepress.com

Institute of Prison Law - www.prisonlaw.org.uk

Action for Prisoners Families - www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk

Prisoners Families and Friends - www.pffs.org.uk

Offenders Families Helpline  - www.offendersfamilieshelpling.org

Partners of Prisoners - www.partnersofprisoners.co.uk

Amnesty International  - www.amnesty.org

Howard League - www.howardleague.org

Prison Reform - www.prisonreform.org

CCRC - www.ccrc.gov.uk

European Court of Human Rights - www.echr.coe.int/echr

Innocence Network - www.innocenceproject.org

www.criminalappeals.org.uk

Criminal Appeals Lawyers Association – www.cala.org.uk

Jengba - http://www.jointenterprise.co/

HM Prison Service - http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmps/index.htm

Inside Time - http://www.insidetime.org/

Innocence UK - http://www.innocencenetwork.org.uk/

Ministry of Justice - http://www.justice.gov.uk/

Bailli - http://www.bailii.org/

Garden Court North - http://www.gcnchambers.co.uk/

1 Pump Court Chambers - http://1pumpcourt.co.uk/

Prison Service - http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmps/index.htm

LSC - http://www.legalservices.gov.uk/

Court Service - http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmcts/

Parole Board - http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/parole-board/index.htm

Approved Premises and bail hostels - http://freedom.is/open.php

Probation - http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/probation.htm

Prisons with videolinks - http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/courts-and-tribunals/courts/prison-video-link/prisons.htm

Legal adviser finder - http://legaladviserfinder.justice.gov.uk/AdviserSearch.do

HM Inspectorate of prisons - http://www.hmic.gov.uk/

Barristers

Tooks chambers - http://www.tooks.co.uk/

Doughty Street chambers - http://www.doughtystreet.co.uk/

Matrix chambers - http://www.matrixlaw.co.uk/

 

Community Care, Elderly Law and Mental Capacity

Age UK - http://www.ageuk.org.uk/

Benefit Enquiry Line - www.direct.gov.uk/benefits

Citizens Advice Bureau - www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Community Legal Advice - www.direct.gov.uk/legaladvice

Counsel and Care - www.counselandcare.org.uk

Court of Protection - www.direct.gov.uk/mentalcapacity

Financial Services Authority - www.fsa.gov.uk

IFA Promotion - www.unbiased.co.uk

Solicitors for the Elderly  - www.solicitorsforthelderly.com

Care UK - www.careuk.com

Solent MIND - http://www.solentmind.org.uk/

Portsmouth and South East Hants Carers - www.carersukportsmouth.org.uk

Choices Advocacy - www.choices-advocacy.org.uk/

Hardwicke Chambers - http://www.hardwicke.co.uk/

Disability Book - www.disabilitybook.co.uk

RSCPP - To find accredited, professional counselling

 

Judicial Review/Public Law

Environmental Law Centre - http://www.elc.org.uk/pages/lawukjudicial%20review.htm

http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2011/03/01/a-cut-out-and-keep-guide-to-judicial-review/

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Lettersandcirculars/Dearcolleagueletters/DH_080714 (deprivation of liberty)

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/index.htm   (public civil rights)

http://www.publiclawproject.org.uk/PolicyWorkOver.html (public law project)

http://ukconstitutionallaw.org/

Community Care and Disability Law

The Hampshire Autistic Society  -  http://www.has.org.uk/