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Swain & Co Solicitors team up with Greater Manchester Law Centre

Swain & Co Solicitors are happy to announce that we are working with the Greater Manchester Law Centre in all aspects of Prison Law. Simon Green, Prison Law Solicitor at Swain & Co Solicitors, says, “It can be difficult when a loved one or friend is imprisoned as many issues can arise which require legal…
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Ban GP fees for domestic violence letters

Calls are being made for Jeremy Hunt to ban GPs from charging domestic violence victims up to £175 for a medical letter as proof. A letter signed by 16 Police and Crime Commissioners informs Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, that some GPs are charging fees for letters that allows victims of domestic violence to access legal…
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Outrage over a Care Home charging residents for DoLS authorisations

Southfield House, a private residential home in Stockport has been charging its residents £250 if they require a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards(DoLS) authorisation. This controversial charge has been roundly criticised by professionals involved in the care of vulnerable adults lacking capacity. The £250 fee is added to a resident’s bill with a £125 fee also…
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Win for rights of unmarried couples

The Supreme Court decision on rights of unmarried couples could pave way for more legal protection. Denise Brewster, from Northern Ireland, was refused payments from her former partner’s pension when he died. They were together for 10 years and became engaged on Christmas Eve of 2009. But, he died unexpectedly on Boxing Day morning. On…
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’12 child deaths in nine years’ caused by GP and pharmacist mistakes

New research has shown that twelve children died and a further 41 were “severely harmed” as a result of mistakes made by doctors and other health professionals during a nine year period. The research, carried out at Cardiff University, covered data from England and Wales. It studied the statistics on patient care of those under…
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620,000 people have faulty heart gene, research shows

New research from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has shown that some 620,000 people in the UK are living with a faulty gene that could cause heart problems. The research indicates that those carrying the faulty gene are more likely to suffer from heart disease, which causes a thickening, thinning, or other change in the…
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Zero Tolerance on Female Genital Mutilation

Today, February 6th is International Zero Tolerance on Female Genital Mutilation and Swain & Co Solicitors are supporting this day. So, what can we all do about Female Genital Mutilation? We believe that talking about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) helps raise the awareness, what it is and means and the scale of it, which in…
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