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Section 21 Notice – there’s nothing I can do…right?

Well, this will depend whether your Landlord has followed every single piece of red tape (and they get it wrong more often than you might think!) The term ‘Section 21’ will strike fear into the heart of anyone who has rented privately. A Section 21 notice (named after Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988)…
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Homelessness Reduction Act

Homelessness Reduction Act to come into play from April 2018. Local Councils across the country are preparing for April 2018 when the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 will come into force. This act was dubbed as a shake-up of the existing law in relation to homelessness applications in England and certainly goes some way to making…
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Ground 8 rent arrears – 2 months behind and I’m out?

…that all depends on the circumstances of your case. A tenant who has an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) might find themselves receiving a Section 8 notice if they fall at least two months behind with the rent. This could mean the Landlord can apply to court to have you evicted. Ground 8 is one of…
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Changes in requirements for legal aid for domestic abuse victims

Monday 8th January 2018 saw changes in requirements for legal aid for domestic abuse victims come into force. Our article in early December highlights the Ministry of Justice’s plans. And we are pleased to see that the changes are now in force. So, what does it mean for victims of domestic abuse? Most importantly, it means more…
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Nottingham City Hospital apologises after baby’s skull cut in Caesarean

Nottingham City Hospital apologises for the neglect and their “woefully inadequate” investigations after baby died following a cut to his skull during an emergency Caesarean section. The infant unfortunately died three hours after being born at the hospital in July 2013, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has now settled a claim of clinical negligence. The…
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NHS in crisis: A&E hospital delays

Another day, another NHS in crisis realisation – more hospital delays. It is not a surprise to hear we are in one of the busiest times at Accident and Emergency Departments around the country. Yet again, our hospitals are struggling to cope. Around one in eight patients that have been taken to Hospital with an…
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Divorce and Christmas

Divorce and Christmas – not two words you might believe sit together. But, January is a busy time for divorce lawyers – but why? Many people find Christmas stressful. I know I do! There’s: Planning of presents Purchasing of presents Wrapping Dinner to plan Children’s activities and parties Family to visit The stress can have…
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Perinatal Depression: 1 in 4 pregnant women suffering

There is more awareness of postnatal depression, but have you heard of perinatal depression? The definition of perinatal depression is mental health issues experienced during pregnancy and up to a year following the birth of a baby. So, you have probably heard of more specific prenatal and postnatal depression. Prenatal referring to before birth and…
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Health secretary apologises after operations are cancelled

Jeremy Hunt has apologised to thousands of patients awaiting non-urgent operations for cancellations and postponements as hospitals struggle to cope with numbers of patients being seen. Reports have emerged of serious problems in a number of places: Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre is asking patients to avoid its emergency department as it is on black alert,…
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Mental Health in the UK – suicide rate falls

Mental health in the UK has been at the forefront of the news for much of the year. Official figures reveal suicide rates in the UK have seen the largest fall in 20 years. This is great news for mental health in the UK. But, it cannot be ignored that the rates are still very…
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