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Divorce could leave poorer partners struggling in legal aid cuts

With the impending cuts on legal aid, which will see the removal of nearly all family advice, the prospect of divorcing well off partners may mean that spouses are left seriously out of pocket. This may lead to more people ending up in family courts without representation or any proper advice. Yet again, Legal Aid…
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Dump patients on trolleys in corridors

The College of Emergency Medicine, which represents A&E doctors, has recommended that patients should be left outside wards on trolleys, until a bed becomes available in new guidelines, admitting that it is controversial, but supported by the college. A&E doctors have said that the pressing issue is of bed blocking, meaning that they cannot move…
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Challenging rationing of healthcare

David Lock, QC of No 5 Chambers has recently commented on how the Court, in the case of R v Cambridge Health Authority ex parte B (1995) 1 WLR 898, in the light of excessive demands being put on the NHS, has given the go ahead for the NHS and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), who…
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Baby only has weeks to live due to medical negligence

Heartbroken and distraught parents of Ollie Lewis have spoken out about his tragic fate. Mother, Charmaine was left in agony for two hours, despite asking for treatment repeatedly. When midwives did eventually check on her, Ollie’s heart appeared to have stopped. He was born with the umbilical cord round his neck and had to be…
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Many children unlawfully restrained in Secure Training Centres

The High Court has concluded that physical force used on children in Secure Training Centres (STCs) was unlawful. This could potentially lead to hundreds, if not thousands, of claims for children assaulted between 1998 and July 2008 against the companies that run them. In 2004, 15 year-old Gareth Myatt choked to death whilst being restrained…
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Legislation delay for asbestos victims

The 2010 act designed to help people gain compensation for industrial diseases, including those suffering asbestos-related diseases such a mesothelioma, is unlikely to be implemented until 2013, the government has admitted. The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act was pushed through two years ago, giving claimants the right to proceed against insurers without having to…
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Domestic Violence Horror

A woman has been left blind after her boyfriend gouged her eyes in an attack. Her attacker has admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and will be sentenced next month. The woman had been a victim of domestic violence previously and has said in the news this week that her advice to women in…
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Should Pitt and Jolie get a pre-nup?

Hollywood SuperStars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have announced their engagement this week, but should they be thinking about a pre-nup? Both Pitt and Jolie are wealthy in their own right, having successful careers. The couple have 6 children, three of whom are adopted. By having a pre-nup, although not technically legally binding, they have…
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NHS reserve £235.4 million for babies suffering brain damage

£235.4 million has been set aside by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) for sixty babies that allegedly suffered brain damage, as a result of maternity staff who failed to notice their neonatal hypoglycaemia, The Guardian has reported. The sum is the NHSLA’s estimate of the total cost of settling the sixty claims.  So far, £69.3…
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Secret Trial should be last resort

The Government proposals to extend the use of secret trials in cases where there evidence may breach national security go against the UK’s traditions of openness and fairness. In the report on the Justice and Security Green Paper, the parliament’s joint committee on human rights says the paper fails to justify a change in the…
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