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Swain & Co. keeping up tradition

We were pleased to read a brief history about South Street in Havant, where some of our offices are based, and discover that solicitors have been in South Street since the mid 1750’s. The piece in PO9 Newspaper looked back 100 years when South Street was the main route to Langstone before the A27 was…
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NHS risk register release blocked by ministers

Ministers have vetoed the demands to publicise the risk assessment of the overhaul of the NHS. The information commissioner had ruled that the risk register should be released, but ministers believe that doing so could harm the quality of the advice from civil servants, therefore have blocked the release. The risk register is the written…
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Risks outlined for babies born after 42 weeks

New research has shown that babies that are born after 42 weeks are more likely to develop problems in their lives including ADHD says the International Journal of Epidemiology. Not enough women are being told of the risks of prolonged pregnancies during their stay in hospitals, which is turn is placing their baby at risk…
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Justice to be made swifter by putting magistrates into community

There are plans to be unveiled by ministers that could see Magistrates dispensing justice on their own in community centres and police stations. Instead to the traditional bench of three, a single magistrate would address simple, uncontested ‘guilty plea’ cases. The idea of which is to speed up the justice system to weeks or day,…
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Cerebral Palsy patient awarded £8.6m damages

A Hampshire man has been awarded a multi-million pound settlement following hospital negligence which resulted in him being starved of oxygen after his premature birth. The patient, who remains anonymous, has cerebral palsy and behavioural difficulties after nurses at St Mary’s Hospital, in Milton,Portsmouth  failed to spot that a ventilation tube was blocked. This resulted in…
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Council puts cycle path in middle of the road

There were cars parked at the edges of the road, which the council had failed to cone off, so workmen put the cycle path in the middle of the road instead. Personal Injury solicitors at Swain & Co. are shocked at this failure to put cyclist safety at the heart of what cycle paths aim…
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‘I am leaving’ … but only when I can afford to!

Research shows that thousands of people have to live with ex-partners after making the emotional decision to end a relationship. This is in a bid to save money amid soaring housing costs. The research suggests that 235,000 Londoners are choosing to move in with a current partner for mainly financial reasons. A further 128,000 have…
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Premature twins killed by morphine overdose?

An inquest into the death of Alfie and Harry McQuillan heard yesterday that they died after doctors injected them with 17 times the prescribed amount of morphine. The twins were born three months early, but died two days after the morphine was injected, suffering lung injuries, bleeding on the brain and other health problems. Alfie…
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Damning report of Liverpool Prison

One of Britain’s largest prisons has been criticised in an inspection report. The report found that new and vulnerable inmates waited up to a week for a shower; some prisoners were too frightened of others to attend religious worship; and inmates were being put in an ‘unofficial punishment’ unit. Some inmates approaching release have found…
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Backlash on Whiplash reforms

There is growing backlash to the government’s plans on curbing whiplash claims. Not in the principle of curbing the fraudulent cases, as fraud can never be excused, but more to the fact that the government appear to be just giving the insurance industry what they want. The statistics used announced that whiplash claims from road…
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