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London is venue of choice for divorce of super-rich

A sixth of cases before the courts in London are for marriage break ups involving foreign nationals. This has led to London being branded the global divorce capital and the venue of choice for divorces of the international super-rich, or divorce tourists. This has also led to worries that the gap is widening in terms…
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Community Legal Advice Centres under threat

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has signalled its intention to end all Community Legal Advice Centres and Networks (CLAC and CLAN) by 31st March 2013. The LSC has written to all contract holders and partner local authorities to inform them of this proposal in light of the government reforms on legal aid. CLACs and CLANs…
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87 year old Gosport Gran gets an ASBO

An 87 year old grandmother inGosportwith hearing problems has been given an ASBO for playing her radio too loudly. Neighbours of Georgina Sims say they have endured 13 months of relentless banging on walls with her walking stick and playing music loudly day and night. Daughter to Georgina Sims, Bev Batten, has slammed the ASBO…
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Swain & Co. celebrates staff involvement

Following the recent launch of our new website, staff at Swain & Co. have been rewarded for their input. Much of the website has been written by staff; who best to provide content on the many areas of law we cover than the specialist staff that work with clients on an everyday basis. Staff engagement…
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Patient discharges at night put patients at risk

Research by The Times has revealed that hundreds of thousands of NHS patients are being discharged between the hours of 11pm and 6am to relieve pressures on beds. Often at risk are the elderly and the vulnerable, where they are abruptly sent home without proper planning and often to empty homes. It has been suggested…
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Televising for first time in a British criminal court

Television cameras will be allowed into film the sentencing of David Gilroy, 49, who was found guilty of murdering his former lover Suzanne Polley after she ended their affair. He will be sentenced in Edinburgh on April 18th 2012, and cameras will be able to start filming after Gilroy’s criminal defence lawyer has finished the…
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Substandard care in hospital for disabled people

A poll commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) has revealed that most doctors think that patients with learning difficulties receive a poorer standard of care in hospitals than others. More than one in three reported that they had witnessed a patient with learning difficulties receive poor care or some form of discrimination. The poll…
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Rise in child care applications in England

Local council applications to take children into care have exceeded 10,000 this year, the first time in data history. The rise in the child care applications is said to be linked to the high publicity case of the death of Baby Peter in Haringey in 2007, which showed that the local authority officials could have…
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Donor organ solution recalled

The most commonly used solution to store donor organs has been recalled following fears that it could be contaminated, The Guardian has reported. Viaspan is the most commonly used solution to store donor organs such as livers, pancreas and kidneys between transplant procedures, and has been recalled by its manufacturer due to concerns that it…
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Delays in diagnosis of ovarian cancer leading to large payouts

Compensation payouts for delays in diagnosis of ovarian cancer have reached £550,000, The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has found. The MDU, that represents doctors involved in negligence claims had found that a delay of several months is frequently occurring in diagnosing and treating the disease, as many women have been wrongly diagnosed initially with other…
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