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Cosmetic laser hair removal warning

Beauty salons and clinics can offer potentially dangerous laser treatments without appropriate training and facilities. In October 2010 regulations relating to the use of laser machines for cosmetic procedures were scrapped as the industry was seen as over-regulated. It now appears that the industry has gone full swing in the opposite direction leaving the public…
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Late amendments to criminal indictment are unfair

A late amendment to a charge against a person, which includes an additional count suggested by the Court after the criminal defence case has been closed, was ruled as prejudicial and unfair by the Court of Appeal (reported 8 May 2012). The defendant B(JJ) appealed against his conviction of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH)…
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Necessity is no defence in child abduction

Necessity is no defence to criminal child abduction cases. This was the result of a hearing in the Court of Appeal that was published 8th May 2012. The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by an appellant, who is known as CS, against her criminal conviction at Portsmouth Crown Court in July 2011 for removing…
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Swain & Co welcomes decision to charge Met PC

In April we commented on the allegations that a Metropolitan police officer had assaulted a black youth in police custody at the height of the London riots. We are pleased to see in the news today that the PC, Joe Harrington, will now face charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH), believing that this…
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Skills shortage in NHS as 1 in 4 GPs due to retire

With thousands of family GPs planning to retire in the next 5 years, the NHS faces a skills shortage with failure to train enough junior doctors to replace them. Agreements to limit the recruitment of GPs from other countries which face a similar problem, means that hiring from overseas will not be a viable option.…
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Queen’s Speech: Government avoid issue of elderly care

Today’s Queen Speech has delivered some welcome news for crime, children and families. However, Swain & Co. solicitors are all too aware that what is equally important to what is mentioned in the Queen’s Speech, is what is not mentioned! Our specialist community care team are disappointed that the care of the elderly has been…
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Five Brides and One Groom!

We are not referring to a polygamous marriage, but the fact that 2012 will see not one, not two, but SIX  Swain & Co. staff members get married. SIX!!! April saw Samantha Hunt get married in Sutton Scotney and she has now become Mrs Evans. Check out her first dance video on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lN0OMB4LOQ…
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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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