Survey shows new mums feel they are being discharged too early

Postnatal Care Planning, a report by the Royal College of Midwives, suggests that up to 40% of new mums feel they are discharged from hospital before they are ready following birth.  In addition it suggests that more midwives are required to ensure that women get the post-natal visits they require. 65% of the midwives surveyed… Read More

£4 million bid made to ease pressure on Portsmouth A&E

On 8 September 2014 ambulances were turned away from the A&E department at the Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth, and were instead sent to the A&E department at Southampton General Hospital 20 miles away.  During the “unprecedented” peak of patients 30 patients an hour were attending the A&E department, compared with the usual figure of 10… Read More


David Cameron has given a speech setting out measures to focus on helping families in an attempt to lower the number of children being taken into care. On 18 August, David Cameron delivered a speech that will see the government increase the amount of support they give to families. He believes that helping families is… Read More


Over the past four years more children have been taken into care then ever before. In this article we look at the reasons for this increase and the effect this may have on the children. In the past four years, officials have discovered that the number of children who have been taken into care has… Read More

Mary-Anne Beedle qualifies as a solicitor

Swain & Co Solicitors LLP are pleased to announce that Mary-Anne Beedle has completed her training contract and qualified as a Solicitor on 1st September 2014. Mary joined the firm in 2011 and works now in Swain & Co’s family law department in Havant. Mary is a confident and effective lawyer and will be an… Read More

Fear of closure for failing GP practices

Plans recently unveiled by the Care Quality Commission mean that failing GP practices in England could be facing closure.  Practices will be rated on their performance.  Those with the bottom rating of “inadequate” will have 6 months to a year to resolve the problems.  If this is not done in time the practice will be… Read More

Low earning families struggling with rising housing costs

A report carried out by The Resolution Foundation has highlighted that working families with low to moderate incomes are struggling to meet their housing costs. According to the research wages are failing to rise whilst rent and utility bills continue to increase leading to families spending more than half their income on their housing costs.… Read More

How to help those who maintain their innocence?

Dean Kingham, an Associate in our Prison Law Department has significant experience of representing prisoners who maintain their innocence. He has previously given a speech at the Innocence UK annual conference on the subject. He is passionate about helping those who maintain innocence progress through the prison system. He is a member of Progressing Prisoners… Read More

Monkey “selfie” copyright row

In 2011 whilst on holiday in Indonesia, wildlife photographer, David Slater had his camera stolen by a group of monkeys he was photographing.  Whilst many of the photos taken by the monkeys were blurry, there was one clear picture of the monkey’s self portrait. This picture has given rise to a dispute between wikimedia (the… Read More