News - Swain & Co Solicitors - Quality legal advice and legal services


Justice Select Committee finds divorce fee increase “unjustified”

A New Justice Select Committee (JSC) report published on 20 June 2016 has criticised the increase in Court and tribunal fees in many cases.  However, the report was particularly critical of the increase in divorce petition costs labelling them as “effectively a divorce tax”. The government had originally been proposing to raise the fee for… Read More

Care Quality Commission demands immediate improvements at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.

Following unexpected visits from the Care Quality Commission at the end of February 2016 and beginning of March 2016, Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth (QAH) has been in the “spotlight” for continuous failure to provide patients with acceptable care. It has been reported that since the inspections took place in February 2015 and April 2015,… Read More

Father in custody battle bugs daughters clothing

A father in a family court dispute with his ex-partner over their young daughter took the step of sewing tiny bugs into her clothes so he could listen to what she said at meetings with the social worker. It was found that at least four recording devices had been used by the father to record… Read More

Swain & Co Celebrates staff dedication

Swain & Co Solicitors marks the 10th anniversary since Melanie Lidstone-Land started working with us. Samantha Lee, Managing Director, presented Melanie with the customary Caithness Crystal paperweight to thank her for all the hard work and dedication that she has shown to the firm during the last 10 years. At Swain & Co we feel it is hugely important that our staff… Read More

Discharge for s2 MHA Client

This week Tom Battarbee, Manager of Mental Health for the Swain & Co Liverpool office, helped his client secure his discharge from hospital. Tom’s, 71 year old client, had been detained in hospital for 15 days under section 2 of the Mental Health Act when he had his Mental Health Tribunal. He had never previously… Read More

Banks could be set to launch “divorce mortgages”

Some banks are said to be devising a new “divorce” mortgage for couples going through a divorce.  The idea behind the mortgage would be that an individual would then be able to borrow enough money to buy their spouse out for a set period of time.  A “divorce mortgage” would have the benefit of allowing… Read More

Are financial orders prior to Decree Nisi valid?

In a recent case* Cobb J had to consider whether a financial remedy order which had been made prior to a Decree Nisi was valid.  A District Judge had already granted the order under the misapprehension that the Decree Nisi had been granted.  Both Counsel and Solicitors who appeared for the wife were unaware it… Read More


Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the US, accounting for 250,000 deaths per year, according to an analysis released on Tuesday 3 May 2016.  Researchers who undertook the analysis are calling for a register of all fatal mistakes to combat this overwhelming problem. Martin Makary and Michael Daniel, researchers at Johns… Read More

Wrongly Convicted? Are you innocent?, wondering how to go about appealing your conviction? Swain & Co Solicitors can offer you the specialist advice and assistance you need.

The test applied by the Court of Appeal in determining appeals against conviction is set out in the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 which provides as follows: (1)     Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Court of Appeal: (a) shall allow an appeal against conviction if they think that the conviction is    unsafe; and  (b) shall… Read More