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‘Right to Rent’ – Compulsory Immigration Checks for Landlords

If you have rented a property recently from a private Landlord you may have noticed for the first time that you, and those sharing your home, have been asked to provide your passports and/or immigration documents. This is because of a change in the Law which came into force in February 2016 which rolled out… Read More

Government rejects recommendation to scrap divorce fee rise

On 21 March 2016 the fee to petition for a divorce rose to £550 from £410.  The fee increase was strongly opposed by family lawyers who were concerned that this rise would make petitioning for a divorce prohibitively expensive for some clients.  What made the increase even more concerning was the fact that it was… Read More

Risk of further deaths from nurse substitutes, study finds

Study has found a higher risk of patient deaths from new, less qualified nursing associate roles. A recent report has shown that hospitals in England are increasingly recruiting lower grade medical staff, in order to save money. The study, published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety, found that in some parts of the UK… Read More

Thalidomide victims pursue further claims

Thalidomide victims pursue further claims over birth defects for damages from health concerns. Growing old is an inevitable part of life, but for some it is harder than others. Victims of the thalidomide scandal, for instance, may face more complex issues due to defects suffered at birth as a result of their mothers being given… Read More

New Down’s syndrome test receives government approval

Government ministers have confirmed that a new, safer and more accurate test for Down’s syndrome will be introduced into the NHS by 2018, reducing the chance of a miscarriage substantially. The new non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) is intended to reduce the amount of women that need riskier diagnostic tests which may cause miscarriage. Current tests… Read More


Prisoners should receive health care in line with the general population whilst in prison. This week, guidelines issued by the National Guideline Centre have recommended that those in prison should receive care to the same standard as the general public; as healthcare provisions for those in prison are often insufficient for the prisoners’ needs. Professor… Read More

Emma McClure Qualifies as a Solicitor

Swain & Co Solicitors are pleased to announce that Emma McClure has completed her training contact and qualified as a Solicitor in October. Emma joined the firm in  September 2014.  Emma has worked in various areas including Actions Against the Police, Community Care, Public Law and Prison Law.  Now qualified, Emma’s caseload mainly consists of… Read More