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Inquest finds gross failures lead to toddler death

Inquest finds gross failures lead to toddler death An inquest into the death of toddler finds there were ‘gross failures’ in the care provided by medical professionals. Two year old Marcie Tadman died at the Royal United Hospital in Bath following a fatal cardiac arrest. She was admitted to the hospital the previous day with…
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Wrongly imprisoned and the scandal of no compensation

Wrongly imprisoned and the scandal of no compensation Recently the Supreme Court ruled that those whom have had their convictions quashed are not entitled to compensation for having lost years of their lives having been wrongly imprisoned. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014 provided a compensation scheme for those wrongly imprisoned. Any individual…
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Pension and divorce – the overlooked asset

Pension and divorce – the overlooked asset A pension can be the second biggest asset in a marriage or civil partnership. But, they are often overlooked by separating couples. Why are pensions overlooked in divorce? Samantha Lee, Head of Family Law at Swain & Co Solicitors explains, “Divorce is an emotionally distressing life event. You want…
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Drill music

Drill music In December two drill artists performed their song Attempted 1.0 at a gig, as a result of this they breached a court injunction and received a 9 month suspended sentence. Drill is a form of rap that has found a home in South London. The authorities link drill to violence and particularly gang…
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Do you believe in Common Law marriage?

Do you believe in Common Law marriage? Common Law marriage is a myth. It does not exist! Findings from this year’s British Social Attitudes Survey[i][i] shows that nearly half of us think common law marriage exists. Common Law marriage refers to couple who live together having the same legal rights as a married couple. Samantha…
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Wrong metal plates used for fractures

Wrong metal plates used for fractures The NHS has said that the wrong metal plates may have been used for fractures. Patients may have had the wrong metal plates put in to mend their broken bones. It has come to light that at one trust a flexible metal plate has been used instead of a…
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How to get your rent deposit back at end of tenancy

How to get your rent deposit back at end of tenancy? At the end of your tenancy, you need to ask for your deposit back. How to ask for your rent deposit back? If you used a letting agency to rent the property, it is them you need to ask. If you deal directly with…
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Are divorce costs trapping you in marriage?

January is dubbed divorce month. However, it seems that divorce rates are decreasing. However, the sad reality is that many people are trapped in unhappy marriages. Why? Because they cannot afford divorce costs. According to figures from Aviva in 2018, separation or divorce costs on average £14,500. This is legal and lifestyle costs. This means…
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Expert Mental Health team at Swain & Co Solicitors – who are they?

At Swain & Co Solicitors, we have an expert team of mental health lawyers. Experienced in mental health law representing individuals and organisations on a wide variety of mental health issues. Many lawyers in our department are members of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel. With advanced knowledge, skillset and experience in Mental Health Law …
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