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Committal fees change is lawful

The High Court has ruled that the government acted lawfully in scrapping lawyers’ fees for committal proceedings in Criminal Defence work. The Law Society sought a judicial review of the fee change that came into force in October2011, but the action was not deemed unlawful. Lawyers’ fees have been reduced by £318 for Magistrates’ Court…
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Biggest study into Parkinson’s disease launched by Glasgow University

A new study into the cause of Parkinson’s is being started by Dr Donald Grosset at Glasgow University. Dr Grosset is hoping for more than 3000 volunteers who have the neurological condition along with their siblings to take part in his study with a view to better understand the symptoms. More than £1.6m is being…
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Divorce could leave poorer partners struggling in legal aid cuts

With the impending cuts on legal aid, which will see the removal of nearly all family advice, the prospect of divorcing well off partners may mean that spouses are left seriously out of pocket. This may lead to more people ending up in family courts without representation or any proper advice. Yet again, Legal Aid…
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Dump patients on trolleys in corridors

The College of Emergency Medicine, which represents A&E doctors, has recommended that patients should be left outside wards on trolleys, until a bed becomes available in new guidelines, admitting that it is controversial, but supported by the college. A&E doctors have said that the pressing issue is of bed blocking, meaning that they cannot move…
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Challenging rationing of healthcare

David Lock, QC of No 5 Chambers has recently commented on how the Court, in the case of R v Cambridge Health Authority ex parte B (1995) 1 WLR 898, in the light of excessive demands being put on the NHS, has given the go ahead for the NHS and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), who…
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Baby only has weeks to live due to medical negligence

Heartbroken and distraught parents of Ollie Lewis have spoken out about his tragic fate. Mother, Charmaine was left in agony for two hours, despite asking for treatment repeatedly. When midwives did eventually check on her, Ollie’s heart appeared to have stopped. He was born with the umbilical cord round his neck and had to be…
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Many children unlawfully restrained in Secure Training Centres

The High Court has concluded that physical force used on children in Secure Training Centres (STCs) was unlawful. This could potentially lead to hundreds, if not thousands, of claims for children assaulted between 1998 and July 2008 against the companies that run them. In 2004, 15 year-old Gareth Myatt choked to death whilst being restrained…
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Legislation delay for asbestos victims

The 2010 act designed to help people gain compensation for industrial diseases, including those suffering asbestos-related diseases such a mesothelioma, is unlikely to be implemented until 2013, the government has admitted. The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act was pushed through two years ago, giving claimants the right to proceed against insurers without having to…
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Domestic Violence Horror

A woman has been left blind after her boyfriend gouged her eyes in an attack. Her attacker has admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and will be sentenced next month. The woman had been a victim of domestic violence previously and has said in the news this week that her advice to women in…
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Should Pitt and Jolie get a pre-nup?

Hollywood SuperStars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have announced their engagement this week, but should they be thinking about a pre-nup? Both Pitt and Jolie are wealthy in their own right, having successful careers. The couple have 6 children, three of whom are adopted. By having a pre-nup, although not technically legally binding, they have…
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