New APIL chief: Falling PI damages “an affront to justice” – Litigation Futures

‘Trends in personal injury claims since LASPO, with damages falling, are an “affront to justice”, the new president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has claimed.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st May 2019

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Grenfell families call for major changes to inquiry set-up – The Guardian

Posted May 8th, 2019 in accidents, bereavement, families, fire, inquiries, news, victims by tracey

‘Families have called on the public inquiry into the Grenfell fire which killed 72 people to make major changes to its procedures, amid mounting concerns that their voices are not being heard.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2019

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Grenfell Tower inquiry ‘failing to deliver’ as survivors and bereaved families ‘lose faith’, lawyers warn – The Independent

‘The Grenfell Tower inquiry is “failing to deliver” on promises it made to traumatised survivors and the families of victims, who have “lost faith” in the process, lawyers have warned.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2019

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Leading firm held liable for asbestos case blunder – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has ordered Cardiff-based Hugh James to pay six-figure damages to the family of an asbestos victim for professional negligence in abandoning their personal injury claim.’

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Legal Futures, 1st May 2019

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Gosport hospital scandal: Families of victims furious at lack of immediate charges after 21-year fight for justice – The Independent

‘Families whose loved ones were killed in Gosport War Memorial Hospital have expressed their fury at the prospect of enduring a further wait that could last years to learn whether criminal charges are to be brought.’

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The Independent, 30th April 2019

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NHS maternity services in special measures at two Welsh hospitals – The Guardian

‘Maternity services at two NHS hospitals in south Wales have been put into special measures after a report found a series of failings that may have put the lives of women and babies at risk.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2019

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Spending on jail staff legal fees 46-times more than for bereaved – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2019 in bereavement, fees, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice spent £4.2m representing prison officers at inquests, while paying out only £92,000 in legal aid for bereaved families at hearings that examine deaths in prison, according to newly released figures.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2019

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Neglect contributed to death after restraint by police, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘The family of a man who died after being restrained face down by officers has accused police of being “arrogant and evasive”, after an inquest jury found that Sussex police’s neglect contributed to his death.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2019

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Murder witnesses to be given same support as victims’ families under plans to stop ‘cycle of brutal offending’ – The Independent

Posted April 5th, 2019 in bereavement, murder, news, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘People who witness fatal stabbings and murders in London will be given the same support as bereaved relatives under new proposals. The justice secretary, David Gauke, said trauma can fuel a “continued cycle of brutal offending” amid warnings that children exposed to violence at a young age can become more vulnerable to gangs.’

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The Independent, 4th April 2019

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‘What do people want?’: Hillsborough safety officer is first to be found guilty – The Guardian

‘The conviction of Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday club secretary and safety officer for its Hillsborough ground on 15 April 1989, is the first criminal or disciplinary finding against anybody in relation to the deaths of 96 people at the FA Cup semi-final that day between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.’

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The Guardian, 3rdApril 2019

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The Inheritance Act and Adult Child Claimants – recent guidance from the Chancery Division – Family Law Week

‘Gwyn Evans, barrister of Tanfield Chambers, explains the court’s judgment in a recent Inheritance Act case involving an estranged adult claimant, reliant on state benefits, and defendants for whom inheritance was a windfall.’

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Family Law Week, 29th March 2019

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The rise of ‘predatory marriages’ – Family Law

Posted March 29th, 2019 in bereavement, consent, elderly, families, intestacy, marriage, mental health, news, wills by tracey

‘Ethan Axelrod and Hayley Trim of Irwin Mitchell look at how vulnerable parents and a legal loophole are being exploited to rob families of their inheritance.’

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Family Law, 29th March 2019

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted March 27th, 2019 in bereavement, civil partnerships, health, legislation, marriage by tracey

Healthcare (European Economic Area and Switzerland Arrangements) Act 2019

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Widow of Carl Sargeant wins high court challenge over sacking inquiry – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2019 in bereavement, inquiries, news, parliament, sexual offences, suicide, Wales, widows by sally

‘The widow of the former Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant, who died while facing sexual misconduct allegations, has won a high court challenge over the legality of an inquiry into his sacking.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2019

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Mark Duggan family to sue Met Police over death – BBC News

‘The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked riots across England in August 2011, are suing the Metropolitan Police for damages, BBC News has learned.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2019

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What’s in a name? High Court considers anonymity order in sensitive claim – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Claimant became pregnant in 2012 but, tragically, the baby died in utero and was stillborn in May 2013. The Claimant claimed damages to represent the loss of the pregnancy and also for a psychiatric injury which she suffered due to the stillbirth.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th March 2019

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Diversion of a Business Opportunity: Recovery Partners & anor v Mr Rukhadze & ors [2018] EWHC 2918 (Comm) – Blackstone Chambers

‘The High Court recently had reason to consider liability where individuals, who owe fiduciary duties to a company, divert for themselves a business opportunity.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 25th February 2019

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Sisters win High Court inheritance battle against millionaire brother – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 13th, 2019 in bereavement, families, news, wills by sally

‘Sisters who fought their millionaire brother for a share of their mother’s estate have won a High Court battle, after a judge agreed that her traditionalist husband forced her to change her will.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2019

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Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 – The Guardian

‘Survivors and the bereaved from the Grenfell Tower fire have expressed their “extreme frustration” at the pace of justice after Scotland Yard admitted no charges were likely for at least two years.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2019

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Judge calls halt on parties ‘stopping the clock’ on delays – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 5th, 2019 in bereavement, delay, news, time limits, wills by tracey

‘A widow has been refused permission to claim against the estate of her late husband after filing her application nearly 17 months out of time.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th March 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk