Amy Clowrey Solicitor

Failing to protect children from abuse



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Compensation On 21 December 2017, the child abuse sector hit a period of uncertainty following the Court of Appeal judgment in CN and GN v Poole Borough Council [2017] EWCA Civ 2185. For the past 20 years the law surrounding child abuse compensation claims had been very progressive. Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2017] ...
 
Paul Durkin

Child abuse claims “extremely hard on survivors” – Switalskis’ lawyer gives evidence at Inquiry



On 6 December 2018, Paul Durkin of Switalskis’ Child Abuse Compensation team, gave evidence to the Public Inquiry known as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (“IICSA”). Here he describes the evidence that he presented to the Inquiry. IICSA has a number of modules looking at different areas of the civil litigation process in cases surrounding historical child abuse. ...
 
Family Mediator Andrew Baines

Christmas: A time for resolving family issues?



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor & Family Mediator Whilst Christmas is commonly seen as a wonderful time for families, it can be a very difficult time for those who are experiencing a breakdown in their relationships. It can also be a very frustrating time, when there seems to be little, if any, progress happening. This blog shows that it may be ...
 

Inquest finds neglect contributed to death of PC Sharon Houfe



Senior Coroner, Professor Paul Marks this week concluded that Sharon Houfe died as a result of suicide contributed to by neglect. Sharon took her own life on Friday 29 April 2016. Sharon was a serving police officer with Humberside Police, much respected and distinguished by her colleagues and community, and had been awarded an MBE in 2014 for her services ...
 
Accident & Emergency Department

Ambulance delay leaves 6-year-old boy without his mum



An inquest into the death of Gail Bailey has concluded that her death was “wholly preventable”. Gail died when she was 9 weeks pregnant, leaving behind a son and husband. The tragic event occurred while she was on holiday in Ingoldmells with her family. Gail was suffering from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy – an urgent and potentially life-threatening condition – ...
 
Amanda Steele Wills & Probate Solicitor

Will new technology change the way we write Wills?



By Amanda Steele, Solicitor, Wills & Probate Will laws today The laws on writing and executing wills are based on the Wills Act 1837 – laws that were written long before personal computers, memory sticks, tablets, smart phones and the cloud were invented. To be valid, a will must comply with certain fundamental legal requirements, and these are set out ...
 
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Christmas and New Year 2018 – we’re here in an emergency…



Merry Christmas! Everyone at Switalskis would like to wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. Our offices will be closed from 12.30pm on Monday 24th December and throughout the festive period, but if you have an emergency and need legal advice during this time we can help. For advice if you are under arrest at the ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

International Day of Persons with Disabilities



By Sadie Simpson, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence.  Today marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities and to raise awareness around disabilities. I wanted to highlight just how pivotal the people that provide care are. What is a Carer? A carer is someone who provides support, practical and/or emotional, to an adult or ...
 
Doctor writing

28,000 Women Affected by Post-natal PTSD



A recent study by City, University of London, has indicated 28,000 women a year could potentially be affected by maternal post-traumatic stress disorder in the UK alone. What is maternal post-traumatic stress disorder? PANDAS highlight that PTSD happens after an event that is seriously threatening to you or someone in your life, causing severe psychological distress. In regard to post-natal ...
 
Huddersfield Law Society President Samantha Spain

Samantha Spain elected President of the Huddersfield and Dewsbury Law Society



On 29 November 2018, at the 137th AGM of the Huddersfield and Dewsbury Law Society, Samantha Spain, Associate Solicitor was elected as President for the coming year. As President, Samantha will support the committee to provide ongoing training and advice to local lawyers and cascade feedback and updates from the Yorkshire Union of Local Law Societies and the national Law ...