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Daughter cut out of mother’s will loses legal battle



By Catrin Lloyd, Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate Yesterday at the Supreme Court, three animal charities won a case against Mrs Heather Ilott who had been cut out of her estranged mother’s will. Mrs Melita Jackson (Mrs Ilott’s mother) made her will in 2002 and passed away in 2004. Mrs Jackson left her entire estate to The Blue Cross, RSPB and RSPCA. Mrs Jackson ...
 
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How will clinical negligence compensation be affected by the new ‘discount rate’?



By Natalie Cosgrove, Solicitor, Medical Negligence Department Following an announcement at the end of February, claimant lawyers have been accused of being slow to issue responses to the change to the personal injury discount rate, due to be implemented on 20 March 2017. The new discount rate will potentially have a profound effect on our clients’ cases, such that we ...
 
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Switalskis lawyers support JLD Forum in Sheffield



JLD Forum in Sheffield: Free skills event for junior lawyers On Saturday 11th March, the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) of The Law Society of England and Wales hosted a free one-day skills event at Sheffield Hallam University in partnership with the Sheffield JLD. The event consisted of seminars, discussions and activities delivered by experienced industry professionals, aimed at those approaching ...
 
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Clinical Negligence Blog: Understanding Ovarian Cancer



By Sian Morris, Chartered Legal Executive Sadly, in rare circumstances, symptoms of ovarian cancer can be missed by healthcare professionals. The consequences of a negligently missed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis of ovarian cancer can be life-changing or even fatal, and in such cases the patient, or their family, may be entitled to pursue a claim for clinical negligence. March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. ...
 
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Bereavement damages – time for change?



By Ruth Nicholson and Helena Tindall Bereavement damages: The current law When someone dies as the result of medical negligence certain people are entitled to claim compensation for ‘dependency’ and for ‘bereavement damages’ under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. Dependency claims are an option for a wide range of people including: spouses; civil partners; children; siblings; and couples who have ...
 
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Probate fees are set to rise – what does this mean?



By Catrin Lloyd, Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate You may have seen in the press that probate fees are set to increase in May. The increase, designed to raise money for the Court services, will mean that anyone with an estate worth more than £50,000 will pay a higher court fee than the current fixed fees of £155 or £215. Although there ...
 
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Crime blog: What are the minimum sentences for knife offences?



By Amarpal Singh, Solicitor I remember when I was growing up, I would be out with my friends playing football, going wherever I wanted, and all my parents would ask was that I was “back before dark”. My parents may have been a little naïve about what was going on in the world, but in past decades, many parents were more relaxed about their ...
 
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Monthly Business Networking in Yorkshire with Switalskis Solicitors



Our regular lunchtime networking event takes place on the last Wednesday of every month. Subscribe to updates on Switalskis networking events, click this link to go to the sign up form. Are you looking for a business networking group in the Kirklees area? Why not join local businesspeople from across West Yorkshire for lunchtime networking at Ristorante Zucchini, hosted by Switalskis Solicitors. Taking ...
 
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Family Law Blog: Getting a divorce granted by the court



By Razia Jogi, Director & Solicitor, Family Law On 14th February, a date usually associated with romantic love, the Court of Appeal was invited to overturn a decision and grant a woman a divorce that she had previously sought in the Family Court in 2016 but was refused. Last year, Tini Owens, the wife, sought a divorce on the basis that the ...
 
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Improving access to justice for victims of sexual abuse



by Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse is asking what improvements can be made to the law on civil compensation and criminal injuries compensation claims. The purpose of this part of the inquiry is to examine whether victims of abuse have proper access to justice and whether the current systems operate fairly. Who is at fault? The ...