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Switalskis Solicitors Easter Bank Holiday Closure



All of us at Switalskis would like to wish you a very Happy Easter. Our offices will be closed over the Easter bank holiday, from Good Friday (14th April) until Monday 17th April. However, we’re still here in an emergency and our 24 hour helplines are available if you need urgent legal advice during this time. For help if you’re under arrest and need ...
 

Could the death of 9-year-old Michael Uriely have been prevented?



By Jim Gladman, Clinical Negligence Solicitor Nine-year-old Michael Uriely was seen at the Royal Free Hospital twice in the days before his death. On 25 August 2015, just five days after being discharged from the hospital, Michael died. The evidence given at the inquest disclosed that Michael was also seen by NHS GPs in the months before his death. The coroner, Dr Shirley ...
 

Inheritance Tax laws are changing; do I need to change my Will?



By Catrin Lloyd, Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate What is the Residence Nil Rate Band? As we reported in September 2015, from the 6 April 2017 the new residence nil-rate band (RNRB) comes into force, increasing the tax free allowance available on death. Under the new rules, from April 2020 it will be possible for married couples and civil partners to ...
 

Adoption in the Social Media Age



In the Bridget Lindley Annual Memorial Lecture, which took place in March 2017, Lord Justice McFarlane posed a number of highly current and thought provoking questions. The lecture was entitled “Holding the Risk: the balance between child protection and the right to family life”, and was in memory of Bridget Lindley of the Family Rights Group who sadly died last year. ...
 
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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 ...
 

Should victims of voyeurism be entitled to compensation?



By Anna Jackson, Solicitor Voyeurism and the law Following the enactment of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which came into force on 1 May 2004, voyeurism became a criminal offence in the UK, carrying a maximum sentence of 2 years imprisonment. Offenders are also placed on the violent and sexual offenders register. The offence is usually described as the illegal ...
 

Melvin Blake and Len Lake convicted of child abuse offences



by Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor Melvin Blake and Len Lake have been convicted and sentenced following a sustained campaign of sexual abuse on children whilst they were working at Shadwell Children’s Home, Leeds. Melvin Blake, now 71, was the deputy principal at Shadwell in the 1980’s. The Judge described his offences as “scandalous and beyond belief”. Blake preyed on his victims and ...
 

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 ...