Amy Clowrey Solicitor

Standardised checks for potential taxi drivers a welcome reform



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims It has recently been announced that the government is considering proposals that would require all councils in England to carry out standardised checks on taxi licence applicants. In addition there are plans for a database to stop potential drivers applying to councils after being refused by another. Under the proposals there is also ...
 
Judith Glynn and Chris Preston

Switalskis welcomes established Family team to Leeds office



Former Zermansky Solicitors senior partners, Judith Glynn and Chris Preston, have joined Switalskis Solicitors to head its family department in Leeds. Judith and Chris both bring over 25 years’ experience of working in all aspects of family law to Switalskis’ Leeds team. Judith and Chris are highly experienced in matters relating to relationship breakdown including divorce, cohabiting couples and same ...
 

Wear Red Day 2019!



Friday 1st February marked Children’s Heart Surgery Fund’s (CHSF) annual Wear Red Day, in which firms from across the region don their finest red garments in aid of congenital heart disease. CHSF are Switalskis’ official charity partner, and we are proud to have turned red for the day to raise money to help improve the lives of heart patients and ...
 
Solicitor presents award to Huddersfield University

Huddersfield University in-house team presented with coveted accreditation



In January 2019, the in-house legal team at Huddersfield University was awarded the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation. As an academic institution with strong links to Switalskis – several of our lawyers are Huddersfield University alumni and have previously volunteered with the university’s Legal Advice Clinic – we are delighted to report on their in-house team’s success in achieving this accreditation. ...
 
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Why we are becoming a Dementia Friendly law firm



By Catrin Lloyd, Solicitor and Head of Wills & Probate We are pleased to confirm that throughout 2019 Switalskis will be working towards becoming a more “Dementia Friendly” organisation. An initiative set up by the Alzheimer’s Society, “Dementia Friends” aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people living with dementia. According to the Dementia Friends website: “Being a ...
 
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Switalskis’ Monthly Business Networking



Our regular lunchtime networking group takes place on the last Wednesday of every month. A great way to start if you’re new to networking, why not come along to our next informal and friendly event on Wednesday 27 February? 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 ...
 
Solicitor Kieran Chatterton

How mandatory reporting can help stop child abuse



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Compensation The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been listening to arguments about whether failing to report known or suspected child sexual abuse should be made a criminal offence. The background to this (and in part why the Inquiry was set up) was institutional failings in protecting children, and even covering up known ...
 
Pamela Whitlam & MP Alec Shelbrooke

Whitlam’s Law update: Government to tackle farm safety and rural drink-driving



In a recent development for the Whitlam’s Law campaign to change drink-drive laws, Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, has confirmed that the Department for Transport (DoT) intend to deliver a strategic approach to road safety, prioritising rural communities. Pamela Whitlam, with the support of Switalskis’ Solicitor Amy Clowrey, has been campaigning to change the law to bring the ...
 
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Government urged to review Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority scheme



By James Pickles, Paralegal, Child Abuse department On 23rd January 2019, the BBC reported criticisms made about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) in a review by the victim’s commissioner, Baroness Newlove. The Newlove Review The Newlove review states that the process of applying for compensation through the CICA forces applicants to revisit traumatic events from their past. The CICA’s ...
 
Director & Solicitor Janet Baker

Stillbirth inquests another step closer to becoming law



By Janet Baker, Director & Solicitor, Clinical Negligence department If you ask any parent, they will tell you how many children they have. If you ask a parent of a child who has died, that number doesn’t change. As a society we all accept that you are a parent, however you define yourself. Jack and Sarah Hawkins are parents to ...