Over a third of co-habiting couples overestimate their rights



By Clare Peckett, Director, Solicitor & Head of Family Law A recent YouGov survey of 1000 co-habiting couples has found that more than a third of them didn’t realise that they do not have the same legal rights as their married counterparts. As far as financial matters are concerned, being married makes all the difference to your situation. Whilst the ...
 
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Switalskis staff take part in Hats for Headway



To support Action for Brain Injury Week, staff at Switalskis’ Yorkshire offices took part in Hats for Headway on Tuesday 9 May. Staff across all of our Yorkshire offices were encouraged to come in to work in their wackiest hats in return for donation to Headway – the brain injury association. Money raised during Action for Brain Injury week will ...
 

The Ninth Annual Review of the Mental Capacity Act 2005



Get expert insights into developments in the Court of Protection at this full-day annual review of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Event details Date: Thursday 21 September 2017Venue: The Principal Hotel, Station Road, York, YO24 1AACost: £100 plus VAT. Free places are available for registered charities. How to book: Click here to download a booking form. For further details and to book your ...
 
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Lemn Sissay “The Report”



By David Greenwood, Director & Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims I’m not sure if this is my first theatre review but here goes … On Sunday 30th April 2017 I was at the Royal Court theatre in Sloane Square, London, to see something dramatic. It wasn’t a performance in the traditional sense. It was the reading of my client, Lemn Sissay’s ...
 

NHS breast surgeon guilty of wounding with intent



By Jim Gladman, Clinical Negligence Solicitor After a seven week trial, a jury has found breast surgeon Ian Paterson guilty of 17 charges of wounding with intent and 3 charges of unlawful wounding. The court heard the accounts of 10 patients, a sample of those Paterson performed breast surgery on between 1997 and 2011 at Spire Healthcare Hospitals, Spire Parkway in Solihull and Spire ...
 
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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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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. ...