Rochdale social worker convicted of child sex abuse offences



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law On 29 June 2018, James Peter Gavin was sentenced to 17 years behind bars for indecent sexual assault and attempted rape. This followed a trial Manchester Crown Court at which Gavin had pleaded “not guilty” to all offences. Gavin was a social worker in the Rochdale area and used his position of trust ...
 
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Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme – reaching out to survivors in prison



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law Recently, Switalskis Solicitors have been instructed by survivors of historical childhood abuse at Lambeth children’s homes who are currently serving a prison sentence. Switalskis Solicitors are representing over 200 victims of childhood abuse under the Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme. The scheme went live at the beginning of January 2018 and we have ...
 
Chartered Legal Executive Caroline Hurst

The First Women of the Supreme Court



By Caroline Hurst, Chartered Legal Executive, Court of Protection Earlier this month, Chartered Legal Executive Caroline Hurst attended the First 100 Years project’s “First Women of the Supreme Courts in Conversation” event. Here are Caroline’s thoughts following her inspirational experience hearing from four of the world’s most successful women in law. “Four Supreme Court Justices come together for a panel discussion.” Normally ...
 
Sarah Tipton Walker

Sepsis: Spotting the signs and symptoms of a blood infection



Following the heart-breaking Coronation Street storyline where a character must consent to his son having his foot amputated after developing sepsis, our Sarah Tipton Walker looks at this little-understood illness.  Sepsis affects 123,000 people every year and can have long term consequences. These can include physical disabilities, slower cognitive functions and difficulties with everyday life. Tragically, it kills five people ...
 

Online DIY Wills vs. using a Solicitor



By Amanda Steele, Solicitor, Wills, Trusts & Probate Online and DIY wills: Experience vs. Convenience As a Solicitor in Switalskis’ Wills and Probate Department, I make a living by preparing wills and dealing with the administration of clients’ estates after they have passed away. Collectively, our team have many years’ experience of asking clients the right questions to determine what they want to ...
 
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Sheffield team celebrates their first year in Paradise Square



Switalskis’ Sheffield team has marked its first successful year at Paradise Square with a celebration event at the Crucible Theatre. Over 60 members of staff and business associates from across the region gathered at the iconic venue to celebrate the occasion. The team moved into the newly-refurbished office in the heart of Sheffield’s legal quarter in June 2017, with the opening ...
 
Lisa Mann

Healthcare worker arrested on suspicion of murder



By Lisa Mann, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence A healthcare worker at the Countess of Chester Hospital has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six others previously in the hospital’s care. The hospital has been subject to a thorough investigation into their neonatal and maternity care following the publication of MMBRACE-UK (Mothers and ...
 
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Birth Trauma Awareness Week (1st July – 8th July 2018)



1st July – 8th July 2018 is Birth Trauma Awareness week, which aims to bring attention to the issues affecting women who have experienced distressing and traumatic births. It is estimated that in the UK as many as 20,000 women per year have a traumatic birth experience leading to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Of course, the negative effects are ...
 

Conveyancing Blog: Shared Ownership



By Andrew Lancaster, Solicitor, Residential Conveyancing Being able to buy your first property has become increasingly difficult for young people in recent years. Rising house prices combined with stagnant wage growth and stringent lender requirements mean that most potential first-time buyers struggle to raise a deposit. There are, however, a number of government ‘Help to Buy’ schemes in place that may ...