Clare Peckett Head of Family Law

The Femicide Census Findings



By Clare Peckett, Director & Solicitor, Family Law Department According to the recently published Femicide Census report, a total of 113 women were killed by men in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2016. Shockingly, 90% of these victims were murdered by someone they knew. Domestic violence charity Women’s Aid describes femicide as “the murder of women because they are women”, however, ...
 
Amy Clowrey Solicitor

Proposed Lambeth redress scheme published



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Compensation On 8 December 2017, the long-awaited Lambeth Children’s Homes draft redress scheme was published, one year since Lambeth Council accepted that historically, many children were psychologically, physically and sexually abused in their care. It has been confirmed that all former residents of Lambeth Children’s Homes prior to their closure in the 1980s and 1990s will be ...
 
Solicitor Caroline Chandler

Caldy Island Abuse



By Caroline Chandler, Solicitor The idyllic Island of Caldy is in the headlines again as the string of allegations against Caldy Island Monk, Thaddeus Kotik grows. Kotik of the Cistercian Order of Benedictine Monks lived on the Island from 1947 until his death in 1982. Six women initially came forward and have successfully pursued civil claims for compensation. It seems ...
 
Clare Peckett Head of Family Law

Domestic violence legal aid reforms



By Clare Peckett, Director & Solicitor, Family Law Department In January 2018, government reforms will come into force to ease restrictions on legal aid for victims of domestic abuse. The changes mean that from next year, people who have suffered domestic violence will find it easier to access legal support in family law proceedings. Currently, to qualify for legal aid, domestic violence victims ...
 
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Police comment on Medomsley Detention Centre charges



Following one of the country’s biggest investigations of its type, former members of staff at Medomsley Detention Centre, Durham, were summonsed on 21 November 2017 for alleged abuse and misconduct. The men have been named as Kevin Blakeley (65), Alan Bramley (69), Brian Greenwell (70), David McClure (62), John McGee (73), Christopher Onslow (71) and Neil Sowerby (61). All seven men face ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

Triple win at national Personal Injury Awards 2017 for Switalskis’ claimant teams



Switalskis’ Clinical Negligence and Child Abuse Compensation teams are triple-winners at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2017. At a glitzy award ceremony held on 29 November at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Janet Baker was named Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year. And the Child Abuse Compensation team, led by David Greenwood, took home two awards: Claimant Lawyer of the ...
 
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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. We will be taking a break over Christmas but we hope that you can join us at our next event in the New Year. 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 ...
 
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Parents to be offered independent investigations following stillbirths and Inquest Laws review



Jack and Sarah Hawkins, who are represented by Switalskis’ Janet Baker, have welcomed today’s announcement by the Government that independent investigations will be offered to families who have suffered the trauma of a stillbirth. They also welcome the promise by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to review inquest laws to enable coroners to investigate full-term stillbirths. The couple’s baby – Harriet – died ...
 
Paul Durkin

Lambeth compensation and redress



By Paul Durkin, Solicitor, Child Abuse Compensation At Switalskis Solicitors we are acting for a number of people who were abused in children’s homes in the London Borough of Lambeth. We recently settled a civil claim for abuse by a care worker called Les Paul who was convicted in January 2016. Paul was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for offences committed between ...
 

New Stamp Duty tax relief for first time buyers



By Richard Wisnia, Solicitor & Head of New Build Conveyancing You may have heard the news from yesterday’s Autumn Budget but, in case you missed it, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new Stamp Duty tax relief for first time buyers. If you are a first time buyer (you’ll see more on what that means later in the blog) this ...