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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 ...
 
Director Razia Jogi

Family Law Blog: Getting a divorce granted by the court



By Razia Jogi, Director & Solicitor, Family Law On 14th February, a date usually associated with romantic love, the Court of Appeal was invited to overturn a decision and grant a woman a divorce that she had previously sought in the Family Court in 2016 but was refused. Last year, Tini Owens, the wife, sought a divorce on the basis that the ...
 
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Improving access to justice for victims of sexual abuse



by Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse is asking what improvements can be made to the law on civil compensation and criminal injuries compensation claims. The purpose of this part of the inquiry is to examine whether victims of abuse have proper access to justice and whether the current systems operate fairly. Who is at fault? The ...
 
Solicitor Ruth Nicholson

Kernicterus – a rare complication of neonatal jaundice



By Ruth Nicholson, Solicitor Clinical Negligence In very rare circumstances, kernicterus (or BIND), a type of brain damage, can occur in new-born babies, sometimes as a result of negligent treatment after birth. In our latest Clinical Negligence blog, Solicitor Ruth Nicholson explains the causes, symptoms and treatment of kernicterus so that new parents can be aware of this rare but dangerous ...
 
Solicitor Advocate Michael Devlin

Justice for all? Proposed changes to restrict sexual history questioning



By Michael Devlin, Solicitor Advocate , Criminal Law Department Do people ever make false allegations of rape? Yes, people have been convicted for making false allegations. Do people who have committed an offence of rape, ever lie to a court and say they are not guilty? Of course. Defendants are regularly convicted of rape after the jury have rejected their denials ...
 
Clare Peckett Head of Family Law

Married or unmarried: Are all couples the same in the eyes of the law?



By Clare Peckett, Director, Solicitor & Head of Family Law In today’s society, it’s usually fair to expect that everyone will be treated equally by organisations such as our employers or pension schemes. However, this is not always the case, as Denise Brewster found when her partner of many years, Lenny McMullan, suddenly died aged just 43. Even though they had ...
 
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Former Thorp Arch Grange staff sentenced to 46 years for child sex abuse crimes



by Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor Roy Lovatt and Roy Allen have been sentenced to a total of 46 years for child sex crimes at Leeds Crown Court. Lovatt was a housemaster at Thorp Arch Grange, Wetherby, while Allen was the director of education. Between them both, they were found guilty of 21 counts of sexual abuse, including rape. Mr Lovatt was sentenced to ...
 
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Rochdale social worker charged with child sex abuse offences



by Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor Last week,  James Peter Gavin was charged with 14 historical child abuse offences which allegedly took place between 1970 and 1978. He will appear at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates Court on 9 February 2017 where he will then be transferred to the Crown Court. The charges relate to the most serious category of sexual offence. Mr Gavin ...
 
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Does voyeurism constitute a crime of violence?



21-year-old female victim seeks legal clarification of the circumstances in which voyeurism can constitute a crime of violence The public law team at Switalskis Solicitors are involved in a test case which is to be heard on Thursday 26 January 2017 in the Upper Tribunal. The firm are representing Bronwyn Kerris Watson, a 21-year-old woman whose stepfather was convicted in 2015 ...
 
Family Mediator Andrew Baines

Mediation Blog: It’s good to talk



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor & Family Mediator Mary and Steve’s* marriage had broken down. Unsurprisingly, their lives were in quite a mess. They wanted to find a way out of that mess that didn’t destroy what remained of their relationship. They chose to give mediation a try. It’s good to talk “So, you thought it was a good idea to ...