Steve and Mary start to get it together in their finances



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor and Family Mediator In Andrew Baines’ latest family mediation blog, we look at the story of Mary and Steve, a separating couple trying to settle their disagreements through mediation. This time, Steve and Mary* are starting to sort out their finances. “But if all we have to talk about is £95,000 equity in the house, what have we ...
 

Victim of abuse successfully claims against The Boys’ Brigade



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law Switalskis have recently settled a claim against The Boys’ Brigade following abuse by a Brigade leader in the early 1990s. Here, specialist Child Abuse Solicitor Kieran Chatterton briefly outlines the details of the case and outcome for our client. The Facts Our client was a vulnerable child living with his mother and siblings, and came ...
 
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Monthly Business Networking in Yorkshire with Switalskis Solicitors



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 31 October? Subscribe to updates on Switalskis networking events, click this link to go to the sign up form. Are you looking for a business networking ...
 
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Love, Power and Strategy in the Family Courts



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor and Mediator, Family Law Department It’s good to have a strategy when love and power are pitched against each other in the Family Court. A strategy is needed because whilst court guidelines are clear in their wording they are wide in their interpretation. “The welfare of the child is paramount” is one such clear guideline but ...
 
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Government announces Criminal Injuries Compensation review



On 9th September 2018, the Ministry of Justice announced that they will be conducting a review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme as part of their new Victims Strategy. Many people, including survivors of historic child abuse, have found that their applications have been unsuccessful due to the outdated nature of the current CICA rules. It is anticipated that the ...
 
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Criminal injuries claims and the ‘same roof rule’



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law The Court of Appeal has recently decided that the ‘same roof rule’ which applies in criminal injury compensation claims is incompatible with the Human Right Act (HRA). The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) compensates victims of crime for injuries that they suffered if they satisfy certain criteria, which includes victims of sexual assaults. ...
 
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Family Law specialist Andrew Baines appearing at Northern Lights Conference



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor & Family Mediator, Family Law department I was delighted to accept Brighter Future’s invitation to run a strategy workshop at the Northern Lights Conference in York on Friday 5th October 2018. It provides a great opportunity for collaborative lawyers and other connected professionals to learn something different – always helpful – and to socialise with friends old ...
 
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Inquest into Manchester baby’s death highlights paramedic service failings



Press release: Thursday 30 August 2018 A two-day inquest at the Coroner’s office in Heywood, Greater Manchester, has concluded that failings within the paramedic service led to the death of a newborn baby in October last year. Jessica Harland died on 12 October 2017 following an emergency caesarean section after her mother, Sarah Grimes, was admitted to The Royal Oldham ...
 
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“The best court hearing ever” – when the child care system succeeds



By Lisa Phillips, Director & Solicitor Advocate, Child Care Law As lawyers involved in care proceedings, almost every hearing we attend ends with an outcome that leaves at least one party unhappy. However, after working in this area of law for nearly 20 years, last week I had the best court hearing ever… In 2011, I was asked to represent ...
 
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Counselling and psychotherapy: What is abusive and negligent treatment?



By Victoria Thackstone, Litigation Executive, Professional and Therapy Abuse In this blog, Litigation Executive Victoria Thackstone outlines the recent changes to domestic abuse legislation and how these may relate to the abusive behaviour experienced by professional abuse clients. On 25 July 2018, the laws governing domestic abuse changed, expanding the law so that other forms of abuse are now considered ...