Director David Greenwood

Windrush Compensation Scheme



Open to Commonwealth migrants and their families. The Government has announced a scheme to compensate migrants wronged by harsh immigration decisions. The scheme is open to anyone coming to the UK from Commonwealth countries without papers or who has experienced difficulty in finding work, housing or benefits. The scheme will compensate anyone who has experienced difficulty. Click here to access ...
 
John Durkan

2018 Gender Pay Gap Report



A message from John Durkan, Managing Director of Switalskis Solicitors Limited I am pleased to report once again that there is no significant gender pay gap at Switalskis Solicitors. As before, we have published very detailed figures including some information that we are not obliged to include. Our gender pay gap is significantly lower than others in the sector and ...
 
Ruth Tucker

Ectopic Pregnancies: Missed Opportunities



By Ruth Tucker, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg develops outside of the womb – usually in one of the fallopian tubes (the tubes connecting the ovaries to the womb).  In the UK, around one in every 90 pregnancies is ectopic (around 11,000 pregnancies a year). When an egg gets stuck in one of the ...
 
Child Abuse Solicitor Amy Clowrey

Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme – council urged to treat survivors with dignity



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law On 1 April I attended the Lambeth Cabinet Meeting regarding the Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme. Approximately 100 survivors flooded into the Cabinet Meeting, at which Shirley Oaks Survivors Association members and applicant lawyers spoke frankly to the council members about how the Scheme had worked in practice over the last 15 months ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

Switalskis’ Monthly Business Networking



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 24 April? 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 ...
 

Coroners could investigate stillbirths say Ministers



By Charlotte Reeves, Associate Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Coroners could be given new powers to investigate late-term stillbirths to help bereaved families.    A government consultation has begun on the new proposals to give coroners powers to hold an inquest into a stillbirth that takes place after 37 weeks of pregnancy, when the baby is effectively full- term. Nine babies are ...
 

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund open Hybrid Theatre



Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) have recently provided financial support to open a new hybrid children’s heart theatre for the Congenital Heart Unit in Leeds, after meeting their fundraising target of £500,000. The theatre means that procedures can be performed much more efficiently and it provides a comfortable and fun environment for children.  On Tuesday 26 March 2019, leading cardiologist ...
 
Ruth Tucker

£25M cost to the NHS for retained Foreign Objects



By Ruth Tucker, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence  Since 2013 the NHS has paid out over £25M for claims where patients had foreign objects left inside them unintentionally. These incidents are called “Never Events” i.e. it was entirely preventable, with existing systems in place that were supposed to protect the patient. Other “Never Events” include surgery at the wrong site (or indeed, ...
 
Child Abuse Solicitor Helen Hughes

Medomsley Detention Centre – Update: Trials and Convictions



By Helen Hughes, Associate Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims It has been almost a year since we last reported on the former members of staff at Medomsley Detention Centre, Durham, who were originally summonsed to court on 21 November 2017 for alleged abuse and misconduct against inmates at Medomsley. Reporting restrictions have been in place since that time because there have been three ...
 
Solicitor & Director Rob Casey

Manchester City to set up Compensation Scheme for Victims of Abuse



By Rob Casey, Director and Solicitor Advocate, Child Abuse Claims Manchester City Football Club have announced that they are launching a “Survivors Scheme”,  under which survivors of abuse committed by both Barry Bennell and John Broome, both of whom were previously connected to the club, will be able to claim compensation without the need to go through the process of making ...