Switalskis Solicitors

New divorce laws plan to help couples split quicker and amicably



Divorce has been a major focus recently following the split of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie, whose marriage was officially dissolved in April 2019. This was the most expensive settlement in history of over $35 billion. Following this, it has just been announced that divorce laws in England and Wales will be changed so as to reduce ...
 
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

£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, ...
 
Brain Injury Solicitor Ewan Bain

Doncaster office welcomes new brain injury lawyer



Switalskis Solicitors has appointed serious injury and traumatic brain injury claims specialist, Ewan Bain, strengthening the firm’s team in Doncaster. Ewan, who is originally from Sheffield and now lives in Doncaster, joins Switalskis from Irwin Mitchell where he started his career as a legal helpline advisor, advising on all areas of law. He subsequently joined its serious injury team as ...
 
Amy Clowrey Solicitor

Standardised checks for potential taxi drivers a welcome reform



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims It has recently been announced that the government is considering proposals that would require all councils in England to carry out standardised checks on taxi licence applicants. In addition there are plans for a database to stop potential drivers applying to councils after being refused by another. Under the proposals there is also ...
 
Judith Glynn and Chris Preston

Switalskis welcomes established Family team to Leeds office



Former Zermansky Solicitors senior partners, Judith Glynn and Chris Preston, have joined Switalskis Solicitors to head its family department in Leeds. Judith and Chris both bring over 25 years’ experience of working in all aspects of family law to Switalskis’ Leeds team. Judith and Chris are highly experienced in matters relating to relationship breakdown including divorce, cohabiting couples and same ...
 

Wear Red Day 2019!



Friday 1st February marked Children’s Heart Surgery Fund’s (CHSF) annual Wear Red Day, in which firms from across the region don their finest red garments in aid of congenital heart disease. CHSF are Switalskis’ official charity partner, and we are proud to have turned red for the day to raise money to help improve the lives of heart patients and ...
 
Solicitor presents award to Huddersfield University

Huddersfield University in-house team presented with coveted accreditation



In January 2019, the in-house legal team at Huddersfield University was awarded the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation. As an academic institution with strong links to Switalskis – several of our lawyers are Huddersfield University alumni and have previously volunteered with the university’s Legal Advice Clinic – we are delighted to report on their in-house team’s success in achieving this accreditation. ...
 
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Why we are becoming a Dementia Friendly law firm



By Catrin Lloyd, Solicitor and Head of Wills & Probate We are pleased to confirm that throughout 2019 Switalskis will be working towards becoming a more “Dementia Friendly” organisation. An initiative set up by the Alzheimer’s Society, “Dementia Friends” aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people living with dementia. According to the Dementia Friends website: “Being a ...
 
Pamela Whitlam & MP Alec Shelbrooke

Whitlam’s Law update: Government to tackle farm safety and rural drink-driving



In a recent development for the Whitlam’s Law campaign to change drink-drive laws, Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, has confirmed that the Department for Transport (DoT) intend to deliver a strategic approach to road safety, prioritising rural communities. Pamela Whitlam, with the support of Switalskis’ Solicitor Amy Clowrey, has been campaigning to change the law to bring the ...