Is your business supporting criminal lifestyles?

By Andrew Kerrigan, Business Crime and Regulation, Sills & Betteridge LLP. On 1 November, Ben Wallace the Home Office Minister for Security and Economic Crime launched the Governments new serious and organised crime strategy. As part of the strategy a newly formed National Economic Crime Centre will be tasked to “go after the status” of serious organised criminals. Those working in regulated professions such as banks and solicitors are very familiar with anti money laundering provisions. The new message from the Government is that they intend to create an increasingly hostile environment for organised crime. Press reports covering the launch of the new strategy gave examples of private schools, organisations holding…

Medical negligence during pregnancy and birth

Medical negligence during pregnancy and birth

We recently published an article explaining what is meant by the terms “medical negligence” or “clinical negligence”. That article provided an overview of what is required to pursue a medical negligence claim, including time limits and proof.  We also looked at the reasons for claiming compensation and what you can make a claim for. In this article we look at one of the more common reasons for making a medical negligence claim, which is for injuries sustained during pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy can be a very nervous and worrying time for parents-to-be even in the best of circumstances. Parents to be are naturally concerned about such things including whether the…

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What is clinical or medical negligence?

Medical negligence – also known as clinical negligence – is when substandard care is provided to a patient by a medical professional such as a doctor, surgeon, nurse, cosmetic surgeon, optician or dentist, or by a hospital, GP surgery or care home that either directly causes an injury or an existing condition to get worse. If a patient is injured or suffers illness because of clinical negligence, then they may be entitled to compensation. Thankfully, medical negligence is generally the exception rather than the rule, and most people receive very good care on the NHS and do not experience any problems. However, occasionally, things can go wrong. In such a…

2018 Road Traffic Reform Round-Up – Half time analysis

The half time whistle in 2018 has been blown and as play gets started in the second half we decided it was time to look at some of the road traffic law news hitting the headlines during the first half of the year. It has been a first half with lots of action to reflect on with news relating to speed limits, mobile phone use, driving lessons and MOT’s.   Speed Limits On 30 June the Times reported that the Department for Transport had published a report which has been placed before the government for consideration. The report recommends speed reductions on rural single carriageway roads to reduce road traffic…

Football and Domestic Abuse

With the 2018 World Cup currently taking place in Russia it is important to raise awareness of the correlation between major football tournaments and the increase in the number of reports of domestic abuse. Football tournaments are often associated with violence due to a combination of risen tensions and increased alcohol consumption. A study carried out by Lancaster University analysing figures from previous World Cup tournaments in 2002, 2006 and 2010 discovered that in the Lancaster area there was a thirty-eight percent increase in the reports of domestic abuse on occasions when England had a match and lost compared to the twenty-six percent rise when they had a match and…

Landlord and Tenant Disputes: Dilapidations Claims

Landlords and tenants of commercial premises can often find themselves in disputes at the end of a lease in relation to dilapidations, which are monies due to a landlord by a commercial tenant for breaches of a tenant’s repairing obligations. The starting point is to look at the tenant’s repairing obligations, which can vary significantly according to the wording of the lease. The Pre-Action Protocol which applies to dilapidations claims requires landlords to serve a schedule of dilapidations setting out the works required to put the property in the required state of repair and a quantified demand detailing the landlord’s costings for the repairs. Parties generally instruct their own surveyors…

The importance of pre-nuptial agreements

In recent years there has been a rise in the number of couples getting a pre-nuptial agreement – also known as a pre-marital agreement and commonly known as a pre-nup. In this article, we explain what a pre-nuptial agreement is, why they are important, and the reasons why you might want to consider getting one if you are getting married. What is a pre-nup? A pre-nup is a formal, written agreement made between the two people who are getting married before their marriage takes place. It details how their belongings such as property, money and other assets will be divided should their marriage unfortunately break down in the future. Is…

What you need to know about driving lessons on the motorway

From 4 June 2018 the law is changing to enable learner drivers to undertake driving lessons on the motorway. The ability to drive on the motorway is voluntary and is not a new element of the driving test. Not everyone has easy access to motorway and therefore it would be unfair to make it a mandatory part of learning to drive. Some student drivers may not wish to drive on a busy motorway until after they have passed their test and gained more experience. You can take “pass plus” lessons with you instructor after obtaining your licence should you wish to have supervision when you first decide the time is…

Divorce in same sex marriages

Divorce in same sex marriages

Same sex marriage was introduced by the Coalition Government, with the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Act) being passed by Parliament on the 17th July 2013, and the first same sex marriages taking place less than a year later on the 29th March 2014. Previously, same sex couples had not been able to get married, but since 2005 had been able to enter into a Civil Partnership. The Civil Partnership Act (2004) was passed in November 2004 and took effect from 5th December 2005. Registering a Civil Partnership gave couples the same legal rights as marriage gave same sex couples. Couples who are in a civil partnership are able to convert…

The divorce process

What to expect from the divorce process

The process of getting a divorce in England and Wales will, of course, vary from case to case, as no two cases are identical. However, the basic principles behind a divorce will largely be the same, so this article explains what you can expect if you are considering getting divorced, or if you are already at the start of divorce proceedings. Firstly, the spouse that wants the divorce has to file for one. They are known as the petitioner or the applicant, and they fill in a divorce petition form that includes their full name and address and their spouse’s full name and address, and send three copies, a copy…