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Serious harm caused by clinical negligence

A new body, The Health Service Safety Investigation Body, has been set up by the Government to investigate events where serious harm has been caused since 1 April 2017. The body currently employs 30 staff and currently it chooses which events to investigate. They have investigated 35 cases in their first year in office out

Law Commission publishes terms of reference for leasehold enfranchisement and commonhold reform

Following the Government’s response to its consultation Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market, on 18 April 2018 The Law Commission published terms of reference for leasehold enfranchisement and commonhold reform. The general policy objectives for the reforms are: To promote transparency and fairness in the residential leasehold sector; To provide a better deal for

A Midwinter’s Night Dream

A few years ago I did something that it’s fair to say doesn’t come naturally to me. Anyone who knows me, would tell you that speaking to strangers is not exactly the first skill that gets ticked when updating my cv. So to start a conversation with a chap I had simply been trying to

Dominic Mercer, Partner, Residential Property

Coole Bevis LLP is delighted to announce that Dominic Mercer of the Residential Conveyancing department has been promoted to Partner. He joined the firm in July 2013 and has become a key member of this department, extremely well regarded by clients and colleagues for his expertise, effective advice and for his sense of humour.

Is the world of elite football protected from the norms of an employee/employer relationship?

A few years back I pursued a claim on behalf of a lovely lady who was on the receiving end of the most consistent bullying I have seen in my job. Her male dominated employer had allowed the bullying to go on unchecked to such an extent that she was openly taunted about her looks

Learning from our mistakes and opportunities to learn

Not a day goes by that we don’t hear stories of how our NHS is in crisis.  On the one hand problems are simply solved by additional funding, on the other it is a more complex balance of market forces.  Too often though, the NHS becomes a political and ideological football bounced around between people

KEN DODD AND THE SPOUSE EXEMPTION

A titan of comedy has died and in his last days chose to marry his long-standing fiancée. Despite the uncontroversial (perhaps even romantic) nature of this decision, some elements of the press appear to be describing his marriage, with some glee, as a final insult to the tax man. Sir Ken Dodd was engaged twice

New Findings Show Cheddar Man Darker-Skinned Than Originally Thought

We’re fascinated by heritage and genetics here at Finders International, so the new findings relating to Cheddar Man grabbed our attention this week. Ground-breaking new analysis has revealed that the first modern Briton had ‘dark to black’ skin, according to research carried out on his remains. Cheddar Man is a human male fossil that was

Fixed costs in medical negligence claims

The Government has finally issued a response to its consultation on fixing costs for medical negligence claims. The aim, it appears, is to reduce the costs for the NHS. Claimant’s personal injury solicitors and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) are needless to say disappointed at the response which appears to focus on the

Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

On 16 March 2017 new regulations were laid out by the Government in response to a Tribunal decision in the case of MH v Secretary for State for Work & Pensions 2016. The new regulations in effect excluded eligibility by a claimant who may have suffered from a mental illness or psychological distress. These new