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A look at the Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019

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Ali Cloak, senior associate at Royds Withy King, considers the key provisions of the Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019, SI 2019/1112 and likely practical implications on coronial procedure as well as future developments.

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The 5 most common ways a Will is challenged

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It is regularly reported that inheritance disputes are on the rise. Here we look briefly at some of the most common grounds for challenging a will and the reasons behind why they arise.

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Is there a problem with basic asthma care in England & Wales?

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Asthma deaths in England and Wales ‘at highest level for a decade’. The charity Asthma UK says a lack of basic asthma care could be behind the increase in deaths.

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The duty of candour five years on – has it had much of an impact?

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What has been the effect of the duty of candour, and guidelines issued under it, nearly five years on from the introduction of the duty? Simon Elliman, head of our Medical Negligence team, takes a look.

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“No fault” divorce: end of the blame game?

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On 25 June 2019 the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons. The purpose of the Bill is to allow couples to divorce without having to assign blame.

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Claudia’s Law – is it fit for purpose?

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The Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 (the ”Act”), also known as Claudia’s Law, came into effect on 31 July 2019. It is designed to provide relief for the families of those who have been missing for 90 days or more. We look at the issues involved, and whether or not it provides sufficient safeguards for the missing.

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Princess Haya applies for Wardship Order

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Contributing authors: Emma Young

Princess Haya, former Olympic equestrian and the estranged sixth wife of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, has sought protection from the High Court in London this week.

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Root cause analysis reports and serious incident reports: what are they and can I challenge one?

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Incident reports are intended to establish the causes and contributory factors of a death or other avoidable event. For this reason they are very important, and something that should be taken very seriously by the trust or organisation completing them.

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Can we beat meningitis by 2030? How Group B Strep Support is helping to make it so

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The World Health Organisation has formed a taskforce to embark on an ambitious campaign to defeat meningitis by 2030. The UK charity, Group B Strep Support are part of this taskforce, helping to fight the second highest killer of young children in the world.

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The contaminated blood scandal – what happened and what is being done about it?

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In the lead up to World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2019, Sarah White reflects on the contaminated blood scandal and the current ongoing inquiry surrounding it.

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Children’s Funeral Fund now available for bereaved families in need

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We are delighted to hear that the Children’s Funeral Fund will come into effect today, 23 July 2019 and will help the thousands of parents who tragically lose a child each year.

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How pension schemes can conflict with human rights law

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Two recent decisions made by the courts of England and Wales have shown how the interpretation of the terms of pension schemes may conflict with the rights of persons under the European Convention on Human Rights. These cases have shown that courts are willing to find terms to be discriminatory, in circumstances where they may not reflect the general purpose of the scheme, nor modern family circumstances.

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