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New hope for mesothelioma and asbestos disease victims following Court of Appeal ruling

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On Thursday 22 February 2018, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the case of Bussey v Anglia Heating. The outcome is a welcome one which will hopefully make it easier for many asbestos disease sufferers to recover compensation – including funding for immunotherapy treatment – which is not currently available on the NHS.

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Oxfam scandal – a lesson to be learned?

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The UK’s charity sector is under close scrutiny, both nationally and internationally, following allegations that Oxfam workers were involved in the hiring of prostitutes and engaged in sex parties whilst working on earthquake relief projects in Haiti and a humanitarian mission in Chad. But what can the sector learn from these events going forward?

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Crypto cash divorce nightmare looming, warns Royds Withy King

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Law firm Royds Withy King is acting on three separate high value divorce cases where spouses are seeking the disclosure and a potential share of cryptocurrency assets.  These are a first wave of cases that the firm is expecting. The …

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Lawyers aren’t bankrupting the NHS – here’s what is…

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Simon Elliman explores whether greedy claimants or their greedier lawyers are causing the NHS to “go broke” (as Donald Trump might put it). Here’s a hint: it’s neither of them.

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Estate agents take note: the different forms of agency contracts explained

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When acting for the vendor, you will typically market the property for sale, or offer the premises to let. You will have a written contract with the vendor, which will spell out, among other things, the terms upon which you are entitled to your fee. The contract is therefore essential.

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The Forfeiture rule – when is relief granted?

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The Forfeiture Rule is a well known concept under common law. If someone unlawfully kills another person (murder or manslaughter) the Forfeiture Rule will prevent them from inheriting under the deceased`s estate.

However, a relief does exist under the Forfeiture Act 1982. This gives the court a discretionary power to waive the rule, provided that the killer has not been convicted of murder.  The exercise of this discretion was evident in the recent case of Macmillan Cancer Support v Hayes.

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Group B Streptococcal infection in pregnancy: further research supports the need to change to universal screening rather than risk based management

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The UK has no universal antenatal screening programme to check whether a pregnant woman is carrying Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection. Instead, assessment of likely GBS carriage is risk-based only. The charity Group B Strep Support campaigns for the introduction of universal screening to try to reduce the incidence of neonatal infection with GBS, which can have severe consequences for the new born. New research supports this campaign.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – do you really need one?

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It only seems like five minutes ago we were celebrating Christmas and heralding the arrival of 2018. It is often around this time that best laid plans for New Year Resolutions start to unravel but sometimes decisions you make really do need to be seen through – especially when they are going to make life much easier for your loved ones and friends.

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‘But what about Rover?’ Who gets the pets in divorce?

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Frequently as family lawyers we are asked to provide legal advice about what should happen to a couple’s pets in divorce. A recent survey suggests that 20% of separating couples sought advice about their legal rights regarding their pets.

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If you divorce, will you be able to protect what you have worked hard to achieve?

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“My partner and I have decided to part ways after a 20 year marriage. We’ve both contributed to our joint assets but I’m worried that my business, which I set up before our marriage, could be sold in the proceedings. What can I do?”

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Thinking of a fresh start? – How will divorce shape your financial future?

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“During our marriage, I’ve worked part-time while looking after our children so my pension savings are much smaller than my partners. I’ve heard that women are entitled to a share of their husband’s pension on divorce. Is this true?” 

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What is ‘causative potency’, and what does it mean when you’re in a cycling accident?

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Mark Hambleton, our specialist cycling advocate, helps you understand your rights as a cyclist on the road. Here, he takes a look at ‘causative potency’.

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