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Slater & Gordon Committed to Fight for Asbestos Victims

The Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group arranged for Australian Labor Senator, Lisa Singh, to speak at its monthly meeting in Liverpool. Staff from Slater & Gordon Lawyers in Liverpool, Manchester & Halifax as well as from Pannone (part of Slater & Gordon) were in attendance.



Senator Singh is a driving force in pushing the Australian Government to address the appalling asbestos legacy in Australia. She co-founded the Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation, an advocacy…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 17, 2014 — Defero Law

Communicating with Children after a Relationship Breakdown

Various broadsheets have today reported a recent children case in the Family Division of the High Court concerning the contents of email contact between a father and children, and the importance of parents thinking carefully about how an email will be interpreted by the child, when they write it.



Email and other forms of written contact (generally called “indirect contact”) are often used in cases when for one reason or another, it has been considered inappropriate for the parent to…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 16, 2014 — Defero Law

Communicating with Children after a Relationship Breakdown

Various broadsheets have today reported a recent children case in the Family Division of the High Court concerning the contents of email contact between a father and children, and the importance of parents thinking carefully about how an email will be interpreted by the child, when they write it.



Email and other forms of written contact (generally called “indirect contact”) are often used in cases when for one reason or another, it has been considered inappropriate for the parent to…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 16, 2014 — Defero Law

Office of Fair Trading Closes – What Next for Businesses?

On 31 March 2014 the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) closed its doors. This is part of the Government’s reform of the arrangements for competition, consumer protection and consumer credit regulation.



The OFT’s work and responsibilities have been passed to a number of different bodies, including the Competition and Markets Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority.

The Competition and Markets Authority



The Competition and Markets Authority started…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 14, 2014 — Defero Law

What's the Difference between Proactive ‘Management Style’ and Bullying?

Sickness absences cost British industry almost £29 billion, according to research last year by PricewaterhouseCoopers. But how much of this sickness is caused by stress resulting from aggressive management?



What might be seen by one colleague as straight talking might to another feel like harassment. There can be serious consequences when assertive management goes too far and one of those consequences is ill health.



It is the responsibility of Human Resources and managers…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 14, 2014 — Defero Law

Family Fear Hospital Has Not Learnt Lessons from Daughter’s Death





A couple fear hospital bosses have failed to learn lessons from the death of their newborn baby. Karen, 37, and Sion Legg, 30, spoke of their devastation at losing their first child Alyssa Rose, aged just seven days, after serious failings in her mother’s labour were highlighted during the Inquest.



The Coroner concluded that with better Obstetric management it is likely that Alyssa Rose would not have died.



An internal review by Nottingham University Hospital…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 11, 2014 — Defero Law

Woman awaits sentencing after clearing ex-partners house of all belongings

According to press reports this morning, a woman from Swindon is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of theft for emptying out her ex-partner’s house of all belongings, including carpets.

According to the report, the woman arranged for a removal company to strip the property bare after discovering that her partner had been using various internet sites to search for other women, behind her back.

The case acts as a warning of how relationship disputes can have serious…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 11, 2014 — Defero Law

Sit for Long Periods of Time at Work? Know Health & Safety Regulations?

Sitting for prolonged periods of time without physical activity is associated with significant risk of diabetes & cardiovascular disease, according to a study with the extravagant title "Standing-Based Office Work Shows Encouraging Signs of Attenuating Post-Prandial Glycemic Excursion".



In the study a group of desk bound office workers changed to a standing working position using an ergonomically adjustable desk, which improved their blood glucose levels for a relatively small…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 11, 2014 — Defero Law

Killer Paul Chadwick in High Court Battle to Inherit Victims' Estate

A man who killed his partner and their young son has launched a legal bid to inherit his victims’ entire estate. Paul Chadwick, 35, was convicted of manslaughter after repeatedly stabbing Lisa Clay and Joseph, 6, while he slept at the family's Bolton-le-Sands home in April 2013.



Chadwick is now using a loophole in the law to ask a High Court Judge to allow him to claim Miss Clay’s assets – to the dismay of her family.



They have now been dragged into costly legal battle to…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 10, 2014 — Defero Law

Jersey Child Care Abuse Inquiry: The Next Steps

Following the first public meeting of the Jersey Care Inquiry it's difficult to speculate as to what will happen next.



To get to the truth the Committee of Inquiry will need all the help it can get from the victims of abuse and the people of Jersey.



I attended the meeting on the 3rd April 2014 hoping to establish how the Inquiry would be run and it seems the Terms of Reference are to be extremely thorough.



I know it will be important to the victims of abuse whom I…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 10, 2014 — Defero Law

Should Medical Negligence Whistleblowers be Paid for Speaking Out?

Bounty payments for whistleblowers - something which I called for in 2012 is in the news again. The Times is today reporting that several Whitehall departments have indicated they are in favour of paying whistleblowers.



The Times reports that "Advocates of US…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 10, 2014 — Defero Law

St Pauls’ School Faces New Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Police have launched a criminal inquiry to investigate recent allegations of sexual abuse concerning ex-pupils of St Paul’s school in London and its preparatory school, Colet Court.



Following a report published in The Times last month relating to alleged sexual abuse at the School, a number of former pupils have contacted the police in relation to allegations believed to span across the 1960s and 1980s and a criminal investigation is now on-going. Detectives are now said to be…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 10, 2014 — Defero Law

Adoption & A Child’s Link Between Their Biological & Adoptive Parents

The Daily Mail features an article today about the respective ties that an adopted child has towards their biological parents, and the parents who raise them.

The article features the case of ‘Kayleigh’ who was taken into care at 5 as a result of social services intervention and subsequently adopted. The article reports Kayleigh of speaking highly about her childhood and accepting that she had a stable and happy upbringing, but explains that later in life she struggled with the way…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 8, 2014 — Defero Law

'15,000 Kids and Counting' The Challenges of Adoption

The Channel 4 documentary 15,000 Kids and Counting aired last Thursday night and prompted interesting discussion and debate across all sides.

It showed 3 cases of children being placed for adoption after being removed from their parents from the point of view of the parents, the child and the social workers.

An active Twitter stream highlighted the emotive and controversial…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 7, 2014 — Defero Law

‘Rights of Custody’ Important Child Abduction Case in Supreme Court

An important Child Abduction case will be considered by the Supreme Court tomorrow.



The Supreme Court will consider “Rights of Custody” in the context of grandparents who were caring for the child in question, by agreement with the mother of the child, who then abruptly ended the arrangement and relocated.



Under the Hague Convention, which is an international convention which deals with child abduction, anyone asking the Court to consider whether a child has been wrongfully…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 7, 2014 — Defero Law

Separating Couples with Children Face Challenging Decisions

One of the most challenging decisions for separating couples can be the arrangements for their children following a split.



Many are concerned primarily with the way in which a child’s time will be divided as between their homes, meaning that other aspects of a child’s care and upbringing can be overlooked, until the time they arise.



CAFCASS have for quite some time had a Parenting Plan booklet for use by separated parents, which helps them work through the various issues…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 7, 2014 — Defero Law

Dangerous Potholes Causing Injuries to Cyclists

According to the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey carried out by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) it would now take 12 years to repair the back log of potholes in England & Wales and 14 years in London.



The Government needs to allocate more funds to highway authorities to resolve this serious problem.



Potholes can kill or cause serious injuries to…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 3, 2014 — Defero Law

Work Accidents Kill More Soldiers than Battle

A Daily Mirror article on 31 March quotes figures revealing that accidents have killed more troops than battle over the last decade.



The vast majority of these fatalities involve road accidents although suicides also comprise a significant percentage of non combat injuries.



Whether the death was in combat or not, of course, the fall out is equally disturbing for those left behind.

Undoubtedly a number of these accidents were caused by the negligence of others. In such…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 2, 2014 — Defero Law

Rise in Same Sex Couples Using Fertility Treatments

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) issued a report last week on “Trends and Figures” in fertility treatments, which shows a significant increase in the number of same-sex couples starting families using fertility treatments.

The report suggests that the number of female same-sex couples seeking IVF has increased by one third over the year covered by the report, with donor inseminations up by 20%. The report also shows that 2% of all babies born in the UK were…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 1, 2014 — Defero Law

Government may make Emotional Cruelty to a Child an Offence

The Government is currently considering whether to introduce 'emotional cruelty to a child' as a new criminal offence.

Current law, which is over 80 years old, focuses on the physical effects of abuse only to a child. Physical abuse is of course much easier to identify than emotional harm which may be why nothing has been done to address the law for such a long time.

Emotional harm would include someone deliberately trying to harm a child’s intellectual, emotional, social or…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 1, 2014 — Defero Law

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