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Parental Alienation – A Hot Topic.

Dad and Child

Parental Alienation has been in the headlines recently following the Chief Executive of CAFCASS, Anthony Douglas warning against the dangers of behaviour known as “parental alienation”. – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/12/divorced-parents-pit-children-against-former-partners-guilty/ . The topic has also been debated recently in Parliament – https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-03-15/debates/1920253C-C972-40A3-9A63-714220EDE50D/ParentalAlienation “Parental Alienation Syndrome” is not recognised by the World Health Organisation and it is not… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

More bad news from the NHS

stethoscope and pen resting on a sheet of medical lab test results, with patient file and x-ray or mri film

Another week, another decision from the NHS. We are advised that patients could face delays in accessing new drugs on the NHS after a decision made by health bosses that treatments requiring the most expensive drugs can be (or should be?) stalled. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (otherwise known as NICE) has… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

What price is quality of life?

Baby feet

Our team of specialist legal advisers works hard to help some of the many families struggling to manage the complex needs of a young child living with demanding physical, emotional and learning difficulties suffered as a result of medical negligence around the time of birth. Parents have enough to deal with day to day in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How Will Brexit Affect Divorce In The UK?

EU

Brexit is often termed the UK’s divorce from the European Union, but with Article 50 due to be triggered this week, a Report just released by the House of Commons Justice Committee has highlighted that some of our own divorce laws may be affected upon leaving the EU. It has called upon the Government to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Access to Justice

family law

In 2013 the Government introduced a fee regime in Employment Tribunals whereby individuals now have to pay a fee if they want to bring a claim against their employer, or, more often than not, their former employer. Although there is a remission scheme under which individuals can apply for fee exemption, the application process and… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Maternity claims

Justice

We all make mistakes (of varying degrees of severity) because we are only human – but when we do, we can learn something from it, if we allow ourselves the opportunity to reflect on why the mistake was made and how we can do better next time. Organisations are also adopting the same learning culture… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Making Child Arrangements for the Summer holidays

Happy Girls

Summer holidays, I hear you groan, however, July will soon be upon us and it is important to plan ahead. This is especially true for separated families, where arrangements need to be made to address what will be happening in respect of child arrangements over the summer holiday period. Consideration also needs to be given… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Is the NHS missing cancer targets?

It was widely reported last week in a study carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support that the NHS have missed their cancer treatment targets for 3 years in a row. According to Macmillan, more cancer patients in England are facing delays for their treatment than three years ago, with 1 in 6 (17%) now waiting… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Personal injury compensation – the effect of the discount rate

On 27 February 2017 the Lord Chancellor Liz Truss announced that the discount rate, used to calculate compensation in severe personal injury cases, will drop from 2.5% to 0.75% from 20 March 2017. What is the discount rate? The discount rate is a deduction made from large compensation payments awarded to people with severe, often… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Should I extend my lease?

Lease agreement

Leasehold property piqued the interest of the Guardian newspaper at the close of 2016. Their string of articles on ground rent clauses might have got you thinking about the lease on your own flat, and particularly – how long it is. Lease extensions can seem daunting to begin with. When you start researching, you find… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)