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NHS Admin Blunder

NHS Admin Blunder

According to a report by a BBC health correspondent on 27th June 2017, more than 1700 patients have been put at risk due to an NHS administrative blunder. These patients may have been harmed due to the fact that thousands of patient records in England were left to pile up in a warehouse. The number may rise beyond 1700 patients as only two thirds of the 700,000 sets of notes found had been checked. This could include cancer test results not having been passed on to GPs. The National Audit Office also said that there were serious questions to answer about the handling of... Read full article

Government to consult on new build market selling properties as leasehold

Government to consult on new build market selling properties as leasehold

Following the BBCs announcement that the Government were consulting on the new build market selling properties as leasehold and not freehold we can confirm that we would always advise our clients of their obligations under a leasehold property. Normally leases relate to flats as there are ‘common’ areas which are maintained jointly.  This is normally done by a managing agent or management company and each flat owner pays a service charge to cover the costs. However, some house builders are selling their properties under 99 or 125 year leases. ... Read full article

Grenfell Tower: An Immigration Perspective

Grenfell Tower: An Immigration Perspective

There have been many issues arising from the tragic fire incident which engulfed the Grenfell Tower (the Tower) - many of them political and very controversial. One such issue the immigration status of residents who resided at the Tower. The Tower was occupied by British nationals and foreign nationals. It is however indicated that the foreign nationals who resided at the Tower were either lawfully present and or settled in the United Kingdom (UK) or were undocumented persons - (i.e. foreign nationals who did not have the requisite leave to remain in the UK). With... Read full article

Increased Fines for Speeding Motorists – Don’t be caught out!

Increased Fines for Speeding Motorists – Don’t be caught out!

In April a new set of regulations came into force to punish speeding motorists.  There will be a significant increase in fines for the worst offender although for those who are a couple of miles over the minimum, nothing will change. This follows the approach from the new laws in relation to using a phone whilst driving that were brought into force in March 2017. Prior to the 24th April 2017 the minimum penalty you could receive for speeding was £100 fine and 3 penalty points. The Courts now have powers to impose higher fines in order to make drivers think... Read full article

Ian Paterson, Disgraced Breast Surgeon Jailed

Ian Paterson, Disgraced Breast Surgeon Jailed

Ian Paterson, the disgraced breast surgeon has been jailed for 15 years for carrying out unnecessary cancer operations over a period of many years. Jurors at Nottingham Crown Court heard during the trial that Paterson had exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer to justify the surgery he performed. Compensation has already been paid out to a number of patients who had surgery in the NHS at the hands of Ian Paterson and a large number of private patients are seeking compensation against him. Paterson and the hospitals concerned at Little Aston and Parkway... Read full article

Drivers Beware - penalty points doubled for using a mobile phone whilst driving!

Drivers Beware - penalty points doubled for using a mobile phone whilst driving!

Penalties for holding and using your Mobile Phone while driving have increased from the 1st March 2017.  Using a handheld mobile device while driving is illegal.  You could now be given 6 points on your licence and fined £200.  Newly qualified drivers will have their licence revoked due to these tougher penalties. Anyone who accrues 12 points on their licence will face magistrates court, disqualification and higher fines. It is not illegal to use a hands free mobile phone but our advice is put you phone away before driving to avoid temptation,... Read full article

Government Consultation on Fixed Recovery Costs in Clinical Injury Cases Closes (Tues 2nd May)

Government Consultation on Fixed Recovery Costs in Clinical Injury Cases Closes (Tues 2nd May)

A Government consultation regarding proposals to cap legal fees in Clinical Injury cases involving damages of up to £25K, closes today. Charities, patient safety groups and the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers are jointly calling on the Secretary of State for Health to reconsider the proposals in the current consultation. Steve Webber, Chairman of the Society of Clinical Lawyers has warned in a statement that the proposals will destroy the current system of providing compensation for patients who have suffered through no fault of their own and whose serious... Read full article

To Marry or not to Marry that is the Question!

To Marry or not to Marry that is the Question!

Following a failed challenge to the law recently by Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld to overturn the ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships, where does that leave us now? Historically marriage was an institute within which couples created and relied upon legal relations. It created a relationship in which children were born, nurtured and financially protected. Marriage provided protection and some security for women and children. For many reasons couples are now choosing to live together rather than marry, some to avoid creating the legal... Read full article

Passionate about pots!

Passionate about pots!

Cathy Wahlberg, Alsters Kelley Operations and Finance member got into the pottery throw down spirit in raising money for Castel Froma rehabilitation hospital which is the firms nominated charity. Cathy who is passionate about making pots and has her own kiln at home donated a piece of her work to the Alsters Kelley New Year raffle.  The raffle raised £574 for Castel Froma which was recently handed over to the charity. The pottery piece was won by Matthew Williets who works in the firms care department in Coventry. Cathy said,... Read full article

Changes in Employment Law - April 2017

Changes in Employment Law - April 2017

Stephanie Rushfirth, Employment Lawyer at Alsters Kelley LLP has summarised the recent changes to employment limits and payments which have come into effect from 6th April 2017. Tribunal compensation limits and statutory limits have increased from 6th April 2017 (unless otherwise stated) and are outlined below: Limit on a week’s pay (used to calculate unfair dismissal basic award and statutory redundancy pay)  - £489 Maximum basic award for unfair dismissal or statutory redundancy payment - £14,670 Maximum compensatory award for unfair... Read full article

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