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Transparency/Accountability in the Private Sector

In the news this week there have been warnings of cancellations of operations on the NHS as a result of COVID-19. It would appear that this is to help the NH...

Amendment to the Job Support Scheme

HM Treasury has today announced that the Government contribution to employers’ wage costs under the Job Support Scheme (“JSS”) for open bus...

Seven Months on and I'm Still Juggling the Balls!

Unbelievably five months ago I wrote about the challenges faced working and adapting to “lockdown” because of COVID-19 and now we are somehow in...

Driving Whilst Using a Phone

Reports in the national press over the weekend have highlighted changes to the law when driving whilst using a mobile phone, which are set to be implemented...

Extension to the Job Support Scheme

On 24 September 2020, the Chancellor announced the Job Support Scheme (“JSS”), as explained Read More

Guidance on the Job Retention Bonus

On 8 July 2020, the Chancellor announced that employers will be paid a £1,000 Job Retention Bonus (“JRB”) for each employee they bring back...

Shielding - Updated Guidance

Public Health England (“PHE”) has updated its guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19.<...

Divorce Trauma Akin to PTSD? Try Collaborative Law!

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Shop Local - Conwy Promotes Local Shops/Cafés

#buylocal
The message to support our local businesses is nothing new, but has been brought into sharper focus by Covid-19. People might be restricted...

Law Amended so Co-habitees Can Claim Bereavement Damages

When a close relative dies in circumstances where a civil action can be brought, the law is governed by the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. This Act specifies the...

Frequently Asked Questions about Pension Sharing in Divorce

Will I Have to Share My Pension?
This partly depends on when your pension was accrued. If it was accrued during the marriage or durin...

Financial Abuse and Lasting Powers Of Attorney

In 2018 it was reported in the Law Society Gazette that investigations into the actions of attorneys and deputies appointed under the Lasting Power of Attorn...

Planning for the Future: Reforms to Watch Out For

With less than a month left to respond to the consultation on the Planning for the Future White Paper, now is a good time as any t...

New Coronavirus Regulations - What Employers Need to Know

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The Job Support Scheme

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Training Contract Selection

After all the late nights, coffee and frantic searches of your workshop notes trying to recall the cost consequences of failing to beat a defendant’s P...

Unity Is Strength - Starting a New Job During a Pandemic

Starting a new job is always an exciting and nerve-racking experience; new surroundings, new people, new technology. Starting a new job just before we a...

Appendicitis – The Importance of Prompt Treatment

The average appendix measures 9cm in length and most of us have one. There has been much debate between scientists as to the purpose of the appendix from ena...

2020: A Year of Planning Changes

This year has seen a rash of planning changes, particularly since March. Some changes have been made to enable the planning system to operate during the glob...

Injury Prevention Week 17-21 August 2020

As Lanyon Bowdler is an Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) accredited firm, I was pleased to hear that APIL had decided...

Proposed Changes to the Planning System

At present the world of planning and development is at the forefront of government reforms. There is an ongoing consultation into many changes within the pla...

Job Retention Bonus

On 31 July 2020, HMRC published a policy paper providing fur...

Full Redundancy & Notice Pay for Furloughed Employees

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Virus Isolation Period Extended from 7 to 10 Days But Shielding to End in England

The UK chief medical officer has announced that those with officially recognised symptoms of coronavirus, or who have otherwise tested positive for the virus...

Brain Injury & the Impact of Coronavirus - Finding Support in Challenging Times

From the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic there has been drastic social change at an incredibly fast pace. Everyone, without exception, has faced their...

RAF Helicopter Lands on School Playground

As an associate solicitor working in the personal Injury department at Lanyon Bowdler one of my areas of specialism is in military...

Quarantine and Employment

The Government has stipulated that all those travelling into the UK from Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, from 26 July onwards must self-iso...

Video Witnessing of Wills to be Lawful..... Temporarily

Since 1837 the law has said that, for it to be valid, a Will must be executed in the presence of two witnesses. The witnesses have...

CJRS & Notice Pay

We have been asked regularly since the inception of the CJRS whether employees who are furloughed can be made redundant and, if so, whether a grant can be cl...

Shareholder & Partnership Housekeeping During COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, it is best to stay proactive and forward thinking. Over the last couple of months, we have noticed an influx of companies a...

COVID-19 Pandemic & Loneliness

Whilst the global coronavirus pandemic has brought a host of new experiences such as working from home and online socialising, it...

Stamp Duty Holiday & How it Will Work

Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday announced a stamp duty land tax (SDLT) holiday which will run between 8 July 2020 and 31 March 2021 inclusive, in a bid to b...

Option Agreements - A Move Towards Strategic Land & Things to Consider

With COVID-19 impacting on the way we work and do business, it is not surprising that we are seeing an increase in demand for stra...

Too Early to Say - Part 2

Yesterday we looked at some news from the Probate Registry about a mid-May drop in Probate applications and discussed whether the reasons for this were entir...

Too Early to Say - Part 1

We have recently had an interesting update from The Law Society Gazette about an apparent surge in Probate applications being received by The Probate Registr...

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

In an attempt to provide for businesses in need, following the COVID-19 crisis, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill is set to assist these businesse...

New Treasury Direction Covers Flexible Furlough

On 25 June HM Treasury issued a further Read More

CJRS - Guidance Updated on 12 June

The government updated its guidance on its “furlough scheme”, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), on 12 June to reflect changes announce...

Furlough and Return from Family Leave

The government announced on 29 May that from 1 July the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “furlough scheme”) can be utilised only in respect...

Alternative Dispute Resolution & Family Law

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the world go through very radical changes (some probably for the better, in the long run), very fast. It will probably be some...

How Many Balls Can you Juggle?

This was a question I asked myself when the government had no choice but to “lockdown” our country to protect us all from the COVID -19 virus &nd...

Test & Trace & SSP

Under the Test and Trace system that launched on 28 May, a person who has been noti...

New CJRS Treasury Direction

On Friday 22 May 2020 the Treasury published a further Direction (dated 20 May) modifying the legal framework for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)...

Changes to the CJRS

The Chancellor has announced reforms to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).  We are awaiting updates to the Treasury Direction (the formal rule...

Should I Drive if I am Concerned about my Eyesight?

In my role as a personal injury solicitor I specialise in assisting HGV drivers following accidents they have had while driving or while loading and unloadin...

Domestic Abuse Bill: A Step in the Right Direction

It could be argued that the current, confusing compilation of domestic abuse laws, policies and procedures has failed the victims and survivors of domestic a...

Where there's a Will .......

How do you sign a Will in the midst of a pandemic when you’re not allowed to be within two metres of anyone? Well, as we at Lanyon Bowdler have discove...

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

A new online service will be launched on 26 May for eligible employers to recover coronavirus-related statutory sick pay (SSP) that they have paid to their e...

Holiday & COVID-19

The government has published guidance on workers' entit...

People Who Wish To Move Home Can Do So

The government has amended the coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations to make clear that Read More

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended to End of October

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced today that the Job Retention Scheme will be extended to the end of October.

There are to be no changes i...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Witnessing Documents

When it comes to the witnessing of deeds, there are rules in place to protect the interests of the parties involved. The purpose of signing a document as a d...

Coronavirus: Changes to Social Care, NHS Funding and Educational Support

On 25 March 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent. While most of us will be aware of the more familiar aspects of t...

Containers as Homes, Businesses & Shops: From a Planning Lawyer's Perspective

We have received a number of queries about installing and living in storage containers – so-called ‘container homes’ – particularly o...

Business Bounce Back Loan Scheme - 'Small Businesses' Open for Business

Are you a small business working against all odds to push through the COVID-19 crisis? Today, 4 May 2020, the Government launched a business loan which is 10...

Invisible Disability

In his early days in show business, actor and comedian Kenneth Williams wrote to a close friend about a mutual colleague in the theatre who had to withdraw f...

SMP and Other Family Leave Payments for Furloughed Employees

Entitlement to, and the rate of, maternity allowance and statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and parental bereavement pay depend on an...

#TwoPointSixChallenge

The coronavirus pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on the charity sector and has led to the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events and the loss...

CJRS - Latest Guidance and Treasury Direction

 

After it was announced on 17 April that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”) has been extended from 31 May 2020 t...

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Back in February in the office there was a sense of anticipation in the air on Valentine’s Day and it was nothing to do with what the postman might bri...

Working and Learning Remotely

While applying for training contracts you’re often asked what new challenges will law firms face in the future. For the most part, in recent times, thi...

Coronavirus: The Conflict between Social Distancing and Signing your Will

These are uncertain and unprecedented times. COVID-19 is dominating the news and we, as a population, have to adapt to a new way o...

Homeowners, Tenants and Landlords during the Covid-19 Outbreak

The emergence of Covid-19 as a global pandemic has caused significant uncertainty which has permeated almost every aspect of society. Whilst people are, of c...

The Coronavirus Job Protection Scheme

On 20 March the chancellor announced a package of temporary measures to support people and businesses in the wake of disruption caused by the Covid-19 outbre...

Debating and Coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus outbreak the planned Debate-Ed debating competition will not be taking place this March.

I am conscious, however, that paren...

Coronavirus and Pregnancy

This week pregnant women have been added to those in the high risk category for coronavirus. The latest advice is that pregnant...

Extension of Off-Payroll Working Rules Postponement

The government announced yesterday that the extension of off-payroll working rules to medium and large companies in the private sector is being postponed unt...

Coronavirus and Contractual Obligations

Following the World Health Organisation’s classification of COVID-19 as a pandemic and the increasing restrictions being imposed by the British Governm...

Electronic Signatures - A Sign of the Times?

When was the last time you signed a document with an actual pen - in ink? If you can’t remember, you’re certainly not alone. An increasing number...

Update - Proposed Reforms in Relation to Changes to the Small Claims Court Limit in Personal Injury Claims

In 2017 the government announced proposed reforms in relation to changes to the small claims court limit in personal injury claims from £1000 to £...

National Apprenticeship Week

This week (3 – 9 February) marks National Apprenticeship Week – the celebration of apprenticeships and the positive influence they can have on em...

Heterosexual Couples and Civil Partnerships

Campaigners for mixed sex couples seeking to enter into civil partnerships as opposed to marriage rejoiced when as of 31 December 2019 they could finally con...

My Week's Work Experience - Brendan O'Keeffe

I recently finished a week’s work experience at Lanyon Bowdler’s office in Shrewsbury. It started on Monday 16 December. All my contact with Lany...

A Drastic Change for a Good Cause

I’ve always been fortunate to have hair in good condition, thick in nature and fairly easy to manage. I usually only have...

More clinical negligence cases against Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals

Further to my statement earlier this week, we have been acting on behalf of families impacted by the Shropshire maternity scandal and have received a raft of...

Leaked Report on the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Maternity Scandal

I am a clinical negligence solicitor in our Shrewsbury branch, acting on behalf of families affected by failures at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hosp...

Life Ready Work Ready Conference

We were delighted earlier this month to be invited to speak at the Life Ready Work Ready conference organised by Shropshire Council and the Careers & Ent...

A Visit to Shrewsbury Veterans Outreach Hub

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the Veterans Outreach Hub in Shrewsbury town centre. I discussed various legal issues, which may impact the...

North Wales Audi & Blind Veterans UK Llandudno Centre

The team at Lanyon Bowdler’s Conwy office were recently invited to take a tour of Blind Veterans UK training and rehabilitation centre in Llandudno.Read More

Why Should You Make a Will?

Making a Will is one of the most important steps you can take for both you and your family; it can help protect your loved ones when you are gone and ensure...

Climbing Out - Taking the Modern Day Girl Completely out of Her Comfort Zone

It’s Monday morning, the standard early visit to the gym has been completed and I am now at home cramming numerous ‘loaned’ items of clothi...

New Rules are Shortly to Come into Force in Relation to the Abstraction of Water from Rivers, Wetlands and Boreholes

Previously exempt activities such as trickle irrigation for growing potatoes will require a licence from the Environment Agency. The deadline is 31 December...

Fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support

We’ve all heard the scary statistic: 1 in 2 of us will develop cancer during our lifetime. Sadly almost all of us will have lost a loved one to this in...

Burwarton Show 2019

For the 11th year running, we hosted clients, contacts, friends and visitors to the show in our marquee. 

The show is the largest one day agri...

The Movement Centre - Loss of NHS Funding

The Movement Centre is a UK charity and specialist treatment centre. They support children living with movement disabilities and their families.

Th...

Steve Coogan Avoids Full Driving Ban

“Back of the net!” a catchphrase associated with Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan’s best known character probably best sums up how he feels fol...

Employers’ Duty to Keep Records Relating to the National Minimum Wage and TUPE

Employers have a duty to keep sufficient records to establish that their workers have received the national minimum wage. These records must be kept for thre...

Rise in Infant Mortality Rates for Third Year in a Row

Data recently published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that, for the third consecutive year, infant mortality rates in England and Wales h...

The Rise in Number of ‘Rowing Parents’ Representing Themselves

In 2013 the government implemented plans to remove all legal aid available in respect of family matters; apart from people who have been victims of dome...

The Government May Consider Amending the Legislation Regarding the Use of Mobile Phones Whilst Driving

The High Court recently handed down judgment in the case of Ramsey Barreto - a case involving the use of handheld mobiles when driving.

Barreto bec...

Lanyon Bowdler Scoops Top Prize for Best Military Window Display

During the lead up to Armed Forces Day, Shropshire Council encouraged businesses in Shrewsbury to decorate their windows with a milit...

Lanyon Bowdler Attend Kidz to Adultz Wales & West 2019

During my first week at Lanyon Bowdler, I had the pleasure of attending the Kidz to Adultz Wales & West exhibition in Bristol, hosted by Disabled Living,...

Calls to Reform Surrogacy Laws

The Law Commission has recently published its surrogacy consultation paper: ‘Building families through surrogacy: a new law’. Sir Nicholas Green,...

The Discount Rate

On 15 July 2019 the Lord Chancellor announced a new discount rate of -0.25% for all personal injury and clinical negligence claims. The Association of Britis...

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Abolishment of “Same Roof Rule”

In 1964 the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme was introduced to compensate innocent victims for crimes of violence. However, victims of violent crimes, w...

Serious Injury Guide

I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend the Serious Injury Guide stakeholder workshop follo...

Local Artist Decorates our Windows for Shropshire Council's Competition for Armed Forces' Celebrations

As a signatory of the Armed Forces Community Covenant we are always looking for ways to demonstrate our support to the armed forces community. When Shropshir...

Idsall School Mock Trial

On 10 April 2019 staff from Lanyon Bowdler attended Idsall School, where year 12 students had transformed part of their school into a courtroom and were cond...

Agricultural Wages in Wales - Guidance Published

The Welsh Government has published guidance relating to the Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2019.

In addition to the increased minimum rates of pa...

Action for Brain Injury Week

Headway Shropshire Garden

In 2010 Headway Shropshire developed the concept of the Labyrinth Garden for the Shrewsbury Flower Show...

Coroners’ Inquests

The Coroner Service is at least 800 years old and has recently undergone significant changes. It is a public service to find out the cause of a death that ha...

Young Enterprise

Lanyon Bowdler was delighted to attend the Young Enterprise celebration event in May 2019. As always the students’ creativity and commitment to buildin...

Mooting Competition

Staff from Lanyon Bowdler were proud to judge the final of the 2019 Regional Schools Mooting Competition at the University of Wolverhampton in April. This in...

Bereavement Damages

All too often, when the government announces an intention to change the law relating to personal injury and clinical negligence, it results in claimants bein...

My review of the London Marathon 2019

Well, the day started really well. We woke up around 6am to the clanking of barriers outside the hotel, which on arrival the night before we found to be imme...

Lanyon Bowdler opens Conwy office

Lanyon Bowdler is extending its business into North Wales with the opening of a new office.

The firm has had a presence in Conwy since March 2018,...

Civil partnerships – a marriage by another name?

Statistics show that the number of same sex civil partnerships is falling (most likely because many same sex couples are now choosing to get married), b...

Parental Responsibility and Same Sex Parents

Parental responsibility is a legal term which encompasses all rights and duties, powers and responsibilities which, by law, a parent of a child has in relati...

Breech Baby Scan

UK researchers have suggested that routinely offering expectant mothers an ultrasound scan at 36 weeks gestation to check the position of the baby could save...

Bereavement damages not fit for the 21st Century

Northern Ireland and Scotland are separate legal jurisdictions in the United Kingdom. It has recently been announced that statutory compensation for bereaved...

CASE UPDATE: Can parties agree to extend time of determination for prior approval applications?

Permitted development rights are simpler developments which do not require a formal application for planning permission. However, prior to the start of these...

Breakthrough blood test now available to test for pre-eclampsia

It has recently been reported that pregnant women in England will now be able to have a blood test, which can check for the potentially life-threatening cond...

Bromyard Speed Festival 2019

We have an office in Bromyard, an historic Herefordshire market town with a wealth of mediaeval half-timbered and victorian buildings and a lovely selection...

Divorce – How long will it take?

On the 28 March 2019 the family court statistics for October to December 2018 were published. The statistics relating to the average duration of a divorce sh...

Coroners could be given powers to investigate stillbirths

Last week the government launched a consultation on proposals to give coroners the power to investigate all full-term stillbirths. The aim of the proposals i...

No-Fault Divorce

In July 2018, the supreme court held that Mrs Owens could not divorce her husband based on the unreasonable behaviour petition filed and that she would need...

The Art of Negotiation

Negotiation is a key weapon in any lawyer’s arsenal and it’s a part of the job which I really enjoy; engaging in different tactical plays, predic...

Agricultural Minimum Wage

The Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2019 was made on 6 March 2019 and will come into force on 1 April 2019. This Order replaces, subject to some changes and...

Training with SARDA Wales

It’s always hard to tell if the winter causes a rise in the numbers of missing people occupying Search & Rescue Teams, or whether they simply prey...

Cervical Cancer Screening Tests

Everyone will be aware that all women and people with a cervix between the age of 25 and 64 should attend for regular cervical screening (a smear test). A sm...

CICA – Calls for Reform

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme exists to compensate victims of violent crimes. It is administered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority...

GP Appointment Waiting Times

I recently tried to make an appointment with my GP surgery, concerning a problem I have had for a few weeks. It is uncomfortable, but not urgent. I went onli...

Limits on Tribunal Awards and Statutory Payments to Increase from April 2019

Employment Tribunal compensation limits will increase on 6 April 2019.

The maximum amount of a week's pay, used to calculate statutory redundan...

Working Full Time and Studying for a Law Degree

If someone had said to me, five years from now you will complete your law degree whilst holding down a full time job and bringing up three young children wit...

2019 Advances in Medicine

Many of you will have seen in the news recently that quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton underwent a double hand transplant on 7 January 2019. This news got me...

Driver Wrongly Penalised for Speeding in Telford

I was recently asked to represent X. He had received through the post a NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) alleging he had been speeding on the A442 Trench...

Horatio's Garden

Spending time in a beautiful garden is a way many of us love to relax - but how often do we take this for granted? For patients wi...

Management is More than Just a Job Title

An issue I frequently come across is where an employee, due to creditable performance in their current role, is promoted into a ma...

New Year's Resolutions & My Goals

As we recover from the overindulgence of Christmas contemplating our New Year's resolutions I thought I would share my goals for the year ahead.

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A&E at Christmas

It is well known that Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for Accident and Emergency Departments (A&E) and there are no signs of this changing...

Drug Driving

Two stories have caught the eye in the national press over the last few days involving drug driving.

The first story is the criminal investigation...

Hope House & Ty Gobaith

Following on from my recent blog regarding my visit to Ty Gobaith, I have no...

Be Safe This Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching which means lots of merriment, celebration and partying in the run up to the big day. It is also the time of year that the poli...

Proposed Probate Fee Increases

On 5 November 2018 the government announced a proposal to increase probate fees. While it may not sound like something which would affect you, applying for p...

Rise In Bowel Cancer Among Young People

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the fourth most common cancer in the UK with almost 42,000 people being diagnosed every year. In the vast m...

Discretion Called For Over Driving Bans

I note with interest an article in today’s local paper regarding people being allowed to continue driving after they have amassed 12 or more penalty po...

Privileged Wills

As I look out of my office window in our Oswestry Office, I can see a wonderful Poppy display in the school windows across from me in memory of Remembrance D...

European Law Rescues Victim of Uninsured Driver

The High Court recently ruled, in the case of Lewis v Tindale and MIB, that the catastrophically injured victim of an uninsured driver, injured in an acciden...

Concern Over A&E Closures

A Fragile State

On 27 September 2018 the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust agreed to temporarily suspend overnight A&E...

The Movement Centre Golf Day

A few weeks ago on a wet Friday morning, I and two of my colleagues Beth and Lyndsey, along with my friend Sue, arrived at Arscott Golf club for The Movement...

Problems Associated with Cannula Insertion - Extravasation & Infiltration Injuries - An Overview

A potential claim for damages can arise from a patient suffering an extravasation or infiltration injury after cannula insertion.

What is a...

Visit to Worcestershire Headway

Princess Anne recently visited Worcestershire Headway, a charity that helps people who have suffered brain injuries, and I was fortunate enough to be invited...

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Baby Loss Awareness Week is held from 9 to 15 October to raise awareness about the key issues affecting those who have experienced pregnancy loss or baby dea...

Is There a Duty to Ensure Advice Given by Reception Staff is Reasonably Accurate?

Yesterday the Supreme Court gave their verdict on a case concerning the liability of an NHS Trust following incorrect information given by a receptionist, in...

Protecting Your Children's Inheritance

For many couples making their Wills, it often seems natural and right to them that they should leave everything to each other and for their assets to pass to...

Early Intervention in Post-Separation Arrangements for Children

Soon to be President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has recently voiced his support for the Early Intervention Project (EI) promoted by Dr Ham...

A Visit to Tŷ Gobaith

Hope House have two children’s hospices being Hope House based in Oswestry and Tŷ Gobaith in Conwy. On 24 September 2018, my colleague Sophie and I had...

Matters of the Heart

The heart is well associated with love and emotion and the term heart break is often thought about with the breakdown of relationships and grief.

T...

Having THAT Conversation

As the eldest sibling and the perceived ‘responsible one’ it has fallen upon me three times in recent years to be involved in end of life ‘...

Unmarried Mother Wins Right to Claim Widowed Parent's Allowance

Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, won a Supreme Court battle to access widowed parent’s allowance for her bereaved four children.

Sadly her partner of...

Maternity Care at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust

It is now common knowledge that in 2017 the former Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, ordered an investigation into maternity care at the Shrewsbury and Telford...

Life as a Commercial Trainee Solicitor

This blog was written by Mathew Hughes who trained with the firm until September 2018.

I’ve always seen myself pursuing a career in law, but...

Maternity Services Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

This blog was written by Ruairi Willis who spent a week with us on work experience this summer.

In January 2017, the former Health Secretary Jeremy...

Meeting Rooms in Conwy, North Wales

Although Lanyon Bowdler was formed in Shropshire, we work with clients all over the UK - and have recently opened new meeting rooms in North Wales.

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Fronting & Mobile Phone Offences

Every now and then, I like to update people with Motoring Law matters that crop up. This month, I cover two topics people may not believe are illegal, &lsquo...

'Fronting' & Handheld Mobile Phone Offences

Every now and then, I like to update people with Motoring Law matters that crop up. This month, I cover two topics people may not believe are illegal, &lsquo...

Are Too Many Women Being Refused Requests For a C-Section?

The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told that women at 75% of UK maternity units are being denied their right to choose a Caesarean (C-sec...

It’s All About You

Lanyon Bowdler’s “bear hoop-la” has been put away for another year, now we’ve completed our season of agricultural show attendances,...

Understanding Stillbirth

The stillbirth of a baby is one of the most shocking and devastating experiences any family can go through. It can result in depression and family breakdown....

Employee and Student: Tips for Juggling Both

This blog was written by Hollie Daniels: legal support assistant in the private client team

I have been fortunate enough to have the full support o...

The Armed Forces Covenant in Shropshire: Supporting our Armed Forces

Earlier this year we were delighted to sign the Armed Forces Covenant at RAF Shawbury to demonstrate the firm’s commitment to help those who have serve...

The Risk of Heart Related Death in the Young

This Blog was written by: Bryn Auger first year student studying law at Aston University

Earlier this week, a study based at St George’s...

Response to MDU Comments

Dr Christine Tomkins, chief executive of the Medical Defence Union (MDU) recently said that ‘urgent legal reform’ is needed to c...

When the Police just 'Want a Chat'

Over the past year or so, there has been a growing trend for the police to offer people the opportunity to voluntarily attend at a police station for “a chat...

For Better or Worse

The Supreme Court has recently dismissed a wife’s appeal of an order which dismissed her ‘unreasonable behaviour’ petition for d...

Minimum Wage: 'On Call' Sleeping In

In an important decision for the care sector, the Court of Appeal has ruled that carers who sleep at a client's home or otherwise at their place of work, tec...

Life of a Trainee in Property

I completed my Law degree at the University of Sheffield and graduated in 2015. I then went on to study the legal practice course at the University of Law an...

What's The Worst That Can Happen?

Having grown up in Shropshire and having two young children whose father is a 'city boy' I am keen to ensure my chil...

The “Father of Infection Control”: Ignaz Semmelweis (1818 – 1865)

On the 1 July 2018 it would have been the 200th birthday of Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian physician whose work demonstrated the...

The Way Ahead Conference

Headway UK is a charity which aims to promote understanding of brain injury and provide support and services to survivors, their families and carers. Whilst...

Training to be a Solicitor at Lanyon Bowdler

I have just taken over as training partner at Lanyon Bowdler but I have been heavily involved in the trainee application process and monitoring the trainees...

Penalty for Using a Mobile Phone While Driving Has Increased

I was recently surprised to read in that, following a poll carried out by the RAC, only 36% of people they spoke to were aware that the punishment for drivin...

Liar, Liar, Case Under Fire!

According to Jim Carrey in ‘Liar Liar’, to be successful in court you must master the art of fibbing. Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Cour...

Countess Of Chester Baby Deaths

We previously wrote a blog in July 2017 about the police investigation into a high number...

Pressure Sores - a Preventable Injury

Pressure sores, also known as pressure ulcers or bedsores are a common, but often preventable, injury suffered by patients in ca...

Fair Dismissal For Gross Misconduct – Despite No Individual Act Of Gross Misconduct

It will only be fair to dismiss an employee for misconduct if an employer acts reasonably in treating the misconduct in question as a sufficient reason for d...

Could Jurassic Park Be Held Liable?

I thought to celebrate the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I would look at the responsibility Jurassic Park would hav...

Dr Virginia Apgar's 109th Birthday

Google have paid tribute to Dr Virginia Apgar on her 109th birthday by featuring her on their Google Doodle. Most will not know...

Dress Codes Update

The Government has issued guidance on workplace attire off the heels, as it where, of the case of Nicola Thorpe - a temporary worker who was sent home unpaid...

Changes In Compensation For Road Traffic Accidents

Back in 2017 the government announced proposed reforms in relation to the personal injury sector and, in particular, changes to the small claims court limit...

New Restrictions on The Use of Epilepsy Drug Epilim in Pregnancy

I wrote a blog last year on 24 October about the harm that Sodium Valproate, a controversial drug use...

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day - Friday 18 May

“Every eight hours someone is told they will never walk again due to a spinal injury”. Despite this statistic, with the initial amazing care offe...

Missed Breast Cancer Screenings Scandal

Media outlets have reported news of a major IT error in the NHS occurring as far back as 2009, which may have resulted in up to 450,000 missed breast cancer...

May Fair Memories

As the May Fair gets set to descend upon the streets of Hereford for its annual three day visit following the Bank Holiday, no doubt we’ll be complaini...

Child Arrangements Orders – “Live With” and “Spend Time With”

The question of which parent is more likely to get a Live With Child Arrangements Order (custody in old money) is an ever evolving one. Historically there wa...

Investigation into Mesh

Urogynaecological mesh is used to treat stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Stress incontinence is very common after childbirth and at the stage o...

Changes to Punishments for Arson and Criminal Damage Crimes

We asked our work experience placement student Nicola Corby to write a blog as part her time in the criminal law team. Nicola undertook research on a topic I...

Surviving Spinal Injury – The Journey

After the success of the Brain Injury Conference in 2016, Lanyon Bowdler hosted another event entitled Surviving Spinal Injury – The Journey which was...

SARDA Assessment Weekend March 2018

I don’t know if it’s a sign of age but the twice-yearly Search Dog assessments seem to come round more quickly every year. However, they take place over thre...

London Landmarks Half Marathon

I was delighted and privileged to be able to take part in the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon on Sunday 25 March 2018, fundraising in aid of Horatio...

Cyclists Beware

Cyclists are concerned after reports surfaced at the beginning of March that ministers are set to outline proposals for death by dangerous cycling to become...

NHS Staff to Get Pay Rise

It has recently been reported that 1.3 million NHS staff are being offered pay increases which will be staggered over three years. The staff that will benefi...

Marriage Rates Fall Once More

The ONS has published marriage figures for the year 2015. This was the first full year that same sex couples were able to enter into a marriage. In 2015 ther...

Lorry, Bus & Coach Drivers Take Note

Although it has received very little press coverage to date, from 5 March 2018, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will be able to fine lorry, bu...

Cervical Cancer Screening

I recently settled a case arising out of the delay in diagnosis of cervical cancer in a young women. The consequences of what was a catalogue of errors, was...

Reviews in Failure to Disclose Evidence

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that an urgent review is going to be carried out in respect of all current rape and serious sexual assault cases,...

Monitoring Employees’ Private Communications

The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that it is possible for employers to justify reading workers’ private online messages.

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Resurgence of Corporate Reorganisations

The New Year rush shows no signs of abating, with another busy week having just passed. This week I have been working with clients on a number of interesting...

Law Firm advice for Work Experience Students

As you’re most likely aware, one of the most important things for a legal career is experience. As such, many law students and aspiring solicitors will...

Proposals for Births to End at Bridgnorth Community Hospital

It has recently been reported that our local community hospital in Bridgnorth is to lose its status as a birth centre (Bridgnorth Journal 7 December 2017).Read More

Occupational Stress at Work - A Star Wars Story

When The Force Awakens was due to come out, I posted a blog about whether Han Solo could bring a successful personal injury case following the events of Star...

Health Minister Calls for Improvements in Obstetric Care in the UK

Here at Lanyon Bowdler, the clinical negligence team are passionate about our work and are committed to obtaining the best possible outcomes for our clients....

Cohabitation Awareness Week

Question - Common law husband/wife?

Question - Jointly own your home?

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Epilepsy Drug Epilim and its Potential Impact on Pregnancy

Sodium valproate, also known by the brand name Epilim, carries a one in 10 risk of physical abnormalities in unborn babies, such as spina bifida and cleft pa...

Liability for Abuse Caused by Foster Parents

Judgment has been given by the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, in the case of Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2017 UKS C60].

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Continuity and Expertise

Lanyon Bowdler’s Ludlow office can trace its roots back to the 1850s, when Stanley Weyman moved his solicitor’s practice to 7 Mill Street which was occupied...

Act Now - Changes to Personal Injury Claims

The Government is proposing to make substantial changes to claims made for personal injuries suffered in road traffic accidents. The changes are bad news for...

Pre-Action Protocol for Debt

Businesses need to be aware of a new legal process due to come into force in October which may see them having to wait longer to recover debts from clients.<...

Metal Detecting

Metal detecting and the prospect of unearthing buried treasure is something that has always fascinated me. I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was at scho...

Estranged Children & Inheritance

Estranged Children and the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

The long-awaited judgment of the Supreme Cou...

Employment Tribunal Fees Abolished

On 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court ruled in a case brought by UNISON that Employment Tribunal Fees were unlawful since their introduction on 29 July 2013 and...

Each Baby Counts

Colleagues have already blogged on investigations into tragic events that have occurred in the maternity units at The Countess of Chester and Shrewsbury &...

Are Wills by Text or Voicemail the Future?

Texts, voicemails and emails could be considered valid Wills by the Courts, in proposals made by the Law Commission’s consultation paper published on 1...

Local Singer/Songwriter Wanted

Local female singer/songwriter invited to collaborate with our filmmaker Spark Media.

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Where There's Blame There's a Claim

Channel 5 showed their first episode last night of “Where there...

Landlords Have Your Say : Consultation Opens On Selective Licencing

The term ‘landlord’ no longer conjures the image of high flying property developers who have large portfolios. Many landlords are now the ‘...

Learning Lessons

When a medical negligence claim is brought against an NHS Trust, it is not the individual medical professional who is personally sued. Claims in respect of f...

Election Results - Hung Parliament and Farming

The Conservatives won the most seats, as expected, but they have fallen short of the 326 seats required to form a majority. Below we explore what the Tories...

No Such Thing as a Free Divorce

I doubt I am the only one suffering from “election fatigue” and longing for 9th June. However, I was amused by the exchange during Wednesday&rsqu...

If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!

I recently represented somebody whom I will refer to as ‘Dave’. I had previously represented Dave on unrelated matters and he had been very happy with the ou...

A “Do-it-yourself Divorce” – Is it worth it?

Statistics released on 5 December 2016 by the Office of National Statistics revealed that, overall, the amount of divorces have been decreasing (demonstrated...

Tougher Speeding Penalties come into Effect

As of midnight today, new, tougher speeding penalties have come into effect.

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Baby Death Cluster at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trusts

It was announced on 12 April that the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will be investigating a cluster of baby deaths at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NH...

Baby Death Cluster at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust

It was announced on 12 April that the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will be investigating a cluster of baby deaths at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NH...

Breast Screening: Do We Need More Transparency About Breast Density?

On average, one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. As with all cancer, early detection is vital, and the NHS breast screening p...

The Farmer wants a Dog

Its 10pm on a Friday night and my husband and I are sat on the sofa watching the news after he has come in from checking a calf that looked a little off colo...

End of Year Two and a Debating Competition

The Debate-Ed Programme held its second annual debating competition on Saturday 11 March 2017 with support from Lanyon Bowdler, Shrewsbury Business Chamber a...

My Internship with Lanyon Bowdler by Alex Spanner

I remember during my final year at university, whilst pondering what on earth I was going to do next; the idea of applying for an internship always seemed to...

World (post) Cancer Awareness Day

On 4 February we had World Cancer Awareness Day, a campaign with the aim of uniting millions across the globe in the on-going battle to beat cancer. But how...

Mock Trial

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The Collaborative Approach

Following Lisa Grimmett's blog about Shropshire Collaborative Lawyers, She was invited to talk to Eric...

PEEL

Session three of the Debate-Ed Programme focuses on the tools the students will need to help them make effective arguments. One of the main tools the program...

Marks & Spencer Employment Tribunal Case Published in National Press

A client of Lanyon Bowdler has had her success in her Employment Tribunal claims against previous employer Marks & Spencer published in the Read More

Penalty Points to Increase for Drivers Caught Using Handheld Mobile Phones

It is likely to go largely unnoticed in light of the UK media’s obsession with overnight news from across the Atlantic, but, following consultation, the Gove...

Pondering - Make Your Will

I’m sitting in my garden looking at the sky
Thinking I’d love to be up there, if only I could fly

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Constructive Feedback - Top Tips

One of the important skills that the mentors learn as part of the Debate-Ed programme is how to give constructive and positive feedback to students.

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Funding Legal Costs

During consultation with the judiciary and legal profession prior to the Government’s drastic cuts to family Legal Aid in 2013, many voiced concerns th...

Planning Permission and Keeping Horses

In recent years development involving horses has become increasingly popular. Farm land and buildings are being sold or let to individuals hoping to use the...

What is your Pet Hate?

We all have certain nuances in our lives that irk us to the extremes and no matter how we try to justify other people’s actions we fail to understand why the...

New Redress Scheme Regarding Birth Injuries

It has been announced by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt that there is a new scheme out for consultation. The Rapid Resolution Redress Scheme’s purpose wou...

Understanding Lasting Powers of Attorney

Have you thought about who would look after your affairs if you had an accident, illness, or were unable to make decisions when they need to be made, for exa...

Debate-Ed Year Two

The Launch

Year Two of the award winning Debate-Ed Programme officially launched last week at Lanyon Bowdler’s Shrewsbury office.<...

Legal 500 Success for the Team at Lanyon Bowdler

We are celebrating after 16 of our lawyers have been recommended in a leading independent guide of the country’s top legal professionals.

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The NHS Fails to Learn from Their Mistakes

There is no system in place in the UK for our hospital trusts to learn from each others’ mistakes.

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Bank Holiday Weekend with the SARDA Wales Dogs

 

Back in July I inherited a cat (a long story). In recent years I have spent hours on Facebook with friends, sharing memes about cats, their...

Five Reasons You Should Make a Will

One of the first things I do to organise my day is prepare a list of all the tasks I need to complete that day. In fact, I like to apply the art of list maki...

Rio 2016 Paralympic Champion Professor Guttmann

I was privileged to run in the Spitfire 10k Commemoration of the Battle of Britain race on Sunday at RAF Cosford.

Each runner had the name of one o...

The Women's Land Army

I feel extremely privileged and honoured to be meeting with Mrs Nita Millington at her home in Staffordshire to talk about her early years as a member of the...

Severndale Specialist School

As a solicitor who acts regularly for children who suffer from brain injuries and movement control problems, I was delighted to have the opportunity to look...

Animal Cruelty & Lorry Driver Offences

The Government is currently consulting on whether or not to increase the maximum penalty for Animal Crueltyoffences.

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Dragons Den – Spotlight on Communities and Charities in Shropshire

I was really pleased last month to be involved with a charity event organised by the Shropshire Providers Consortium (SPC). Five charities met with local bus...

Wheelchair Awareness Day

I was horrified to read that paralympian Anne Wafula Strike took the drastic decision to undergo surgery to have a suprapubic catheter fitted (for which she...

SARDA Wales' October Training

SARDA Wales’ October training weekend got off to an exciting start with an unlikely and unwilling celebrity in our midst! October is always the pre-ass...

Reimbursement of Employment Tribunal Fees

As we have reported previously here, on 26 July 2017 the Supreme Court held that the...

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14 Sep 2018

Reimbursement of Employment Tribunal Fees

As we have reported previously here, on 26 Ju...

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