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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...

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...

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...

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 Courts Act 2015...

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 offered by speci...

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 held a...

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...

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...

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.<...

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.

Currentl...

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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