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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...

The DVLA and Fitness to Drive

The DVLA can revoke a person’s driving licence for medical reasons, so it’s important to keep them updated on any illnesses that can affect your...

Understanding Pathological Fatigue

With Action for Brain Injury Week having just gone, I wanted to take a look at some of the daily struggles people with brain injury have to overcome.

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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...

Warfarin in a Nutshell

Warfarin is a blood thinner otherwise known as an anticoagulant. It’s a very interesting drug as, just like penicillin, it was discovered by chance. Th...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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 offe...

Warning To Landlords/Agents – Gas Safety Certificates

Landlords are already aware of regulations which require that for all Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST) entered into after 1 October 2015 certain prescribed...

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02 Aug 2018

Warning To Landlords/Agents – Gas Safety Certificates

Landlords are already aware of regulations which require that for all Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST) entered into ...

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