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Disabled Girl, 11, Wins NHS Compensation Package Worth £22 Million

Compensation awards to clinical negligence victims may seem generous, but long lives and the escalating costs of care mean that they are no larger than needed. That was certainly so in the case of a seriously disabled 11-year-old girl whose layers succeeded in negotiating a settlement of her claim worth over £20 million. The girl’s…

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If You Think You May Be Disabled, Don’t Forget To Tell Your Employer!

Not all disabilities are obvious and employers cannot be guilty of discrimination if they are unaware of a worker’s impairment. The point was made by a decision of the Employment Appeal tribunal (EAT) concerning a postal worker who suffered from chronic hypertension. The man’s condition, which was diagnosed four years before he began the relevant…

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Disabled Boy, Six, Wins NHS Compensation Package Worth £17 Million

Clinical Negligence in the first hours and days a six-year-old boy won eight-figure damages from the NHS shows that specialist lawyers are always there to ensure that lessons are learned and just compensation paid. Outline of case The much-wanted boy was born following a surrogate pregnancy. After his delivery, however, medical staff failed to notice…

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Divorce – 50/50 Splits are Fair, but What About Post-Separation Earnings?

When divorcing couples have contributed equally to their marital fortune, the general rule is that assets will be split 50/50. However, as one ‘big money’ case showed, it is not always  as simple as that and complications can arise in respect of wealth that has been generated post-separation. Prior to a professional couple’s marriage, the…

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Pensioner Siblings Jailed for Contempt in Context of Big Money Divorce

Court orders must be obeyed or the whole system of justice breaks down. In a case on point, a brother and sister – with a combined age of almost 150 – were sentenced to imprisonment for contempt of court in the context of a big money divorce. The brother, aged in his 80s, had been…

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Assault Victim Misled by Hospital Receptionist Wins Compensation Fight

Providing misleading information can be just as effective in causing injury as physical acts of negligence. The Supreme Court made that point in guaranteeing substantial compensation to an assault victim who was wrongly informed by an accident and emergency (A&E) department receptionist that he would have to wait hours before receiving medical attention. The man…

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How to prevent Christmas party fallout for Employers

Nobody wants to be a Scrooge at Christmas, but as an employer you need to be aware of the risk of unpleasant incidents occurring and take preventative steps to stop you suffering a hangover and the risk of Employment Tribunals long after the festive period has ended. Employees may not be aware or understand that…

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Money Passing Between Loved Ones without Legal Advice can be Hazardous

When money passes between family members without legal advice, it is only too common for disputes to arise as to whether the sums concerned were meant as gifts, or something more. A recent case reflected this. A mother and son ended up at loggerheads over ownership of properties worth £800,000. The case concerned a flat…

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Employer Pays Heavily for Over-Hasty Disciplinary Process

Workplace disciplinary proceedings are never pleasant and it is understandable that employers may wish to deal with them as swiftly as possible. However, in one case, an engineering company paid heavily for its impatience in refusing to adjourn a hearing so that a worker could be accompanied by a trade union official. The woman was…

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