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Osbornes Shortlisted as Law Firm of The Year at Legal Week Awards

Posted on October 16, 2018

  Osbornes Law have been shortlisted as finalists for a major award at Legal Week's 'British Legal Awards'. The firm will find out on 29th November 2018 whether it has won UK Law Firm of the Year 2018. The winners in each category at the British Legal Awards, which recognises the achievements, excellence and innovation in the legal profession over…

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Osbornes Shortlisted for Major Personal Injury Awards

Posted on October 15, 2018

Osbornes are delighted to announce that the personal injury department has been shortlisted as a finalist at the 'Personal Injury Award 2018' in the category of 'Claimant Personal Injury Team of the Year'. Specialist medical negligence lawyer, Stephanie Prior, is also shortlisted as 'Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year 2018'. The firm were recipients of the award for claimant team…

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NHS Receptionists Have a Duty of Care Supreme Court Rules

Posted on October 15, 2018

Eight years ago, Michael Darnley then aged 26, was struck on the head in a random attack by an unknown assailant. His friend drove him to the Croydon University Hospital Accident and Emergency Department. He presented complaining of a head injury causing severe pain but was told by the Accident and Emergency receptionist that he would have a 5-hour wait…

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Changes to Legal Aid For Bereaved Families Are Necessary But Will They Happen?

Posted on October 15, 2018

The family of Police Constable Keith Palmer who was killed in the London Bridge terror attack, is calling for urgent changes to the Legal Aid system, after they had to secure pro bono representation for the inquest into his death. Their application for financial assistance had not been finalised by the Legal Aid Agency before the inquest started and is…

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Cheaper Lease Extensions …Maybe?

Posted on October 10, 2018

On the 20th September 2018 the Law Commission published the hotly anticipated consultation paper on the proposed reforms to Leasehold home ownership. The paper runs to sum 546 pages however a useful summary has also been prepared that can be accessed here at a much more manageable 26!: https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lawcom-prod-storage-11jsxou24uy7q/uploads/2018/07/Consultation-Paper-Summary.pdf There has been considerable press interest in perceived unfair practices in…

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Legal Aid Agency Agree to Backdate Legal Aid Certificates

Posted on October 10, 2018

Following a judicial review the Government has agreed to amend the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) regulations 2012 to allow for legal aid certificates to be backdated to the date of application. The situation prior to this decision meant that people who required urgent legal assistance were unlawfully being denied access to justice as  lawyers were prevented from undertaking any paid…

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Questions to be Answered Over Infected Blood Scandal

Posted on October 10, 2018

This article appeared in The Times Newspaper on 9th October 2018 The infected Blood Inquiry formally opens. Another inquiry that formally investigations a medical situation that was completely out of control for far too many years before any investigation was undertaken. As a consequence vulnerable individuals have suffered; many have died and their families have endured grief. It is hard…

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Ambulance Delays: The Shameful Truth

Posted on September 26, 2018

While it is no secret that the NHS is chronically understaffed and underfunded, it is becoming clear that regional ambulance services are also struggling to provide safe and timely care to those who are most critically ill. Olive Nutt Olive Nutt aged 92 became a victim of these service shortfalls, when the London Ambulance failed to correctly prioritise a call…

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Compensation for Negligence in Maternity Cases

Posted on September 26, 2018

According to the UK’s National Audit Office, the cost to the NHS of medical negligence compensation is currently sitting at £4.4 billion. Around half of the compensation paid was for negligence during maternity care, with compensation for brain damaged babies often coming to sums of £20 million. The NHS - What can go wrong for mothers and babies? According to…

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How to deal with a Closure Order and Possession Proceedings

Posted on September 24, 2018

Over the last three years since the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force Local Authorities and other social landlords have relied more and more on mandatory grounds for possession on the basis of “serious anti-social behaviour”. Landlords using these grounds for possession can rely on the making of a Closure Order, made in the Magistrates’ Court,…

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