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Residential Nil Rate Band and its implications on the Inheritance Tax Threshold

Posted on August 15, 2017

The current Inheritance tax (IHT) threshold, known as the nil rate band (NRB), has been frozen at its current rate of £325,000 until 2021. The Summer Budget 2015 saw the introduction of the Residential Nil Rate Band (RNRB) and if someone dies on or after 6th April 2017, the estate may be entitled to an additional IHT threshold. For deaths…

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Seven reasons why you should have Lasting Powers of Attorneys (‘LPAs’) in place

Posted on August 15, 2017

“I’m not old enough to get LPAs” You are never too young to be at risk of needing someone to act on your behalf. Many people associate LPAs with being elderly which is logical, but any of us at any time could be subject to an unexpected illness or accident which could leave us in a position where we are…

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Concerns over abuse of Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney

Posted on August 15, 2017

Retired Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, Denzil Lush, has spoken on BBC Radio 4 of his concerns over abuse of Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney. He said that he would not create a Power of Attorney himself and instead prefers the concept of Deputyships which are accountable to the Court of Protection and supervised. Contrary to what…

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Osbornes Successful in s.17 Children Act Challenge

Posted on August 14, 2017

The High Court has decided that a local authority breached the Children Act 1989 for failing to carry out lawful reassessment of needs of an autistic child. The case is R (On the Application of AC & SH) v London Borough of Lambeth Council [2017] EWHC 1796 (Admin). The Claimants’ mother sought assistance from the Defendant with accommodation and financial…

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Mills V Mills – Permission Granted for Applicant’s Appeal to The Supreme Court

Posted on August 10, 2017

Mr Mills has been granted permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal to increase his ex-wife’s spousal maintenance payments, fifteen years after they were divorced. The Supreme Court has granted the appeal on a narrow issue of whether Ms Mills housing costs had already been included in her capital settlement from 15 years ago. Joanne Wescott, Partner…

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Journal highlights concerns over mismanagement of Cauda Equina Syndrome

Posted on August 7, 2017

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a little known and rare medical condition which arises due to increased pressure around the lower spinal cord. It has several different trigger causes and may be experienced by the sufferer in a number of ways, with symptoms such as: Lower Back Pain Numbness Leg Weakness Impaired bladder, bowel or sexual function These symptoms can come…

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Osbornes wins compensation for construction worker who suffered a serious ankle injury at work

Posted on August 7, 2017

The Claimant, PB, a Polish male in his late 40s, was injured when he fell off a ladder whilst working at a construction site in central London. He suffered an open comminuted fracture of the distal end of the tibia and fibula, which extended into the talus (in other words a badly broken ankle).  He had two operations on his…

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London’s Most Dilapidated Hospital Revealed!

Posted on August 2, 2017

It has been reported that St Helier Hospital, Carshalton is the most dilapidated hospital in London. Apparently the conditions are so terrible that staff at the hospital are struggling to cope. Dilapidation include lifts breaking down requiring patients to be transported to other departments by ambulance. This is shocking when the ambulance service is strapped due to staff shortages and…

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News Report Highlights Concerns Over Care Home Safety

Posted on August 1, 2017

A recent news report has revealed that a number of shocking incidents at several care homes owned by a private company have been kept secret by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the body responsible for safety and for holding care providers to account. The incidents included the suspected rape of a severely autistic man by a 28 year old resident…

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Nursing Vacancies In The NHS Leads to Growing Concerns For Patient Safety

Posted on July 26, 2017

At a time when healthcare professionals working for the NHS are working under increasing pressure with ever dwindling resources, it has been revealed that staff vacancies within the NHS have risen by more than 10 per cent in the previous year. Figures have revealed that in March 2017 there were 30,613 vacant full-time positions advertised by NHS England, a sharp…

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