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PI firms warned off medical cases

Leading clinical negligence lawyers have warned of the risks arising from growing numbers of personal injury practitioners moving into their sector. Legal consultancy Zebra last week reported a tenfold increase in enquiries about setting up or expanding medical negligence cases since the beginning of the year. The majority of those contacts came from personal injury

Women being imprisoned unnecessarily, reformers say

Magistrates’ courts are sending fewer women to prison than in previous years but some courts are four times more likely to jail women than others, according to figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform. Research by the charity reveals that although the overall number of women being sent to prison has dropped, there

Outcry over legal aid changes

Barristers attack plan to award criminal defence work to lowest bidder and deprive defendants of right to choose solicitor. Barristers are campaigning against big cuts to legal aid. Depriving defendants of the choice of lawyer and introducing price-competitive tendering for legal aid contracts will undermine Britain’s international reputation for upholding justice, the organisation that represents

RTA claims still high despite referral fee ban

The referral fee ban had little impact on the number of RTA claims, with the number of cases in the immediate aftermath increasing by 27% compared to the year before, the Gazette has learned. Figures published by the RTA Portal Company show that 79,483 claims opened in April this year – the month the referral

Family law guide for kids launched

A guide aimed at children and young people has been released to explain how recent changes to family law may affect them. The Young Person’s Guide to the Children and Families Bill was written at the request of the Government to help people get to grips with the new legislation. Faster adoption processes, changes to

Man arrested over sham West London Wedding

The UK Border Agency has arrested an Indian man just before a suspected sham marriage ceremony was about to begin in Uxbridge. Officers, who received a tip off about the marriage, arrested the 22-year-old groom-to-be moments before the service at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge at 2.30pm on Monday. He was detained by immigration officials

Road Traffic Offences

With the ever-increasing use of mobile speed cameras targeting drivers in the UK, notices of intended prosecution, summons and fixed penalties are on the rise. A disqualification will not only inconvenience you, but will have a direct impact on your livelihood, reputation, finances and responsibilities and relationships at home. At Veja and Co Solicitors, we

British Airways employee wins discrimination case

A woman who claimed she was on the receiving end of religious discrimination after wearing a cross to work has won her case against British Airways. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg found in Nadia Eweida’s favour in a landmark legal battle – after British courts had dismissed her claims. Miss Eweida,

Are negligence claims placing an increased ‘burdening NHS’?

The Medical Defence Union is concerned that medical negligence settlements worth billions of pounds are putting an “unsustainable” burden on the NHS. The organisation responsible for insuring doctors says the value of settlements has soared in the recent past and that liabilities, which had reached £16.7 billion by 2011, are being increasingly driven up. MDU

Graylings intention for Prison Reform

Offenders may face serving longer jail terms under a reform which is being discussed by the Government. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said he would like to see a process which does not systematically reduce prison sentences, even for inmates who have good behaviour records. The Conservative minister also promised that he would not reduce prison