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Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPowys landfill company fined £180,000 after worker loses both legs in vehicle accident (19 January 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Powys-based landfill company after a worker was run over and had to have both legs amputated as a result.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDepression link to cardiovascular disease in men (19 January 2017)

 

Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen and the German Center for Cardiovascular Disease (DZHK) have found that depression poses a risk for cardiovascular diseases in men that is just as great as that posed by high cholesterol levels and obesity. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsAlert issued over genuine migrant charity targeted by fraudsters making fake charity appeals (19 January 2017)

 

The Charity Commission has issued a warning for the public to be aware of fake charity appeals to help migrants.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsExtra £48m to be made available to councils to help prevent homelessness (19 January 2017)

 

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones has confirmed that councils are to receive a further £48 million in government funding to help deliver new and expanded services to prevent and reduce homelessness.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNHS “pressures” resulting in cancer operation cancellations (19 January 2017)

 

Doctors in the NHS are concerned about the number of cancelled operations for cancer patients amid “tremendous pressure” facing the NHS this winter. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJeremy Hunt’s weak proposals on the 4-Hour Rule in A&E will not eliminate the problem, but will lower the standard of the NHS (18 January 2017)

 

Currently, the NHS works under what is known as “the 4-hour rule”. This states that, when you arrive at A&E, whether you have a life threatening emergency or a minor ailment, it is a key NHS commitment to see the you within 4 hours. However, hospitals have been struggling to maintain this standard since the summer of 2015. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsUK to control own legal system post Brexit – while co-operating with EU over cross-border crime and terrorism (18 January 2017)

 

The Prime Minister has reaffirmed the UK’s intention to work closely with European partners to counteract cross-border crime and terrorism post Brexit – but has said that Britain must regain control of its own affairs, taking back control of its laws and bringing an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPrime Minister sets out UK objectives on immigration strategies post-Brexit (18 January 2017)

 

Prime Minister Theresa May has set out her negotiating objectives for Britain leaving the European Union (EU), outlining 12 objectives which clarify the UK’s stance on control of immigration, trade agreements, workers’ rights and rights for EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU following Brexit.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsIllegal angler fined £1,850 after failing to appear in court (18 January 2017)

 

A Hull angler has been fined £1,850, after being caught fishing without a licence at Newark in Nottinghamshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£7.8m funding to prevent homelessness in Wales (17 January 2017)

 

The Welsh government Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant, has announced £7.8 million in funding for the Homelessness Prevention Programme for 2017-2018.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£31m investment to improve obstetrics services in South Wales (17 January 2017)

 

The Welsh government has announced more than £31 million in funding to improve child health, services for premature babies and obstetrics care in South Wales.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWill discounted starter homes make housing affordable to first-time buyers? (17 January 2017)

 

Housing minister Gavin Barwell pledges that the first wave of discounted ‘starter homes’ will be built in 2017 in 30 local authority areas – but critics say they may not be ‘affordable’. Some commentators have argued the new homes will do little to help those on middle to low incomes.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFirst Halfords training academy for female prisoners opens (17 January 2017)

 

Justice Minister Dr Phillip Lee has opened the first Halfords Training Academy for female prisoners at HMP Drake Hall.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsUK-Uruguay double taxation convention in force from 1 January (16 January 2017)

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has announced that the UK and Uruguay have signed a convention to avoid double taxation and prevent fiscal evasion related to taxes on income and on capital. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£1.2bn investment in making roads safer through repair and mending potholes (16 January 2017)

 

The government has announced it is allocating £1.2 billion in roads funding to councils to repair roads and mend potholes.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSheffield Council to build up to 1,000 new starter homes (16 January 2017)

 

Sheffield City Council is to build up to 1,000 new starter homes thanks to a successful funding bid to central government. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDomestic Violence – a real issue (16 January 2017)

 

The Office of National Statistics 2015 has stated that two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner and one woman is killed every three days. On average, a woman is assaulted 35 times before her first call to the police (Jaffe, 1982). The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, which came into effect in April 2013, removed legal aid for family law cases, such as divorce, contact and residence disputes, where a victim can’t prove the incident of domestic violence or child abuse.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLUCKY ESCAPE!! (16 January 2017)

 

The above title aptly captures what the indemnity insurers for Lewis Silkin LLP would have felt following the handing down of the judgment in the case of Wright v Lewis Silkin LLP by the Court of Appeal on 21st December 2016. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSolihull Council advising people to be cautious when buying cheap goods online (16 January 2017)

 

Solihull Council in the West Midlands is advising people to be cautious when buying cheap goods online, after a baby nearly choked on a faux fur blanket.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsProposed Personal Injury Reforms for RTA claims (13 January 2017)

 

Claimant solicitors have mounted an attack on Government proposals to significantly restrict claims for minor Road Traffic Accidents (RTA).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCrawley cracks down on housing fraud (13 January 2017)

 

Crawley Borough Council has announced that its Corporate Fraud and Inspections Team has saved hundreds of thousands of pounds and returned homes to the council’s stock as a result of targeted efforts to stamp out housing fraud. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsInquest held into the death of a patient after delays in contacting an anaesthetist during a c-section (13 January 2017)

 

Francis Cappuccini, 30, died at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in October 2012 during an emergency caesarean section after staff failed to contact an anaesthetic consultant for three hours. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLeicester City Council to make final decision on £2.1m investment in new council homes (13 January 2017)

 

Leicester City Council has announced that it is to build new council homes by developing three former city council hostels in a £2.1 million project.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHillingdon Council consults on children’s centres (13 January 2017)

 

Hillingdon Council is reviewing its children's centre programme – and is using feedback from families and partners to inform a new approach to delivering some services. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLittering crackdown in Hinckley sees 13 motorists fined (13 January 2017)

 

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council in Leicestershire has said a crackdown on littering has resulted in motorists being fined since the campaign began in November 2016.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDover man convicted of multiple rape and coercive and controlling behaviour towards female victim (13 January 2017)

 

Canterbury Crown Court has convicted a man of committing multiple rapes on a woman and waging a campaign of coercive and controlling behaviour against her.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCroydon Council awarded £1.4m to tackle homelessness (12 January 2017)

 

Croydon Council has secured £1.4 million to help with tackling homelessness in the borough. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPeterborough landlord prosecuted for offences relating to HMO (12 January 2017)

 

A landlord in Peterborough has been prosecuted by Peterborough Council for multiple offences relating to a house in multiple occupation (HMO). . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWelsh government’s new treatment fund will speed up access to new medicines by up to eight weeks (12 January 2017)

 

Welsh Assembly Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced a new treatment fund, which will speed up access to the latest medicines for NHS Wales patients. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDfE funds joint Harrow Council’s initiative to safeguard children from domestic violence (12 January 2017)

 

Tavistock Relationships and Harrow Council have welcomed a decision by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of its Safeguarding Grants programme 2016-2018, to fund a joint project to safeguard Harrow children affected by domestic violence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMental Health care overhaul pledged by Theresa May (12 January 2017)

 

Here at Duncan Lewis in the Mental Health department, we are always seeking to raise the profile of mental health issues in order to ensure that our clients, and indeed all those suffering these problems, gain access to the care they should be receiving. We are therefore keen to highlight any new government plans to improve mental health services. The Prime Minister has given a speech at the Charity Commission addressing her plans to tackle the hidden injustice of mental illness. Within those plans; additional training is to be provided for teachers, an extra £15 million is to be allocated to Community Care, and a £67.7 million investment into online services such as self-checks is to be made. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWhat does 2017 hold for public healthcare? (12 January 2017)

 

Despite the government’s claims that the NHS is performing well, the ever increasing pressure on the NHS is no secret. Despite record levels of investment the UK’s Public Healthcare system still does not have the money it needs to look after those who need it most. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsThree patients die at Worcestershire Hospital, as A&E struggles with pressures of winter period (11 January 2017)

 

Although Worcestershire Royal Hospital had a ‘robust plan’ to deal with an extremely busy period in its Accident and Emergency Department, three patients have reportedly died. This includes one woman, who died of a heart attack after waiting approximately 35 hours in the hospital corridor, and a man, who suffered an aneurysm. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsAsbestos claims of over £10m awarded to pupils and school staff in the UK over the last 5 years (11 January 2017)

 

Exposure to asbestos in schools has become common in England, and as a result the government is currently investing £23bn to improve school buildings. However, the presence of asbestos in schools continues to put pupils’ and school staff’s health at risk.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News“1,400 more patients accessing mental health services every day” (11 January 2017)

 

In a statement to the House of Commons on Monday (09/01/17), Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt sad that, under the current government, a total of 1,400 more patients were accessing mental health services every day, compared to figures for 2010.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPortsmouth City Council to build further 200 new homes (11 January 2017)

 

Portsmouth City Council has announced that it is building more than 200 new homes to ease housing waiting lists and generate rental income.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsConsiderate Constructors Scheme checklist updated to cover illegal workers (11 January 2017)

 

A monitoring checklist by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) has been updated across all five sections, including new questions on right to work in the UK, in response to feedback from scheme monitors last year.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCar boot trader pleads guilty to seven offences of selling counterfeit goods (10 January 2017)

 

A man has pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to selling counterfeit goods at a local car boot sale.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMind responds to government’s mental health care plans (10 January 2017)

 

Mind has responded to a package of measures to address mental health issued announced by the government on Monday (09/01/17), saying that mental health should be at the heart of government. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News16-month jail sentence for housing fraud (10 January 2017)

 

Birmingham Crown Court has jailed a man from Moseley in Birmingham, who lied to get a council house.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsReading Council consultation on reorganisation of Children’s Centres (10 January 2017)

 

Reading Council has launched a 12-week consultation on the future of designated Children’s Centres, with the aim of reducing the centres to four central hubs, with services also being offered in a network of satellite buildings and community venues.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSeven-year disqualification for director who accepted deposits for work not carried out (9 January 2017)

 

The director of a window installation company has been banned from being a director for seven years, after taking deposits from customers with no reasonable prospect of being able to deliver the goods.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsGovernment immigration adviser leads crackdown on workplace exploitation (9 January 2017)

 

A former government immigration adviser has been appointed to lead a crackdown on exploitation in the workplace.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSerial fly-tipper may be facing custodial sentence (9 January 2017)

 

Croydon Council has prosecuted a fly-tipper who made national headlines after he was caught on camera dumping three tonnes of building waste as he drove along a Croydon street.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsManchester City Council to spend extra £100m on mending potholes and road maintenance over five years (9 January 2017)

 

Manchester City Council has announced an additional £100 million is to be invested in maintaining the city’s roads over the next five years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDorset County Council and CCG review provision for vulnerable adults and mental health patients (9 January 2017)

 

Dorset County Council has announced that it is working with Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to look at how it provides care and support to older people, adults with physical disabilities and people with mental health issues. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsGateshead child safeguarding project awarded extra funding (9 January 2017)

 

Gateshead Council has announced that a new Gateshead project helping young people at risk has secured extra funding from the Gateshead Community Safety Team.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSeven-year disqualification for director who accepted deposits for work not carried out (7 January 2017)

 

The director of a window installation company has been banned from being a director for seven years, after taking deposits from customers with no reasonable prospect of being able to deliver the goods.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMD of Indian restaurant disqualified for eight years for failing to keep adequate accounts (6 January 2017)

 

The managing director of an Indian restaurant in Brick Lane, east London has been disqualified for eight years, after suppressing the restaurant’s takings and not keeping adequate accounting records.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£29,000 penalty after contractor sustains severe brain injury in fall (6 January 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Lincoln-based Construction Company specialising in fitting mezzanine floors, after a contractor fell onto a concrete floor and sustained a life threatening brain injury.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsConvicted murderers sentenced to life for cocaine debt killing (6 January 2017)

 

The Central Criminal Court has sentenced to life two men who committed murder over a crack cocaine debt they owed.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£165,000 penalty after resident trapped in lift is fatally injured after falling down shaft (5 January 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a Bolton property management company, after a resident died after falling down a lift shaft.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHaringey Council to announce private development partner in February (5 January 2017)

 

Haringey Council in north London has said it will announce in February who will partner the council in delivering one of the country’s largest housing regeneration programmes.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMHRA warning about buying fake medicines online (5 January 2017)

 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning of the dangers of buying fake and unlicensed medical products, especially those seeking to lose weight in the New Year who shop for diet pills online.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPublisher disqualified for ten years for failing to keep and deliver up adequate accounts (5 January 2017)

 

A Manchester-based publisher has been banned for ten years for failing to keep and deliver up adequate accounts. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsExtra £7 billion unlocked for affordable homes (5 January 2017)

 

The government has announced that a further £7 billion in funding is being unlocked as part of its affordable housing programme.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHousing association prosecuted after putting tenants at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning (4 January 2017)

 

A housing association in Scotland has been prosecuted for putting residents at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHighways England announced £1.5m investment to make Lancashire road safer for cyclists and pedestrians (4 January 2017)

 

Highways England has announced a £1.5 million investment near Fleetwood in Lancashire, to provide safer and smoother walking and cycling alongside the A585.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFirst local authorities to begin construction of starter homes this year (4 January 2017)

 

The government has announced that thousands of starter homes are to be built specifically for those aged 23 to 40.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£6,000 fine after Community Protection Notice is upheld in landmark case (4 January 2017)

 

Brent Council has prosecuted a man who refused to stop leaving car trailers parked in a north London street.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£4.48m computer dispatch system to improve Welsh Ambulance Service response times (3 January 2017)

 

Welsh Assembly Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has agreed funding of £4.48 million for a new computer dispatch system for ambulances in Wales. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsRoss-on-Wye retailer fined for illegal cigarette haul (2 January 2017)

 

A retailer in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire has been prosecuted after Trading Standards officers found a secret compartment filled with illegal cigarettes hidden behind a magnetised stock room fuse box. . Read more...