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5 Minutes With…Simon Helliwell, Personal Injury Specialist

Today we’re chatting with Simon Helliwell from our Personal Injury team here at Ison Harrison. Simon is a Senior Chartered Legal Executive and he helps clients with all personal injury claims. Q: How long have you worked at Ison Harrison? I have been working at Ison Harrison for over 23 years! Q: Describe your day…

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Rothery Inesons Solicitors Closure in West Yorkshire

A West Yorkshire law firm has shut its doors following an intervention by the SRA. Rothery Inesons Solicitors Ltd were based at the address of Ground Floor, 68 Market Place, Heckmondwike, WF16 0HY. The firm was a locally recognised name in the region across areas including Batley, Birstall, Brighouse, Cleckheaton, Leeds and Morley. Are you…

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The Success of Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and it is the 21st consecutive year that the event has been staged. Over this time period businesses have embraced the importance of mental health in the workplace to the benefit of both staff but also the positive impact this has on employee attendance as well as the…

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New Partner Appointment Strengthens Corporate and Commercial Division at Ison Harrison

Press Release – May 2022 Yorkshire law firm Ison Harrison has appointed a new partner to its corporate law division. Faris Dean will be based at Ison Harrison’s Leeds City Centre office. He joins the firm’s expanding regional team having previously headed up the corporate and commercial department at Berkeley Rowe Solicitors in London. With…

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20% Off Lasting Powers of Attorney in May

This month we are running a limited-time-only offer to save 20% on a Lasting Power of Attorney. This offer is available at 5 of our Yorkshire branches: Harrogate York Bingley Pontefract Barnsley What are the benefits of making an LPA? Most importantly, you will be taking a prudent step towards safeguarding against future problems for…

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Harry Sykes Inquest Conclusion: Supervision At Lake Was “Inadequate”

The two week inquest into the death of Harry Sykes concluded on 26th April 2022 with Senior Coroner Martin Fleming finding that the planning of the tour was “slipshod” and that the supervision at the lake was inadequate.  He also found that the lack of head counts was a significant flaw in the Greenwood’s planning…

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Harry Sykes Inquest

The Inquest touching the terribly sad death of Harry James Sykes will commence on Monday 11 April 2022 and is listed for 2 weeks before Mr M D Fleming, Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire (West). Harry, a promising and committed rugby league player, died in Carcassonne, France on the 5 September 2018.  Harry was a…

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Understanding C-Sections: What To Expect

This month is the return of the annual Caesarean Awareness Month – a dedicated engagement program to educate and raise awareness on the childbirth issue which continues to be embroiled in discussion, complexity and controversy. It is believed that one in four women who give birth in the UK have a C-section. However, most of…

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Breach Of Warranties In A Sale And Purchase Agreement – Where Do I Stand And What Are The Consequences?

Warranties are commonly found in a range of commercial agreements including within share purchase agreements (“SPAs”) and are one type of legal protection that a buyer may require to be included in an SPA. The essential reason for this is that in the absence of suitable warranties, any buyer may have little remedy in law…

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Clinical Negligence Solicitor Iain Oliver Celebrates 30 Years In Law

Ison Harrison Solicitor and Partner, Iain Oliver, is celebrating a milestone this year, as it marks 30 years since he became a lawyer. In addition, this month is Iain’s 15th successive year of working at Ison Harrison. Iain is also branch manager of our Ilkley office, which has been a recognised presence on The Grove…

FAQ’s on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

What amounts to sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which: violates your dignity; makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated; Creates a hostile or offensive environment. Who can be a victim of sexual harassment? Men and women. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex. The victim…

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Ison Harrison Supports The Snappy Trust & Becomes a Club 100 Member

Ison Harrison are thrilled to be supporting The Snappy Trust by becoming one of their Club 100 members. Who are The Snappy Trust? The Snappy Trust are a registered charity supporting children and young people with wide- ranging disabilities, across the York area. They provide over 300 children and young people the opportunity to enjoy…

Family Visa Scheme for Ukraine Crisis

The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate. We understand that this is a worrying time for anyone with family members in Ukraine. One of the measures that has been put in place by the British Government in response to the specific situation in Ukraine is The Ukraine Family Scheme. This scheme is intended for…

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Getting Up To Speed With The New ‘No Fault’ Divorce

In April 2022, the law relating to divorce sees a significant change.  This relates to the introduction of the ‘no fault’ divorce.  Family law practitioners have been campaigning for the ability of all spouses to bring a ‘no fault’ divorce against their separated spouse for many decades.  This therefore represents an important and seismic shift…

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Four New Partner Promotions Get 2022 Underway At Yorkshire Law Firm

PRESS RELEASE – MARCH 2022 Leading Yorkshire Law firm Ison Harrison has promoted four of its lawyers to partner across its network of Yorkshire offices. The four newly promoted partners are Erin Johnston, Geraldine Levison, Dhiran Mistry and Nigel Monaghan. The new round of promotions follow Ison Harrison’s recent transition to becoming entirely employee-owned after…

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Do You Need Advice Regarding A Prescription Or Dispensing Error?

Dispensing includes the preparation and giving of medication (requested by way of a prescription) to patients, taking steps to ensure that the medication being provided is suitable for the intended use, and taking steps to ensure its proper use. Dispensing requires the professional and clinical review of a Responsible Pharmacist who is appointed as the…

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Ovarian And Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

March 2022 is Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and at Ison Harrison we are raising awareness of the importance of early diagnosis of ovarian and prostate cancer, and helping you to spot the signs and symptoms. In the UK 7,400 women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer each year, but Prostate Cancer is even more…

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The Tinder Swindler & The Impact Of Romance Fraud

In the new Netflix documentary, The Tinder Swindler, three women share their stories of being coerced into lending large sums of money to a man who claimed to be the son of a diamond exporter. All three of them initially encountered him on the dating app Tinder. Once a relationship was established, the Tinder Swindler…

The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 – What Is It?

“It’s my money, I can leave it to whoever I like”. Well, not necessarily. The UK courts do have the power to make Orders which interfere with the effect of a Will, or the effect of the intestacy laws where there is no Will where a qualifying Applicant can show that the deceased has failed…

Acquiring The Right Business

Acquiring The Right Business

You might be thinking about acquiring a new business to increase your current portfolio, diversify or increase efficiency of your current business. Whatever the reason, it is essential that you carry out the appropriate due diligence to ensure the business is right for you and to ensure that the business will match your expectations particularly…

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A Simple Guide To Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) Claims

What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)? The CICA is a government body which aims to compensate those who are victims of violent crimes and abuse. The organisation helps to administer financial aid to victims in England, Wales and Scotland, even if the perpetrator has not been brought to justice. What injuries will the…

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Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence – We’re Here For You

This week is sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week highlighting the abuse and violence often suffered by women. And as a simple reminder, one just has to look in the papers…we have shocking stories of metropolitan police officers joking about “knocking birds about”, messaging female colleagues about raping and chloroforming them and generally using…

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Join The Conversation On Sexual Abuse And Sexual Violence Awareness Week

The fifth annual Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week is coming up from 7th – 13th February 2022, and it has never been more important to talk about sexual abuse and violence, to act on the campaign’s message that ‘it’s not OK’ and to ‘join the conversation’ and speak up about an ordeal you…

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Fundraising Begins To Restore Football Club Formed In Memory Of Murdered Heckmondwike Man

Fundraising events are being planned and donations and sponsors sought after a devastating fire ravaged through the storage facility of an amateur football team. Bradley’s Army FC was formed in the memory of 20-year-old Heckmondwike man Bradley Gledhill, who was brutally murdered by a gang of four men and two teenagers in June 2020. The…

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What is World Cancer Day?

Almost everyone will be touched by cancer at some stage in life. World Cancer Day on 4th February is an opportunity to focus on the crucial fact that early detection and diagnosis of cancer can save millions of lives. The first World Cancer Day is a global initiative organised by the Union for International Cancer…

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Leeds Remembers David Oluwale With Commemorative Bridge

Work has begun on creating a permanent point of remembrance in Leeds city centre for the life of David Oluwale. The harrowing tale of the Nigerian-born former Leeds citizen has gone full circle and a fitting legacy – in the shape of a new bridge spanning the River Aire – is being created to recognise…

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How The New Highway Code Rule Changes Could Affect You

Major changes to the Highway Code were introduced onto UK roads from Saturday 29th January 2022, which aim to protect the most vulnerable road users and put more emphasis on the responsibilities of those road users most likely to pose a threat or cause an accident on the road. Some of the changes are being…

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Did You Know? The Law Relating To Road Traffic Accidents Has Changed!

The law relating to Road Traffic Accidents changed on the 31st May 2021. If you are either a driver or a passenger in a vehicle involved in a Road Traffic Accident and have suffered a soft tissue whiplash injury, then you will be affected by the new ‘whiplash reforms’. Any injuries sustained in a Road…

HR Considerations When Buying or Selling a Care Home

Staff are usually the most important asset in a successful business, however when it comes to the transfer of a company to a new owner employees can become an afterthought resulting in costly litigation. In this article we will be looking at the legal obligations on the buyer and seller towards staff. Q1) What is…

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What Is Gallbladder Removal Surgery And How Can It Go Wrong?

The surgical process of gallbladder removal is called a Cholecystectomy, and is a relatively common procedure from which the vast majority of patients make a full recovery. However, there are some possible complications to the surgery which can be painful and uncomfortable, and there is also the possibility of surgical negligence, which in extreme cases…

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Ison Harrison Makes The Move To Being An Employee Owned Business

Press Release – January 2022 One of Yorkshire’s leading law firms has become entirely owned by its employees after the three shareholder directors agreed to sell the business to an Employee Ownership Trust. Ison Harrison, which has a network of sixteen offices throughout the region, was founded in 1978 as S.C Harrison & Co, merging…

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Surgical Mistakes – What Should You Do Next?

There are large numbers of people up and down the UK who undergo surgery every day for many reasons and in most cases the surgery goes as planned, they have a short recovery period and are able to continue with their lives. For a small number of people however, there are occasions when the surgery…

The Yorkshire Law Firm Challenge 2021

The Yorkshire Law Firm Challenge Raises £5000 for Five Charities

Well, what a year it’s been! We started off the year with an announcement that we were launching The Yorkshire Law Firm Challenge, with the aim of getting out and about and raising money for five very special charities. We had a target of reaching £3,000, with our staff aiming to do as many virtual…

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New Legal Aid Hope For Bereaved Families at Inquests

From 12 January 2022 bereaved families at certain inquests will finally be able to apply for legal aid without the need for means testing. This first and very important step in ending an inequality in arms in inquest representation for bereaved families has been the result of 40 years of campaigning by the charity INQUEST,…

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Ison Harrison Immigration Specialist Speaks As Britain Returns Over 100 Asylum Seekers

Specialist immigration lawyer, Ben Davison, has spoken out on the UK’s record of returning over 100 asylum seekers back to Afghanistan and Iraq over the last five years, despite them being originally taken in as unaccompanied children. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has revealed that 138 children were given temporary leave to remain in the…

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What is The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB)?

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) was established to investigate safety incidents. The purpose is to learn lessons, to change and improve patient safety, and to share recommendations to prevent similar incidents from happening again. It does not apportion blame. HSIB investigations are independent in that they do not investigate on behalf of families, staff,…

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Ison Harrison Solicitors Opens New Branch in Harrogate

Press Release – November 2021 One of Yorkshire’s leading law firms has opened its sixteenth and newest branch, making its debut in Harrogate. The move into the spa town by Ison Harrison, its second in North Yorkshire, further strengthens its foothold within the region. Its new office, located at 6a Albert Street, which was formerly…

Employee Ownership Trust

What is an Employee Ownership Trust? An Employee ownership trust in short, is a business held on trust for the benefit of its employees. John Lewis Partnership is one of the most notably successful Employee Ownership trusts in the U.K with its employees owning 100% of the business. The word ‘trust’ is particularly significant when…

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Racism Faced by Azeem Rafiq from Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Implications for the Club as an Employer

Following a statement from the newly appointed chairman, Lord Patel, Ison Harrison explores the events surrounding Azeem Rafiq’s claims of institutional racism at Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and what this means from an employment law viewpoint. The YCCC is facing widespread criticism following allegations from former player Azeem Rafiq about institutional racism at the…

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Is It Time To Talk About The Impact Of Non-Face-To-Face GP Consultations?

Uncertainty over a GP surgery’s requirement to hold face-to-face consultations could lead to more misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, and more fatalities. At Ison Harrison, we are calling for clearer guidelines and leadership on the issue of face-to-face GP consultations, to reduce the risk of the tragic David Nash case being repeated. David Nash was a…

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Inquest: Sam Copestick Deceased

Ison Harrison lawyer Ruth Bundey – a member of the INQUEST lawyers group – acted for the family at the inquest into the self-inflicted death of mental health inpatient Sam Copestick at Rochdale Coroner’s Court. It was found that multiple care failings had contributed to Sam’s death in June 2019, at the age of 24,…

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Road Safety Week 2021 – Time To Take Action For Safer Roads

The UK’s biggest annual road safety campaign has come around again, with Road Safety Week taking place from November 15th to 21st and adopting the tagline of ‘taking action for safer roads’. The annual campaign aims to raise awareness and get more people involved in road safety, with a series of events, demonstrations and fundraising…

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Loving Husband Of 54 Years Dies Following Failure To Diagnose Colon Cancer [Case Study]

Brian and Susan were enjoying their retirement together when tests showed that Brian had a hernia, and that he needed surgery. Following surgery, he had a CT scan and was discharged with no follow up. 10 months later, Brian returned to hospital with pneumonia. He told the doctor that he had suffered with constipation, weight…

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Transfer Your Personal Injury or Clinical Negligence File

Has your solicitor ceased trading? Are you dissatisfied with your current solicitor? You can transfer your personal injury or clinical negligence case to Ison Harrison solicitors. The personal injury market has taken a battering over recent years with legal reforms to fix costs and make pursuing claims almost impossible, so it comes as no surprise…

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Thank You To Our #ErbsPalsyHeroes 2021

On 18th October, we took part in #ErbsPalsyAwarenessWeek, an annual event to help raise awareness and understanding about Erb’s Palsy. Every year we share articles and advice across our social media channels. This year, we decided to go one step further and also run a campaign to find #ErbsPalsyHeroes. Collaborating with The Erb’s Palsy Group,…

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Call For Urgent Investment As Cancer Targets Continue To Be Missed

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a devastating moment and one where you need the help and support of loved ones and trusted professionals. Even though one in two of us will receive some form of cancer diagnosis in our lifetime, it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. It is common to have to…

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Understanding a Brachial Plexus Injury

This article has been kindly provided by Kay Ganguly, a Consultant Physiotherapist and Expert Witness at Healing Touch Physiotherapy Ltd. The Brachial Plexus is a complicated bundle of nerves that runs from the neck into the shoulder region and down the arm; it supplies the arm and hand with movement and sensation. Most brachial plexus…

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Lawyers Urge Patients Of Dismissed Leeds Shoulder Surgeon To Come Forward

Press Release – October 2021 Patients who may have been treated by a Leeds-based surgeon specialising in trauma and orthopaedic procedures are being encouraged to come forward over concerns about the care or treatment they experienced. Specialist medical negligence solicitors at Leeds law firm, Ison Harrison, have already been instructed to act on behalf of…

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Erb’s Palsy Case Study: Mr A – v – Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

In 2017, James Thompson was approached by Mr A who was unhappy with his current solicitors and wished to transfer his claim. Mr A was aged 19 at the time which meant that: a) the time he had left to either settle his claim or issue court proceedings, (eve of his 21st birthday) was fast…