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Inquest Opens Into The Death Of Army Veteran George Jacobus Du Preez

George Jacobus Du Preez, a 37 year old Army Veteran who served in Afghanistan was found dead in his home address on 17 November 2019. Originally from Namibia, George enlisted in the South African Army after completing his education, later joining the Parachute Regiment in the British Army upon moving to the UK in 2007….

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Medical Error at GP Surgery Results in Administering Fatal AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine to Healthy 28-Year-Old

A tragic incident unfolded at an Inquest on 10th November where a 28-year-old man, Alex Reid, had lost his life due to a rare blood clot caused by the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. This heartbreaking event arose from an error that occurred almost two decades ago, misclassifying him as morbidly obese. The mistake, dating back to…

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Inquest Into The Death Of Krispos Layas Due To Commence

The inquest touching on the death of Mr Krispos Layas commences on the 28 November 2023 at Hull Coroners Court before HM Senior Coroner Professor Paul Marks. Mr Layas, born in Limassol, Cyprus, was a retired merchant Navy captain.  His children remember their father spending months at sea and warmly recount loving his return when…

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Ison Harrison’s Clinical Negligence Division Strengthens Expert Team

Press Release – November 2023 The clinical negligence division of Leeds headquartered law firm Ison Harrison has added Lucy Wells and Will Clark to its 14-strong team. Bringing 13 years of experience to the firm, Lucy Wells has joined as a Partner having previously acted for a wide range of clients who have suffered a…

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‘The Long Shadow’ Drama Highlights Work Done by Ison Harrison’s Ruth Bundey

An ITV drama based on the five-year killing spree of Peter Sutcliffe – dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper – across the north of England, has featured Ison Harrison’s Inquest lawyer Ruth Bundey. The seven-part drama first aired in September 2023 and depicted the culture of fear that existed during Sutcliffe’s reign of terror, which saw him…


Does The New Immigration Health Surcharge Apply To You? Here’s How We Can Help

Rishi Sunak’s UK Government last week announced an increase to the surcharge facing people using the NHS when applying for a UK visa. In most cases this will see affected people paying an extra £1000 over two and a half years to use the NHS. The proposed increase is still seeking the approval of parliament…


Vulnerable Teenager Arrested For Lesbian Comment

A video of a 16 year old girl (CR) with autism recently went viral on TikTok due to her treatment by the police. Ison Harrison has been asked to represent CR and assist with a claim for compensation for unlawful arrest and detention and argue that the arrest and detention was not necessary. Below is…


Inquest Hears That “Broken System” Contributed To Man’s Suicide

A 28-year-old father-of-two, Niall Tyrrell, was found dead in his room in a psychiatric ward in Manchester in May 2022 as a result of a fundamental failing in his mental health care, according to the findings of an inquest into his death, which concluded last week. Ison Harrison’s nationally-renowned inquest solicitor, Ruth Bundey, represented the…

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Victims of Crime Offered More Than Six Times Injury Compensation

It came as no surprise to us when the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) recently reported that victims of crime who appeal initial offers made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme end up being offered six times more. We specialise in CICA claims here at Ison Harrison and regularly appeal awards that have been…

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New Forcer Protocol Set To Be Piloted To Improve Mental Health For Veterans

In November 2022 I had the privilege of representing the family of Alan Forcer at his Inquest alongside Counsel Lilian Lewis from Garden Court North. Alan, a military veteran with Complex PTSD, had hanged himself on 21 May 2020. During the course of the inquest, the Coroner heard evidence from witnesses from Cleveland Police, Combat…

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Brave Volunteer At The Funeral Of Jack Charlton’s Funeral Remarkably And Falsely Accused Of Fraud

Simon Helliwell in our personal injury department recently inherited and settled a claim for a pedestrian in excess of £5,000.00 in which the Defendant’s conduct certainly left a lot to be desired. On the 21 July 2020, Simon’s client was working as a volunteer at the funeral of Jack Charlton. There were road blocks in…

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Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week – A Parents Perspective

In support of Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week 2023, Ison Harrison interviewed a mum of two to better understand how their lives have been impacted by the birth injury sustained when her youngest son was born. By sharing her story, she hopes to raise awareness of the condition and reassure other parents they are not alone….

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No Limits: How Erb’s Palsy Inspired Some Famous People

Erb’s Palsy is a weakness or paralysis of the arm, caused by an injury or stress to the group of nerves in the shoulder (‘brachial plexus’). It is an injury that can happen during childbirth, and may lead to a permanent disability. Some children may fully recover with intense treatment, while some are impaired by…

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Celebrating 30 years of the Erb’s Palsy Group

Ison Harrison interviewed Debbie Robinson, Deputy Chair of the Erb’s Palsy Group (EPG) for Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week which runs from 16th October 2023. This year marks the Erb’s Palsy Group’s 30th anniversary. The Group has come a long way since it was first established in 1991. The EPG is now a registered charity with…

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Ison Harrison Opens New Office in Doncaster

Press release – October 2023 Leading Yorkshire Law Firm, Ison Harrison, has opened its second office in South Yorkshire, taking its total network of offices to 18. Based in Doncaster, Ison Harrison’s new office, located in Cavendish Court, will be managed by Dayne Bailey-Mayfield, a licensed conveyancer who has been with the firm for a…

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New CAPA Contract Helps Ison Harrison Extend Inquest Services Offering

Press Release – October 2023 A leading Yorkshire law firm that specialises in representing bereaved families at inquests has secured a contract to enable them to expand the types of inquests that they can deal with (including deaths involving police contact and within the prison service) in addition to taking on civil claims against public…

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Baby Loss Awareness Week 2023 – An Introduction

Ison Harrison wish to share their support for family, friends, colleagues, and clients as they use this week to remember their much loved and missed babies and break the silence around baby loss. 1 in 4 people in the UK experience pregnancy or baby loss. Despite the amazing work of charities such as Sands &…

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Should I Buy A Property With A Restrictive Covenant?

The property-buying process is one of the most stressful things you can go through in life. It can also be full of complexity and potential pitfalls. The key is to get the very best advice and ensure you are aware of the details of everything you are considering. A great example of this is restrictive…

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Face The Future: The Problem Of Unregulated Aesthetic Clinics

Aesthetic surgical procedures, especially amongst the young, is a multi-billion pound industry in this Country. Simon Helliwell in our personal injury department has lost count of the clients he has acted for in relation to aesthetic treatment such as dermal fillers such as breast, lip, buttock fillers; laser treatment and chemical peels for example which…

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Ison Harrison’s Commercial Division On Course For Further Success

Press Release – September 2023 Ison Harrison’s company and commercial division is on course for a record year following significant revenue growth and a number of key appointments. The company and commercial department’s turnover for the year to date is currently 78% higher than at the same time in September 2022. The division comprises litigation,…

How Has No Fault Divorce Changed Divorce Law?

On 6th April 2022 the UK’s divorce laws changed for the first time in 50 years, and the ‘no-fault divorce’ was introduced. It was expected to bring an end to “archaic” legislation and a divorce process which was lengthy, costly and actively encouraged animosity. And so, over 12 months on, have we seen any improvements…


The Desirability of Living In Harrogate

Harrogate was once described as offering all the fun and fresh air of Yorkshire, without any of the gritty bits, and it is true that you can enjoy all the very best elements of God’s Own County in the North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, and that has been independently verified on several occasions. Last…

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We’ve Been Shortlisted For The Yorkshire Legal Awards

We are proud to announce we have been shortlisted for two awards at the upcoming Yorkshire Legal Awards, which is to be hosted in October. After picking up the award for Law Firm of the Year (Medium) in 2022, we have been selected amongst eight other potential winners for the award for a second-year running….

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Ison Harrison Sponsors Little Hiccups Marathon Challenge

Little Hiccups, a pioneering support group founded by parents of children with additional needs and disabilities, is gearing up to make a significant stride towards promoting unity and understanding in the community. On 13th August, between 11am and 1pm, at Brigshaw High School in Leeds, the group will be taking on a Marathon Challenge, and…


Report Published Following Review of Salford Royal Spinal Surgeon, John Bradley Williamson

Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Mr John Bradley Williamson was employed at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (now part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust) between 1991 and January 2015, when he was dismissed. During his time at the Trust, he was the Head of Division for Neurosciences & Renal Medicine. It is also understood…

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Ison Harrison Joins Forces With INQUEST For Big Fundraising Push

Members of the Ison Harrison are joining forces with the INQUEST charity for a big fundraising push in September, to help fight for justice for bereaved families. On Sunday 24th September, members of the Ison Harrison team will be joining INQUEST to undertake the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge with the aim of completing it in…

Corinne Haslam

Prevention of Future Deaths Report Issued Following Corrine Haslam Inquest

Mrs Corinne Haslam was a mental health patient on Taylor Ward at Tameside Hospital operated by Pennine Care NHS Trust however, the acute medical care at the same hospital fell under the auspices of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. Mrs Haslam, who was known to have schizophrenia, was initially admitted as a…

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The Tragic Story of Alfie Steele: The Failure of Social Services?

Last month saw the mother of Alfie Steele and her partner jailed for killing 9 year old Alfie after a life of physical abuse. Dirk Howell was jailed for life with a minimum of 32 years, whilst Alfie’s mother, Carla Scott was given 27 years with a minimum 17-year term. This poor little boy seems…

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Compensation Claims For Image Based Sexual Abuse

Under the Protection of Children Act 1978 and the Criminal Justice Act 1988, taking, possessing, or sharing sexualised images of any person under the age of 18 is a criminal offence, this why the police were so interested in the accusation that the BBC presenter Huw Edwards paid a teenager thousands of pounds to pose…

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Ison Harrison Launch The Erb’s Palsy Group Big Summer Fundraiser

We are proud to announce a joint collaboration between Ison Harrison and the Erb’s Palsy Group (EPG) for a summer of fundraising! From 10th July 2023, The Big Summer Fundraiser will open to support the Erb’s Palsy Group with raising much-needed funds to continue the fantastic work they do in supporting children, adults and families…

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Tom Nippress Completes His Coast to Coast Challenge

As Tom Nippress left the office on Friday 16th June the enormity of what he was setting out to do began to sink in. The Coast to Coast is 192 miles long, and Tom’s itinerary was ambitious, averaging about 15 miles a day with no rest days. Over the 13 days he walked through fields,…

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New Partner Promotions Announced

Press Release – June 2023 Leading law firm Ison Harrison has made six promotions across its network of Yorkshire offices. Nicola Hunter, Natalie Clayton, Faye Chadwick, Ben Palmer, Olivia Williams and Jordan Grimbley have all been promoted to partners at the firm. This latest series of promotions follows Ison Harrison’s successful transition to becoming entirely employee…

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The Impact of #TheEOeffect for Ison Harrison

Each year, the Employee Ownership Association (EOA) helps to raise awareness around the benefits of being an employee-owned business by dedicating a full day online for businesses to get involved and showcase why they are proud to be an employee ownership trust. This year’s ‘EO Day’ takes place on Friday 23rd June and the theme…

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How Our Law Firm Became An Employee Owned Business [Infographic]

To celebrate EO Day 2023, we have put together this infographic showing the journey to becoming an employee-owned business.

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Volunteering with SNOOP, Special Needs Objective Outreach Project

The sun was shining on Monday 12th June when 4 members of our Clinical Negligence team spent the day volunteering at S.N.O.O.P to help them update and improve their outdoor children’s play area. S.N.O.O.P. are a registered charity based in Bradford, who provide services ranging from before and after school care, play schemes, young adults…


The Ison Harrison Summer Events Calendar 2023

Summer is upon us once again and we have quickly built-up a packed-out calendar of events across our network of satellite branches in the Yorkshire area. Here is a rundown of our summer events, where we will be sponsoring and/or attending various shows and activities. We’d love to see you there! Otley Show – May…

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How Does Part Exchange Work On A Property?

Perhaps the biggest factor in why house-moving is one of the most stressful things you can ever do, is the uncertainty and delays that you will inevitably encounter. Part-exchanging a property is one solution to help alleviate that, but it is not necessarily a brand new concept. Part exchange on a property has been around…

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The Professional Negligence Pre-Action Protocol

In the majority of legal disputes it is accepted practice to progress the dispute with the aim of ultimately avoiding court proceedings. If a dispute has to engage the court’s system, it can be complex, lengthy, stressful and expensive, so with many disputes there are various means of mediation or arbitration employed to settle a…

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Huge Government Investment In Tackling Stalkers And Domestic Abusers Announced

The Home Office has this week announced a £39 million investment in 50 projects to tackle the problem of stalking and domestic abuse in England and Wales. 27 police forces are set to benefit from the funding, as the Government looks to step up its campaign to protect vulnerable people and victims who are being…

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Is 2023 A Good Year To Buy And Sell A House?

While the pandemic was a time of unprecedented change and struggle for many, it provided an unexpected boost for the UK property market. Amid global turmoil the UK housing market saw an upturn as the Government introduced stamp duty relief, interest rates lowered and people stuck indoors took the plunge with a new home. The…

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How To Divorce A Narcissist

A narcissist is defined as someone who is in love with and only has extreme feelings for themselves, but when you are trying to divorce a narcissist there are many other character traits which come into play, and for which you need to be prepared. In a marriage, narcissistic behaviour can manifest itself in coercive…

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Watch: Ben Nelson-Roux Family Featured On BBC Newsnight

Yesterday, BBC Newsnight aired a segment featuring the family of Ben Nelson-Roux, a 16-year-old who passed away in unregulated adult homeless accommodation. The programme touched on Ben’s death and the wider issues faced by 16/17 year olds. The episode is currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer from approximately 14:40 onwards: In response to…

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An Open Letter From Laura Sugden & Her Legal Team To Britain’s Got Talent Regarding Their Crossbow Stunt

We are appalled by the article written for the Sun on Sunday on 19 March 2023 about the fact that during the filming of a recent episode of Britain’s Got Talent, the Judges tricked the new judge Bruno Tonioli into thinking he had shot Simon Cowell with a Crossbow. We have been supporting Laura Sugden…

Corinne Haslam

Inquest Concludes That Sectioned Patient Died Of Natural Causes, But Coroner Expresses Concern As To Risk Of Future Deaths

The 4 day long inquest touching the death of Mrs Corrine Haslam concluded today with the Coroner finding that Mrs Haslam died of natural causes.  The significant causative factor was underlying heart disease which was worsened by her COPD and development of a pulmonary embolism.  The Coroner did not find that there were any failures…

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Prostate Cancer Awareness – What You Need To Know

This month is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. For men, prostate cancer is the most common form in the UK. More than 52,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year on average – that’s 143 men every day. Every 45 minutes one man dies from prostate cancer – that’s more than 12,000 men every year….

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5 Examples Of Discrimination At Work

Being treated fairly and equally at work is an employee’s basic right, and is a lawful requirement based on the 2010 Equality Act. As a result of this a person has protected characteristics which mean they can’t be treated more or less favourably than somebody else. Discrimination comes in several forms, such as direct discrimination,…

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Ben Nelson-Roux: Inquest Concludes Into Death Of Victim Of Child Criminal Exploitation In An Adult Homeless Hostel

Press Release – 13th March 2023 Ben Nelson-Roux was 16 years old when his mother, Kate, found him dead in an adult homeless hostel owned and operated by Harrogate Borough Council on 8 April 2020. The coroner at the inquest into his death has today concluded that the medical cause of Ben’s death could not…

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3 Essential Times You Should Use A Wills And Probate Solicitor

Most people understand that making a will is the right thing to do when considering the safety and wellbeing of your family and loved ones in the event of your death. A will ensures that their interests are looked after and your estate will be distributed as you wish it to be, and the will…

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Ison Harrison Supports INQUEST Fundraising Appeal

Ison Harrison have a long-standing relationship with INQUEST with Ruth Bundey being on their board of Trustees and Gemma Vine a member of the INQUEST Lawyers Steering Committee. Gareth Naylor, alongside Ruth and Gemma regularly work alongside INQUEST in representing bereaved families at inquests involving the State. INQUEST have launched a fundraising appeal to raise…

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Parents of Peter Doody Launch Campaign About Communications Around SUDEP Following Conclusion Of Inquest

The inquest into the death of Peter Doody concluded on Friday 3 March 2023 following two days of evidence heard by Assistant Coroner Ian Pears. Mr Pears concluded that Peter Doody died of natural causes as a result of SUDEP. Mr Pears confirmed that he would be writing to Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust…