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CQC demands urgent improvement to NHS maternity provisions.

Enforcement action taken against Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with a Section 31 notice, putting conditions on its registration, and demanding urgent improvement following concerns with the provision of maternity care within the Trust. The maternity service remains open but has several reporting conditions in place to ensure improvements are made…

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APPG inquiry calls for overhaul of UK’s maternity and postnatal care

An All-Party Parliamentary Group’s (APPG) inquiry into traumatic childbirths has called for an overhaul of the UK’s maternity and postnatal care.   The picture which emerged from the inquiry, was of a maternity system where poor care is all-too-frequently tolerated as normal, and women are treated as an inconvenience.  What is the Birth Trauma Inquiry?   It…

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Can I Claim For A Missed Scaphoid Fracture?

What is a scaphoid fracture? The scaphoid is one of the small bones which make up the wrist. It is located on the thumb side of the wrist. It is an important bone for movement and stability of the wrist. The scaphoid can be injured by a fall onto an outstretched hand, by a blow…

Knowing your legal rights as a grandparent.

Knowing Your Legal Rights As A Grandparent

How grandparents fit into the legal framework with regards to the care of children is not a commonly understood element of family law and is not as clearly defined as the parent’s rights. And yet grandparents can play a key role in how children are brought up and looked after. They can also play a…

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eVisas Set To Replace Biometric Residence Permits: Here’s What You Need You Know

Many foreign nationals living in the UK have what is known as a Biometric Card otherwise known as a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). This is a card that confirms their identity, contains their biometric information, immigration status and conditions of stay. Employers want to see this so that they can determine when that person’s visa…

Getting caught speeding can have serious consequences for new drivers.

What Happens If New Drivers Get Caught Speeding?

In many areas of life there is leniency applied to people who are newly qualified in a certain field, but the legal standpoint on newly qualified drivers is actually stricter, purely because they have less experience and are more likely to cause accidents if they can’t demonstrate safe and lawful driving.   Any learner driver has…

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Ison Harrison Launches Dedicated Employee Ownership Service

Press Release – April 2024 We are proud to announce we have launched a dedicated employee ownership advisory service. Employee Ownership Advisor is a new service from Ison Harrison designed to provide business owners with the ultimate resource for navigating the world of Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs). With its own dedicated website, the service aims…

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Mediation: How It Can Help With Your Separation

Separation can be a traumatic and upsetting point in time, whether it is a trial period or is an arrangement that looks to be semi-permanent. The situation can be made even worse if it dissolves into arguments, resentment and bitterness and if the two parties can’t communicate properly. Often children are caught up in this…

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Bradford Stabbing: Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Kulsuma Akter Murder

We read with great sadness details of the heinous murder of Ms Akter as she pushed her baby in a pram on a Bradford Street. It transpires that her alleged murderer, Mr Masum, was bailed by magistrates in November after being charged with assaulting and threatening to kill Ms Akter, offences which he had denied….

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Concerns Raised Over NHS Funded Care At Private Hospitals

There is a growing concern about the level of care provided to patients at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. There has been much publicity surrounding surgeons such as Ian Paterson, Habib Rahman, Arackal Manu Nair and Michael Walsh. Mr Ian Paterson, a Breast Surgeon based in Birmingham, is currently serving a 20-year sentence…

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Coroner Finds That The Death Of A Young Man With Autism And Learning Disabilities Was Contributed To By Neglect

The inquest into the death of Peter Dickens (31) concluded on the 28th March 2024 with HM Assistant Coroner, Dr Elizabeth Didcock returning a scathing narrative conclusion. Peter had a past medical history of autism, severe learning disability with challenging behaviour, choking disorder (Dysphagia) and epilepsy. He was non-verbal but for a few words and…

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Law Firm’s Booming Litigation Division Registers Further Success

Press Release – April 2024 A Yorkshire law firm’s litigation division is on course for a record year following significant revenue growth, increasing client numbers and the appointment of a new Head of Department. The litigation division of Leeds headquartered law firm Ison Harrison’s turnover for the year to date is currently over 67% higher…

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Ongoing Worries Persist at Mental Health Trust Following Nottingham Attacks by Triple Killer

A mental health patient was failed in the care he received at Highbury Hospital, Nottingham which led to his death. Steven Parkin was a 52-year-old man who lived in Nottingham with his wife. He had a diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder receiving care within his community, together with a noted medical history of ischemic heart disease,…

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Special Measures Put In Place After Choking Death at Ashcroft House Leeds

A nursing facility has found itself under scrutiny as it faces special measures following a tragic incident involving a resident’s fatal choking, shedding light on significant safety oversights. Ashcroft House in Leeds came under fire with an inadequate rating subsequent to an inspection triggered by the mentioned fatality and another resident sustaining injuries from a…

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5 Minutes With…Jessica Hudson, Family Solicitor

Today we’re chatting to Jessica Hudson, an Associate Solicitor based at our Huddersfield branch. How long have you worked at Ison Harrison? Almost five years.  I started working at Ison Harrison in April 2019 as a newly qualified solicitor. Where did you work previously? I completed my training contract at a firm in Wakefield but…

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What Are My Paternity Rights?

When it comes to making work arrangements around childbirth, the father is often forgotten. It is a unique and emotional time, and a father has a right to ensure he is available to share in some irreplaceable experiences with a newborn child, as well as being able to provide invaluable support for the mother. Some…

Hypoglycaemia – What do I need to know?

My child has developed a brain injury due to hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels) – What do I need to know? Unfortunately, on rare occasions, the signs of hypoglycaemia in newborns are not identified quickly enough or acted upon with treatment. Without enough glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood, the brain is deprived…

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How To Apply For A Child Arrangement Order

The process of navigating divorce and separation can be stressful and traumatic, and finding an agreement for the future of children involved in such proceedings can be the most complex part, and one which needs to be handled delicately for the benefit of all parties, but primarily for the children themselves. In most cases the…

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Avoidable Methadone Intoxication Death Was Contributed To By Neglect

A mental health patient was prescribed methadone as part of a care plan at Farmfield Hospital in Horley, Surrey, an Inquest heard, and this led to the death of the 37-year-old man. The Inquest concluded that a series of failings amounted to neglect, which was a contributory factor in the patient’s death. Ricky Keenan lived…

Ovarian Torsion – A Medical Emergency

When the ovary twists around its supporting tissues, it is called ovarian torsion or adnexal torsion. This is a rare but serious medical condition that requires immediate attention. Unfortunately, ovarian torsion is often mistaken for other problems, such as urinary tract infection, kidney stones, appendicitis or gastroenteritis. This can lead to delays in diagnosis and…

Celebrating International Women’s Day at Ison Harrison

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. Recently we invited colleagues to share thoughts about colleagues who inspire them. Here we share the comments we received and we interview a few colleagues who received nominations. Louise Nichol You’ve been described as ‘One amazing person’ and someone who’s ‘Brilliant at sorting anything out’. How do you feel…

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5 Minutes With… Kate Camm, Family Law Executive

We’re chatting to Kate Camm, who is a Family Law Executive based at our Doncaster branch. How long have you worked at Ison Harrison? I’ve worked for the firm for 11 months. Describe your day to day role I help clients through what is usually one of the most challenging and upsetting times of their…

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Employers Face Possible Discrimination And Harassment Claims For Menopause Workers Treatment

New guidance issued by an equality watchdog claims that employers could be sued for discrimination or harassment if women going through the menopause are not treated fairly and offered ‘reasonable adjustments’ in the workplace. The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) issued new guidance on Thursday 22nd February 2024 stating that menopause symptoms could be…

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Home Office Launches A Call For Information and Evidence To Support Changes To The Laws Around Crossbow Usage

Ison Harrison have been campaigning alongside Laura Sugden the partner of Shane Gilmer who was shot dead by a crossbow by his neighbour in January 2018, to tighten the laws on crossbow usage, since Shane’s Inquest in April 2021.  Today the Home Office has launched a call for information and evidence about the introduction of…

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Ison Harrison Opens New Office In Bradford

Press Release – February 2024 Leading Yorkshire law firm, Ison Harrison has opened a new regional office in Bradford, taking its total network of offices to 19. Based in Queensbury, Ison Harrison’s new office, on Brighouse Road, will be managed by Susan Ram, a solicitor, specialising in residential conveyancing, who completed her training contract with…

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Putting The Kids First: How To Divorce Without Hurting Your Child

Divorce and separation is a profoundly sad time, and for all parties involved. Nobody enjoys breaking a commitment that two people have made to each other, but when there are also children involved it is a unique link that will always be shared, and while you may not be partners any more, you will always…

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Fatal Crossbow Incident Highlights Urgency Of Law Review

A 30-year-old man was shot dead by armed police this week after he was seen by police officers threatening the occupants of a property while brandishing a crossbow. The incident brought the issue of regulations surrounding the use and storage of crossbows back into the public domain and highlighted the need to conclude a Home…

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Ison Harrison Marks Second Anniversary Of Employee Ownership With Increased Annual Profit Distribution Payment To Staff

Press Release – February 2024 One of Yorkshire’s leading law firms has marked the second anniversary of becoming employee-owned by awarding all qualifying 270 team members a £4,000 profit distribution. The firm also posted its most successful trading period ever for October last year, making 2023 its most successful and profitable year in its 46-year…

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Introducing Our ‘You’ll Know When It’s Time’ Campaign

Needing a lawyer isn’t something you’re likely to consider often. You may find that legal services are rarely required as you make your way through life’s ups and downs, and that’s great if so. But sometimes, you may find yourself in a situation where you need extra support. That’s why we’re here to help. At…

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Ison Harrison Behind Family Determined To Improve Window Safety In High-Rise Tower Blocks To Prevent Future Deaths

In December, we shared the story of Exodus Eyob.  A little boy who fell to his death from the 7th floor of a high-rise tower block in Leeds. Exodus gained access to the window by climbing upon a bed placed under the window.  The window opened horizontally almost 360 degrees, supposedly for cleaning purposes.  The…

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New Partner Promotions Announced – January 2024

Press Release – Jan 2024 Leading law firm Ison Harrison has announced nine promotions across its network of Yorkshire offices for the start of the new year.  Among the promotions from solicitor to partner are Ami Law, Gemma Vine, Magda Dakowicz, Tim Wilson, Simon Helliwell, Jessica Haigh, James Pascoe, Katrina Stapleton and Georgina Pogge-Von Strandman.  This…

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2023 with S.N.O.O.P., Special Needs Objective Outreach Project

Throughout 2023, Abi Hewison and Tom Nippress from our Clinical Negligence team have worked with S.N.O.O.P. to build a relationship and gain a better understanding as to how Ison Harrison can support them and their members. Who are S.N.O.O.P.? S.N.O.O.P. are a registered charity based in Bradford. They provide services ranging from before and after…

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2023 Supporting The Snappy Trust

Ison Harrison were proud to support The Snappy Trust throughout 2023. The Snappy Trust are a small York based charity who are dedicated to maximising the personal development of children and young people with a wide range of disabilities. They provide a safe space and community that supports their members by offering a wide range…

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A Cautionary Tale: If You Are A Victim Of A Crime Of Violence, Please Come To Us Rather Than Deal With The CICA Directly

Mr Simon Helliwell in our personal injury department recently settled a claim on behalf of Miss M. In 2016, Miss M was viciously assaulted by a prisoner during her work as a prison officer and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. The injury was such that she was medically retired in 2018. A personal injury claim was…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…