PIP Update

PIP Update

The cosmetic surgery industry faces a clampdown in the wake of the PIP breast implants scandal. It is reckoned that some 47,000 women in the UK have had implants made by the French company Poly Implant Prothese, mostly for breast reconstruction after cancer.

The Department of Health review, led by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is currently seeking…

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No Win, No Fee

No Win, No Fee

‘No win, no fee’ is a tricky phrase. It might sound straightforward but instead it describes a complex arrangement. On one level – as the title suggests – solicitors are paid nothing for their work if they lose – however what is not obvious is solicitors can charge more if they are successful.

Lawyers used to be banned from having a financial interest in whether a case was…

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Meningitis Pay-Out

Meningitis Pay-Out

A teenager left severely disabled by meningitis after his condition went undetected for several days has won a £1m-plus payout from Princess Alexandra Hospital after settling his damages claim against the NHS Trust.

It was reported in the Harlow Star that the boy (identified as ‘H’ for legal reasons) was just seven years old when he was taken to the A& E department at the Princess Alexandra Hospital…

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Legal Aid

Legal Aid

There is, for the time being, a legal aid scheme covering many areas of law – not all, for example, most routine accident claims are excluded. We say for the time being because in April 2013 The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 comes into force which will radically shrink the size of the legal aid scheme.

Legal aid in civil cases (i.e. not criminal)…

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