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Woman who needs 19 teeth extracted awarded £75,000 compensation

27th July 2016

A woman has been left devastated after being told she had extensive and long standing gum disease and this meant that she must have nearly all her teeth removed.  The patient took two dentists to court, one for reportedly failing to diagnose her with the disease which led to her drastic and painful situation and the other for advising her to have expensive procedures which were unlikely to be effective.

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Manufacturing company fined £8.5k for failing COSHH health and safety regulations

27th July 2016

A manufacturing company has been investigated by the Health and Safety Executive after a routine health and safety inspection found that staff were at risk of exposure to a toxic substance and despite being warned to take action and rectify the health risk, they did not do so for 22 months.

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NIHCE urge medics to treat sepsis with the same gravity as a heart attack

20th July 2016

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has released guidelines for medics to raise the potential threat level of sepsis to that of a heart attack. The report advises that if a medical professional suspects a patient has sepsis then it must be treated as an emergency in the same way as heart attack.

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£15 million settlement for boy with misdiagnosed meningitis

20th July 2016

Parents of a severely disabled child have been successful in their clinical negligence compensation case.  The child, who is now 9 years old, was very poorly as a six week old baby and his parents called the out-of-hours clinic when he developed a high temperature and had a seizure.

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Woman received £35k payout after losing 13 teeth due to misdiagnosed gum disease

14th July 2016

A woman has taken her dentist to court after a trip to a new dentist revealed that she had suffered from gum disease for some time and as a result needed multiple extractions.  The 28 year old woman had attended her dentist after suffering from sensitivity in her tooth and also because she was about to spend a year abroad and wanted to get a check up before she went.

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Record breaking divorce settlement

14th July 2016

A former model has been awarded a huge divorce settlement, from her billionaire husband, which is reported to be the biggest recorded in English courts.  The woman was the billionaire’s second wife and had been married to her husband for 12 years and had a daughter with him.  She brought about divorce proceedings after he married a 25 year old whilst still being married to her.  The third marriage was not illegal in Saudi but the divorcee claimed she was not aware of the union.  Her divorce was finalised 2 years after the third marriage.

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Transferring to a new service provider

12th July 2016

Amaryllis v McLeod

When a new provider takes over a service, employees of the original service provider may transfer over under TUPE. But only those who, immediately before the transfer, were part of an organised grouping of employees with the principal purpose of carrying out the particular activities for the particular client qualify.

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Everything’s a bit uncertain at the moment, isn’t it?

12th July 2016

For many workers, that’s been a theme for some time. Four and a half million people England and Wales are in some form of insecure work. That’s according to the Citizens Advice analysis of figures produced by the Office of National Statistics. Variable shift patterns, temporary contracts, and zero hour and agency contracts are at the heart of this.

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Restrictive covenants judged as at ‘Day One’

12th July 2016

Bartholomews Agri Food v Thornton

Do you keep employees’ restrictive covenants under review? As business needs and other circumstances change, you could find that covenants become unenforceable. But in Bartholomews Agri Food v Thornton, the High Court held that a restrictive covenant that wasn’t enforceable to begin with didn’t become enforceable when the employee was promoted to a role that would justify a restriction along those lines. In other words, enforceability is judged as at the time the contract is signed.

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Prosecuted for taking personal information

12th July 2016

The temptation for departing employees to take one or two pieces of useful information with them is sometimes too much.

One ex-employee has found out to his detriment that the Information Commissioner’s Office doesn’t take kindly to this. He was prosecuted for emailing details of 957 clients to his personal email address as he was leaving to start working for a rival company.

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