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Host for The Legal Education Foundation training contract

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We are very proud to have been selected as a host for ‘The Legal Education Foundation’ training contract. Please find more information here or apply here . The Fellowship scheme was launched by TLEF in 2014, to create social welfare lawyers...

Shortage of Mental Health Beds for Adolescents Now a Priority?

Komal Hussain
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Sir James Munby, head of High Court’s Family division was, ‘ashamed and embarrassed’ that no hospital place has been found for a 17-year-old who was at high risk of self harm and suicide. The comments made draw attention to the state of...

Leeds pioneer champion of the vulnerable wins prestigious legal award

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Leeds law firm Minton Morrill are celebrating last night’s win by Dr Keith Lomax, one of its nationally recognised lawyers, who was awarded ‘Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year - Public Law’ by Baroness Doreen Lawrence at the prestigious awards...

NHS Baby Care in Distress, again

Guy Pomphrey
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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, an organisation we should all take note of, recently reported the shocking statistic that three quarters of babies who die or are brain damaged during birth could have been saved.  A link to read...

Discount Rate

Sahida Patel
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How will the new discount rate affect Clinical Negligence Compensation Claims?  On the 20th March 2017, the Lord Chancellor made a decision to lower the discount rate from 2.5% to -0.75%. This blog looks at the implications of this because it is a...

Barrister involved in the Pippa McManus Inquest becomes The Times Lawyer of the Week

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Congratulations to barrister Kirsten Sjovoll, who was named The Times Lawyer of the Week for her role in the Pippa McManus Inquest, instructed on behalf of Minton Morrill solicitors who represented the family of Pippa Mcmanus. The firm has been instructed...

Childbirth - The Right to Choose

Guy Pomphrey
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Childbirth - The Right to Choose. In January 2017 a Coroner in Tunbridge Wells heavily criticised a local Hospital for pressurising Mrs Frances Cappuccini to try for a natural delivery rather than a planned elective caesarean section. This decision...

Inquest begins into the death of Vikki Thompson, a transgender remand prisoner who died at HMP Leeds

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The Inquest into the death of 21 year old Vikki Thompson, who died whilst on remand at HMP Leeds on 13 th November 2015, has begun this week at Wakefield Coroner’s Court. Gemma Vine, who Heads our specialist Civil Liberties department is instructed by...

Inquest into child death finds failings in care contributed to suicide

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The inquest concerning the death of 15 year old Pippa “Pip” McManus has concluded. Pip suffered from Anorexia and was formally an inpatient at the Priory Hospital Altrincham at the time of her death on 9 December 2015. During the inquest the...

Compensation for knowledge of delayed diagnosis

Susan Bartfield
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A recent decision of the High Court highlights the different ways in which a delay in diagnosis can affect a cancer patient. Mr M had a biopsy taken from a wound on the sole of his foot in November 2011.  A histopathologist (a doctor specialising in...

Independence of Experts

Charles Gillott
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A recent Court of Appeal decision (February 2017) emphasised the importance of expert witnesses in medical negligence cases being truly independent. In the case of EXP v Barker [2017] EWCA Civ63 , the court heard an appeal by a consultant neuroradiologist...

A Patient's Right to Choose Their Treatment - The Latest Legal Principles

Charles Gillott
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Guy Pomphrey recently blogged about a Women’s Right to Choose in childbirth . This blog looks at the legal principles behind this choice.   In the recent case of Webster v Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust , February 2017, the Court of...

Driving Disqualifications: What is 'exceptional hardship'?

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Today the BBC has published that there are over “10, 000 motorists legally driving on British roads last month, despite having excessive points” and that one West Yorkshire driver “clocked up 62 points on his licence is still being allowed to drive”.

Bail Changes

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Bail... not as we know it any longer. 3 rd April 2017 signifies the new changes to the Law relating to suspects arrested and whether bail will apply. The Policing & Crime Act 2017 was drafted in light of the publicity surrounding famous people arrested...

Dangerous Dogs

Lindsey Lobley
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There have been a number of incidents reported in the press recently that relate to “Dangerous Dogs”, but what makes a dog dangerous? There are four breeds which are deemed to be automatically dangerous under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. ...

Fixed Recoverable Legal Costs in Medical Negligence

Guy Pomphrey
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Over the past few years a hot debate has been raging between the Government, the Department of Health and Medical Negligence Lawyers about the cost of pursuing medical negligence claims.  The Department of Health, effectively the NHS, says that the...

Prison and Probation Ombudsman Stresses Concerns On Rising Female Suicides

Komal Hussain
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The prisons and probation ombudsman has commented on a “lack of concerted and sustained action” following a rise in the number of suicides among female prisoners. He warned that wide scale reform proposed a decade ago following a review of the...

Spit Hoods - Appropriate or Undignified?

Komal Hussain
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A spit hood is a mesh fabric hood that is placed over a detained person’s head in order to prevent them from spitting or biting officers. Spit hoods are currently used by one third of the country’s police forces. Out of the 49 police forces in...

Only Connect

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In the last edition of PS, Vicky Ling discussed the use of webcams in delivering legal services. Here, she speaks to Philip Goldberg, managing director of the newly-merged Minton Morrill solicitiors in Leeds, on how the firm uses webcam technology in...

IPCC Article concerning fatal police shooting investigations

Komal Hussain
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The IPCC have published an article further to debates surrounding police use of firearms and the delays in investigations.   This week Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, in his call for greater public support of firearms officers, said that officers are...

Minton Morrill client, Mary-Ann Walters speaks to media amid publication of appalling suicide and self-harm in custody stats

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Last week, the Ministry of Justice published their annual statistics for 2016 in relation to instances of violence, self-harm and suicide in our prisons. It was revealed that in the past twelve months, an all-time high 119 people took their own lives in...

Speeding Penalties Increase

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Do not speed, the penalties have just gone up and even worse it’s more likely that you will be disqualified! Today the Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for speeding offences. Even though they cannot be used by the Courts until 24 April...

Michelle Flaga joins the Criminal Team

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We are pleased to announce Michelle Flaga joins the Criminal team on the 23rd January.  Michelle has practised as a criminal defence solicitor for over 10 years and is also a qualified duty solicitor.  She has a strong presence in the Police...

West Yorkshire Police Shooting: Man Dies near M62 after Police Operation

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A police firearm was discharged at about 18:00 on Monday 2 January 2017 near Huddersfield during a pre planned policing operation surrounding an Audi Vehicle, taking the life of an unknown male. Five people have been arrested in relation to this operation,...

Failing Prison Service

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On Friday 16 December 2016, the public were made aware of a riot at HMP Birmingham which is believed to have involved up to 600 prisoners. Authorities  regained control of the prison after more than 12 hours of rioting described as the worst since the...

Greater Manchester Police Shut Down the Humorous Home Alone Burglary Warning

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Police have been forced to stamp out rumours that the Home Alone burglars Harry and Marv are targeting houses. Those who recall the classic Christmas movie will be familiar with the fate of the two men after falling victim to traps set by a little Kevin....

Offences rise across the region

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The crime rate has increased across West Yorkshire, although the region’s police force argues that the rise in offending is not as stark as it first appears. Statistics collated and released by the Government suggest that the number of offences rose...

Concerns over level of road traffic offences among students

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Concerns have been raised about the number of university students who admit to flouting the laws of the road. According to a survey conducted by Ford, a significant proportion of those studying for a degree confess to using their phones at the wheel,...

Spike in DoLS applications causes consternation

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Figures have revealed that care homes have made a record number of applications to deprive a resident of their liberty. A total of 195,840 such applications were submitted to local authorities under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) framework in...

Police constable convicted of drink driving offence

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A police officer who previously spearheaded an alcohol awareness campaign has lost his licence after being caught driving while over the legal limit. PC Matthew Hall had drunk two cans of beer before getting behind the wheel of his vehicle. The 42-year-old...

NHS trust given permission to proceed with surgery

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The Court of Protection recently ruled that an urgent medical procedure should be carried out on a woman with mental health issues. The court had been asked to consider the case of a patient who is suffering with depression and a mild form of psychosis. ...

CPS signals harder line on online abuse

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New guidelines are being drawn up by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in relation to prosecuting people who incite abuse on social media. The guidance which was published this week could see “trolls” who post doctored images online or...

Too many councils are failing to make proper provision for Gypsies and Travellers

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A significant number of councils are failing to meet targets for Gypsy and Traveller sites, a charity has revealed. Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) has published a report which revealed numerous cases of local authorities failing to make adequate...

Enforcement of mobile phone laws falls sharply

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The number of motorists who are being caught using a mobile phone while driving has fallen by half in the space of the last five years. In 2011-12, a total of 178,000 people were pulled over by police. Last year, by comparison, just 95,000 were caught...

Thief grabs pensioners chain from around her neck

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Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman had a necklace snatched from around her neck as she walked down a Leeds street. The pensioner was travelling down Stonegate Road with her husband when the suspect jogged over to them from a nearby...

Report submitted to the UN attacks Britans's failure to adress human rights concerns

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The UK is lagging behind when it comes to meeting the human rights recommendations previously made by the United Nations, an influential coalition of groups has argued. The organisations’ report, which was overseen by the British Institute of Human...

Mother speaks about being left in "emotional limbo"

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A family whose daughter spent several years in a vegetative state following an overdose have said it should be easier to withdraw nutrition from patients in this condition. Jodie Simpson, from Cumbria, had taken tablets in August 2012 and was rushed to...

Secretary of State confirms mobile phone penalties will rise

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Motorists who use their mobile phones at the wheel are to face much tougher penalties, the Government has announced. Changes to current laws, set to take effect next year, will mean that drivers convicted of making calls or texting will receive six penalty...

HMP/YOI Glen Parva failings contribute to death of another vulnerable teenager, Jury concludes

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Inquest Specialist Gemma Vine, of Leeds-based Lester Morrill Solicitors, has supported the family of vulnerable teenager Jake Foxall, at an Inquest into his death at HMP/YOI Glen Parva, which has now reached its conclusion. In a critical narrative, the Jury...

National newspaper reports on Lester Morrill Inquest Specialist Gemma Vine's involvement to two Inquests which returned highly crtical conclusions

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Inquest Specialist Gemma Vine, of Leeds-based Lester Morrill Solicitors, has supported the families of two vulnerable prisoners who died at HMP/YOI Glen Parva. The two cases, which have recently come to close, saw their respective Juries return highly...

Increasing number of drivers unaware of mobile phone driving laws

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A growing number of drivers are failing to recognise the laws around the use of mobile phones while driving, a report says. According to figures obtained by RAC, 31 per cent of motorists said they used a handheld phone behind the wheel, compared to just 8...

Boy racer jailed for two years following four-car pileup

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A 24-year-old in Bingley, Bradford, has been jailed for two years for causing a four-car pileup which injured his own brother. Qaiser Aziz was reportedly overtaking and weaving in and out of traffic at speeds estimated to be around 90mph, after picking up...

Police investigate sightings of man fleeing road crash carrying two "shotguns"

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Police have received reports that a man was seen running through Leeds carrying a pair of shotguns following a collision yesterday (Thursday). Officers had been informed that a Ford Transit van had careered into railings at a junction in the Beeston area of...

Prosecutors admit that pursuing "drink drive" case would not be in the public interest

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A bizarre attempt to prosecute a man using 19th century drink-driving legislation has failed. Sixty-two-year-old Michael Green had staged a protest at his local McDonald’s restaurant after he attempted to go through the drive-thru on a mobility...

Inadequate reponses by HMP/YOI Glen Parva contribute to the death of another vulnerable teenager. Jury return highly critical conculsion.

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Inquest Specialist Gemma Vine, of Leeds-based Lester Morrill have supported the family of Liam Lambert since his death in 2015. The Inquest concluded today with the Jury returning a highly critical conclusion finding that there had been a succession of...

Tens of thousands sign Human Rights Act petition

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Almost 75,000 people have signed a petition which urges ministers to keep the Human Rights Act. Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor Liz Truss has confirmed that the Government will press ahead with scrapping existing laws in favour of the British...

Drug offences make up the bulk of arrests at major music festival

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Around 60 people were arrested at this year’s Leeds Festival, police have confirmed. The majority of these arrests related to drug offences, although police also took action in response to assaults and thefts at the Bramhall Park site. The number of...

Top policeman supports changes to drink drive laws

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A senior police officer this month called for a comprehensive review of the drink drive limit across England and Wales. Tim Madgwick, who is the Deputy Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police, has argued that cutting the limit could save lives and also...

Press blocked from naming infant in Court of Protection proceedings

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Newspapers have been prevented from identifying a baby who was at the centre of a high-profile legal battle in the Court of Protection. The child’s parents had objected to an order by Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust to stop life-support...

Are plans to tear up the Human Rights Act set to be dropped?

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Plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a new British “Bill of Rights” could be scrapped by the Prime Minister it has been suggested this month. Speculation is mounting that Theresa May will abandon the controversial plans to rip up existing...