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Inquest Into Death of Elsie Frost To Commence 18 November

Gemma Vine
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Before HM Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern Division) Mr Kevin McLoughlin Wakefield Coroner’s Court Opening Monday 18 November 2019 – Expected to last two days The Inquest into the death of 14-year-old schoolgirl Elsie Frost...

Inquest into the death of Leah Cambridge to commence on 15th July

Gemma Vine
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Before HM Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern Division) Mr Kevin McLoughlin Wakefield Coroner’s Court Opening Monday 15 July 2019 – Expected to last three days The Inquest into the death of 29 year old mother of three Leah...

The Importance of a Natural Death

Salil Kumar
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Leeds Teaching Hospital v JF [2018] EWCOP 32 (Cohen J) Introduction We acted for CH who is the sister of JF in a serious medical treatment case where the hospital were applying to court to remove the tracheostomy tube that was in place as they felt...

Cerebral Palsy following delay in delivery (identity protected)

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Sahida Patel, specialist clinical negligence lawyer, resolved a high-profile birth injury claim for baby “M” for compensation worth over £25million. The Facts Baby “M” was born in 2005.  She sadly suffers with cerebral...

Inquest into death of James Quinn now concluded

Gemma Vine
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Before HM Senior Coroner Terence Carney  Gateshead & South Tyneside Coroners Court An inquest into the death of 61 year old James Quinn (Jimmy) has now concluded following three days of evidence heard before HM Senior Coroner Mr Carney. On...

Thousands of women put at risk by cervical cancer screening errors

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More than 40,000 women in England may have missed vital information about cervical cancer screenings after important letters were not sent out due to a series of errors. The letters should have been sent out to women inviting them to a cervical cancer...

Shropshire NHS baby deaths - 215 cases now under review

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The maternity care provided to more than 200 families is being investigated as part of a widening review into a series of infant deaths and birth injuries at a Shropshire NHS Trust. 215 families have questioned the maternity care they received from...

Cancer Waiting Times at 'Worst level ever'

Guy Pomphrey
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BBC Health reports that NHS cancer treatment times are at their worst ever level .  Cancer Referral Report NHS patients should be seen by cancer doctors no more than 62 days after their GP first refers them but the report says this two month waiting...

Inquest Annual Northern Conference

Gemma Vine
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INQUEST warmly invites you to a half-day conference held in the North where we will look at issues concerning Inquest funding, practice and procedure. Gemma Vine , associate solicitor and head of Minton Morrill's Inquest team , will be...

Thomas Cook remove guests from Egypt hotel after death of Lancashire Couple

Gemma Vine
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Thomas Cook have been offering their customers alternative hotels within the resort of Hurghada from today, as well as giving them the option to return home after the death of John and Susan Cooper. At the moment their deaths are still being...

A step in the right direction? Supreme court rules on end of life decisions

Komal Hussain
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The Supreme Court has ruled that in circumstances where families and doctors are in agreement, an application to the Court of Protection will not have to be made to end a persons life who is in a long term permanent vegetative state. In the Supreme...

Court of Appeal Rules On Pay For Sleep-In Carers

Komal Hussain
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The Court of Appeal handed down a judgment finding it is only time spent awake and working during a sleep-in that counts as working time for National Minimum Wage purposes. Care workers who sleep overnight at a client’s home are not entitled to the...

Deaths in Police Custody reach ten year high

Gemma Vine
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Deaths occurring in police custody have increased 64% in a year, with figures produced by the Independent Office for Police Conduct identifying 23 deaths in police custody for the period 2017/2018 in comparison to 14 in the previous year. Out of the 23...

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons critical annual report

Gemma Vine
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HM Chief Inspector of Prisons critical annual report: Disturbing prison conditions have no place in the 21 st Century On 11 July 2018, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons produced his annual report for 2017 to 2018. The report covers 1 April 2017 to 31 March...

Before HM Assistant Coroner for South Yorkshire (East District) - Mrs S L Slater - Doncaster Coroner's Court

Gemma Vine
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Conclusion 5 July 2018 Gail Pickles, the daughter of Richard Lee says as follows; I am extremely relieved that the inquest process is finally over and that the Coroner made findings that my father received two sets of his prescribed medication, on two...

Inquest Opens Into Death Of Richard Anthony Lee

Gemma Vine
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Before HM Assistant Coroner for South Yorkshire (East District) Ms S L Slater Doncaster Coroner’s Court Opening 25 June 2018 – Expected to last three days Richard Anthony Lee died on 15 December 2016. His death occurred after a...

Gosport Hospital Investigation Panel Identifies Catalogue of Failings

Guy Pomphrey
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An independent panel found more than 450 deaths occurred after patient’s were given powerful painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Why was the panel established? The panel investigating the hospital looked at deaths from 1987 to 2001. It was...

NHS Fails to send breast screening invitations to 450,000 women

Guy Pomphrey
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BBC News have today reported that the Health Secretary Mr Jeremy Hunt has told the Commons that since 2009, the NHS has failed to send breast screening invitations to 450,000 aged 68-71 . Up to 270 women in England may have died because they did not...

Urgent Notification for HMP Exeter

Komal Hussain
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The Chief Inspector of Prisons triggered the urgent notification process for HMP Exeter on 30 May 2018. An unannounced inspection of HMP Exeter took place between 14 and 24 May 2018 which identified a number of significant concerns with regard to the...

NHS 111 - is this service working?

Lisa Whitworth
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NHS 111 has faced a lot of criticism since it replaced NHS Direct, a nurse led advice service, in 2013. There is concern that medically qualified call handlers have been replaced by call handlers who receive only basic medical training and are expected to be...

NHS Managerial Recruitment

Guy Pomphrey
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On 19 April 2018 the BBC reported that the NHS is recruiting managers faster than doctors and nurses .  There was a 16% increase in managers compared to only an 8% increase in doctors.  More people are using the NHS than ever before and the...

HM Chief Inspectorate of Prisons 2017 Report of HMP Leeds Released Today

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Prison inspectors carried out the 2017 inspection of HMP Leeds revealing some concerning findings. In the report the prison was described as one of the most seriously overcrowded in the country, with 91% of the cells holding more prisoners than they were...

Statement by Philip Goldberg of Minton Morrill Solicitors on behalf of Naveeda Ikram

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Since Naveeda Ikram’s arrest on 3 March 2016 she has maintained her innocence and denied any conduct which would amount to misconduct in public office, a position which has now been vindicated by her acquittal.  At her trial in late 2017 the...

Inquest opens into death of farm manager in York following police contact

Gemma Vine
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Before HM Coroner Turnbull York Innovation Centre York Science Park, Heslington YO10 5DG 10:00am 12 December to 15 December 2017 An inquest opens tomorrow into the death of Glen Brough, 36. Glen died of an apparent self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound,...

Inquest opens into the death of Katie Hamilton whilst a mental health inpatient in Leeds

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Before HM Coroner Jonathan Leach  Wakefield Coroner’s Court Opens 4 December, 10am – expected to last 2 weeks An inquest into the death of 26 year old Katie Hamilton will begin on Monday 4 December 2017. Katie died in hospital...

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

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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

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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...

Fixed Recoverable Legal Costs in Medical Negligence

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...