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Medical negligence Sepsis Clinical negligence

Parents pay tribute to their “unique, endearing, loving and inquisitive” son on the first anniversary of the nine-year-old’s death from sepsis

A year after the death of Dylan Cope from septic shock his devastated parents are warning others to be aware of the condition and the “frightening speed” at which it can progress, particularly in children who, unlike adults, can often compensate but then rapidly deteriorate.

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Hacker Data Breach
Data breach Human rights Afghanistan

Afghan national’s lawyer welcomes Ministry of Defence fine for “particularly egregious” data breach of Afghan nationals’ personal data

The Information Commissioner’s Office, the independent body responsible for upholding information rights and data privacy, has fined the Ministry of Defence £350,000 for disclosing personal information of 265 Afghan nationals seeking relocation to the UK shortly after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 2021. The ICO found that “the egregious breach let down those to whom our country owes so much” and that the error could have resulted in a threat to life.

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DA Languages Workers
Employment Fair pay

Interpreters and translators providing public sector services take legal action for fair pay

A translator agency that has contracts with several public sector services including NHS Trusts, police forces and local councils is denying thousands of its workers the rights they are entitled to, according to law firm Leigh Day.

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Stonehenge Environment Human rights

High Court hearing on future of Stonehenge

On Tuesday 12 December Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SSWHS) will be at the High Court to seek a judicial review of the Government’s decision to approve a £2.5bn road scheme through Stonehenge World Heritage Site, for a second time.

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Defocussed Hospital Corridor
Medical negligence Settlement Spinal injury

Child receives settlement following a delayed diagnosis of spinal infection

A one-year-old child was left in unnecessary pain after her GP failed to refer her to hospital where she was eventually diagnosed with an infection of her spine.

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Environment Human rights Planning

Save Our Safer Streets in legal challenge to decision to remove Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Tower Hamlets

Save Our Safer Streets (SOSS) is a community group which campaigns to protect Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) in Tower Hamlets has applied for a judicial review of whether Mayor Lutfur Rahman acted unlawfully when he decided in September to remove the schemes.

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Lincolnshire Site
Human rights Environment Oil

Lincolnshire campaigner in legal challenge to save Lincolnshire Wolds from oil production

Campaigner, Mathilda Dennis, supported by SOS Biscathorpe is hoping to stop new oil production going ahead in the heart of Lincolnshire.

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Human rights Prisons

HMP Stoke Heath inmate Martin Willis’ death caused in part by lack of precautions by prison and healthcare staff

An inquest jury concluded that 55 year-old Martin Willis took his own life whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed, but that this had been caused in part by inadequate precautions and poor communication by prison staff and healthcare staff at HMP Stoke Health. 

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Defocussed Hospital Corridor
Medical negligence Hospitals

Compensation paid to man who suffered cognitive impairment after anaesthetist’s medication error

A five-figure settlement has been secured after a man was given the wrong drug during a cardiac bypass procedure, leading to heavy bleeding and ongoing health problems.

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Human rights

Guide to disabled people’s care funding rights during hospital stays produced by Cameron Mitchell’s legal team

Lawyers who helped a severely disabled man challenge benefits cuts which threatened to leave him without adequate care during a lengthy stay in hospital have, together with Inclusion London, produced a guide to help other people know their rights when they find themselves in similar circumstances.

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Man Holding Pacemaker
Product recall Product safety Personal injury

Lawyers investigate claims following further recall of ‘Assurity’ and ‘Endurity’ Abbott Laboratories pacemakers

A further product recall has been issued by Abbott Laboratories for its ‘Assurity’ and ‘Endurity’ pacemakers, informing clinicians that a manufacturing issue could cause harm to patients.

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Chris Packham
Chris Packham Environment Human rights

Chris Packham commences legal challenge against UK Government for abandoning green policies

Chris Packham has filed a High Court legal challenge to the Government for abandoning statutory green pledges made in its latest carbon budget to keep the UK on target for net zero.