News: Down’s syndrome family sue NHS Trust

September 13, 2012 1 comment

The family of a 51-year old Down’s Syndrome man has begun legal proceedings on his behalf against an NHS Trust which issued a ‘do not resuscitate’ order citing his disability. The order was issued during the man’s stay in a Margate hospital a year ago. East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has denied claims…

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News: Save the Children details UK child poverty

September 12, 2012 0 comments

Around 3.5 million British children now live in poverty, according to a new report by international campaigners Save The Children. The report – Child Poverty in 2012: It Shouldn’t Happen Here – cites a stagnant job market, government spending cuts, low wages and the rising cost of living. It predicts that the number of children…

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The right to know

September 8, 2012 1 comment

Domestic violence is a nasty crime, one that shatters the sense of safety we all need to feel when at home. It is also a gross abuse of the trust and openness at the heart of family relationships. Many of us,  when we hear about a particular case will wonder ‘why?’ What motivates a person…

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Turkey trouble

September 7, 2012 2 comments

I was very intrigued by the story in this week’s papers about the complex disputes which have rumbled around the estate of late Turkey tycoon Bernard Matthews since his death in 2010. It seemed likely that the press reports were not presenting a full picture of the situation, so I have asked Principal Trainee Solicitor…

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Two’s company, three’s a crowd

September 4, 2012 7 comments

Have you ever been to a wedding where the cake was decorated with figurines of the happy couple? In their plasticky  way those figures perfectly represent most people’s idea of marriage: one man, one woman and  kids on the way. Perhaps in a year or two, that image will be joined by one of two…

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Maybe baby: commercial surrogacy and the Subcontinent

September 3, 2012 31 comments

Here in the UK we take a very conservative approach to surrogacy: it is illegal, for example, to advertise that you are seeking a surrogate mother, or that you are willing to work as one. Such restrictions encourage an ad hoc, informal approach to surrogacy, adding a huge element of uncertainty to what is already…

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Elton John predicts difficult times ahead for his son

August 29, 2012 2 comments

Elton John has predicted “very difficult” times ahead for his 19-month old son Zachary, when the youngster grows up and has to deal  with inevitable homophobia from schoolmates. Speaking to the Radio Times, the legendary pop star said: “At school other children will say, ‘You don’t have a mummy’. We’ve come a long way, but…

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Tony Nicklinson: the right to die?

August 23, 2012 9 comments

Who would not be moved by the plight of Tony Nicklinson, the paralysed stroke victim who succumbed to pneumonia earlier this week? His death came a mere six days after he failed in a High Court bid to be given the right end his life with the help of a doctor. When the judgement was…

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