Is the proposed 5 year plan for the NHS to save billions good news?

A proposed 5 year plan for the NHS offers to save the NHS billions. It has been estimated by Simon Stevens, the NHS Chief Executive that the new 5 year plan will save £22 billion and there is scope for the NHS to make enormous savings.  Interestingly, Simon Stevens has only been in post for

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Paralyzed man walks again after surgeons repair his spinal cord

A 38-year old paralyzed Polish man can walk again after breakthrough surgery transplanted cells from his nose into his spinal cord. The patient was left completely paralysed from the waist down after being stabbed four years ago. The man can now walk with a frame and learnt to drive again, while sensation has returned to

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Osbornes team members featured in Good Housekeeping magazine

Osbornes Solicitors are thrilled to have two of our team members featured in Good Housekeeping magazine’s new publication. Family Law Partner Lisa Pepper and Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Partner Jan Atkinson talk about the most frequent legal assumptions about inheritance rules. Our legal experts contribute with a few clarifications about rules that apply when

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Can Stillbirths be prevented?

It has been reported in the press that as many as half of stillbirths in the UK could be prevented if a simple test, namely, a Doppler scan is carried out.  Apparently there are approximately 4,000 recorded stillbirths per annum in the UK. A still birth is the death of a fetus in the womb

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Claims Against Private Clinics

The general rule at common law is that a Defendant is liable for the negligent act of a servant committed in the course of his employment but not that of an independent contractor. This argument has been used by private clinics trying to exculpate themselves from liability for their self-employed clinicians. This is also what

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Presumption of Death Act 2013 simplifies dealings with a missing person’s property and affairs

Under the Presumption of Death Act 2013, which came into force on 1st October 2014, an application can be made to the High Court for a declaration that a missing person who is thought to be dead or who has not been known to be alive for a period of at least 7 years can

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Personal Injury department at Osbornes shortlisted for two awards

Osbornes are pleased to announce that the personal injury department has been shortlisted for two awards at this year’s Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards. The department has been shortlisted for ‘Claimant Personal Injury Team of the Year’ and Head of Catastrophic Injury, Ben Posford has been shortlisted for ‘Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year’. The awards, which are now

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Serious Sexual Abuse Allegations made against DJs

The last week has seen serious allegations made against former DJ and friend of Jimmy Savile, Ray Teret and Magic FM DJ, Neil Fox. Ray Teret, a former DJ on Radio Caroline, is facing more than 30 charges of sex abuse in his ongoing trial at Manchester Crown Court. In one account given to the

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Jules Bianchi Head Injury at Japanese Grand Prix

Formula 1 driver, Jules Bianchi, suffered a traumatic brain injury following a high speed crash at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on Sunday 5th October 2014.  Bianchi lost control of his Marussia Formula 1 car as his car aquaplaned in appalling conditions and crashed into the back of a recovery vehicle, which was hauling

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The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014: Changes to the Intestacy Rules

When a person dies intestate, that is without leaving a valid will disposing of the whole of his or her property, the distribution of the deceased’s estate among family members is governed by a set of legal rules known as the Intestacy Rules. The Inheritance and Trustees Powers Act 2014 (the ‘Act’) received Royal Assent

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