High Court rules in favour of young man injured by “Shameless” actor

On 26 February 2015 Mr Justice Edis handed down his judgment that a claimant’s serious head injury, including the permanent loss of sight in one eye, was the result of battery by the defendant. Osbornes partner Sophie Davies acted for the claimant against one-time Shameless star Elliot Tittensor, who was driving an uninsured BMW at

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Court of Appeal makes landmark divorce ruling

The ex-wife of a millionaire racehorse surgeon has been told by a Court of Appeal Judge to get a job after ruling that her ex-husband does not have a duty to support her for life. Mr Wright, who runs an equine hospital in Newmarket was ordered to pay his ex-wife and their children £75,000 per

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E-cigarette user stopped from adopting

Naomi Angell, head of the Osbornes adoption team, was interviewed by Clive Bull of LBC on 22 February on a feature in that day’s Mail on Sunday. A family’s adoption assessment had been suspended by their local authority because one of the prospective adopters was an e-cigarette smoker and the local authority had a policy

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Osbornes settles historic children’s home child abuse cases

Sam Collard, specialist child abuse lawyer at Osbornes Solicitors has recently settled six cases of historic child abuse, which occurred in the 1970’s at a children’s’ home in London.  The children’s home in question has now been closed.  The case of VB one of the six individuals who was a resident at the home relates to

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Drastic changes to cancer treatment in the UK to have devastating effect on patients

The New Year welcomed us with some significant changes in relation to cancer and treatment. The Government’s Cancer Drugs Fund (‘the Fund) announced that 21 out of 84 current cancer treatments will be scrapped in an attempt to save £80 million. The savings are to be then used to introduce new cancer treatment programmes. While

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Proposals for court fee rises will threaten access to justice

The Government have announced plans for truly staggering increases in the cost of issuing court proceedings which could have an extremely detrimental impact on access to justice. The proposed increases, likely to take effect from April 2015, will be of particular concern to small businesses and individuals bringing civil litigation proceedings.  Lawyers who act for

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Head of Wills, Probate and Disputed Estates department, Jan Atkinson, featured in Lawyer Monthly magazine

In this month’s issue of Lawyer Monthly magazine “Women on Top”, Jan Atkinson talks about the rise in the number of wills and probate disputes and specialising in international estates. Jan also discusses the complexity of those cases and gives advice on avoiding probate disputes. Jan is a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and

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Cyclist killed by lorry in North London

A 29-year-old physiotherapist crashed with a lorry and died whilst cycling just two miles from her home the junction of Amhurst Park and Seven Sisters Road. She was an experienced cyclist, visiting patients by cycling between clinics on a daily basis. She was the first cyclist of 2015 killed in London. The lorry driver was

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Medical Negligence due to A & E delays

The NHS is overwhelmed and hospitals are close to the brink of collapse if we are to believe the reports in the press. Only days ago a ‘major incident’ was declared in the West Country when two NHS hospitals were at bursting point and the A & E departments at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General

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Sterilisation and the risk of Medical Negligence

Every medical procedure comes at a cost. For what we try to treat, improve, save, there are recognised risks and often inevitable consequences. Before every medical procedure a patient should be made fully aware of all risks including the possible side effects and recognised complications in order to make an informed decision as whether to

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