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Social factors such as the number of teenage mothers and IVF pregnancy rates mean the UK have some of the youngest and oldest Mum's in Europe. This in turn increases the risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth. How the NHS manages those risks has been discussed recently in terms of the quality and amount of midwife care available.
Complications are still the exception and most women will receive fanstastic care and their baby will be delivered safely and then thrive - as the research shows, life is far tougher in the Democratic Repulic of Congo! That said, if you are concerned about the care you are or have received, then get advice. That can be to come to terms with the experience to enable you to move on or to establish what happened and complain. If you would like to discuss your situation, speak to Jennie Jones for a free confidential consultation.
We first met the community at St Elizabeth's 2 years ago and were awe inspired by everything they do. They provide an environment where individuals with epilepsy feel empowered, valued and supported through the provision of education, workshops and pastoral care.
We have held a number of fundraising events from staff lunches, to quizes and now the big one - the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
We are so grateful for the support from Prontaprint Bishop's Stortford, Sworders and Daniel Robinsons.
Lets try and smash that target!
Wednesday 8th May 2013
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"Why on earth do people think that they can get away with banning pint glasses with handles, bubbles at a birthday party, or burgers served anything other than well done, claiming they are a health and safety hazard?" Judith Hackitt (HSE Chair) said."The reality is that people hide behind health and safety when there are other reasons for what they're doing - fear of being sued perhaps, or bad customer service.”
A HSE prosecution or personal injury claim will only succeed when something has gone wrong or someone has failed to act. In a civil claim for compensation, an injured person has to demonstrate that their injury was caused by negligence or someone’s failure to follow the well established, basic health and safety principles that have been in place since the turn of the last century and set in law in Factories Act 1961. The law is there to protect employees from serious injuries but not prevent businesses operating efficiently or effectively. As Ms Hackitt explains "The sad fact is that while all this nonsense is being spouted, it overshadows what health and safety is really about - ensuring people return home without injury from their day's work, every day”
Jennie Jones, Partner at Nockolds is pleased to hear the HSE explaining the position. "Health and Safety madness rightly concerns both employer and employees, but both should be reassured that if risks are considered sensibly and reasonable steps taken to protect employees and the public, then employers should not fear the regulations and their liability insurers will be more willing to defend a claim. When things have gone wrong, employees should be protected and not be left to pick up the pieces alone.
At Nockolds, our team of experts have the experience and knowledge to consider the circumstances of your accident or injury claim and give you no nonsense advice on whether you have a claim, what is involved and how much compensation you may receive.
Call Jennie Jones or a member of her team on 01279 712535 for a free consultation.
Nockolds Solicitors secures Law Society's new quality mark
Nockolds Solicitors in Bishop’s Stortford has secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme - the mark of excellence for the home-buying process.
Nockolds underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in residential property.
Law Society President, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, said that the Law Society introduced CQS to promote high standards in the home-buying process. "CQS has established itself as the quality mark of the home-buying sector and enables consumers to identify practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing service. With so many different conveyancing service providers out there CQS helps home-buyers and sellers seek out those that can provide a safe and efficient level of service."
Michael Stark, Partner, says: "Nockolds is delighted to have secured CQS status. Buying and selling a home can be a stressful time but choosing a solicitor to help in that process just got easier. By looking for a CQS firm like Nockolds Solicitors the public can seek out a firm that has proved its commitment to quality. “The overall beneficiaries will be clients who use Nockolds when buying a home. Our clients will continue to receive the reliable, efficient service as provided by Nockolds and now the CQS standard."
The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, the Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.
For more information on the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme visit www.lawsociety.org.uk/cqs Or contact the CQS Unit on 020 7316 5550 or CQS@lawsociety.org.uk Nockolds Solicitors Contact: Natalie Morris, Marketing Manager, email@example.com 01279 712583 www.nockolds.co.uk
The Information Commissioner has today imposed a fine of £440,000 on 2 Directors of a company who breached the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, sending hundreds of thousands of spam texts a day inviting mobile phone users to claim injury compensation or PPI. The company, Tetrus were alleged to have offered services to Claims Management Companies who then sold on the 'leads'. Many of us complain that these messages are annoying and find that attempts to Opt Out lead to an increase in the number of messages. The Information Commissioner explains that by responding with 'STOP TEXTS', your number is registered as live and increase its value. Visit the Information Commissioner website for details of how to block these messages.
The Information Commissioner is investigating other companies in the industry but also the sale of personal details by Insurers and even medical staff. Many people explain that they receive a call from solicitors instructed by their insurers a) while they are still on the phone to their insurer and b) irrespective of whether they have had an injury. The public are becoming increasingly concerned that their details are being sold to the highest bidder. Financial institutions will argue that they have your consent to pass on this information, but many argue that this is not the case.
Nockolds do not pay for referrals and do not accept leads or enquiries from Claims Management Companies. We do not (and are prevented from):
a) passing on your details without your express agreement;
b) selling your details and
c) cold calling you.
Nockolds offer excellent legal services and the Injury and Accident team gain work through their reputation for quality advice. If you would like to talk to an independent and trusted expert regarding an injury or an accident, then contact Jennie Jones on 01279 712537.