18 Jan 2022
Understanding the role power of attorney documents can play in handling legal and financial matters for those suffering from illness or incapacitation.
18 Jan 2022
Seeking legal advice? We highlight the numerous ways in which a solicitor can support you, from employment law, to divorce or buying and selling property.
17 Jan 2022
As this week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, Danielle Howell, a partner in our Clinical Negligence team, explains why it is so important for people to attend their screening. The screening programme is the best way of detecting cervical cell changes, yet attendance levels are still much lower than they should be, with one in three people choosing not to attend.
14 Jan 2022
Harding Evans has been a proud resident of Newport for over a century, with many of our staff and clients living in and around the area and our landmark offices occupying a commanding position in the heart of the city. As we enter 2022, we’re delighted to hear about all the major developments that are planned for this year and look forward to a renewed vibrancy in our city centre.
13 Jan 2022
Wills & Probate
At this time of year, we are all full of good intentions about getting through those important tasks that we just never seem to get to. Leaving instructions for what should happen to your dependants, possessions and finances after your death is arguably one of the most important things that we should get in order and yet only around a third of UK adults have actually made a Will. As Hannah Thomas, the newest addition to our Wills & Probate team, explains, many people hesitate because they do not know what to cover.
11 Jan 2022
With the highly infectious Omicron Covid strain continuing to cause mass staff absences across the UK, there is no doubt that employers are facing a difficult start to 2022. Major companies, including Ikea and Wessex Water, are now bringing in new policies that penalise unvaccinated staff members who are forced to self-isolate because of Covid exposure. But is that the right response? Our head of employment law, Daniel Wilde, gives his view on this latest development.
10 Jan 2022
Family & Matrimonial
As we head into the New Year, many news outlets will begin peddling the ‘Divorce Day’ phenomenon. Put simply, this is the idea that the first working Monday in January, following the return to ‘normality’ after the Christmas holidays, sees a spike in enquiries for divorce.
But before Family lawyers across the country clear their diaries and fire up their laptops, Leah Thomas, a senior associate solicitor in our Family and Matrimonial department, reflects on whether divorce day is the ‘real deal’, or simply another media frenzy.
07 Jan 2022
With a whole host of countries, including the US and Australia, confirming the reopening of their borders to international travellers, holidays seem to be firmly back on the agenda (for now!).
However, jetting off in search of some much needed rest and relaxation is not without risk. According to research conducted by the Post Office, an estimated 4.4 million British people were injured over a three year period while on holiday – with slips and trips, food poisoning and accidents while on excursions topping the injury list.
Partner and head of the Personal Injury team, Victoria Smithyman, explores the protection offered to holiday-makers, before offering her top tips to those injured while abroad.
05 Jan 2022
Following on from the recent announcement that as of 12 January 2022, there will be changes to the way bereaved families can apply for legal aid funding for inquests. Carys Jones, an associate within our highly reputable medical negligence department, explains these changes and the impact they are likely to have.
22 Dec 2021
As we come to the end of what has been another extremely challenging year for businesses and workers across the UK, Daniel Wilde, Head of our employment team reflects on some of the stand out moments of 2021, as well as looking ahead to what we can expect in 2022.
17 Dec 2021
The last 12 months haven’t quite been the return to ‘normality’ that many of us anticipated. It was a gloomy start to the year, as we entered January with a fresh set of lockdown restrictions in a bid to ease the pressure mounting once again on our healthcare services.
But despite the uncertainty, loneliness and loss experienced by so many, 2021 played host to an array of good news stories, reminding us all that there are reasons to be cheerful, even during the most difficult of times.
We’ve taken a look back on some of the moments, from yet another unusual year, that embody the positivity, compassion and community spirit that brings people together during some of the most difficult times.
16 Dec 2021
After somewhat of a subdued festive period last year, as the reintroduction of Tier-Four level restrictions prevented large gatherings, closed non-essential retail stores and pulled the shutters down on pubs and restaurants, thousands of people across the UK will be looking forward to a ‘normal’ Christmas – whatever that may be!
However, while we eagerly anticipate decorating the tree, dining on overcooked turkey and long overdue catch-ups with friends and family, (as well as the excitement of seeing what Santa will bring!), it is important to remain alive to the potential hazards that Christmas brings - some of which are much more common than you might think. Indeed, more than 80,000 people head to A&E each year for Christmas-related accidents.
Victoria Smithyman, Partner and head of our Personal Injury department, offers her top tips to keep you and your family safe as you enjoy the festive season.