Martin Hood, solicitor in the clinical negligence department at Lees Solicitors, talks about bedsores, how they are avoidable and what you can do if you, or a loved one, has…Read more
Lees Solicitors have launched a new online payment functionality. The new functionality will enable clients to make payments online using a credit or debit card for the services they receive from Lees Solicitors, making the payment process easier.Read more
Beyonce and Jay Z are reportedly undertaking online marriage counselling. It’s thought that the sessions are more about maintaining happiness in the relationship rather than solving marital problems.Read more
On 4th July 2014 the Law Society announced a joint venture with Mastek UK Limited to deliver a nationwide Conveyancing Portal.
The aim of the Portal would be to provide solicitors with an online service which would hopefully speed up the conveyancing process.
The new leader of UK surgeons has called for a re-think on the current 18 week wait for routine operations.
Clare Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons is concerned that the current waiting times are too long and the ‘one size fits all’ approach needs reviewing.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has publicised the idea of rating GPs according to how quickly they refer patients to a specialist when cancer is suspected.Read more
A recent government review suggests that one fifth of hospitals in England may be covering up mistakes. 29 of 141 trusts didn’t register the number of safety incidents that were expected, the review said this showed a ‘poor’ safety culture.Read more
As official sponsors of West Kirby FC, we were delighted to hear West Kirby FC have defeated the West Cheshire Division One League Champions Maghull FC in the Wirral Senior Cup Final. The event took place on 7th May at Cammell Laird’s ground in Birkenhead.Read more
At Lees Solicitors we are pleased to announce our chosen charity of the year is the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Alzheimer’s Society improves the quality of life of people affected by dementia and are the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.
Research suggests that applying sunscreen alone will not provide adequate protection against the skin cancer, malignant melanoma. Over 13,000 people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the UK every year, making it the fifth most common cancer.Read more
Comedian Jason Manford has posted a link to a spectacular £3.5m property in Abersoch on his facebook page. Estate agent Beresford Adams have reported an increase in enquiries of the property that has been on the market for 2 years.Read more
A new study has revealed that most patients do need to be seen in A&E and that redirecting patients away from A&E will not work.
Lees Solicitors Residential Property department have recently launched an online conveyancing quote calculator for the Lees website. The calculator will enable clients to know immediately how much their conveyancing costs will be to buy or sell a property in the form of a no obligation quote.Read more
Asthma sufferers are dying unnecessarily due to complacency amongst medical staff a review has found. Two thirds of deaths, including almost all those involving children might have been prevented.Read more
Campaign for Safer Births is a not for profit charity, aiming to improve NHS Maternity Services and reduce deaths and injuries of babies and mothers that could have been avoided during childbirth. Nicky and Michelle set up the campaign in March 2013, in memory of their children Harry and Louie who both sadly died following negligence during their births.Read more
The likelihood of developing the most serious type of skin cancer in Great Britain is now five times higher than it was in the 1970’s. 13,000 people will develop malignant melanoma annually according to Cancer Research Statistics. This compares with 1,800 in the mid-1970’s.*Read more
Alexandra Bythell, woke up to find her eyes taped, breathing tubes in her throat and medical staff preparing to operate. She was having her appendix removed at Royal Blackburn Hospital.Read more
As part of the family justice system new combined Family Courts came into force on 22nd April 2014 in England and Wales.
Vulnerable children will be better protected by a more efficient family justice system that offers more support to parents and reduces delays.
Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton have been granted a decree nisi following a 68 second hearing at the high court, London. In court papers, Appleton said Gallagher had ‘admitted adultery to me prior to it becoming publicised in national newspapers’.Read more
The NHS Trust Development Authority has released their financial forecast for hospitals in England. It makes for grim reading. Of the 99 trusts it keeps an eye on, 26 are predicting they will record a deficit this financial year based on the situation to the end of January.Read more
Liverpool Women’s Hospital has warned they will have to make cuts or go into the red as they are not getting enough money for each baby they deliver.
Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin have announced they are sadly to separate after over 10 years of marriage.
The couple married in December 2003 and have…Read more
Parents Carl and Michelle Prudence say it’s a ‘miracle’ their baby Ellie is alive after being given a overdose of morphine by hospital staff at King’s Mill Hospital…Read more
19 year old Sophie Jones from the Wirral sadly passed away at the weekend from cervical cancer.
Sophie was told she could not be screened for cervical cancer because the…Read more
A survey suggests that nearly one in five patients in England admit they have misused Accident and Emergency departments at some point.
Healthwatch England asked more than 1,700 people…Read more
The Law Commission have recommended a new law is put forward to enable couples in England and Wales to legally agree the terms of divorce before marrying.
Currently married couples…Read more
NHS Change Day took place on 3rd March 2014. The purpose of the Change Day is to improve health and care. The mission is to inspire and mobilise people everywhere…Read more
The Welsh Government is to pay for a private company in England to provide heart surgery for patients in Wales.
According to the Welsh Government website Mark Drakeford, Health minister…Read more
The number of NHS foundation trusts in financial trouble has almost doubled in a year from 21 to 39.
Two thirds of England’s NHS hospitals are now foundation trusts…Read more
An increasing number of Welsh ambulance staff are off work due to stress.
Their sickness rate is 7.53% (the highest in the Welsh NHS) and almost doubles that of…Read more
Routine checks on Wirral based Arrowe Park Hospital have found that medical instruments had not been fully decontaminated.
The equipment had been used on nine patients including a woman who…Read more
One in three GP surgeries are failing to meet basic standards according to a national inspection of 910 GP surgeries in England.
Of those inspected, 80% were targeted because of…Read more
A local MP has called on divorcing couples to avoid the courts where possible when ending a marriage. Stephen Mosley, MP for the City of Chester, made the comments at…Read more
Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has stated that the NHS in England needs to undergo a “profound transformation” to create an open, honest and learning culture.
In response to the public…
As part of a radical shake up of A&E services, NHS chiefs have suggested that a two-tier system should be introduced in England in an overhaul of…Read more
Lees Solicitors have been ranked by Chambers & Partners in the 2014 UK Legal Guide. The guide is published annually and lists what it considers to be the best solicitors…Read more
A recent government commissioned inquiry led by MP Ann Clwyd has found the current complaints system confusing and unresponsive.
The health service has been put on a year’s notice…
Fiona Kemp, Partner and team leader within the clinical negligence department talks about our relationship with local charity ‘Stick n Step’. “At Lees Solicitors, we are very proud of…Read more
Lees Solicitors LLP have recently achieved a settlement in excess of £5m for a teenage boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of the events surrounding his…Read more
Recent statistics show that marriage after divorce often sadly ends in another relationship breakdown. Statistics suggest that 50% of first marriages, 67% of second and 73% of…Read more
Tom Fisher, Partner at Lees Solicitors provides answers to some common questions he is asked on family matters. Q. Do I need a lawyer? A. Theoretically…Read more
As you may know, the Macmillan coffee morning is taking place on Friday 27th September and here at Lees Solicitors we are planning a cake sale to help raise money…Read more
The Liverpool Legal Walk took place last week on Thursday 19th September, a team from Lees Solicitors got involved in the event which consisted of a 10km walk around Liverpool…Read more
It is a common misconception that divorce can be a long drawn out and costly exercise and that you will have to go to Court to resolve matters. Jenniffer Skillen…Read more
Mark Duckworth, Principal and Sally Johnson, Solicitor from our Wills, Trusts, Estates department recently spoke at The Huntington’s Disease Association Family Fun Day. The talk was to provide people…Read more
Have you heard the news? We’re on the radio! Since the 9th of September you may have heard a familiar name on your commute to work. We have taken…Read more
David Tweedie, Partner in our clinical negligence team, talks to us about when it’s right to sue the NHS. The NHS has been praised as one of the crowning…Read more
Sarah Fox, Legal Executive, talks about the overlaps between a civil divorce and a religious divorce in such religions as Judaism, and how to ensure the divorce is valid. There…Read more
Martin Hood, solicitor in our clinical negligence team, talks to us about the problems faced by over stretched maternity units and the serious repercussions on new Mothers and their babies…Read more
The School Summer holidays are a welcome six week break from the stresses of school and work, a holiday abroad, plenty of sunshine, catching up with friends and family…Read more
A recent survey has highlighted the astonishing statistic that Facebook was cited in a third of divorces conducted by Divorce Online in 2011. Facebook has been mentioned so many times…Read more
If you and your ex-partner have amicably decided how you want your divorce to proceed, and how you are going to split your finances, then Lees Solicitors can handle…Read more
A recent storyline in Coronation Street raises the question of who the legal parents are when a child is born to a surrogate mother. The answer to this question…Read more
On 29 July 2013 the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeals of John Green and Paul Rowley against the Decision of HHJ Waksman on 21 December 2012 in favour of…Read more
Retired nurse Joan Edwards died last year aged 90. By all accounts, Miss Edwards was a highly intelligent former nurse who had no known political preferences and who had…Read more
Julia Hurlbut, partner in Lees Solicitors with 20 years experience in medical negligence claims, comments: Last May Bank Holiday weekend the Royal Liverpool Hospital A&E department reached capacity…Read more
Martin Hood, Solicitor in the Clinical Negligence team outlines the issues that some of his clients have faced when dealing with cancer – and the feeling that it should have been…Read more
Fiona Kemp, principal and team leader in the clinical negligence department discusses problems facing brain injured children, and their families and how Lees can help them through this difficult time…Read more
Fiona Kemp, Partner and team leader in the clinical negligence department at Lees Solicitors, discusses problems facing the families and carers of brain injured patients and how Lees can help…Read more
Fiona Kemp, Partner and team leader in the clinical negligence depertment at Lees Solicitors LLP discusses how this week’s Gazette article ” NHS Claims Surge By…Read more
The recent review into death rates in hospitals by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has received considerable media attention, but are its findings really that surprising? Following concerns after the Mid…Read more
The National Museum of Liverpool attracted over 1 million visitors in its first year and its striking architecture has often divided opinion. The Museum has now hit the headlines for…Read more
Life can be very stressful and in today’s modern world external factors can have a huge impact on our daily lives. A recent poll has confirmed that the Ten…Read more
Stephen Lewis, medical negligence solicitor, looks at how negligence by your GP can affect your diagnosis and care. Most of us trust and rely on support from our family doctors…Read more
BE PREPARED! That is the golden rule when going to any court hearing, but it has sometimes been difficult to prepare for inquests where the death was in hospital . Imagine…Read more
Mark Duckworth and Sally Johnson from our Wills, Trusts & Estates department recently went to talk to patients and their families at the Roy Castle Patient…Read more
We recently donated a spa day for two at the Thornton Hall Hotel for the Stick & Step charity raffle who hosted a brilliant fashion show in May 2013 at…Read more
During June, here at Lees we will be running our annual ‘Make a Will Month’ campaign. We are delighted to support a very worthy cause such as Claire…Read more
Over the course of my career in the legal sector, I have evolved from being fairly sceptical about the relative merits of outsourcing to becoming a strong advocate of it…Read more
Most of us consult a solicitor at some time in our lives and often this is when we decide to make a Will. At this important time, we rely…Read more
Winterbourne View was the last and most high profile of a series of cases where vulnerable adults had suffered horrendous physical, psychological and financial abuse in a care home setting…Read more
The government has announced its plan to cap social care costs at £75,000 to end the scandal where people, usually the elderly, are forced to sell their homes to…Read more
A landmark case concluded in the High Court in January 2013 which may allow future sperm donors to apply for contact with their biological children. This particular High Court case…Read more
The Final Report of the Independent Inquiry into Care Provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, found that patients suffered ‘routine neglect’, and staggering levels of want of care which…Read more
Inadequate treatment for the elderly in hospitals and care homes is part of a growing crisis that has been developing over a number years, comments Stephen Lewis, Solicitor at Lees…Read more
Thousands of parents may need to rewrite their wills in order to protect their children’s interest as a result of an unintended consequence of the Governments forthcoming Finance Bill…Read more
Medical Negligence Claims – changes to costs rules from 1 April 2013
DAVID TWEEDIE, a partner in Lees Solicitors, discusses impending changes to legal costs rules by the Government which will…Read more
Lees Family Law team is pleased to announce that for one month only, they are offering a Spring Sale! Up to 50% off your divorce fees.
As has been reported…
Eight major charities are paying for people aged 55 and over to have simple Wills written or updated during their ‘Free Wills Month’ campaign in the hope that they will…Read more
We are very pleased to have launched our brand new website and branding for Lees LLP. We have re-assessed our core values to ensure that we provide excellent…Read more
Mark Broughton, Partner within the Residential Property department, discusses what every Listed Building owner needs to consider, before carrying out works. A listed building is a building that…Read more
What you should know when acquiring a property portfolio You will recall from our last article in April that we published details of the assistance being given to first time…Read more
Civil litigation should, in most cases, be treated as a last resort, to be utilised when all other attempts at resolving a dispute have failed. The court will expect this…Read more
The Court of Protection (CoP) is now the place to deal with personal welfare issues that fell outside the legal system before the Mental Capacity Act 2005 came fully into…Read more
Until recent times insurers would only put forward offers in settlement of personal injury claims once a medical report had been obtained and disclosed.
However, insurers are increasingly putting forward…Read more
A property case of major importance has recently been settled out of court. The High Court previously held that, if as a pre-condition to consent to assign, a tenant…Read more
Mike Read, Principal within the Business & Property Services Department at Lees discusses option agreements. If you want to buy a property conditional upon the happening of a certain event…Read more
In difficult economic conditions, owners of commercial premises may be forced to consider a new use for their premises to avoid it being left empty, and unprofitable, for long periods…Read more
Landowners must be acutely aware of the potential risks of public rights of way being unwittingly created over their land and take swift action to prevent their creation where necessary…Read more
On 1 October 2007, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 fully came into effect. Its aim is to empower people to make decisions for themselves wherever possible, and protect…Read more
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is payable on the purchase price of a property, but it is not payable on ‘chattels’ or ‘moveables’. Many people buying a house will come…Read more
Our specialist Clinical Negligence team at Lees Solicitors LLP are receiving enquiries from worried patients who have had silicone gel breast implants manufactured by the French Company Poly Implant Prosthese…Read more
Out of all case that are started, very few actually end with a trial, the vast majority do settle earlier. There are occasions when it is appropriate in a case…Read more
The time limits within which a party can commence legal proceedings are imposed by the Limitation Act 1980. Our first discussion with a client making an enquiry relating to a…Read more
Under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (LTA 1954), a tenant generally has a statutory right to renew its tenancy at the end of the term if…Read more
What are service charges? A service charge is the amount payable by a tenant to a landlord who retains responsibility for the provision of the services in a building or…Read more
We recently reported on the case of Margerison -v- Bates and the necessity of carefully checking title deeds for restrictive covenants that could adversely affect plans to alter or extend…Read more
Many clients are rather surprised on hearing how long it can take to complete a clinical negligence claim. For many people, this may be their first experience of dealing with…Read more
There are several reasons someone (a donor) may wish to gift their assets to their children or other members of their family. Any type of property may be gifted, but…Read more
In the Business & Property Services Department at Lees Solicitors LLP we often hear from disgruntled leasehold flat owners (Lessees) about the management (or mismanagement) of their building. In most…Read more
Contrary to an understandable assumption a business tenancy does not automatically determine simply because the original term of the lease expires. Instead the lease continues by operation of law as…Read more
Prior to the 1 August 1996 a landlord had the right to claim rent arrears from the original tenant under a lease even though that tenant may have long since…Read more
Over the weekend the Daily Mail published an article about the so called ‘Secret Court’ that ‘seizes £3.2 billion’ from the elderly and ‘mentally impaired people’. At Lees Solicitors…Read more
Two of my colleagues, Eleni Kinch and Tania Coventry, have previously published excellent articles on the subject of Chancel Repair Liability on this website. The first article outlined the background…Read more
Everybody will be familiar with the term “vacant possession” as it is an essential part of every contract for the sale and purchase of land. A recent decision of the…Read more
1. Date of Valuation The date of valuation is the date on which the partnership is dissolved or deemed dissolved. 2. Methods of Valuation of a Partnership Business The start…Read more
If you are a personal injury or clinical negligence practitioner consideration should always be given to Personal Injury Trusts. A Personal Injury Trust (PI Trust) is a vehicle to control…Read more
The courts have a duty to actively manage cases and to do so it has a wide range of case management powers including a range of discretionary powers. The Court…Read more
What is a restrictive covenant? According to HM Land Registry a restrictive covenant is a promise by one person with another (for example by a buyer of land with a…Read more
If you are a landlord or a tenant of commercial premises with a lease term of five years or more then there is every likelihood that the lease will contain…Read more
Litigation is a process of last resort. The parties to a dispute are expected to try and resolve it themselves before a claim is issued. The Courts have introduced several…Read more
Where the continuation of a business partnership is no longer viable, it is possible to dissolve it without court action, provided the partners have some residual willingness to co-operate…Read more
All too often a buyer is confronted with the scenario where work has been done to a property, which would have required Building Regulations Approval, and on raising enquiries / carrying…Read more
Increasingly, Legal indemnity insurance is being offered by Sellers or demanded by Buyers in order to protect the Buyer (and their lender) from perceived defects in title which cannot otherwise…Read more
The first thing to appreciate is that costs are complicated! They are merely outlined here as a guide. The General Rule Where a court makes an order about costs, it…Read more
If you are the Landlord of commercial premises and you have a tenant who has not paid rent then you may be in a position to forfeit your tenants lease…Read more
Most companies are small or medium sized entities owned by a handful of shareholders run by those same people acting as directors. Typically, they start out as businesses owned and…Read more
The vast majority of disputes are settled by agreement between the parties rather than by a judgment following a trial. Part 36 refers to that part of the Civil Procedure…Read more
The purpose of disclosure and inspection of documents is to allow each party to evaluate the strength of its own case and that of their opponent ahead of any trial…Read more
Witness evidence is, apart from disclosure documentation, the main evidence in a case. The court has the power to control evidence and may use its case management powers …Read more
Once judgment has been obtained then assuming that the judgment debt is not paid within the terms stipulated within the judgment, then a Claimant will need to consider how to…Read more
More than 64,000 incidents of domestic abuse were reported in the Greater Manchester area over the last year. But the question is, “Can changes in the law prevent domestic…Read more
During the month of June 2012, the Wills, Trusts & Estate Department at Lees Solicitors LLP agreed to waive their normal fee for drafting simple wills in return for…Read more
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"Thank you very much for handling the sale of our flat. Our purchaser, told us that her solicitors had been most impressed with the way you and your team dealt with the case, in that everything they requested was provided promptly and they did not need to follow up any information so the whole process ran extremely smoothly. Your efficiency and professionalism is very much appreciated. "Residential Property Client
"I would just like to thank Ms Skillen for her help, support and valued advice during my case. She acted in a most professional manner in all her advice and I would not hesitate in recommending her and Lees to others."Family Client
"John is a very thorough, prompt and amiable lawyer, who gives a very good value service. Lees is a multi-disciplined Law firm, so I would have no hesitation in using him again for all legal help."Commercial Property: David Blyth
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"Many thanks for all of your help and patience in dealing with the sale. I really do appreciate the attention you gave to all matters and the regular updates. You have been very kind and I am grateful."Residential Property Client
" I feel you should have the biggest debt of thanks as you actioned a very important piece of work that has enabled my sister to be so happy at the moment. Moreover, I truly believe that your expediency in this matter overcame what could only be described as procrastination on behalf of the care professionals charged with my sister's welfare and your actions and you alone made this successful outcome a reality for all concerned. I am extremely happy with your services and that of the firm you represent. "Wills, Trusts & Estates: Dave Murray
"Although litigation is always something we would seek to avoid, in circumstances where negotiations are rebuffed out of hand by a very obstinate client, we decided to contact Lees LLP to discuss our options. We found their thorough and informative approach very re-assuring. They kept us informed throughout the lengthy process and reviewed our options at regular intervals. In particular the option of entering into a CFA agreement proved pivotal in us pursuing this case to a successful conclusion. I would have no hesitation in recommending Lees LLP"Professional Negligence: Andrew Tyrer, Cox & Tyrer Ltd
"I brought Helen along for her initial introductory appointment, she immediately felt comfortable with you (Sarah Fox). The understanding and empathy displayed by you at her initial meeting suggested to her that you were going to look after her and her eight year old daughters best interests. You gave good and free advice on how to handle all aspects of her case and how to manage any situations that may arise. There was no choice to be made, you were the legal eagle that Helen wanted in her corner. Once Helen had given the go ahead you swept into action, keeping Helen informed of each step of the way."Family Client
"We just wanted to express our deepest thanks to you for all your hard work and help in my son's clinical negligence claim. What was a very difficult time for us, was made a lot easier by the way you handled the case. Everything was explained very clearly, the whole way through. You have provided an excellent and very professional service"Clinical Negligence Client
"The staff at Birkenhead have always acted impeccably and I cant thank them all enough, in what has been a very traumatic and stressful time for me and my family - but onwards and upwards."Family Client