Government increases limits on employment claims from April 2017

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From 06 April 2017 the limit on a gross week’s pay is increasing from £479 to £489. Amongst other things this will impact on employers looking to calculate Statutory Redundancy Payments for higher earners. For a simple online Statutory Redundancy Payment calculator see: https://www.gov.uk/calculate-your-redundancy-pay The increase in the limit on a week’s pay also means…

Barry Bennell Denies 20 Sex Offence Charges

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Former football coach Barry Bennell pleaded not guilty to 20 charges of historical child abuse yesterday at the Chester Crown Court. Bennell, 63, appeared via video link from prison. Bennell has already denied 8 offences but a further 12 charges have been added. He is charged with 14 counts of indecent assault, 5 counts of…

NHS to pay compensation for failing to diagnose fatal cancer

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The High Court has approved an award of compensation to a Claimant whose husband, Mr Finlay, died after the NHS failed to act upon the results of tests which showed traces of cancer in his appendix in 2008. It was not until 2011, when Mr Finlay returned to the hospital after experiencing significant back pain…

Six Men Deny Physical Abuse Allegations at Underley Hall School

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Six men charged with physical assaults of boys in their care at Underley Hall School deny charges at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday. The hearing lasted 40 minutes and each of the men entered not guilty pleas. The men were granted unconditional bail. Underley Hall School near Kirby Lonsdale in Cumbria was a residential school for…

Southampton Football Club faces Sex Abuse Investigation

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Hampshire Police are investigating a serious complaint of abuse in relation to their ongoing inquiry about alleged abuse of youth players in football. A man is being questioned by the Police in relation to alleged abuse suffered at Southampton Football club in the 1980’s. The man who is 64 years old cannot be named. Hampshire…

March ArtWalk – Wendy Ward and readings by the Black Horse Poets

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Jordans Solicitors are participating in the March ArtWalk. The ArtWalk takes places every two months in Wakefield, allowing local artists the opportunity to showcase their work at a variety of venues around Wakefield. Jordans Solicitors have proudly been a participating venue of the ArtWalk since 2008. The next ArtWalk will take place on Wednesday 29th March 2017, and we will be showcasing the work of artist Wendy Ward in…

Striking Miners

What Has Happened to Orgreave?

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Prime Minister Theresa May has said the site of the infamous 1984 “Battle of Orgreave” could help “power a new engineering revolution“. The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) between Rotherham and Sheffield was setup in 2001 by Boeing and the University of Sheffield and is located on the site of the former coking plant. In…