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Sir Michael Fallon apologises to mother of soldier killed by Iraq roadside blast

18th August 2017 - Evening Standard

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has apologised personally to the mother of a British soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in July 2005 while riding in a lightly armoured Snatch Land Rover.

A 12-year legal battle by his mother Sue Smith has resulted in a formal apology from Sir Michael, who said bringing alternative protected vehicles into service “could have saved lives”, according to the BBC.

Ms Smith said the apology from the Defence Secretary was “bittersweet”, adding: “I’d like it to be that his death made a difference. He’s not just a casualty of Iraq.”

The family’s lawyer, Jocelyn Cockburn, said today the “strong apology” was the end of a long journey but warned against Conservative plans to stop similar cases being brought through the courts.

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Court rules against NHS over drug funding for boy with rare condition

8th August 2017 - The Guardian

High court judge orders NHS to reconsider decision to refuse funding for Kuvan drug for seven-year-old with autism and PKU.

Peter Todd, Partner in Personal Injury team, who is representing S’s family, said they were “greatly heartened” by the ruling.

“Although no mandatory order for funding was made, it would be wholly extraordinary if the IFR panel was to, once again, find reason to not fund this life-changing drug for a child…

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Raj Chada shortlisted for Law Society Award

4th August 2017 - Law Society

We are delighted that Raj Chada, a Partner in Criminal Defence team, has been shortlisted in the Solicitor Advocate of the Year. Vidisha Joshi, the Managing Partner has said  “We are incredibly proud of Raj’s nomination and are looking forward to the ceremony taking place in October. ”

The award ceremony will take place on the Thursday 19 October, where winners will be announced.

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Graeme Hydari shortlisted for LALY award 2017

30th June 2017 - Legal Aid Action Group

We are delighted that Graeme Hydari, a Partner in Criminal Defence team, has been shortlisted in the 2017 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award for criminal defence.

We are incredible proud of Graeme who has dedicated his career to acting for vulnerable defendants and has carved out a niche supporting clients with autism and their families. One mother says: “Finally, I was talking to someone who treated my son like a human being and understood his challenges.”

Graeme’s nomination is supported by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen.

The LALY’s award ceremony will take place on the 5th July 2017, where winners will be announced.

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Forced to sleep in cars, threatened with ‘intentional homelessness’ and still no money: Fresh hell for Grenfell Tower survivors with many denied £5,000 relief cash ‘because they don’t have ID’

21st June 2017 - Mail Online

Grenfell Tower survivors are being let down by the botched response effort to the horrific blaze, those helping them have said.
Nearly a week on from the tower block blaze that killed at least 79 people, some of those displaced by the fire have been forced to sleep in their cars while others have been prevented from claiming promised cash.
Some of those who lost their flats in the blaze fear being declared ‘intentionally homeless’ – meaning authorities no longer has a responsibility to house them – if they refuse to a move outside the area.

Social Housing Partner Jayesh Kunwardia comments on the lack of clarity over housing policy and the unfair impact of refusing temporary accommodation could have on Grenfell survivors.

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