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To most people (other than a select few like me who need their head checked) the topic of pension advice is not the most captivating. However, the fact that it is not a particularly sexy subject should not detract from the impact that it can have on someone’s life.Victims of negligent pensions advice can see their life savings wiped out in an instant after years of hard work and planning.
The recent case of Linda McCall - the Borders teacher found guilty of assault and aggressive and abusive behaviour towards young children in her care in a primary school raises some important questions.It is indubitably horrifying that a teacher can do such things, and as a society, we all have a collective gasp at such crimes in the modern age. Look beyond the conviction and the individual concerned, and just as disturbing, on a different level however, is the actions of the public body with statutory responsibilities to the children involved. Scottish Borders Council.
The association between brain injuries and contact sports is now irrefutable. A recent study by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering found that far from being solely concussions which cause brain damage, repeated blows to head can cause lasting trauma in the absence of concussion. That is to say, concussions need not occur for there to be lasting damage to the brain where repeated blows are sustained.
‘Following a fatal accident at work, the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU) who are a specialist unit of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), must undertake a detailed investigation into the circumstances of the death. As part of their investigations the SFIU are required to gather evidence, take statements and obtain expert reports where necessary. Once investigations are completed a decision is then to be made on how to proceed including whether criminal charges should be brought or if a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) should be held. This decision is made by Crown Counsel (Lord Advocate, Solicitor General and Advocates Depute) who consider the investigations undertaken by the SFIU as well as a report with recommendations issued by the procurator fiscal who carried out the SFIU investigation.
The Paris Court of Appeal has today ruled in favour of victims of PIP implants across the UK.TUV Rhineland, the European safety certifying body, has been held liable to pay thousands in compensation to the women who received faulty implants. The implants (manufactured by the now liquidated French company Poly Implant Prothèse) contained non-medical grade silicone, with a significantly higher rupture rate. It was on account of the safety certificates produced by TUV Rhineland that these implants were allowed into the market and then into the bodies of women.
The pandemic has highlighted the difficulties faced by families whose relatives are residents of care homes and whose visiting rights were restricted during lockdown. Perhaps the most concerning aspect is in relation to the hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people who were moved from hospitals to care homes amidst confusion over the legal rights of adults with incapacity.
Lockdown has seen a rise in many hobbies. From a boom in foreign language apps as people seek to broaden their language skills whilst they cannot travel, to home exercise equipment to lose their lockdown weight. In particular, a name which has seen a significant increase in popularity is Peloton.
In September 2020, protestor Sean Clerkin was arrested after displaying a banner at Edinburgh Airport reading “England Get Out of Scotland”. He was charged with a racially aggravated breach of the peace and displaying a banner without permission on Edinburgh Airport property. The banner had previously been displayed by him in other locations during 2020, including at the England-Scotland border at Berwick and outside Glasgow Central Station, all reportedly in protest at the border not being closed given the rise of Covid-19 cases. He denied it was an expression of any anti-English feeling.