Successful outcome for Clinical Negligence client following injury during labour

Howells have negotiated a significant sum for a client who experienced a delay in identification and treatment of a birth injury. This involved a third degree tear during our client’s first labour.

After labour and delivery, our client had a terrible time in hospital and was discharged without the injury being identified or treated. She had to return very soon thereafter unfortunately. Continue reading “Successful outcome for Clinical Negligence client following injury during labour”

Howells CLE attends UK Diversity Legal Awards 2017

Rubina Khanom, Chartered Legal Executive lawyer specialising in clinical negligence, attended (on behalf of Howells Solicitors) the annual UK Diversity Legal Awards 2017 which took place at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London. She was invited by Helen Whiteman, the CEO of CILEx Regulation, the regulatory body for Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Of the event, Rubina said, “It was a fantastic night and I had a great time in celebrating the amazing achievements of fellow practitioners. I found it to be inspirational to see what could be achieved within the legal profession regardless of your racial, social and academic background.” Continue reading “Howells CLE attends UK Diversity Legal Awards 2017”

Six-figure sum for delay in diagnosis and treatment of Howells Client

Howells have successfully obtained a six-figure sum for a client who suffered injuries from a delay in diagnosis and treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES). CES is a rare disorder where something compresses on the spinal nerve roots. These nerves are located at the lower end of the spinal cord in the spine. They send and receive messages to and from your legs, feet, and pelvic organs.
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Howells settles Personal Injury cases

Howells expert Personal Injury team have recently settled several large cases for their clients.

Client A – Awarded £500,000
The Personal Injury team at Howells have secured £500,000 compensation for a client following a road traffic accident, where as a pedestrian he was struck by a speeding car.

The claimant was walking across a pedestrian crossing when he was struck by the vehicle. The driver was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and our client was awarded a substantial amount. Continue reading “Howells settles Personal Injury cases”

Howells one of top law firms in South Yorkshire

The professional guide to the legal sector; Chambers UK 2018 has recognised Howells Solicitors as one of the top law firms in South Yorkshire.

The guide has once again rated Howells highly in several areas across family, civil and criminal defence departments.

Howells Crime department has again been ranked as a top tier firm in Sheffield and the surrounding area. Continue reading “Howells one of top law firms in South Yorkshire”

£171,300 for Charity in Wills

Howells is delighted to have raised approximately £171,300 of future income for the Free Wills Month charities in March 2017!

2017 saw a record breaking amount of future donations raised – over £5,876,387!!

As part of the Free Wills Month, clients were able to write a Will at no charge, in return for leaving an optional charity gift within their Wills.

For more information see

Free Wills Month certificate

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Howells welcomes ‘Legal 500 recognised’ solicitors to crime department

Howells Solicitors have recently welcomed two highly regarded Solicitors to join their criminal defence team.

Mathew Hague and Zawar Shah, who have both been individually recognised in the prestigious Legal 500 publication, have joined Howells bringing their expertise in all areas of criminal and regulatory law. Continue reading “Howells welcomes ‘Legal 500 recognised’ solicitors to crime department”

Howells Solicitors one of leading firms in South Yorkshire in Legal 500

Howells Solicitors has once again been ranked as one of the top law firms across South Yorkshire in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500.

Howells has been recognised for several areas across all family, civil and criminal departments in the professional guide.

The Immigration team led by Nadeem Ahmed has maintained their top-tier status as a number 1 firm in the newest edition for the 5th year running, with the publication stating “The team at Howells handles an array of immigration matters, including asylum claims, human rights cases, family migration, and European and points-based system cases. Continue reading “Howells Solicitors one of leading firms in South Yorkshire in Legal 500”

IPPC report highlights failings after man dies following restraint by Police Officers

Avon and Somerset Police missed a number of opportunities to help a young man with mental health problems.

James Herbert, 25, was arrested in 2010. The police knew he was ill and instead of providing medical treatment, James was arrested, restrained with handcuffs and leg restraints and the left naked in a cell. Unfortunately he suffered a cardiac arrest and subsequently died in hospital Continue reading “IPPC report highlights failings after man dies following restraint by Police Officers”

Am I too late to make a claim to the Employment Tribunal?

You will have seen our article last week informing you that following a Supreme Court decision, Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful and have been abolished with immediate effect. A consultation has been launched to consider what the future looks like for Employment Tribunal claims and whether fees in some form are appropriate. However for the time being, there are no fees for an employee to pay to enforce their rights in the Employment Tribunal.

Since 2013 it has cost employees up to #1,200 to proceed with a claim to the Employment Tribunal (in the more complex claims e.g. unfair dismissal or discrimination). This led to a drastic reduction in claims reaching the Tribunal, partly due to fees being payable at the exact time that an employee had perhaps lost their job and their finances had taken a hit. There was a successful argument in the Courts that this amounted to a restriction on access to justice.

Since the Supreme Court decision there has been some suggestion by employment law commentators that employees who did not bring a claim between 2013 and 2017 solely because of the fees could now lodge a claim out of time and argue that it should be heard. It is unlikely that a Tribunal would make a finding on this until a test case has been run, potentially through the whole Court system. However, if an employee wants to make such a claim they would be advised to lodge this as soon as possible.

For most Employment Tribunal claims, an employee would have three months less one day from the date of the incident they complain of (e.g. a dismissal or a discriminatory act) to lodge their case with ACAS for Early Conciliation and then around a month from the end of Early Conciliation to commence a claim in the Employment Tribunal.

Generally, if an employee misses this deadline then they are out of time and the Tribunal does not have jurisdiction to hear their case. However an Employment Tribunal Judge can accept a late claim in limited circumstances.

For example, in a claim of Unfair Dismissal, a late claim can be permitted if it was not reasonably practicable to lodge their claim sooner and that as soon as it was reasonably practicable for them to lodge their claim they did so. In the context of Employment Tribunal fees, if an individual could show that their finances at the time of their original deadline (and since this time) were such that they would not be able to afford the Tribunal fee and would not otherwise have qualified for a remission for help with those fees, then a late claim could be permitted.

In a claim of discrimination, a late claim can be permitted it  was just and equitable to allow it to proceed. This is a much wider test and is thus easier to satisfy. Again, in the context of Tribunal fees, similar arguments and evidence would need to be shown i.e. that at the time of your original deadline you could not afford the fees and haven’t been able to since.

If you are wanting to pursue a late claim, then our advice would be to lodge your claim against your former employer through ACAS for Early Conciliation as a matter of urgency as this crystallises the date of your claim.

We invite you to seek expert advice from our approachable and successful Employment department who for an agreed fixed fee can meet with you, assess your paperwork and advise you on the merits of pursuing a claim and the chances of a late claim being accepted.

Our expert team are here to help.

Telephone:- 0114 249 66 66