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Whitlam’s Law: How a small idea can bring about a big change

August 10th, 2017 Posted by Blog 0 comments on “Whitlam’s Law: How a small idea can bring about a big change”

By Natalie Rodgers

I first met Pamela Whitlam in July 2015 when I was asked by her solicitors, Switalskis, to handle the media coverage during the week-long Inquest into 11 year old Harry. Harry died on 9th August 2013 when he was struck by a reversing tractor on Swithens Farm in Rothwell, Leeds. Unusually, it was a Jury Inquest held in Leeds before the Assistant Deputy Coroner, Kevin McLoughlin (who, by coincidence, was my very first boss when I went into practice as a Solicitor).

The Jury returned a narrative verdict, and it was whilst I was writing the media release to be read to the awaiting press, that I was struck by the injustice and the absurdity of the situation in relation to drink-drive laws.

It was only during the Inquest that it came to light the extent to which the tractor driver, Gary Green was over the drink-drive limit. Up until that point, the family hadn’t been told. They were only aware that any criminal prosecution would have to be made by the Health and Safety Executive, rather than the CPS. Even then, they weren’t 100% sure whether Mr  Green would face a prosecution at all.

I shared Pamela and her family’s outrage that the police had been powerless to do anything, and the appalling length of time that they were having to wait for justice for Harry. It was at that point I suggested to Pamela that she started a campaign to change the drink-drive laws so that that they applied to drivers of all vehicles, irrespective of where they were being driven. She was initially hesitant, believing that it was just not possible to do such a thing. But I explained what we would need to do, and how we could go about it…MP support, online petitions and, of course, PR. Fortunately, her legal team agreed to back and support the campaign.

Having the media outside court, waiting to hear the family’s post-Inquest statement was the perfect time to launch the campaign. So we did it…there and then… not really appreciating the journey that we were embarking upon.

Following the statement to the press, I prepared a campaign document – Whitlam’s Law –  and further media releases for which we secured some coverage. However, without the support of an MP, it struggled to gain momentum. But Pamela and her lawyer, Amy Clowrey, from Switalskis Solicitors persisted, and eventually Alec Shelbrooke MP agreed to raise the topic in Parliament on 13th July 2017.

Here’ a link to the recent July 2017 PR coverage that we secured and co-ordinated for the campaign.

Here’s a link to TV coverage about the prison sentence that Gary Green eventually received in December 2016, which highlights the disparity in the law.

We’re absolutely delighted that Whitlam’s Law is one step closer to being realised and look forward to continuing to support Pamela, her family and Switalskis Solicitors.

The next step is for Pamela and her MP, Alec Shelbrooke, to meet with the Transport Minister, John Hayes who said during the debate: “I will consider how we might address this, including the possibility of future legislative reform.”

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Switalskis Child Abuse compensation team shortlisted for top Yorkshire legal award

August 8th, 2017 Posted by Press Release 0 comments on “Switalskis Child Abuse compensation team shortlisted for top Yorkshire legal award”

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Update on the Whitlam’s Law Campaign

August 7th, 2017 Posted by Press Release 0 comments on “Update on the Whitlam’s Law Campaign”

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Out with the old, in with the new! Scala helps new Norfolk-based law firm with their rebrand.

July 21st, 2017 Posted by Blog 0 comments on “Out with the old, in with the new! Scala helps new Norfolk-based law firm with their rebrand.”

Scala has recently helped a new client, Morgan Jones Pett Solicitors (formerly MJP Solicitors), based in Norfolk launch their new corporate rebrand.

We’ve been providing marketing consultancy services to Morgan Jones Pett Solicitors on a retainer basis for the past couple of months. The first part of any new retained relationship is to undertake a thorough review of marketing activities, brand management and  gain an understanding of the work they do and their business ambitions.

As part of our marketing strategy advice, we looked carefully at how their brand, MJP Solicitors was working and discovered that there are a couple of other MJP Solicitors in the UK, plus a tendency for the firm to use MJP and Morgan Jones Pett interchangeably in their external communications.

As a result, we recommended that they returned to their roots and re-introduced their full firm name, together with a new, fresh and modern logo. We worked with our preferred graphic designer to create a fabulous and versatile logo. Our aim was to produce a strong brand identity that conveys the expert and quality legal service that their clients have come to trust and rely on.

The rebrand has now been rolled out across the company including their website, Twitter and Facebook along with all internal documents.

At Scala we thrive on working closely with our clients, getting to know their business ambitions to ensure we not only create a brand that captures the essence of their business, but one that will remain consistent and relevant.

If you are considering a rebrand, contact us: office@scala.uk.com / 0114 4070159.

Other brands that we’ve developed include Rebmark

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House of Commons to hear from Yorkshire MP on changes needed to drink-drive laws: Whitlam’s Law Campaign

July 11th, 2017 Posted by Press Release 0 comments on “House of Commons to hear from Yorkshire MP on changes needed to drink-drive laws: Whitlam’s Law Campaign”

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Solicitors show they have a heart of gold

July 4th, 2017 Posted by Press Release 0 comments on “Solicitors show they have a heart of gold”

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Media Release on behalf of Switalskis Solicitors

July 3rd, 2017 Posted by Press Release 0 comments on “Media Release on behalf of Switalskis Solicitors”

Switalskis Solicitors open new offices in Sheffield and Doncaster, to read the full Media Release click here.

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Media Release on behalf of Parklane Plowden Chambers.

June 19th, 2017 Posted by Press Release 0 comments on “Media Release on behalf of Parklane Plowden Chambers.”

Award-winning set, Parklane Plowden welcome Elizabeth Darlington.

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Media Release on behalf of Switalskis Solicitors – Cerebral Palsy claim against Sheffield Hospital attracts highest ever compensation award

May 30th, 2017 Posted by Press Release 0 comments on “Media Release on behalf of Switalskis Solicitors – Cerebral Palsy claim against Sheffield Hospital attracts highest ever compensation award”

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Minton Morrill Solicitors – Legal Comment – Inquests

May 26th, 2017 Posted by Press Release 0 comments on “Minton Morrill Solicitors – Legal Comment – Inquests”

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