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Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|At a time when litigation appears to be very much in vogue, Bob Ferguson sounds a cautionary note on courting trouble| Seldom can the silly season have been better named. During the period that passed for summer in these islands, scarcely a week went by without a headline announcing that another group of care home owners was hell-bent on dragging their local authority through the courts. Around the same time, news emerged of an unexpected boom in the holiday business, as travel agents all over the country reported that lawyers were forming orderly queues to book their Christmas cruises. Could there possibly have been a connection? OK, I¹ll put my hands up: the holiday story is a piece of whimsy. What I¹m trying to do is advertise the value of even the most rudimentary cost-benefit analysis. Going to law tends to be an expensive pastime; one that carries no guarantee of success. Indeed, conventional wisdom has it that there can only be one winner ­ our learned friends. Like its close cousin, the cliche, th

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