Bed Bugs to Surge as Covid Restrictions Ease?

The recent easing of Covid restrictions has led to warnings from experts that bed bug infestations are likely to surge in the coming weeks and months, as cities fully reopen, the weather improves and people start to travel again. This increases the likelihood of bed bugs hitchhiking from hotels and holiday accommodation back to guests’ homes causing domestic infestations which can be difficult, stressful and expensive to eradicate. Guests may also bring bed bugs with them when they travel, infesting their accommodation and potentially spreading the pests to multiple locations.

Bed bugs are adept at stowing away and concealing themselves, and with many people planning holidays in the UK and abroad, and the majority of workers returning to the office, conditions are ripe for a rise in bed bug infestations. There are also concerns that a shortage of staff in the hospitality industry means that some locations are not being checked and monitored sufficiently thoroughly to prevent bed bugs. The pests are usually transported in luggage, clothing, bedding and personal belongings like wallets and purses. Once they infest a room, they commonly hide in mattresses, bed frames, furniture, floorboards, and other suitably obscure cracks and crevices.

Hotels and other providers of holiday accommodation owe their guests a duty of care and must maintain their premises in a safe state, which includes preventing bed bug infestations and guests being injured, both physically and psychologically, by the pests. Our firm has particular expertise in bed bug bite claims, and has successfully represented hundreds of clients in these specialist claims over the years. Contact our specialist bed bug bite injury team for a free consultation if you have been bitten by bed bugs in a hotel or other commercial premises:

Little Liverpool at Museum of Liverpool

The Little Liverpool gallery at the Museum of Liverpool runs six sessions a day, each lasting around 30 minutes, during which time children under the age of six can play and learn in a unique hands-on fantasy world.

Highlights of the Little Liverpool gallery’s activities include Liverpuddles, a water play interactive based on the progress of the River Mersey, with children able to sail boats through the city, fish in the river and navigate cars through tunnels. Apart from being great fun, Liverpuddles aims to engage children with environmental issues, particularly their responsibility to wildlife for keeping our waters clean.

Little Liverpool also features an A to Z of objects on its dock wall, with each ‘letter station’ encouraging young children to discover more using a hands-on interactive and learn through speaking and listening. Finally, the Liver bird’s nest is a multisensory pod where babies and very young children can relax with their carers in a safe and cosy nest which is perfect for kicking off the shoes and crawling around.      

The six daily sessions at the Little Liverpool gallery are at 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am, 1.15pm, 2pm and 2.45pm each day. Entry is free and tickets can be collected from the Museum’s welcome desk. You can found out more about the Little Liverpool gallery at the Museum of Liverpool on the National Museums Liverpool website:

Highway Code Revamp Controversy

The Highway Code was revamped on Saturday with 50 rules added or updated, mainly focusing on the enhanced protection of cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. However, lack of awareness of the new rules among millions of motorists is a major issue, with an AA survey of 13,700 drivers earlier this month finding that 33% were unaware of the changes. This combined with doubts about the common sense of some of the new measures has raised concerns that cyclists, pedestrians and other ‘vulnerable’ road users could now actually be more at risk of accidents than under the previous rules. 

One of the controversial new changes is the advice that cyclists ride in the centre of lanes on quieter roads, in slow-moving traffic and when approaching junctions so that other road users are more aware of them. Cyclists will generally enjoy greater freedom on the road, with motorists obliged to give them priority on roundabouts, for example, while traffic will be forced to give way when pedestrians are crossing or waiting at junctions. The new rules also introduce a ‘hierarchy of road users’ based on the level of risk in the event of an accident. So while drivers will need to be more aware of cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, cyclists will in turn need to be more aware of pedestrians and riders.   

While the new Highway Code changes do offer enhanced protection for cyclists, pedestrians and others, the potential for confusion when the rules are applied in varying road conditions across the country is clear. Many motorists feel that cyclists, in particular, already enjoy sufficient rights on the roads, and this may make them less than enthusiastic about learning the new rules. The government has been urged to launch a public awareness campaign, as there seems little doubt that all road users are going to take time to adapt to the new regime and face new scenarios and responsibilities on the road in the meantime:

Our firm has particular expertise in claiming compensation for injured cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. We offer a free no obligation quick case assessment, followed by a no win no fee claims service:

Space, The Universe and Everything

Next month, Liverpool Cathedral will come to life after dark as it hosts a breathtaking new immersive art installation, ‘Space, The Universe and Everything’, allowing visitors to travel through space, light and time, while pondering our relationship with planet Earth and beyond.

Every evening in late February, the Cathedral’s stunning Gothic interior will be transformed into the canvas for an extraordinary display of lights, bespoke music and artwork projections. During this spectacular son-et-lumière performance, visitors will walk through the architectural grandeur of the Cathedral, enjoying a unique immersive art experience and opportunity to explore space and the universe without leaving the inside of the building.

Space, The Universe and Everything is the work of the award-winning artistic collaboration, Luxmuralis, made up of sculptor Peter Walker and composer David Harper. They are the team behind the previous awe-inspiring art installations ‘Angel Wings’ and ‘Peace Doves’ at Liverpool Cathedral.    

Space, The Universe and Everything will take place every evening from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th February, with time slots available from 6pm to 8pm (the experience is expected to take around 40 minutes). Tickets are sold at 15 minute intervals and need to be booked in advance. You can find out more and book tickets on Liverpool Cathedral’s website:

Aquarium at World Museum Revamp

The Aquarium at Liverpool’s renowned World Museum has recently been revamped with bigger tanks, new species, immersive projections and even an octopus called Polpo. Visitors can get up close with Polpo and other sea creatures from all around the world, including hermit crabs, starfish, terrapins and wrasses (brightly-coloured marine fish) from Liverpool’s Irish Sea coast. The terrapins are rescued pets, and can be seen immersed in water through the Aquarium’s viewing bubbles, which allow smaller visitors to get a special close-up view.

New immersive projections aim to help younger visitors, in particular, learn about the underwater world and the conservation efforts that are underway to protect our seas. Visitors will discover more about where sea animals live and how they, and underwater biodiversity in general, can be protected and preserved. The Aquarium uses the latest technology to promote biodiversity themes and priorities, adding an educational angle to a fun day out for families.   

Apart from meeting the Aquarium’s firm favourites including ‘Nemo’ fish, rays and ‘smiling’ sharks, families can also find out what a day of rock pooling on the British shoreline might uncover. World Museum’s expert staff are always on hand to answer questions and help enhance the visitor’s experience in this aquatic world of wonder. The Aquarium at World Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm and entry is free. Find out more on National Museums Liverpool’s website:

Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice Support

At the start of 2022, we’d like to once again highlight the work of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Liverpool, a charity providing various services, including 24 hour support, for families of babies with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. The Hospice costs £1.6 million to run every year, and relies on donations from the local community and businesses for 80% of its funding.

The respite care provided by Zoë’s Place involves packages tailored to the individual needs of the child and the carers. Support is allocated based on an assessment and usually involves a minimum stay of two nights per month at the Hospice, during which time the baby will be cared for by a Registered Nurse & Senior Care Assistant and provided with services by a Play Leader, Art Therapist and Physiotherapist. Emergency respite care is also possible following a referral from, for example, a hospital, GP or social services.    

Zoë’s Place works as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside a GP and palliative care consultant to optimise the quality of life of babies with very serious conditions and maintain an effective round-the-clock care service for families. The Hospice provides various forms of family support, including a Facebook group, coffee afternoons, activity days for siblings and bereavement support.

There are various ways to support Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice apart from making a donation, including getting involved in fundraising, volunteering or taking part in outdoor and online events. Bartletts Solicitors is proud to be a long-term corporate supporter of Zoë’s Place, and would like to send the Hospice and its outstanding staff our very best wishes for 2022. Please consider supporting this vital local charity in whatever way possible:

NYE Hair & Beauty Treatment Risks

New Year’s Eve will bear a semblance of normality this year, in England at least, after the government gave mass events the go-ahead and nightclubs permission to open, in contrast with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where restrictions on social gatherings and mass events are in place. Many women will be rushing to book last minute appointments at salons to look their best at parties and family gatherings, and as our solicitors have seen in previous years, an unfortunate number will have their big night ruined by botched hair and beauty treatments.

Various hairdresser treatments can cause hair loss and skin damage if performed incorrectly, including dyeing, straightening and extensions. The chemicals contained in hair treatment solutions can cause scalp burns and accompanying hair loss if they are not applied correctly, or if a particular product is unsuitable for a person’s hair or skin type. Allergic reactions are another possible consequence of exposure to unsuitable hair and beauty treatment products, and may also result in skin damage and hair loss. Burn injuries and torn skin are a common result of botched beauty treatments like waxing, while other beauty products may also damage the skin (particularly around the eyes) and cause allergic reactions.  

Hair and skin damage of this kind is particularly embarrassing, distressing and inconvenient when a treatment has been booked in advance of a special occasion like New Year’s Eve, and there is often a financial cost involved, not only for correctional procedures and/or medical treatment, but also for cancelled reservations and bookings. Uniquely, we offer an experienced all-female team of lawyers specialising in hair and beauty treatment injuries and claiming compensation from hairdressers and beauty salons, not only for the physical effects of their negligence, but also for the emotional pain and suffering caused, which is very often the worst part of the whole ordeal.

Find out more about our hairdresser and beauty treatment injury service:

NML Omicron Safety Measures

National Museums Liverpool (NML) are implementing a number of additional safety measures at their venues in response to the risks posed by the Omicron variant and the government’s new restrictions. Mask wearing is now mandatory in all of NML’s museums, galleries and shops (unless exempt), which continue to operate at reduced capacity in order to maintain social distancing. Hand sanitisers are available at entrances and key points, while venues are cleaned regularly throughout the day.

While the hope is that these additional measures will be short-lived, the worry is that rising infections could lead to the return of lockdowns and the temporary closure of museums and galleries. The other issue is that the festive season is a crucial period for most public venues and institutions in terms of income generation. Falling visitor numbers and cancelled bookings are already posing challenges for NML’s museums and galleries, which have already experienced an exceptionally difficult 20 months dealing with the impact of the Covid pandemic.         

Some of the city’s most renowned museums and galleries including the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, the Lady Lever Art Gallery, and our special friends and partners at the Walker Art Gallery face a challenging winter, meaning that public support is more important than ever in helping to create and maintain memorable experiences for everyone. National Museums Liverpool offers individual, joint and family membership options, with exclusive benefits including free entry to exhibitions and the Planetarium, invitations to exclusive events and discounts. Donations and corporate support are also welcome:

Passion, Power and Politics

Something to look forward to next year from our friends and partners at the Walker Art Gallery is The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition, opening in Liverpool on 21 May 2022 and running until the end of August. This major exhibition will feature almost 70 of the most famous portraits from the National Portrait Gallery’s Tudor collection, paintings from the Walker Art Gallery’s own collection and a selection of additional loans, making it a rare opportunity to discover and explore the Tudors from a range of perspectives.

The Tudor dynasty reigned over England for over 100 years, and produced two of history’s most iconic monarchs in Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth. Other celebrated figures from the period featured in the exhibition include Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Mary Queen of Scots and William Shakespeare. One of the highlights will be a rare portrait of Henry VIII’s third queen, Jane Seymour, and aspects of black history and LGBTQ+ history from the period will also be explored.

The exhibition will feature around 100 objects in total, including the Westminster Tournament Roll celebrating the birth of Henry VIII’s son with Catherine of Aragon in 1511, which has not been displayed in public for almost 20 years. Thought to be the only surviving item from Elizabeth I’s wardrobe, the Bacton Altar Cloth has been loaned to the Walker Gallery for the event. Finally, the Armada Maps, recently saved for the nation and illustrating the famous Spanish naval attack on England in 1588, will also be on display.    

This will be the first time that so many of the most renowned paintings from the National Portrait Gallery’s Tudor collection and objects of unique historical interest from the period have been exhibited outside of London, making The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics a major event in the city’s cultural calendar, as well as a considerable accomplishment on the part of the team at the Walker Art Gallery.

Tickets for The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics are available to book online, priced at £13 for adults, £12 for concessions and £6 for children:

Quick Weave Dangers

Quick weaves are a hairstyle that dates from shortly after the introduction of weaves in the 1950s. Tracks (wefts) of hair extension are glued to an easily applied and removed cap, which allows for an unlimited range of lengths, styles and colours. A quick weave takes roughly half the time of a full weave, and will generally last up to 4 weeks before needing to be removed.

Although they can be installed at home, quick weaves require a significant amount of skill to install correctly, and both poor technique and human errors on the part of a stylist can cause unacceptable results and lasting hair damage. However, the main problem with quick weaves is the bonding glue used in the procedure. The glue can bond with the natural hair if the quick weave is not installed properly or the cap is of poor quality, and the natural hairs may then be pulled out when the quick weave is removed, damaging the follicles. 

It is essential that stylists use high quality caps, glue and solvents to minimise the risk of these products damaging clients’ hair and scalp. Poor technique on the part of stylists when installing or removing a quick weave can cause breakage and hair loss, while excessively tight extensions will create tension on the natural hair strands, potentially with the same results. While quick weaves are a popular and versatile hair styling technique, therefore, they are not without their risks, and prospective clients should check the experience and skill of their chosen stylist carefully before undergoing a quick weave procedure.

Our firm offers an all female team of lawyers specialising in claiming compensation for hair treatments that have gone wrong. If you have been left with hair or scalp damage from a quick weave, contact us for free advice from a law firm you can trust.