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Keeping expert evidence secret at an inquest

There has rightly been increasing emphasis since the Mid Staffs inquiry and other high media profile investigations, such as Hillsborough, on the responsibility of public bodies to be open and candid in all of their dealings with the Coroner.

Deprivation of liberty, death and Article 2

R (on the application of Maguire) v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool & Fylde [2020] EWCA Civ 738 The Court of Appeal has ruled that the state’s investigative obligations under Article 2 ECHR do not arise where someone lacking capacity and deprived of their liberty dies of natural causes.The state’s obligations under Article 2 had not been triggered in this case […]

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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

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RPC to make construction redundancies after loss of Carillion work

RPC has entered a redundancy consultation in its contentious construction and projects practices, as a direct result of the defunct contractor Carillion’s liquidation earlier this year. The cuts are only thought to affect a small number of lawyers and staff at the firm, but marks the first made by a law firm owing to Carillion’s […]

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Macfarlanes loses PE partner to White & Case

White & Case has hired its second lawyer from Macfarlanes in just over a year, adding private equity partner Emmie Jones to its team in London. Jones was a partner at Macfarlanes for five years after her promotion in 2013. She had spent her entire legal career at the City firm, having started as a […]

A&O growth slows after record results last year

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) growth has steadied for the 2017/2018 financial year, with the firm posting modest single-digit results compared to its magic circle peers. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) edged up by 4 per cent to £1.64m, following on from a record 2016/2017 when PEP soared by 26 per cent. Managing partner Andrew Ballheimer […]

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