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Patient confidentiality – to breach or not to breach? (Extended version)

Confidentiality is crucial to the relationship of trust and confidence between patients and their doctors. Huntington’s disease is a hereditary condition. Children of a sufferer have a 50% chance of developing the condition usually as an adult. It leads to severe physical and cognitive impairment. It is life shortening and in its later stages full-time care is required. If a father is suspected of suffering this condition, should his daughter be told even if her father has not consented? ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust looked at patient confidentiality in just such a situation.

Video: A guide to preferences

By Simon Bonney Click the link below for a closer look at preferential transactions and creditors.

On-demand webinar: Recovering from Covid-19: What we are seeing in the market

As the country is eased out of lockdown, we held a webinar with our Managing Partner, Carl Jackson along with Partner, Louise Durkan and Director, Paul Slevin, to share their insights with regards to what they are seeing in the market. The webinar covers: The key concerns of business as they exit lockdown and ‘get […]

A just and equitable decision: Cayman Court of Appeal defines limits of arbitration in a winding up

On 23 April 2020, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal (“CICA”) delivered an important decision in the case of Re China CVS (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp., which focussed on the question of arbitrability of shareholder petitions for the winding up of a company on the just and equitable ground. The CICA (Moses JA, Martin JA and Rix JA) unanimously determined that the petition in question was not arbitrable, thus overturning the first instance decision of Kawaley J, which formed the subject of our bulletin “Court Grants Mandatory Arbitration Stay in Winding Up Proceedings”.


Reed Smith HK helps forge $1.3bn China IPO listing

THE HONG Kong arm of Reed Smith has advised on one of the largest Asian IPOs this year, winning an instruction from China Zhongwang Holdings on its $1.3bn (£800m) listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Richards Butler, in association with Reed Smith – which had been the Hong Kong arm of the UK’s Richards […]


White & Case cull silence is sapping partner morale

Mystery surrounds the White & Case partnership cull. Earlier this year the US firm announced it would be shedding 15-20 per cent of its global partnership, as well as 200 associates and 200 from its support staff workforce (, 10 March). But so far numbers have not been revealed, even internally, while the fine details […]


Travers’ new managing partner pledges to ride out recession

TRAVERS Smith’s incoming managing partner Andrew Lilley has pledged to continue the corporate firm’s policy of riding out the recession. Despite being hit by the drop-off in transactional activity, Travers has not made significant cuts in response to the recession, with just five associates made redundant at the end of last year. Current managing partner Chris […]

Former Lovells Dubai chief to target energy work at Baker Botts

Lovells former Dubai head Shibeer Ahmed is looking to target energy work in his new role as a partner at Baker Botts although he will not, as had been suggested, be running an office. The project finance partner left Lovells at the end of April, joining the five-partner Dubai office of Baker Botts this month. […]

Mediation: the next frontier?

The beauty of mediation is its simplicity. It has made a real impact on the dispute resolution landscape and is here to stay. The obvious question therefore is, where does mediation go from here? The forthcoming Annual Bar Conference will host a debate on mediation from four perspectives. A judge who approves of mediation but […]

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