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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”.


Litigation Personal Injury 17/10/95

Melvyn v Post Office – QBD 27 July 1995 Claimant: Bernard Melvyn, 50 Accident: Postal worker hit by sacks of mail Injuries: Plaintiff sustained back injuries after being hit by six sacks of mail thrown down a chute at a depot Award: Agreed damages of £12,500 Judge: Sir Michael Ogden QC Plaintiff’s solicitors: Simpson Millar […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 17/10/95

Taxation on damages awarded to Lloyd’s Names Deeny v Gooda Walker (1995). CA (Simon Brown LJ, Peter Gibson LJ and Saville LJ) 5/10/95. Summary: Whether damages awarded to Lloyd’s Names for losses to underwriting business are subject to income tax. Appeal by defendant managing agents against ruling that the £300 million damages awarded to Lloyd’s […]

Bar stands firm against direct access plan

The Bar Council has warned Labour against plans for direct access and multi-disciplinary practices for barristers and its threat to refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC). Bar Council sources said the Bar made clear its support for Labour’s reforms where they were in the public interest. But those reforms could […]

Residents protect properties

Six Surrey home owners and their legal team are celebrating a High Court victory even though they failed in the main aim of their action. Nevertheless, the case has important implications for the ‘care in the community’ programme with its emphasis on moving mentally handicapped patients from hospitals to sheltered community housing. The group of […]

West case shares OJ system

Helen Sage reports Official court reporters at the Rosemary West case are using the same transcription system as those used in the OJ Simpson trial. Case View for Windows is provided by W Lloyd Woodland at Winchester Crown Court, making it the first time the Windows-based product has been used for a major trial in […]

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