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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”.


Penningtons loses office as partners choose to go it alone

THE BREAKAWAY of the Bournemouth offshoot of the London and Home Counties firm Penningtons was confirmed last week when it relaunched as a separate practice under the name Fynn & Partners. Months of negotiations ended with senior partner Lionel Fynn and five other partners beginning as a specialist practice in environmental, licensing and planning law […]

Bill Barton says new rules will put a stop to cowboy builders

New regulations are being introduced governing the conduct of construction on sites in the UK. This follows the implementation of the EC Directive (92/57/EEC) relating to temporary or mobile construction, which came into force on 31 March 1995. The regulations result from the Health and Safety Commission’s desire to improve safety on sites in the […]

Litigation Writs 18/07/95

A heart patient from Havant, Hampshire, who claims he was given blood contaminated with hepatitis during heart surgery, is taking Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority and Wessex Regional Health Authority to the High Court. Victor Harris’ writ says he underwent heart surgery and treatment at Southampton General Hospital between 20 March and 2 […]

Bloomfielde berates society

LAW Society honorary auditor Leonard Bloomfield has fired a colourful broadside at Chancery Lane, raising fears that local societies are daring to debate issues like poverty. In the annual report, Bloomfield appears outraged that seminars by an office he investigated had titles like ‘Social law and the relief of poverty’. “The society’s assets and other […]

Father and son return to the family practice

A FATHER and son team of commercial law partners are returning to the firm which bears their family name. Peter Halliwell and his son Mark are leaving Lace Mawer to join Manchester neighbours Halliwell Landau. Halliwell senior founded the Halliwell Landau practice more than 20 years ago; his son joined him and completed his articles […]

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