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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”.


Child abuse aid cuts

I refer to your article “Child abuse lawyers form group to campaign against legal aid cuts” (The Lawyer, 12 May). NAPAC – the newly formed National Association for People Abused in Childhood – fully supports the formation of this group and hopes that it can co-operate with ACAL in the near future. It would also […]

Capitalise on the markets

A listing on European stock market Easdaq could be a fast track to growth for Irish companies, writes Gerard Halpenny. Gerard Halpenny is a partner at William Fry. In the past three years a number of Irish companies, particularly those in the field of technology, have gone public by way of initial public offerings (IPOs) […]

Time for a breath of fresh air at the CPS

IT IS ALMOST a year ago that The Lawyer controversially called on Dame Barbara Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, to resign. At the time, we suggested that since a new government had been elected with a set of plans for the CPS that differed radically from her own she had little option but […]

In brief: Law Soc assured over crime and disorder

The Law Society has welcomed assurances from Home Office minister Alun Michael that its concerns about the Crime & Disorder Bill will be addressed. In particular, the society is pleased that the Government is considering introducing a new two-stage process for granting legal aid for defendants facing indictable only charges, which will mean that they […]

Unique double for brothers in law

In what the Lord Chancellor described as “a unique ceremony”, two brothers – Rodney and Warwick McKinnon – were both sworn in as circuit judges in the House of Lords last week. Coincidentally, the pair were scheduled to be sworn in on the same day – Warwick at 11am last Tuesday and Rodney at 11.30. […]

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