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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”.


Appeal Court backs disabled employees

Employment lawyers are warning business clients to handle dismissals of disabled staff with extreme care, after a landmark ruling that has turned discrimination law on its head. In the first disability discrimination case to go before the Court of Appeal, employee Darren Clark brought a case against Novacold, which fired him after he had been […]

The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company

The last couple of years have been relatively quiet for the legal department of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company (MDHC). But that has probably come as a relief after the long-running wrangle with 327 sacked dockers, which started in 1995 and went on until January 1998. The industrial dispute began after the dockers were […]

Scottish firms cash in on PFI projects boom

Scottish law firms such as McGrigor Donald are profiting from a Scottish private finance initiative (PFI) boom. Last week McGrigors worked on three PFI deals worth u133m. It advised Stirling Water Seafield on its u100m bid in the UK’s first water and sewerage PFI to be financed by bond issue on the capital markets. It […]

Partners on the move…

Capsticks now has 25 partners after the promotion of six new partners from within the firm: Trevor Mawer (employment), Neil Grant (healthcare law), and – all in the clinical negligence department – Victoria Stewart, Penelope Radcliffe, Iain Pickering and Lorna Hardman. Before qualifying as solicitors Stewart and Radcliffe were qualified barristers. David Cubitt, employment partner […]

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The Society of Expert Witnesses holds its annual conference at the University of Warwick on Friday 16 April.

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