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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”.

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US quartet brought on board as investors target Alibaba Group

US firms Debevoise & Plimpton, Goodwin Procter, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have been engaged to advise on a $1.6bn (£1.04bn) investment in Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba Group. A group of investors led by US private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and Russian venture firm DST Global has agreed […]

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Opinion: Unfair dismissal claims

Three million people will lose the right to claim unfair dismissal if the government goes ahead with plans to double the qualifying period from one year to two.  George Osborne claims this will give employers an increased confidence to take people on “without immediately facing the prospect of tribunal hearings” [sic]and therefore help reduce unemployment.  But […]

Pinsents adds BLP partner to banking team

Pinsent Masons has given its banking and restructuring team a boost with a partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). Vanessa Heap, who made partner in BLP’s banking and capital markets team in 2010, will join Pinsent Masons’ banking and restructuring team. Heap specialises in acquisition finance and general corporate lending on both bilateral and syndicated […]

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Norton Rose puts partner performance at centre of lockstep review

Norton Rose has revamped its lockstep to put an increased emphasis on individual partner performance. The changes will come into effect at the start of the next financial year. Under the new system, performance will be assessed against equity partners’ plans for their practice at the end of each year. Pay will be decided by […]

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