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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”.


BLP makes third CC raid to snare new head of real estate litigation

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) head of real estate Robert MacGregor has raided his former firm Clifford Chance for a third time to snare a new head of real estate litigation. Since stunning the legal market with his move to BLP in December 2004, MacGregor has raided the magic circle firm for his two most trusted […]

Lovells Berlin goes to the wall

Lovells is taking an axe to its entire Berlin office following a radical review by the firm’s management. The closure of the office, which is subject to approval by the partnership, will be completed by the end of the current financial year (30 April 2007). The Berlin office is home to five partners and 15 […]

Dickinson Dees and Pinsents retain places on Durham University panel

The University of Durham has completed a panel review, reappointing legal advisers Dickinson Dees and Pinsent Masons. The university’s registrar Lee Sanders and director of procurement Alison Holmes invited the firms to make presentations in a retender for the university’s work. Dickinson Dees and Pinsents won four-year contracts lasting until 2010. Pinsents has advised the […]

Firms to resolve ‘Foley’ war

Milwaukee-based firm Foley & Lardner’s arbitration and litigation expertise came to good use in the firm’s long-running trademark infringement dispute with Boston-based rival Foley Hoag. But all of the skill of the Milwaukee firm’s negotiators could not save the firm from having to review its shorthand moniker and marketing material in order to settle the […]

Trust in the system

The trust arena is on the brink of change in Switzerland, with a new bill waiting for parliamentary approval. By Filippo Noseda The Swiss government’s bill on trusts is currently being debated in the Swiss Parliament. Released on 5 December 2005, the final version of its bill was approved by the Upper House without reservations […]

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