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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”.


High cost of ATE claims pushes CFAs to brink of extinction

The conditional fee arrangement (CFA) model is at risk of collapse due to the high level of litigation relating to after-the-event (ATE) insurance premiums. A Civil Justice Council (CJC) report has found that the cost of launching legal challenges to ATE costs and success fees often exceeds the cost of the original ­litigation, creating a […]

No merci

While Anglo-Saxon firms remain ensconced in the upper reaches of the French legal market, their domestic rivals are aiming to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the global economic downturn. By Nicola Laver President Nicolas Sarkozy’s charisma, as well as his recent private and political activities, have brought France to the fore internationally. But whether […]

Rosenblatt sets up restructuring group

Rosenblatt Solicitors has launched a 15-lawyer restructuring and recovery group in response to the economic crisis. Funds and financial services partner Nigel Frudd is leading the initiative, which will see litigation partners Anthony Field and Tania MacLeod rebadged along with corporate partner Wayne O’Neill and employment partner Andrea London. Frudd said: “It really is a […]

Work Life Quiz: Stuart Wardlaw, Dickinson Dees

  Dickinson Dees” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/15290_P15_cv.jpg” />What was your first-ever job?Trainee solicitor. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Leaving a corporate ­completion meeting with the client’s jacket and the consideration cheque for £5m. (Inadvertently – he took my jacket.) Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going […]

Reed Smith to shed 11 City associate jobs

Reed Smith to shed 11 City associate jobs” />Reed Smith has launched a redundancy consultation in the UK with 11 associate jobs under threat. In a memo sent to staff the firm said it is looking to lay off 115 embers of support staff across its US offices as well as the redundancies in the […]

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