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Swift v Carpenter – Breaking accommodation claims down

For those of you on Twitter, our timelines have been filling with practitioners tweeting about the long awaited hearing of Swift v Carpenter, which ran from 23 – 25 June 2020 in the Court of Appeal, and the implications it will have on the accommodation head of loss in serious injury claims. However, for those who have only joined the PI practitioner world in the last few years, there is an awful lot to catch up on. The article below attempts to explain the background, simplify some of the new proposals and look at how accommodation claims may look in the near future.

Costs and the expert in private children cases

Dewinder Birk of No5’s Family Group has set out two cases dealing with two different aspects of experts’ costs in private children cases, but both of which highlight the robustness of the higher courts in exercising discretion in relation to costs when dealing with such matters.

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.

The client Earth/Drax case – planning podcast

Hugh Richards takes listeners through the case of ‘Drax’ – a case with a mix of Net Zero, a DCO and a late letter to the Secretary of State and the facts, and discusses the issues and the practical points arising.

Latest Briefings

Pubs, bars and restaurants using apps – managing Covid-19 restrictions

Covid-19 restrictions on the leisure, food & drink sector were relaxed in England on the 4 July, with other nations in the UK on differing timetables, and businesses are turning to app-based solutions to aida transition back to some form of normality. This briefing covers considerations for procuring and deploying mobile apps to manage Covid-19 restrictions.

Government announces £80m investment to cut emissions from homes and industry

As part of its decarbonisation agenda the Government has announced that it will invest nearly £80 million towards reducing carbon emissions across homes and energy intensive businesses. The announcement forms part of wider efforts to ensure the UK meets its legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Angola: Mergers & Acquisitions 2020

Susana Almeida Brandão (Managing Associate) and Vanusa Gomes (Managing Associate of ASP Advogados – VdA Legal Partners member in Angola) write a chapter for ICLG Mergers & Acquisitons 2020, an international guide that compares legislation from around the world. The lawyers write the Angola chapter where they explain and develop the country’s mergers and acquisitions […]



US firms cash in on their head start in acquisition finance

A quick scan of The Lawyer’s finance coverage over the past year or so serves to flag up a couple of key trends when it comes to deal-making. One is the migration of some of the magic circle’s top private equity talent to US firms. Over the past year or so, this has included the […]


DWF continues London growth with Lawrence Graham trio

DWF has scooped three finance partners from Lawrence Graham in a bid to boost its London office. The team includes banking partners Iain Shurwood and John Fox and real estate finance partner Simon Elphick. DWF has now made five hires from Lawrence Graham this year, following employment partner Helga Breen (16 January 2014) and real […]

Walker Morris advises gym operator Xercise4Less on expansion funding

Finance lawyers from Walker Morris have advised budget gym operator Xercise4Less on securing a £5.5m finance package from Lloyds Commercial Banking to facilitate expansion. The company, which was founded by former professional rugby player Jon Wright in 2006, plans to use the funds to launch 15 new sites across the UK this year and to […]

Eversheds advises Brady on sale of Die-Cut business to Boyd Corporation

Eversheds has advised Brady Corporation, a provider of precision-engineered components, on the sale of its Asian and European Die-Cut business to US-based Boyd Corporation. New York Stock Exchange-listed Brady announced last May that the die-cut operations no longer fit with the company’s overall strategy, and the disposal allows Brady to focus on its Identification Solutions […]

New York

Freshfields appoints new US head

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed founding US litigation group partner Adam Siegel as its new US managing partner. Siegel will take up the role in April 2014, succeeding outgoing head Julian Pritchard, who was crowned US head in 2009 (30 July 2009). Pritchard took up the role in the same year Siegel joined Freshfields from […]

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