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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.

One size fits all in the field of children law?

The recent judgment of the Court of Appeal in Re LC (A Child) (Placement Order) [2020] EWCA Civ 787 should serve as a reminder to practitioners in the field of Children Law that each case has to be considered on its peculiar facts and by reference, where applicable, to the welfare checklist in section 1 of the Children Act 1989 or the enhanced welfare checklist contained in section 1 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

Latest Briefings

Medicinal Cannabis: What the Nation Needs?

David Hardstaff and Ami Amin discuss an in-depth report on policy developments in the UK by the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (the CDPRG) In Part A: why is it still so hard for patients to access the drugs they need? On 23 April 2020, the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (CDPRG) published Part A […]

Approval of liquidator’s remuneration: a tale of two reporters

A recent Sheriff Court judgment is the latest decision to consider the role and remit of the court reporter in a liquidation which, unusually, involved the court appointing two reporters. In Scotland, the Insolvency (Scotland) (Receivership and Winding Up) Rules 2018 provide that where there is no creditors committee, the remuneration of a liquidator shall […]

Variation to an office lease to allow use as a private members’ club

The Upper Tribunal has allowed a variation to a lease that restricted the use of a property to office use (with minor residential use) so that the tenant could implement a planning permission to convert the property into a private members’ club. Background A user clause in a lease is a restrictive covenant. If the […]

Tax now payable much sooner following a disposal of residential property

From 6 April 2020 significant changes will be made to the deadline for paying capital gains tax (CGT) and filing tax returns in respect of disposals by individuals and trusts of UK residential property. Taxpayers and advisers need to be aware of these changes now. UK property disposals prior to 6 April 2020 Previously, UK […]

Coronavirus job retention scheme: pensions aspects

When considering how to use the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), employers may be wondering what this means for pension contributions and auto-enrolment obligations. This update considers some of the issues. How the CJRS works To access the CJRS an employer will need to designate affected employees as furloughed workers, notify the employees of this […]


Matt Byrne

Law firm management: the poisoned chalice

Has there ever been a time of more change among the top levels of law firm management? Not that we can remember, anyway. This week alone has seen Osborne Clarke corporate and commercial head Ray Berg unveiled as the firm’s new UK managing partner elect; Pinsent Masons kick off its managing partner election process, with […]


Blackstone silk rebuffed in bid to fight Singapore JR battle

Blackstone Chambers silk Michael Fordham QC has failed to gain temporary admission to Singapore’s courts after a judge ruled he did not meet the criteria required for the ad hoc admission of foreign counsel. Fordham had asked the High Court of Singapore for permission to launch a judicial review for retired banker Deepak Sharma into […]

Full-service law firm Juridia Bützow set to join Eversheds International

Finnish law firm Juridia Bützow is set to join Eversheds International, further broadening the international reach of both firms. Juridia Bützow is a full-service law firm with a nationwide coverage across five offices, in Helsinki, Hämeenlinna, Jyväskylä, Tampere and Turku. Juridia Bützow group company Heinonen & Co specialises in global intellectual property rights. In total, […]


Eversheds appoints new London tax head

Eversheds has appointed Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) real estate tax partner Cathryn Vanderspar as its new London tax head following the departure of Clive Jones. Jones was reported to have left the firm with international real estate head William Naunton to set up a real estate boutique. Both are currently on gardening leave, which is […]

HSF senior partner Scott announces retirement, triggering four-man election

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) senior partner Jonathan Scott is to step down three months ahead of schedule, triggering a four-man race for the role set to conclude this month. Scott, who was elected for a five-year term in 2010 and has been at HSF for 35 years, is now cutting his time short to retire […]

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