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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

Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]



HSF lands its Shanghai joint venture by mining its alumni network

Nearly six years since the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) was first set up, Herbert Smith Freehills has emerged as the latest international firm to set up shop with a joint operation licence. HSF has sealed a deal with Kewei Law Firm, in a move that enables the former to offer local law capabilities in […]

Magic circle and US firms seal London Stock Exchange’s $27bn Refinitiv deal

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Allen & Overy and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are just some of the firms advising on the London Stock Exchange Group’s proposed acquisition of data provider Refinitiv for $27bn. As part of the deal, the London Stock Exchange will buy Refinitiv from current owners Blackstone and Thomson Reuters. Freshfields advised LSE on […]

Goodwin builds on tech surge with new Orrick hire

Two months since it lured four partners from Taylor Wessing’s life sciences and technology team, Goodwin’s London office has secured another hire to the group from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ali Ramadan, who will join the US firm’s office today, has advises on venture capital, cross-border M&A and private equity transactions for technology businesses. His clients […]

Former Worldpay GC takes up new role at FTSE 100

Ruwan De Soyza has joined FTSE 100 technology company Halma as its first general counsel and company secretary. Before joining Halma, De Soyza was the deputy general counsel and head of public policy and government affairs at Worldpay, the NYSE-listed payment processing company. He joined the business in 2011, working his way up the ranks […]

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