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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.

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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 […]

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