Parole board proceedings and the appointment of litigation friends: what is ahead?

In R (on the application of EG) v The Parole Board of England and Wales and Secretary of State for Justice [2020] EWHC 1457 (Admin) the High Court held that the Parole Board Rules 2019 contain a power for the Parole Board to appoint a litigation friend to act on behalf of prisoners who lack capacity to conduct their parole review.

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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 […]

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CMS rules out temperature checks in office reopening plans

CMS is holding discussions with its landlords over what safety measures will need to be put in place ahead any return to the office, though will not be asking employees to undergo temperature checks prior to entering.  Temperature tests is a measure that has proved controversial among members of the corporate community due to data […]

JMW kicks off 2020 financial reporting season with 25% growth

JMW has become the first UK top 100 firm to release its financial results for 2019/20. The Manchester-headquartered firm’s revenue has increased by 25 per cent from £38.1m to £47.6m. The head office billed £42.5m, an 11.5 per cent increase on 2018/19, while the new London office, which opened in May 2019, brought in £5.1m […]

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A 20 per cent cut to salaries is now the Covid norm

It’s a new club, hastily assembled in the middle of a pandemic and not one that many legal sector workers willingly want to join. It’s known as the 20 per cent club. Currently home to a third (32 per cent) of The Lawyer’s Top 50 firms with Simmons & Simmons weighing up membership options, this […]

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Card Factory appoints new general counsel

The Card Factory has appointed a new general counsel as it gears up to reopen its stores following lockdown. Ciaran Stone takes on the role of GC and company secretary at the Card Factory from Shiv Sibal, who has held the position since 2014. Stone previously spent a year as head of legal at Bestway […]

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Shoosmiths and BCLP called in on Monsoon Accessorize rescue deal

Shoosmiths and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner are acting on the rescue of Monsoon Accessorize, which has been saved by a buyout deal. The fashion brand collapsed into administration last night (9 June). Almost immediately, founder Peter Simon bought the business out of administration as part of a pre-pack deal, leaving him in control of a […]

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