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Healthcare briefing - High Court tests the ‘great safety net’ of inherent jurisdiction

United Kingdom - April 24 2019 The extent of the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction for the protection of vulnerable adults was considered last month in the widely reported case of…

Mental health law briefing 253 - The scope of maternal psychiatric claims: Primary or secondary victims?

United Kingdom - December 11 2018 Last month saw the High Court revisit the issue of secondary victim status in personal injury claims, in Yah v Medway NHS Foundation Trust. Delay…

Supreme Court extends the reach of patient duty of care to reception staff

United Kingdom - October 15 2018 On Wednesday 10 October 2018, the Supreme Court unanimously allowed an appeal brought by a patient claiming damages based on false information…

Divisional Court rules on evidential standard for Coroners in suicide cases

United Kingdom - August 6 2018 In an unexpected judgment last week, the Divisional Court fundamentally changed the landscape of the law relating to conclusions of suicide in…

GMC powers curtailed by Health Secretary

United Kingdom - June 11 2018 Today saw the publication of the Williams Review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare. The report suggests sweeping changes in the way…