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Court of Appeal grants permission for assisted dying case

13th April 2017

On 12th April 2017 the Court of Appeal granted permission for Noel Conway to bring a judicial review attempting to change the law to allow assisted dying, reversing the High Court’s decision of 31st March 2017. The full case will now be heard by the High Court.

Click here for the Court of Appeal judgment
Click here for the High Court judgment

Amy Street was instructed in the case, led by Richard Gordon QC, before starting parental leave. She will return to practice later this year. Amy specialises in cases involving novel or complex points of law and was part of the winning team in the Supreme Court in Cheshire West and Chester Council v P [2014] UKSC 19; [2014] AC 896.

Alex Ruck Keene and Annabel Lee are the current juniors for the claimant in the case.

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Best interests declaration in Charlie Gard case

11th April 2017

The court has now ruled in this case, granting Great Ormond Street Hospital’s application for a declaration that it is not in Charlie Gard’s best interests to continue to receive artificial ventilation or to undergo a suggested treatment, nucleoside therapy, in the US and that he should be provided with palliative care only.

Sophia Roper and Pravin Fernando were instructed by Bindmans for Connie Yates and Chris Gard, Charlie’s parents, all acting on a pro bono basis. Katie Gollop QC and Debra Powell QC represented the hospital.

Media commentary is available as follows:  BBC: Guardian: Telegraph: and Independent: 

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Inquest into the death of Mariana Pinto: Poplar Coroner’s Court

16th March 2017

Debra Powell QC represented the husband of a 32 year old woman who died after jumping from their third floor roof terrace while suffering from mental illness, less than 24 hours after being sent home from A&E after doctors decided she was not detainable under the Mental Health Act 1983.

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Sousse terrorist attacks: unlawful killing

2nd March 2017

Claire Watson represented the Met Police in the Tunisian Inquests which concluded on 28 Feb. The Coroner concluded that all 30 British Nationals were unlawfully killed but would not expand the category of persons in a dependent position to allow him to make findings of neglect.

The Coroner expressed his gratitude to the families of the Deceased and noted their quiet dignity throughout the difficult inquests whilst also acknowledging the “enormous assistance” provided by the Met Police team from SO15.

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