In the wake of the financial crisis, huge cuts in government spending took resources away from the police, HMRC, regulators and the SFO. There was a dramatic reduction in the largest criminal investigations of corporations and directors. The tide has now turned in the opposite direction, with a flood of sophisticated and well resourced regulatory and criminal investigations.
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John de Bono QC discusses the Lord Chancellor’s announcement that the discount rate would be revised from 2.5% to -0.75%. This clearly has major implications for the calculation of future losses and will lead to much higher awards and settlements than we have seen before.
Adrian Hopkins QC co-writes an article in the Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons concerning the landmark decision of the Supreme Court in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board. The article was co-written by Angela Coulter, senior research scientist at the University of Oxford and Ben Moulton, senior vice-president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, Boston, MA, US.
This case sounds a second cautionary note from the Court of Appeal against the mechanistic use of balance sheet exercises and the failure to apply the appropriate weight to more important factors when assessing best interests.
Regulators, HMRC, investigation agencies and private prosecutors are pursuing more cases than ever before against corporate bodies, directors and executives. Chris Daw QC, Sarah Clarke and Anthony Haycroft write for The Lawyer.
Alex Ruck Keene gives a glowing review to the third edition of Medical Treatment: Decisions and the Law on his Mental Capacity Law and Policy blog.
Sir Robert Francis QC speaks to Legal Business.
In this paper Jonathan Davies explains the interaction of employment law and police regulations, setting out the differences between police employee and police office rights and how they are enforced, as well as setting out the procedure the Employment Tribunal follows and how that procedure may come into conflict with the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 and the Police (Performance) Regulations 2012.
Freedom to speak up: an independent review into creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS.
Our Director of Client Care, Catherine Calder, reveals her legal inspirations.
When is a DOL not a DOL? When the parents of a 15 year old agree to it.
Montgomery (Appellant) v Lanarkshire Health Board (Respondent)  UKSC 11
On appeal from  CSIH
Management matters: Catherine Calder explains why modern management is key for today’s most successful chambers
Serjeants’ Inn silk quoted in Enabling Potential – Achieving a New Deal for Children with Cerebral Palsy, a report outlining the findings of a parliamentary inquiry into the cerebral palsies, the overall aim of which is to identify policy changes that could help the 30,000 children in the UK with cerebral palsies to achieve their full potential in life.
Bridget was featured as a result of her work as counsel to the seven concurrent inquests into the deaths of seven British residents who were among the 40 killed in the 2013 hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria.
The last word on consent? Montgomery is the belated obituary, not the death knell, of medical paternalism, says Charles Foster
Serjeants’ Inn member writes in national newspaper on the new Duty of Candour on NHS trusts arising from the 2012-13 Francis inquiry into patient care.
Michael was featured after acting for an NHS trust in the Court of Protection case where Mr Justice Cobb ruled that doctors could lawfully decline to force-feed an anorexic woman despite the probability that she would die.