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SANKEY PaulIn March 2015, the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11 redefined the legal relationship between doctors and patients.

This article was first published in Independent Practitioner Today and has been reproduced with their kind permission.

Tags: Clinical Negligence2017

PHILLIPS AnnaIn this article, our property litigation legal director, Anna Phillips,  discusses pertinent chairty land issues. Following consultations into the amendment or abolition of Sections 117-122 of the Charities Act 2011 (CA), some may have come to see the requirements relating to disposal of charity land as a mere inconvenience. However, trustees should be under no illusions. 

Tags: Property LitigationCharities2017



New legislation has come into force with effect from 6 April 2017 in relation to statutory reporting of payment practices and performance which qualifying companies and LLPs must comply with.

In this article, senior associate Mark Greatholder sets out the new requirements.

Tags: Commercial2017


Everyone is talking about storage as being the next 'big thing' in the energy sector. Technological innovation is moving quickly, and Government is making encouraging sounds for pushing for large-scale adoption of storage via batteries within the industry. But while this is all encouraging and exciting, our old friend – the planning system – rarely moves as quickly as its energy counterpart. So how will the planning system deal with electricity storage, and will planning law prove to be an obstacle or a gateway to its widespread take-up?

Tags: Energy and RenewablesProperty, Infrastructure and Construction2017

Female red dress HRWelcome to the March bulletin where we summarise the key developments from the last month. This month we also focus on the Gender Pay Gap and look at some frequently asked questions on the detail of the new reporting requirements.

We also consider recent court decisions which test some of the exemptions that employers often rely on when responding to employee subject access requests.

FACEY EmmaEmma Facey, associate and specialist in inheritance and trusts disputes looks at the recent decision by the Supreme Court in Ilott v The Blue Cross and others concerning an Inheritance Act claim by the deceased's estranged daughter.

Some countries have forced heirship rules which mean that individuals have to gift their estate in a particular way, for example to benefit their spouse and/or children. However in England and Wales, individuals have the freedom to leave their assets to whomever they wish, when they die.

Tags: Private WealthAgriculture2017

SINGFIELD PeterThis update is brought to you by partner Peter Singfield and first published in Money Marketing.

As one descends inexorably towards middle age, nothing seems to hit that sweet spot of irritation more than the modern propensity to make up words.

One example of this came when Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced they were “consciously uncoupling”. Whatever happened to a good old-fashioned break-up?

Agate JenniferSaying sorry quickly is the safest bet to protect yourself from Twibel, writes Jennifer Agate, senior associate in our editorial team, investigates.

This article was first published in Spears, the multi-award-winning wealth management and luxury lifestyle media brand for the ultra-high-net- worth (UHNW) community and has been reproduced with their kind permission.

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2017

Agate JenniferBy Jennifer Agate, senior associate in our editorial team.

This article was first published on the specialist journalism website

Last month, an Australian court fined media company Yahoo7 $300,000 after a story published online led to a murder trial being aborted. The court had previously found both the media company and the reporter responsible for the story guilty of contempt of court for publishing details about the defendant deemed to have risked prejudicing the jury.

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2017

JAFFA TonyIt's already been widely reported that last week, the Culture Media & Sport Select Committee has published its response to the government's consultation on the commencement of S.40 (of the Crimes and Courts Act 2013). Media partner Tony Jaffa, discusses this further in his column for specialist journalism website Hold The Front Page.

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2017



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