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Innovation and collaboration: utilising innovative technology to improve patient care

01 November 2017

In July 2017, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee launched an inquiry into Life Science and the Industrial Strategy. The inquiry aims to investigate issues such as whether the government has the necessary structures in place to support the life sciences sector; how the NHS can use procurement to stimulate innovation and the content of the new life sciences industrial strategy, once published.

Data protection: UK Data Protection Bill starts process through House of Lords

25 October 2017

The UK government published the Data Protection Bill (the Bill) on 13 September 2017. Its second reading and initial debate took place in the House of Lords on 10 October 2017. Once the wording is finalised and ratified, the resulting Act of Parliament will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 (the DPA 1998) and provide a comprehensive framework for data protection in the UK. The resulting legislation will be in addition to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will apply directly to the UK from 25 May 2018.

A lesson in labelling: SSRIs and birth defects

18 October 2017

According to the World Health Organisation, depression is a leading cause of death worldwide and is on the rise globally.

Back to the future: claimant unsuccessful in their claim for loss of chance

18 October 2017

When quantifying future losses, the court is often required to speculate what position a claimant would be in but for the accident and injuries due to the negligence of the defendant. This is particularly true where a claimant seeks damages for the loss of their chance to pursue more lucrative occupations.

Preventing cyber attacks on medical devices

18 October 2017

At the end of July 2017, it was announced that an American medical device cyber risk assessment platform - the World Health Information Security Testing Lab - known as WHISTL will expand to the UK by the end of 2017.

Scottish bereavement damages decision focuses on life expectancy

18 October 2017

The case of George Manson & others v Henry Robb Ltd saw the Court of Session wrestle with the longstanding question of judge versus jury awards. It also considered the impact of a reduced life expectancy on the overall compensation figure. £75,000 was awarded to the widow, and £30,000 to each son.

Motor Brief August 2017: market insights

17 August 2017

A summary of key developments including an update on the discount rate review, a new blueprint for fixed costs, the reinstatement of measures to tackle whiplash claims; progressing the liability framework for autonomous vehicle technology, a new model code for credit hire and salvage hire, a new insurance ‘pay as you go’ product, as well as updates on Brexit and data protection legislation.

Motor Brief: latest decisions August 2017

17 August 2017

A round up of recent court decisions raising issues relating to the scope of qualified one-way costs shifting and fixed costs regimes; the ability to sue an unidentified defendant, assignment of CFAs and a comparison of the requirements to bring committal proceedings in cases involving fraud and contempt of court.

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