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The current coronavirus outbreak (recently named COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation (WHO)) is dominating global headlines. Since it was first reported from Wuhan, China on 31 December 2019 it has spread to 25 countries, infected over 42,000 people and claimed over 1,000 lives.
We are pleased to announce that we have strengthened our presence in Dublin by hiring insurance litigator and casualty specialist David Strahan from Arthur Cox. David, who qualified at the Irish Bar before his admission as a solicitor, becomes the fifth partner in our Dublin office.
Following today's Queen's Speech, we have officially responded to some key domestic legislation relating Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill, and the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill.
In a week that is likely to be dominated by ongoing Brexit negotiations and timelines, we have today been provided with this Government’s priorities and legislative programme in the Queen’s Speech which took place this morning.
Case review 04-06-2019
Last year the High Court boldly concluded that the standard of proof required for a conclusion of suicide (whether recorded in short-form or as a narrative statement) at an inquest is the civil standard of “on the balance of probabilities” and not the criminal standard of “beyond reasonable doubt”.
On 1 May 2019, Charles River Laboratories revealed it was the victim of a ‘sophisticated and well resourced’ hacking attack and resulting data breach, discovered in mid-March and thought to have compromised about 1% of the company’s client data.
In March 2018 the way a patient in Victoria can direct their care after they lose decision making capacity changed with the introduction of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (‘Act’).
Ingrid Hobbs, a partner in our London office, has been confirmed by The Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) as the Vice President of London FOIL. She will assume the role of President in October 2019.
The Office of the Information Commissioner recently released its quarterly report on data breaches notified under the Privacy Act 1988. The report showed that healthcare is Australia’s leading sector for notifiable personal data breaches.
DePuy International Ltd’s ULTAMET® Metal-on-Metal (MOM) Articulation, a total hip replacement prosthesis, is not defective under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (the Act), the High Court has ruled today in a decision likely to affect many hundreds of other claims against manufacturers of MOM hip implants in the UK and the EU generally.