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Kennedys backs combination of criminal and regulatory regimes to help build confidence in driverless public transport
We have recommended that new criminal offences dealing with cyber-attacks on buses, taxis and other forms of public transport will be needed as the technology emerges, in our response to a Law Commission consultation. We have also said operators of driverless public transport should take personal responsibility for their safety as part of the protections needed to build consumer confidence in the concept.
We are pleased to announce our partnership with the UK government’s Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme. We are one of a growing number of organisations from across the north of England that is part of the network, which is working towards building a Northern Powerhouse across several main areas including: connectivity and transport; skills, science and innovation; quality of life and culture; and devolution.
Case review 12-11-2019
Deprivation of liberty: Supreme Court rules on Article 5 rights and parental responsibility for 16 and 17 year olds
The recent Supreme Court case of Re D (A Child) will have some immediate practical and cost implications for public bodies that commission services for 16 and 17 year old young people, particularly local authorities and NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.
The overwhelming majority of patients wish to leave hospital as soon as they are medically fit and well. When a patient, or their family on their behalf, refuses to accept a discharge plan or transfer to other care arrangements however, the issue of delayed transfers of care can be a contentious one.
In recent years, the US has seen a trend in large-scale litigation pushed forward by the plaintiffs’ bar in the form of class actions, which are often consolidated in state courts or take the form of multi-district litigation (MDL) in the federal court system.
We are to strengthen our public liability practice with the recruitment of Kathryn Oldfield as a partner.
We have highlighted that NHS trusts, private hospitals and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) need to prepare for new responsibilities under the regime governing the deprivation of liberty of those without the mental capacity to consent to it.
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill is currently making its way through parliament. We explore some of the practical and financial implications of the proposals, for local authorities, the NHS, and the private sector.
Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of Kennedys’ core values; being approachable, supportive, straightforward and distinctive. It’s something that is very important to us.