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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.
We are very pleased to confirm that, in addition to the firm’s gold level global partnership, we are a local sponsor of this year’s Inclusion@Lloyd’s Dive In Festival in four US cities – Chicago, Miami, New York and Philadelphia.
Our global expansion has been supported by a 20% increase in headcount worldwide to over 1900 personnel, with lateral partner hires and mergers across our offices boosting the partnership to 277 – representing a rise of 37%.