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We are pleased to announce that the publication of the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa has seen us build on our 2018 success. Kennedys has been ranked in 14 practice areas, including three new rankings for our Paris office (dispute resolution, healthcare and life sciences and insurance), and a ‘top tier’ ranking for aviation in Belgium.
We consider how technological developments in patient-led care over the next 10 years could be used to alleviate pressure on the NHS and other healthcare providers and how the healthcare sector can prepare for changes to come.
Early March 2019 marked the second annual #GenomicsConversation Week, the Genomics Education Programme’s annual week of action for all health professionals. The goal of this NHS initiative is to encourage conversation and awareness among all health professionals and to help them feel more comfortable discussing genomic testing with patients.
The then-Lord Chancellor’s announcement on 27 February 2017, to reduce the discount rate from 2.5% to minus 0.75%, surprised those representing both claimants and defendants and has led to overcompensation in many cases. Fortunately, the Civil Liability Act 2018, which reforms how the discount rate is set, received Royal Assent on 20 December 2018, and should restore fairer compensation levels.
In our report in September 2017 we examined the steep increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioids in the United States and Canada, and fears that Europe may face a similar epidemic. We now take a closer look at the extent of opioid use in the UK, the steps being taken to address this, and the potential impact on insurers.
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.
Case review 2019-02-28
The question whether periodical payments by a 'passported' insurer are ‘reasonably secure’ pending the unknown future outcome of Brexit was considered in a recent case. The parties were agreed that the answer was in the affirmative, but the court had to satisfy itself when approving the settlement.
The road to reform on the personal injury discount rate has been long and winding but Deborah Newberry, our Head of Corporate and Public Affairs, suggests with the strict timetable in the law there is a light at the end of this tunnel.
Artificial intelligence is prevalent across many areas of our day-to-day life and now increasingly so in medical products. This article focuses on the potential liability issues for such products, particularly in the healthcare sector.
Late on 18 December 2018 the Scottish Parliament passed stage 1 of the Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Payments) (Scotland) Bill (the Bill) in Holyrood.