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The consultation on fixed recoverable costs in lower value clinical negligence claims ignores the role of the NHSLA, says Agata Usewicz

24th February 2017 - New Law Journal

The timing of the Department of Health’s long-awaited consultation Introducing Fixed Recoverable Costs in Lower Value Clinical Negligence Claims raised more than a few eyebrows when it was launched at the end of January, not least because the consultation will open and close before the National Audit Office’s (NAO) investigation into the operations and efficiencies of the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) will report its findings.

Agata Usewicz is a Head of Medical Negligence Team.

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Civil partnership couple seek Supreme Court hearing

21st February 2017 - The Law Society Gazette

A man and a woman who today lost their Court of Appeal battle for the right to choose to enter a civil partnership are to take the fight to the Supreme Court, their solicitor confirmed.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan over an earlier High Court decision refusing them judicial review of the education secretary’s decision not to, at this stage, propose any change to the bar on opposite-sex couples entering into a civil partnership.

Nicola Waldmanprivate client partner comments.

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Plans to remove duty of care for British soldiers branded as ‘shameful’

16th February 2017 - The Justice Gap

Proposals by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to abolish the duty of care owed to service personnel have been strongly criticized by lawyers. Responding to the Government’s ‘Better combat compensation’ consultation, human rights lawyers argue that the plans, which propose a new widened concept of ‘combat immunity’, would prevent injured soldiers and families of those killed in combat from pursuing legal redress for negligence and effectively shield the MoD from scrutiny by the courts for negligence in combat-related deaths and injuries. Jocelyn Cockburn comments.

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David Stanley battling mesothelioma after possible exposure to asbestos at Wellcome’s Dartford factory

15th February 2017 - Kent Online

A retired painter and decorator now battling lung cancer is appealing for former colleagues to come forward to help his legal case. David Stanley, 78, worked at the huge Wellcome site in Dartford in the 1960s and 1970s, during which time he was exposed to the toxic dust. He went on to suffer breathing problems and since retirement has been fighting mesothelioma, an incurable cancer known to be caused by exposure to asbestos.

Industrial Disease solicitor Andrew James is acting for Mr Stanley.

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