The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was published on 4 July 2018. It aims to give effect, with some changes, to the scheme of Liberty Protection Safeguards recommended in the Law Commission’s Report: Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty (2017).
GDPR day – 25th May 2018 – came and went with a flurry of Privacy Notices and Policies filling our in-boxes but did everyone take stock of their data and their responsibilities or are there thousands of businesses out there who are yet to up-date their systems and processes?
Hempsons’ Bertie Leigh joins the working group for Dame Clare Marx’s independent review into gross negligence manslaughter (and culpable homicide in Scotland) in the medical profession
GDPR - The Final Countdown! Are you ready for 25th May 2018? Make sure you don’t get caught out and seek legal advice to ensure your policies and procedures are robust and that your staff know and understand the new rules.
What are your obligations with The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – are you going to be ready?
Certain types of personal data must be treated with particular care due to the sensitive nature of that personal data. This is of course common sense. ‘Health’ comes under what the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) calls the ‘special category’, making it a mandatory obligation to comply with the GDPR and more especially if you work in the health professional field.
There have long been restrictions on owners of certain types of IP making “unjustified threats” of infringement action to third parties. Coupled with the fact that the maker of an unjustified threat (which could include a law firm on behalf of its client!) can face legal action, and a claim for damages; this has always been an area which requires careful consideration.
The Supreme Court has held the current fee regime for employment tribunal fees to be unlawful and prevents access to justice.
Hempsons is delighted to announce this year’s round of partner and associate promotions.
Dentists across the UK will be all too familiar with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) but possibly not yet accustomed to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will apply from 25 May 2018. Notwithstanding Brexit, the UK government has indicated that it will implement the new regime.
The issue of dress codes and religious clothing has featured in the news recently, following the case brought be a Belgian receptionist in Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions. The case was reported as supporting a ban on headscarves, but the actual outcome was slightly more complicated than that.
The General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and is the largest overhaul of data protection since the 1998 Act.
There can be few more frightening events in the professional life of a doctor than to receive a letter from a solicitor proposing to bring an action for compensation from a patient alleging negligence. The recipient should know that this probably heralds the start of an arduous form of mid-career audit. If things go badly there may be public humiliation ahead. This claim could be followed by a complaint to the General Medical Council that may end the doctor’s career. The days have long past when substandard clinical practice was assumed to be something that would be sorted out, often behind closed doors between the patient’s lawyers and those acting for the doctor’s indemnifiers.