Megan Griffiths writes about this landmark clinical negligence case on pre-conception advice, where, this week, the High Court handed down judgment in favour of the Claimant on liability.
Getting your teeth into non-delegable duties and vicarious liability
Mary Newnham considers Hughes v Rattan [2021 EWHC 2032 (QB), an important decision for the dental sector on the issue of legal responsibility of practice owners providing NHS dentistry services via associate dentists, but of interest to all clinical negligence practitioners with its guidance on non-delegable duties and vicarious liability.
Women’s rights in healthcare
In this post, Cressida Mawdesley-Thomas discusses issues of women's rights in healthcare, following the fourth annual conference focused on Women’s Rights in Healthcare, hosted by Leigh Day.
Appeal allowed in Bell v Tavistock: the scope of declarations in the judicial review of clinical treatment decisions
In this blog post, Megan Griffiths considers the Court of Appeal’s recent judgment which overturned the High Court’s issue of a declaration and guidance on the ability of minors to consent to puberty-blocking treatment.
AB v Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust: settlement approved in short life expectancy clinical negligence claim
William Audland QC and Isaac Hogarth of 12 King’s Bench Walk, instructed by Victoria Williams of Stewarts successfully represented the claimant (“C”), a protected party, in her claim against Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust (“D”). A compromise was reached on the basis of an offer made at a video Joint Settlement Meeting (JSM) which was subsequently approved by Master Sullivan.
Consent in Spinal Surgery – Mukhtar Malik v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 1913 (QB)
In this post, Daniel Sokol looks at the recent consent case of Mukhtar Malik v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and draws valuable lessons for lawyers, experts and doctors.
Wrongful Birth Revisited: Khan v Meadows  UKSC 21 – the Supreme Court decision
The Supreme Court handed down its decision in this case on Friday, discussed by Ted Cunningham in this post. Helen Waller has previously provided a comprehensive summary of the factual and legal background to this case, which is available here.
The criminal prosecution of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust for the unsafe clinical care leading to the death of baby Harry Richford
In this post, Vanessa Cashman discusses this recent criminal prosecution regarding the failings in maternity care from East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. It is a landmark case, being the first time that the CQC has prosecuted an NHS Trust over failings in clinical care.
Breakingbury v Croad: non-delegable duty in dental negligence
Ted Cunningham discusses this case concerning a dental practice’s owner’s non-delegable duty, where judgment was handed down in April by His Honour Judge Harrison, sitting at Cardiff County Court. The judgment can be accessed here, on the website of the solicitors for the claimant. In short, the Learned Judge held that Mr Croad, a former dentist who had been retired for 20 years and who had sold his practice many years before the litigation commenced, owed a non-delegable duty of care to the Claimant at the material time.
Wrongful Birth Revisited: Khan v Meadows  UKSC 21 – a reminder
To get us all up to speed ahead of this Supreme Court judgment, which is due to be handed down on Friday 28 May, Helen Waller has helpfully set out the background to this case, the decisions of the lower courts, and a summary of the law on wrongful birth claims. We will update this blog post in the next few days with the result of the Supreme Court decision and our analysis of it.