Patient confidentiality – to breach or not to breach? – No. 5 Chambers

‘In 2007 C’s father (XX) killed his wife, C’s mother. He was made the subject of a hospital order. He was treated by D1’s multidisciplinary team. In 2009 his care was transferred to Dr O, a consultant forensic psychiatrist. C took part in family therapy sessions through D2. There was a suspicion that XX had Huntington’s disease but he refused to undergo genetic testing. He did not want C or her sister to know. His patient confidentiality was respected by D1 and D2. About this time C became pregnant. In 2013 C tested positive for Huntington’s. C was accidentally informed that XX had tested positive.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 10th March 2020

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Third party costs order for medical expert deemed ‘not generally competent as an expert’: Thimmaya v Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust – Parklane Plowden

Posted March 24th, 2020 in chambers articles, costs, expert witnesses, news, third parties by sally

‘Sitting at Manchester County Court, HHJ Evans took the path less trodden and ordered a consultant spinal surgeon, acting as the Claimant’s expert witness in clinical negligence proceedings, to pay £88,800 to cover the costs wasted as a result of his input.’

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Parklane Plowden, 4th March 2020

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Doctor/patient confidentiality in genetic disease case – UK Human Rights Blog

‘ABC v St George’s Healthcare Trust and others [2020] EWHC 455 (QB). The High Court has ruled that the health authorities owed a duty of care to the daughter of their patient who suffered from the hereditary neurodegenerative order Huntington’s Chorea, to inform her about his condition. But in the circumstances, Yip J concluded that the duty was not breached and that causation had not been established.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th February 2020

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Funder exposed to costs as CoA says Arkin rule not binding – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 27th, 2020 in budgets, champerty, costs, fees, news, third parties by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that a litigation funder can be exposed to higher costs than those they committed to backing a claim in a ruling that will send shock-waves through the sector.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th February 2020

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Court of Appeal: Arkin cap is not a binding rule – Litigation Futures

Posted February 26th, 2020 in appeals, costs, news, third parties by sally

‘The Arkin cap is not a binding rule and judges have the discretion to order commercial funders to pay more than they have spent on a case, the Court of Appeal has held in a landmark decision.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th February 2020

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Thimmaya v Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust: The incompetent expert – Hailsham Chambers

‘As all legal practitioners know, good experts win cases. Conversely, bad experts can not only lose cases, but sometimes they can cause a bad case to enter
or remain in existence, wasting time, effort and money. Such was the case in Thimmaya v Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust, where, in a judgment that will understandably alarm the medico-legal world, the County Court decided that a third party costs order should be made against the Claimant’s expert witness, in the sum of £88,801.68.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 21st February 2020

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Unfit expert hit with £89k third-party costs order – Litigation Futures

Posted February 14th, 2020 in costs, expert witnesses, negligence, news, third parties by sally

‘A circuit judge has made a “highly unusual” and large third-party costs order against a claimant’s medical expert witness, whose “improper, unreasonable, or negligent conduct” doomed the case.

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Litigation Futures, 14th February 2020

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Financial Remedy Update, February 2020 – Family Law Week

Posted February 13th, 2020 in cohabitation, divorce, financial provision, joinder, matrimonial home, news, third parties by tracey

‘Sarah Hunter, Senior Associate and Eleanor Cawthra, Associate Mills & Reeve LLP consider the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during February 2020.’

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Family Law Week, 12th February 2020

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Landlord Advice Companies in Litigation – Help or Hindrance? – Pallant Chambers

Posted February 4th, 2020 in landlord & tenant, legal services, news, third parties by sally

‘For individual landlords unfamiliar with the courts, recovering possession from tenants must often seem like a daunting proposition. It is therefore unsurprising that many such landlords turn to the wide variety of landlord advice companies that advertise support and assistance. These advice companies often offer different ‘packages’, ranging from simply drafting letters before action to pursuing possession orders right through to judgment.’

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Pallant Chambers, 30th January 2020

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Avon Ground Rents Limited v (1) Cowley and others (2) Metropolitan Housing Trust (3) Advance (4) May Hempstead Partnership – Tanfield Chambers

Posted January 28th, 2020 in landlord & tenant, leases, news, service charges, third parties by sally

‘Likely payments from third parties, including insurers, may be considered when the assessing what sums are reasonable and accordingly payable in respect of service charges in advance under s.19 (2) Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 21st January 2020

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Liquidator’s firm liable for opponent’s costs after funding litigation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 13th, 2020 in company directors, costs, insolvency, limitations, liquidators, news, third parties by tracey

‘The High Court has characterised a liquidator’s firm as a real party to the litigation which it funded as it stood to make financial gain from the action and was therefore found not to be a pure funder facilitating access to justice.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th January 2020

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TPO in Football: What it is, how it is developing, and what it should be – Blackstone Sports Law Bulletin

Posted January 7th, 2020 in contracts, news, sport, third parties by sally

‘The issue of Third Party Ownership in football remains a live one, despite FIFA’s outright prohibition in 2015. Any analysis of the current landscape needs to start with an understanding of what is meant by Third Party Ownership, or TPO for short.’

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Blackstone Sports Law Bulletin, 6th January 2020

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High Court ruling “shows strength of Manolete model” – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court ruling refusing to set aside £4.3m judgment in default in a suppressed sales case shows the strength of the litigation funding model used by Manolete Partners, it has been argued.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th December 2019

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Third party harassment – 3PB

Posted December 4th, 2019 in employment tribunals, harassment, news, race discrimination, third parties by sally

‘The Respondent (“R”) provides mental health services including a secure, residential unit for men who are the subject of a treatment order under s3 Mental Health Act 1987.’

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3PB, 4th November 2019

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Judge orders wife and mother-in-law to pay £12m costs bill – Litigation Futures

Posted December 4th, 2019 in costs, fraud, news, third parties by tracey

‘The High Court has ordered the wife and mother-in-law of a Kazakh businessman, the subject of a “very substantial fraud claim”, to pay the claimants’ costs bill of over £12m.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd December 2019

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Litigation funder highlights lack of competition – Litigation Futures

Posted November 28th, 2019 in champerty, competition, news, third parties by sally

‘The market of clients using litigation finance through choice rather than necessity – especially companies looking to offload their liability for portfolios of cases – remains “almost entirely unaddressed”, an AIM-listed funder has told investors.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th November 2019

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The future for me is already a thing of the past – Nearly Legal

Posted November 13th, 2019 in appeals, costs, housing, landlord & tenant, news, repairs, third parties by sally

‘This is an important Court of Appeal decision concerning Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, s.19(2) and the reasonable sum payable in advance on account of works where the landlord may be able in future to recover some of the costs from a third party.’

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Nearly Legal, 12th November 2019

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Case Comment: Travelers Insurance Company Ltd v XYZ [2019] UKSC 48 – UKSC Blog

‘Alaina Wadsworth, Ben Brown, Ed Foss and Thomas Pangbourne, who all work within the Insurance & Reinsurance Group at CMS, comment on the decision handed down by the UK Supreme Court on 30 October 2019, in the matter of Travelers Insurance Company Ltd v XYZ [2019] UKSC 48.’

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UKSC Blog, 11th November 2019

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Litigation funding agreements are not DBAs, tribunal rules – Litigation Futures

‘Agreements with third-party litigation funders are not damages-based agreements (DBAs), the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th November 2019

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New Judgment: Travelers Insurance Company Ltd v XYZ [2019] UKSC 48 – UKSC Blog

‘This appeal concerned who should pay the legal costs of 426 claimants who successfully sued a medical group for the supply of defective silicone breast implants. It allows the Supreme Court to review the principles concerning third-party costs orders. 426 uninsured claimants applied to the court for an order that Travelers pay their costs. The High Court and Court of Appeal held that Travelers be ordered to pay them, albeit for slightly different reasons. Travelers appealed to the Supreme Court.’

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UKSC Blog, 30th October 2019

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