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Irish Defamation Bill moves closer to becoming a new Act
On 28 March 2023, Minister for Justice Simon Harris received cabinet approval for priority drafting of the General Scheme of Defamation (Amendment) Bill (the General Scheme) and referral of the General Scheme to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice for pre-legislative scrutiny. In this article, we discuss some of the proposals published in the General Scheme together with the submissions by the Council in response to such proposals.
Case review 06/06/2023
Hong Kong Medical Law Brief - June 2023 edition
With the use of a single joint expert potentially being the new norm for adducing expert medical evidence in District Court personal injury cases rather than respective medical experts appointed by opposing parties, what are the possible implications to medical negligence cases.
Paris has voted to ban rental e-scooters: will the UK follow?
Parisians have voted overwhelmingly to ban rental e-scooters from the capital. The action has brought into sharp focus the approach the UK Government has taken and may now take.
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse - the Government’s response
On 22 May 2023 the Government published its response to the Final Report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in which it states it accepts the need to act on 19 of the 20 recommendations.
The implications of the new guidelines on medical practitioners who perform cosmetic surgery and procedures
From 1 July 2023, medical practitioners who perform cosmetic surgery and procedures will be subject to updated guidelines developed by the Medical Board of Australia. In this article, our Kennedys healthcare experts discuss the significance of the new guidelines and what cosmetic surgeons need to know.
Case review 23/05/2023
Hong Kong Personal Injury Brief - May 2023 edition
In a very recent decision, HH Judge Andrew Li of the District Court (Judge) has tightened control over adducing of expert medical evidence in personal injury (PI) cases, particularly those in the District Court. He observed that it was high time for the courts and practitioners not only to consider but to actually make wider use of a single joint expert (SJE) rather than respective medical experts appointed by opposing parties.
Case review 19/05/2023
Court of Appeal identifies the correct test under Article 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998 in failure to remove case
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has upheld the decision of the High Court to grant summary judgment to the defendant local authorities in a case alleging breach of Article 3 of the Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998 for failure to remove the claimant from his mother’s care. In doing so, the CoA has provided useful guidance which will assist in dealing with these claims.
Civil Justice Council publishes its final report on costs
Last year, the Civil Justice Council Costs Working Group was charged with taking a "strategic and holistic look at costs, particularly given the ongoing transformation of civil justice into a digital justice system". On 10 May 2023, the Working Group published its final report and recommendations, offering an insight into the likely direction of travel for costs in civil claims. In this article, we provide an overview of the responses to the consultation and the recommendations put forward.
Kennedys in Australia promotes liability partner
Kennedys has promoted liability claims specialist Emily Unger to the Australian partnership.
Terrorism (Protection of premises) Bill: briefing note
The Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, also known as the ‘Protect Duty’ or ‘Martyn’s Law’, aims to keep people safe from terrorist attacks by introducing proportionate security requirements for certain public venues.