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Case review 2023-06-06
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.
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.
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.
Personal injury discount rate: a global snapshot
The recently closed Ministry of Justice (MoJ) call for evidence considers different models for setting the personal injury discount rate (PIDR) in other jurisdictions including Hong Kong, the Canadian province of Ontario and Jersey which set different rates based on the duration of the award, in addition to the heads of loss approach adopted in the Republic of Ireland. In this article, we consider each of these jurisdictions in more detail.
Case review 2023-05-08
What happens when parents’ anti-vaccination sentiment conflicts with life-saving treatment needed by a child?
In this article, we consider the recent decision of the High Court of New Zealand in Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, Te Toka Tumai v C and S, which underscores the tension between a child’s need for life-saving medical treatment and parents’ refusal of consent.
An exploration of the Independent Review of Medicare Integrity and Compliance
In November 2022, the Independent Review of Medicare Integrity and Compliance was commissioned following concerning media allegations of potential fraud in the Medicare system. Partner, Anjali Woodford, and Paralegal, Pavi Paramasivam, explore the findings of the Review and encourage practitioners to be proactive in implementing Medicare billing reforms in an article published in the Australian Medical Association (Victoria)’s blog, Stethoscope.
Managing commercial risk when entering into third-party contracts: key considerations for NHS trusts
It is vital that NHS trusts take steps to minimise the risks posed to them when entering into third-party contracts. A number of repeated issues and trends can be identified, which we share in this article.
Kennedys continues Legal 500 success with 2023 EMEA rankings
The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 has once again recognised Kennedys as a leading firm across the region.
Personal Injury Brief: market insights – March 2023
A summary of key developments including upcoming changes to the Qualified One-Way Cost Shifting regime, the Ministry of Justice call for evidence on the discount rate in England & Wales, and takeaways from The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference.
The Windsor Framework: implications for healthcare and life sciences industries
After years of Brexit uncertainty for businesses in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, the Windsor Framework was published on 27 February 2023 following extensive EU/UK negotiations. The Framework should pave the way for the smooth supply of medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, much to the relief of industry stakeholders and patients alike.