Report of the Liverpool Community Health Independent Review

An inquiry into Liverpool Community Health has identified that the Trust was a dysfunction organisation and as  a consequence of financial targets damaged patient services. The report can be found at https://improvement.nhs.uk/documents/2403/LiverpoolCommunityHealth_IndependentReviewReport_V2.pdf The report highlights that staff at the Liverpool service were over stretched, leadership was inadequate and they failed to recognise that the cost Read More …

NHS Care Inspection

Care inspectors  the Care Quality Commission have taken steps to ensure an NHS Hospital Trust improve its safety and leadership in order to protect patients. The Trust in question, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was assessed as requiring improvements to infection control  and privacy. It has been reported by the BBC that the Trust Read More …

Polythene firm fined after its safety failings left employee with permanent injuries

A Widnes based polythene manufacturer, which makes film for the food industry, has been ordered to pay £40,000 following its prosecution for safety failings. The accident occurred on 21 January 2014 during a night shift when the employee was operating a multi-winder machine that converts logs of stretch film polythene into smaller hand sized reels. Read More …

Primodos; MHRA Call for evidence

  On the 25th March 2015 the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a call for evidence to assist with the independent review of all relevant documentation relating to Primodos www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hormonal-pregnancy-tests-call-for-evidence . It has invited all interested individuals and organisations to provide any information they consider relevant to a possible association between the Read More …

Independent Panel To Review Primodos Documents

Further to the debate in Parliament in October 2014, the Government have agreed to disclose all papers in their possession relating to Primodos. It is thought that there are documents which may be useful to campaigners that have been campaigning for years to prove a link between the drug and birth defects. George Freeman, Health Read More …

Primodos

Lisa Lunt, Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence, has appeared on BBC North West Tonight this week, following growing calls for a Public Inquiry into the drug, Primodos. Primodos, a hormone pregnancy test, was first made available in the UK in 1959. It was prescribed by GPs across England and was taken by 1.5 million Read More …

M&A Update: Financial Assistance in Corporate Transactions

Using the target to assist with the financing of an acquisition Prior to the Companies Act 2006, “Financial assistance” i.e. a target company using its own funds to purchase its own shares, was prohibited in both public and private company mergers and acquisitions, unless a “whitewash” procedure followed. In order to carry out the whitewash procedure a Read More …

A Classic Example of How to Share Assets on Divorce

The recently reported case involving the divorce of Mr & Mrs Riding, handed down by Mr Justice Coleridge in the High Court on 5 April 2012, offers no groundbreaking law, but does provide an illustration of how straight forward analysis of cases involving wealthy (but not mega-wealthy) couples can be. Mr & Mrs Riding had Read More …

Trademark Hijackings, Part Deux

Internet Sales On 22nd September 2011 the Court of Justice of the EU reached its long awaited decision in the Interflora v Marks & Spencer case. Interflora sued M&S for buying “Interflora-themed” Google Adwords (see previous blog entry entitled “Trademark Hijackings” on the use of Trade Marks as Search/Adwords terms) such that when customers searched “interflora” Read More …

Bribery Act – Prosecution #1

Bribery Act 2010 The first prosecution under the Bribery Act 2010 which came into force earlier in 2011 is of a court clerk, Mr Patel at a county court in Essex. The CPS said “It is alleged that Patel promised an individual summonsed for a motoring offence that he could influence the course of criminal Read More …