Doctors have published evidence of an “unacceptably high” failure rate for a hip implant that has been the subject of a multimillion-pound US lawsuit. One in three of the Pinnacle metalon-metal implants, made by DePuy, part of Johnson & Johnson, failed to meet the product specification, according to the study in the BMJ Open journal. Leigh Day is acting on behalf of 333 patients who are claiming compensation from DePuy, with a trial in the High Court scheduled for October next year.

The Times, Page: 15

Posted 29/04/2016

Two Britons living overseas have lost a High Court battle over the right to vote in June’s EU referendum. Harry Shindler, who lives in Italy, and Belgian resident Jacquelyn MacLennan argued the in-out vote on EU membership directly affected them and called for a judicial review – an application which was rejected by judges. Lawyers representing the pair say they will seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court against the judgment. Richard Stein from Leigh Day has said he would fight for all British citizens living elsewhere in the EU to vote in the referendum.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 6   The Times   Independent i, Page: 8   Daily Mirror, Page: 2   The Independent, Page: 17   The New Day, Page: 16

Posted 29/04/2016

 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has told the government that the new contract ministers plan to impose on NHS junior doctors discriminates against female medics and is potentially illegal. The EHRC has detailed a number of objections to the terms and conditions as part of a wider evaluation for the UN of the government’s human rights record. Among the commission’s objections is that female doctors are at risk of earning less than male counterparts and would face “inferior conditions of work” and unfair “differential treatment”.

The Guardian, Page; 14

Posted 28/04/2016

 

A legal row is threatening to break out over Prince’s multi-million dollar estate after sources allege the musician did not leave a will. Prince’s estate is said to be worth in excess of $150m and sales of his music have soared since his death.

The Times   Daily Mirror, Page: 9

Posted 27/04/2016

 

 

House price rises are slowing in London but rising faster in surrounding regions, according to the latest Rightmove House Price Index, as buyers widen their search for more affordable homes. House prices in the East of England have risen by an average of 11% to £332,000 in the past year, making it the fastest rising region in England, and the South-East comes second with average price growth of 9.5% to £408,000. Prices in London have slowed to less than 9% meanwhile, but asking prices in the capital are still higher than the rest of the UK, averaging £646,000.

Evening Standard

Posted 26/04/2016

 

 

A risk assessment of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) carried out by the London School of Economics for the Department for Business Innovation and Skills in 2013 found that overall, “it is doubtful UK investors will find additional protections from an EU-US investment protection treaty beyond those currently provided, and enforced, under US law.” A EU-US investment treaty that contains the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system “is likely to have few or no benefits to the UK, while having meaningful economic and political costs,” the report said. Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, which obtained the advice after making a FoI request, said: “Introducing a system of secret corporate courts under TTIP would be a fundamental shift in trade and legal policies, so it’s staggering that the government is pushing us into it with almost no assessment of what the risks are for our policy makers or the tax payer.” The FT points out that the EU wants Washington to use TTIP to supersede procurement laws requiring the US government to give preference to US companies, a request US officials admit is impossible to grant.

The Independent, Page: 17   Financial Times, Page: 6

Posted 26/04/2016

 

A man who fears he could be at risk of hereditary cancer has won an “unprecedented” court ruling allowing him to test the DNA of the man he suspects was his late father. David Spencer wanted a judge to rule that a stored DNA sample taken from William Anderson for medical purposes should be tested so that he could establish his paternity. Mr Anderson’s mother, Valerie Anderson, was against the idea, but Mr Justice Peter Jackson ruled in Mr Spencer’s favour.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 12   Independent i, Page: 17

Posted 20/04/2016

 

Divorcing British families are increasingly adopting a US-style “bird’s nest” custody arrangement, which sees parents move in and out of the family home on a rotational basis. A report from Co-operative Legal Services found that more than one in ten UK parents have not followed ‘traditional’ child custody arrangements. Instead, they have allowed their children to remain in the family home with their parents alternating between the house and a separate home to avoid causing disruption to their lives.

The Scotsman, Page: 7

Posted 20 April 2016

 

Jeremy Hunt is under mounting pressure over his handling of the junior doctors’ dispute after he unexpectedly abandoned the threat to impose a new contract. The change of tack, prompted by a high court challenge which starts this week, may mean the health secretary has misled parliament over the contract imposition because he has spoken of the threat repeatedly in front of MPs in the Commons. The fact that Mr Hunt is no longer claiming to be imposing the contract is outlined in a five-page letter sent last Friday by the Government Legal Department to Bindmans, which is acting for a company called Justice for Health, formed by five junior doctors. In the letter, government solicitors state that Hunt has decided to “proceed with the introduction of a new contract” and that he is legally entitled to do so under the NHS Act 2006, but refrains from the use of the term “imposition.”

Daily Mirror, Page: 7   The Guardian, Page: 1, 2

Posted 18/04/2016

 

 Rhiannon Bury in the Telegraph looks at the impact the impending EU referendum is having on the property market. This comes following comments made at a British Property Federation event where industry insiders said investors and developers are delaying decisions until after the Brexit poll because of political and economic uncertainty. Paul Brundage, senior managing director for Europe at Oxford Properties, believes the property industry needs to engage better with government on how political and social events affect the market. Segro chief executive David Sleath added that the market is uncertain as people who have got property to sell are “sitting on their hands.” Ms Bury notes that Liberum has pointed to a slowdown in the office sector if a Brexit is voted for.

The Sunday Telegraph, Business, Page: 3

Posted 17/02/2016