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First do no harm: Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety review makes key recommendations for reducing the risk of avoidable harm

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Faye Marks looks at the recommendations from the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety review and explains why it is important that changes are made.

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Health worker safety: a priority for patient safety

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Lucy Crawford and Faye Marks from our Medical Negligence team explain why the theme of World Patient Safety Day 2020 is so important in the UK.

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The FCA’s business insurance test case: key takeaways from the judgment and next steps for businesses

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Contributing authors: Tom Llewellyn

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The High Court has delivered its ruling in the highly anticipated business interruption insurance (BII) test case. The FCA brought proceedings on behalf of policyholders, along with two action groups, in which the Court considered whether a sample of BII policies provided cover for losses arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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How serious incidents in healthcare are investigated using root cause analysis. Are lessons learned?

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Ahead of World Patient Safety Day on 17 September, Sarah White reviews the root cause analysis process for patient safety learning. Is it working as it should?

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Business interruption insurance test case: welcome news for policyholders

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Judgment has today (15 September) been handed down in the much publicised business interruption insurance (BII) case which considered whether various BII policies provided cover in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Protect your confidential information and IP when employees leave

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Contributing authors: Tim Gofton

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Businesses face difficult decisions over the coming months as furlough comes to an end and the reality of the new order starts to become clear. For businesses this might involve redundancies or employees moving on as the job market reopens. Either way, there is likely to be movement within the jobs market. Employers therefore need to be aware of the increased risks that leavers pose in terms of confidential information and intellectual property whilst employees continue to work from home.

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What you need to know about Rix v Paramount when calculating future losses in a fatal personal injury claim

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Rix v Paramount confirms the answer to a question that sometimes arises from fatal claims following the loss of the driving force behind family companies. The court looked at the reality behind the income from the company i.e. that it was generated by the husband despite the wife being an equal shareholder, and also reconfirmed that the dependency claim is assessed at the time of death, so the ongoing success of the company in the hands of the family’s sons did not reduce the widow’s loss of dependency.

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Could we see a rise in amputations related to sepsis because of COVID-19?

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A leading sepsis research charity has raised concerns that diagnoses of sepsis may be missed or delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ben Lees takes a look.

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World Sepsis Day – what you need to know

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Abigail Ringer explains why World Sepsis Day – held annually on 13 September – is an important date to help raise awareness of this deadly condition.

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The hidden part of the birth trauma journey – the psychological impact

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Not all birth trauma has a visible, physical impact upon new mothers. Sometimes, events and their aftermath can lead to significant psychological harm which isn’t visible but is no less damaging, and this is especially true when a birth injury occurs. Here we relate the story of one of our clients, whose daughter developed Erb’s palsy after negligent maternity care.

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One mother’s experience of the trauma of her birth injury

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During birth injury awareness week 2020 one of our clients has kindly agreed to share her personal story with others, explaining what she went through, how she coped with her injuries, and how she eventually “came out the other side”.

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Corporate Governance update: new ICSA guidance on directors’ duties.

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The Chartered Governance Institute (“ICSA”) has recently published new guidance on directors’ general duties under the Companies Act 2006 (“Act”). ICSA provides guidance for governance professionals across all sectors and whilst aspects of this new guidance applies to publicly owned, listed companies, many of the recommendations have practical application for privately owned companies and their directors should take note.

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