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What effect should retirement have on disciplinary process?

What effect should retirement have on disciplinary process?
Clarke v General Optical Council [2017] EWHC 521 (Admin) Patricia Hitchcock QC   The thorny issue of retirement during regulatory proceedings came before Fraser J in March by way of appeal under the Opticians Act 1989, s23. The reasoning of his careful judgment has wide application and will be of interest to other regulatory bodies, as well as...
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Neurological causation and Chester v Afshar principles considered: Crossman v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust [ 2016] EWHC 2878 (QB)

Neurological causation and Chester v Afshar principles considered: Crossman v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust  [ 2016] EWHC 2878 (QB)
Rodney Crossman was 64 years old when he underwent a cervical laminectomy and foraminotomy for severe neck restriction and numbness in his left arm, at St George’s Hospital, Tooting. In admitted breach of duty, the Trust had placed Mr Crossman on the waiting list for this surgery immediately after his first meeting with a consultant in February 201...
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Time for Action – The Lawyers’ Refugee Initiative

Time for Action –  The Lawyers’ Refugee Initiative
With Europe experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II, Patricia Hitchcock QC reports on The Lawyers’ Refugee Initiative in a published article that can be read in full (click here ). In light of the current refugee crisis, a major demonstration calling for action is to take place on 17 th September in London (convening at Hilton Park...
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Keeping up to date with inquest law in a clinical context: can a medical patient be treated as “detained by the state”?

Keeping up to date with inquest law in a clinical context: can a medical patient be treated as “detained by the state”?
By Patricia Hitchcock QC Those regularly instructed to represent families at inquests will no doubt already be familiar with the valuable resource that is the Chief Coroner and his website, as well as the extremely useful sites of membership organizations like Inquest and AvMA.  If it’s been a little while since your last instructions, and lac...
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Team Cloisters raises £4890 (plus gift aid) in London legal charity walk

Team Cloisters raises £4890 (plus gift aid) in London legal charity walk
Patricia Hitchcock QC , Tamar Burton , Chesca Lord ,  Tom Brown ,  Jen Danvers , Sally Robertson  and  Rachel Barrett  joined the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit. Team Cloisters raised £4890 plus gift aid in...
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Cloisters' barristers join 343 lawyers in criticising UK’s “deeply inadequate” response to refugee crisis

Cloisters' barristers join 343 lawyers in criticising UK’s “deeply inadequate” response to refugee crisis
Cloisters’ barristers, Sir Stephen Sedley , Robin Allen QC , Patricia Hitchcock QC , Caspar Glyn QC  and Schona Jolly  are among 343 lawyers who have signed a statement attacking the government for its "deeply inadequate" response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The signatories include the most senior ranks of the retired judiciary. Sir Ste...
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Investigating clinical accidents – a new set of teeth?

Investigating clinical accidents – a new set of teeth?
By Patricia Hitchcock QC Shortly before Parliament rose for the election, the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) published a report calling on the next Secretary of State for Health to set up a new, independent patient safety investigation body as a matter of priority. Lawyers specialising in medical cases, and patient advocate organisat...
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Patricia Hitchcock QC and Joel Donovan QC talk on 'Hot topics and perennial problems' at MBL clinical negligence conference

Patricia Hitchcock QC and Joel Donovan QC talk on 'Hot topics and perennial problems'  at MBL clinical negligence conference
Cloisters barristers, Patricia Hitchcock QC and Joel Donovan QC join leading expert panel of speakers at MBL's Hot Topics and Perennial Problems in Clinical Negligence  conference  on Friday 17 April 2015 in London. Patricia, who will chair the conference, specialises in clinical negligence, catastrophic personal injury, inquests, me...
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Holiday Claims - using the Equality Act for disabled clients

Both past disabled clients returning from holiday and people injured while on holiday, or working abroad, may present in the first instance to solicitors specialising in personal injury, who may have wrestled in the past with claims arising abroad but may be less familiar with the potential for using the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”), which require...
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