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Richard Hough, Pharmacy Lawyer suggests that, counter-intuitively, the pharmacy cuts could actually lead to business expansion.

Richard Hough, Pharmacy Lawyer examines the potential pitfalls of collaborative working practices

Richard Hough, Pharmacy Solicitor advises on the best digital defence when it comes to patient data protection

The cyber attack on the NHS computer system earlier this year, in which hackers spread ransomware called WannaCry, created havoc for healthcare professionals and patients alike. Hospitals and GP surgeries were among numerous health service organisations hit by the ransomware attack. It also affected an estimated 200,000 computer systems of other organisations in 150 countries around the world.

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has produced a guidance note on procedures for public procurement cases. The note aims to streamline management of such cases, acknowledging that short limitation and mandatory standstill periods can lead to legal proceedings being “issued hastily”.                                                                                                                                               
Key points from the note include:

Pre-Action and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Charity & Social Enterprise News - Issue 23 - August 2017

In this and future versions of CSE News we will be including a client feature discussing the charitable activities of one of our many charity clients.

In this issue, we are delighted to introduce So the Child May Learn – a charity set up by the charity team at Brabners in 2015.

Charity & Social Enterprise News - Issue 23 - August 2017

The recent case of Quan -v- Bray and Others [2017] EWCA Civ 405 examines a situation whereby significant assets donated to a charitable trust became the subject of protracted and complicated matrimonial litigation.

The wife, Li Quan and the husband Stuart Bray met in 1989 in Pennsylvania, USA when they were both studying towards their MBAs. Each worked separately around the world in the early 1990s whilst they were developing their careers.

Charity & Social Enterprise News - Issue 23 - August 2017

The first six months of 2017 has seen a number of tragedies that have brought out the best in communities across the country. Donations made to assist families and charities in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena Attack exceeded £2 million in the first 24 hours and a further example of this level of generosity has been seen in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower Fire.

Charity & Social Enterprise News - Issue 23 - August 2017

For several years now, the governance of charities has been never been far from the spotlight. The fallout from the Cup Trust case, the crisis in fundraising and the collapse of Kids Company have all contributed to the perception that many charities are poorly governed; charity trustees are passive observers; and overpaid executive teams are running amok.

Employment Law Update 

In the case of MPT Group Ltd v Peel, the High Court held that employees were not under duty to disclose their intention to compete. 

Background facts

The defendants, Mr Peel and Mr Birtwistle were employed by MPT Group Ltd, a leading producer and supplier of mattress machinery, where they held senior positions as a technical manager and technical sales manager respectively until they resigned on 4 August 2016 bringing to an end their employment on 1 September 2016. 

Clarification of tender submissions can be a minefield for contracting authorities. In addition, the growing trend for tender submissions being submitted electronically through a portal, can lead to additional problems such as tender documents not uploading correctly or incorrect documents being uploaded. Even where the tender submission is complete, answers may assume knowledge on the part of the reader that the contracting authority may not have, e.g. because the answer is very technical.