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Queen's Speech and Brexit negotiations set to cause headaches for experts

Queen's Speech and Brexit negotiations set to cause headaches for experts

Monday, 19 June 2017

At the time of writing the country is in a state of turmoil following the result of the General Election. Two events were due to take place on 19 June: the Brexit negotiations were set to kick off at the same time as The Queen’s Speech was outlining the legislative programme for the government – a government that has a somewhat different complexion from the one envisaged when the event was scheduled. Both events look set to be delayed.

Both will contain elements of interest to the expert witness. While any Queen’s Speech incorporates legislation that will need to be interpreted by judges and lawyers, this one will contain the Great Repeal Bill to incorporate a multitude of EU legislation into UK law following Brexit.

The Brexit negotiations, on the other hand, will determine the extent to which the UK goes its own way. Both events will cause huge headaches for those experts, such as engineers and environmental consultants, who will be tasked with understanding just what has gone and what is left.

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Bush & Company launches annual conference with extraordinary theme

Bush & Company launches annual conference with extraordinary theme

Friday, 16 June 2017

Celebrating the extraordinary achievements of people who have overcome significant injury to lead ordinary lives, Bush & Company’s third annual conference will take place on 6 July 2017 at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel.

As the largest and fastest growing provider of expert witness and case management services in the UK, Bush & Company is bringing together inspiring speakers from the sports, bionics and robotics, advanced prosthetics and legal sectors. Sharing the latest research, developments and technologies that are helping people with injuries get ‘Back in the Game’, the conference promises to be informative and inspirational, as well as a great opportunity to network with a diverse range of ‘on the ball’ experts who work within the industry.

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Expert Witness Legal News

Investigation into rogue drug testing continues

Investigation into rogue drug testing continues

Friday, 16 June 2017

Randox Testing Services has published an update on its investigation into the manipulation of toxicology data at its laboratories in Manchester and Crumlin.

The statement says: “RTS itself uncovered what it believed was evidence of data manipulation in January 2017 when it acted as whistleblower in reporting its suspicions to the police. The subsequent police enquiry into practices at RTS laboratories and those run by other companies has led to the arrest of two people. A criminal investigation into their alleged activities is on-going.”

The statement goes on to detail the scale of the problem.

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Expert Witness : Environment

Environmental professionals warn over future outlook

Environmental professionals warn over future outlook

Monday, 19 June 2017

Experts from the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) have expressed concern about the future implementation of European environmental standards following the UK’s secession from the EU, particularly given the uncertainty thrown up by the election result.

IEMA’s chief policy advisor, Martin Baxter (pictured), said: “The outcome of the general election raises significant challenges, from forming a government to developing and implementing a legislative programme: all against a backdrop of the UK’s Article 50 notification to leave the EU.”

“IEMA members expressed significant concern in the run up to the election on a wide range of sustainability issues including air quality, climate change and circular economy. It is vital that the short-term uncertainties are quickly resolved so that long-term challenges can be properly addressed.”

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Expert Witness : Criminal

Hillsborough disaster researcher to speak at national criminology conference

Hillsborough disaster researcher to speak at national criminology conference

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

A leading academic known for his investigative work into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has been named as a keynote speaker at this year's British Society of Criminology (BSC) Conference.

Professor Phil Scraton, criminologist and author from Queen's University Belfast, will be a plenary speaker at the UK's most prestigious criminology conference, which this year is being held at Sheffield Hallam University (July 4 - 7).

The conference, titled 'Forging Social Justice: Local Challenges, Global Complexities', is expected to attract hundreds of practitioners, policy makers, academics and students from the criminology community across the world.

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Expert Witness : Medico Legal

Fixed fee proposals welcomed – with reservations

Fixed fee proposals welcomed – with reservations

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

New Government proposals for fixing legal fees in medical negligence cases have been given a cautious welcome by lawyers.

The proposals, currently out to consultation, are for a fixed cap on all clinical negligence cases up to £25,000. The aim, says the Department of Health, is to prevent rising litigation costs within the NHS. Currently, there is no limit on legal costs that can be recouped. It is expected the new cap will save the NHS up to £45m a year.

The department cites an instance where costs of £83,000 were claimed for a case in which the patient was awarded £1,000. The total bill for the NHS was £1.5bn in the financial year 2015-16.

Announcing the proposals, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured) said: “It’s important that, when significant mistakes happen in the NHS, patients are able to have an open dialogue with a trust about what went wrong, receive reassurance of what is being learnt and can discuss what form of recompense or redress may be appropriate. Legal action should only be one part of this process.

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Expert Witness : Technology

Consultant warned of ransomware attack

Consultant warned of ransomware attack

Friday, 16 June 2017

Leading healthcare IT consultant Dr Saif Abed (pictured) must have experienced an acute bout of déjà vu when reports of the ransomware attack on the NHS began filtering through from such disparate sources as hospitals, GP surgeries and even pharmacies.

Dr Abed, a founding partner of consultancy AbedGraham, had blogged back in August last year – under the chillingly prophetic title Ransomware will kill a patient – that such software was a major threat because of the procedures it could disrupt.

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Expert Witness : Building and Property

CIC provides updated guidance on adjudication

CIC provides updated guidance on adjudication

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has published a new Users’ Guide to Adjudication, which replaces the previous guide from the Construction Umbrella Bodies Adjudication Task Group, produced in 2003.

Since its introduction in the late 1990s, adjudication has come to dominate alternative dispute resolution in the construction industry. Adjudication was envisaged as a process that construction companies could use with or without external professional assistance.

Over the years many novice users turned to the original Users’ Guide to Adjudication, to understand how adjudication works and to decide if it was a process that would help them.

The hope is that the new guide will assist both those who wish to take a dispute to adjudication and those who have received a notice of adjudication. 

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Expert Witness : Animal & Farming

Scotland set to reintroduce selective ‘tail-docking’

Scotland set to reintroduce selective ‘tail-docking’

Friday, 16 June 2017

The Scottish Government’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has voted to allow the reintroduction of so-called tail-docking for a number of breeds of hunting dogs. The proposals will allow the removal of up to the end third of the tails of spaniels and hunt point retrievers within five days of being born if they are destined to be working dogs.

The proposal will now go to a vote by the Scottish Parliament.

The docking of dogs’ tails has been banned in Scotland since 2007. However, if changes to legislation are approved, puppies could have their tails shortened where a vet believes they are likely to be used as a working dog and are at risk of serious tail injury in later life.

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Parliament, Legislation And Public Sector

Psychoactive Substances Act: one year on

Psychoactive Substances Act: one year on

Friday, 16 June 2017

In May last year the Psychoactive Substances Act came into force. One year on there have been a number of articles published reflecting on the Act and its effectiveness, particularly with reference to the availability of new psychoactive substances, or so-called ‘legal highs’ as they were termed prior to the Act.

In April Home Office Minister Sarah Newton (pictured) reacted to criticism from some quarters of the legislation.

“We have known about the devastating consequences of Spice for some time,” she wrote, “and we have acted to give police the powers they need to take action, making third generation synthetic cannabinoids Class B drugs on a par with ketamine and amphetamines. We will continue to monitor its impact and if we need to do more, we will.”

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Expert Witness : World News

GDC stance on tooth whitening gets European backing

GDC stance on tooth whitening gets European backing

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

In recent issues of Your Expert Witness we have highlighted the on-going issue of unqualified people carrying out illegal tooth whitening – and the efforts being made by the General Dental Council (GDC) to bring offenders to book. Since the last issue highlighted a case in Wales there have been prosecutions in Orpington, Salford and London.

At the end of last year the legal position on tooth whitening of the GDC received the backing of the organisation that brings together all European dental regulators. FEDCAR – the Federation of European Dental Competent Authorities and Regulators – published a statement endorsing its approach as the one to be used across Europe.

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