Scottish Parliamentary Committee hears further evidence on extending recovery of NHS charges to disease claims

On 10 November 2020 the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee heard further evidence on the Liability for NHS Charges (Industrial Disease) (Scotland) Bill, taking evidence from the Scottish Government Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP and Stuart McMillan MSP.

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Swift v Carpenter: “Permission to appeal is refused.”

The Court of Appeal today rejected the defendant’s application to appeal to the Supreme Court and dealt with costs issues, making an interim costs award of half a million pounds in the claimant’s favour and awarding additional damages of £65,000 because she had beaten her own Part 36 offer. The brief judgment released this morning may not be the end of the matter if the defendant chooses to apply directly to the Supreme Court.

Alistair Kinley, Director of Policy & Government Affairs

Business interruption insurance test case fast-tracked to Supreme Court

To recap, the High Court gave permission in October for parties’ ‘leap frog’ appeals to the Supreme Court (SC) following its decision in September. Now, on 2 November, the SC has agreed to hear the appeals. That was widely expected but what is much more unusual is that the SC hearing will take place only a fortnight later, beginning on Monday 16 November.

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