Non-Delegable Duty Healthcare Litigation: The Widening Woodland Boundaries

Hughes v Rattan [2022] EWCA Civ 107 In Hughes v Rattan [2022] EWCA Civ 107, the Court of Appeal answered the following question: was the owner and principal of a dental practice liable for the negligence of his self-employed associates? The claim arose from NHS care provided by three associate dentists. The…

Dental Negligence, Vicarious Liability and Non-Delegable Duty: A Test Case

Hughes v Rattan [2021] EWHC 2032 (QB) In Hughes v Rattan [2021] EWHC 2032 (QB), the High Court was asked to answer the following question: was the owner of a dental practice liable for the dental negligence of a self-employed dentist engaged to work in the practice? The claim arose from NHS…

Mental Health, Clinical Negligence and the Illegality Defence

Ecila Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Trust Foundation [2020] UKSC 43 In Ecila Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Trust Foundation [2020] UKSC 43 the Supreme Court has revisited the defence of illegality (“ex turpi causa”) in the context of a claim for clinical negligence. The Claimant — a…

The Death of the Right to Silence in Regulatory Proceedings?

Kuzmin v GMC [2019] EWHC 2129 (Admin)  Sanusi v GMC [2019] EWCA Civ 1172  This article originally appeared in Issue 3 (November 2019). Two recent cases have important consequences for regulated professionals who fail to participate in regulatory hearings. In Kuzmin v GMC [2019] EWHC 2129 (Admin) the issue was…