Children, Informed Consent and Puberty Blockers

Bell & Anor v The Tavistock And Portman NHS Foundation Trust [2020] EWHC 3274 (Admin) Introduction This was a claim for judicial review of the practice of the Defendant’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) and two other Trusts joined as Interveners (University College London and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts)…

A Blow for Big Pharma

Bayer Plc & Anor v NHS Darlington CCG & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 449  This article originally appeared in Issue 5 (May 2020). In the interesting case of Bayer Plc v NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group [2020] EWCA Civ 449 in the Court of Appeal, two pharmaceutical companies, Bayer Plc…

In Brief – May 2020

In each issue, we try and cover cases in brief which we were unable to cover in full. Below are the cases covered in brief in Issue 5, May 2020. M (Declaration of Death of Child) [2020] EWCA Civ 164 – Issue was whether the child, Midrar, was legally dead…

Order Seeking Possession of a Hospital Bed During the Covid-19 Pandemic

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v MB (Rev 1) [2020] EWHC 882 (QB)  The Claimant, the NHS Trust, sought possession from the Defendant, a patient called MB, of a bedroom on a ward of the hospital. The ward was intended for those requiring acute neuropsychiatry care for up…

Covid-19 and Immigration Detention Centres

At the start of the year, some 1,200 immigrants were being held in immigration detention in the UK. The power to detain immigrants is separate from detention of individuals as part of a criminal sentence. There is a presumption against detention of immigrants, and immigration detention can only be in…

The Coronavirus Act 2020: When Legislation Goes Viral

This article originally appeared in a Covid-19 Special Issue (April 2020). Part One Introduction  At this point, it is almost trite to say that we are living through unprecedented events. The global spread of the coronavirus pandemic poses serious challenges to society. So far, the global death-toll has exceeded 21,000…