Welcome to the May edition of Gatehouse Chambers’ Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Newsletter.
I am delighted to be this month’s editor and we bring you a bumper Newsletter with articles and highlights and news.
Vanessa McKinlay writes on the Health and Social Care Committee report on clinical negligence reform proposals.
Jasmine Murphy tackles the proposed QOCS set-off changes, now out for consultation.
Emma Zeb looks at the NHS injury costs recovery scheme.
Charles Bagot QC looks at expert reports and the potentially devastating consequences of non-compliance with Part 35.
Colm Nugent considers the difficulties when an early part 36 offer means that the receiving party is unable to properly evaluate whether the offer is good, or bad.
We have a smattering of team highlights about who has been up to what (and occasionally, where) and finally a round-up of our webinars, seminars and talks coming up on a range of topics.
As we reach the middle of 2022, it is clear that some of the seismic changes forced upon lawyers by lockdown are here to stay. WFH has become accepted as being part of the working week. Many offices are operating a split week between office and home. It seems unlikely we will ever return to the working arrangements common in February 2020.
Now that almost everyone can now operate Zooms or Teams (save for the mute button), that may become the default meeting. Less time on trains means more time to work on other things.
Advocacy styles have had to adapt to that suited to a screen and a camera – very different to that of the courtroom. CCMC’s – once unthinkable other than in person, can work well over a good connection and a familiarity with sharing a screen. Multi-expert conferences can be arranged without needing to book them six months in advance. A quick conference with the insurer, lay client or solicitor can be arranged within 24 hours.
On the downside, being on holiday is no longer necessarily the cast-iron excuse it once was, to avoid that hearing or conference.
At Gatehouse we have tried to adopt the best of remote working while recognising that face-to-face meetings, discussions, conferences and hearings always have that element missing from the 2D image, no matter how high-resolution it may be. We are living through interesting times.
The Gatehouse Injury team are always happy to hear suggestions from you and your teams about topics you would like covered in newsletters, talks, webinars or our ever-popular Brews. Whatever the topic, we have the means, the facilities and the expertise to cover it.
Colm Nugent, Editor in Residence