Calling All Barristers Chambers
National Tender announcement Legal Press Edition
Title: UK Legal Services (Public access barristers)
Due to high demand chambermade.org are extending their UK barrister chamber
membership panel. The tender is for the fulfilment of commercial and consumer legal
enquiries from their exclusive blue chip brand partners servicing in excess over 15m
customers and growing
Expressions of interest are now being invited for further information and prerequisite
criteria please contact email@example.com or enquire via www.chambermade.org
Estimated contract start date: 01/05/14
Estimated contract end date: 01/05/17
Contract period: 3 years
Anticipated extension period: 1 year rolling
Expression of interest start date: 10/02/14
Expression of interest end dates: 07/03/14
Government proposes new law to jail doctors and nurses if convicted of wilful negligence
By Mark Bowman of Field Fisher Waterhouse, solicitors
In my personal opinion I believe it is was positive move by the Government when they recently proposed plans to jail doctors and nurses for up to five years, if convicted of wilful negligence. This comes amidst fears that hundreds of patients have died unnecessarily at Mid Staffordshire between 2005 and 2009
The British Medical Association have argued that these moves will make health professionals defensive and fearful of speaking out against their colleagues if they thought they would go to jail as a result. However, I welcome the move as more needs to be done to safeguard our population from substandard healthcare. In my work as a partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse, clients frequently tell me that it is not the compensation that they are after, but rather they want to see sanctions imposed on those responsible for their injuries. It is important that we aim to prevent further injury of patients through medical negligence.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt stated that we need to ‘face up to the hard truths’ and that a profound transformation in the culture of the government’s free healthcare system was needed. The introduction of such a law would go some way to making this transformation come to fruition. With regards to the comments provided by the BMA, I would hope that the opposite would in fact be true and that the threat of sanctions would lead to a more open and transparent healthcare system, to the benefit of all concerned.
The new laws would also make it a criminal offence for medical professionals to obstruct the treatment of patients by another professional, to mislead patients and families about such an incident, or lie to an investigator. After the treatment received by patients at the Stafford Hospital, where they were reportedly left in excrement-soiled bedclothes for lengthy periods of time, as well as staff treating patients close to them in a more favourable fashion, I find this ruling to be well overdue.
Whilst I take the comments of the BMA on board, it is unacceptable in modern day healthcare for patients to be treated like this, especially at a time when they are unable to look after themselves. Whilst there are laws to protect children and adults with mental illnesses, there is no such law for adults, which in my mind is unacceptable.
Exact details of the legislation have not been revealed, and it will go to a public consultation before needing to be passed through parliament. However this is a large step in the right direction of protecting patients from medical negligence. It is astounding that some of the practices that will be banned under the new law aren’t already, and this will shift our healthcare system towards one that favours those being treated for their illnesses.
Author name: Mark Bowman
Email address: Mark.Bowman@ffw.com
LEADING QC ROBERT RHODES JOINS MYBARRISTER
London, 23 October 2013 -- Online find-a-barrister service myBarrister.co.uk is pleased to announce that leading business law, alternative dispute resolution, and criminal fraud specialist Robert Rhodes QC has signed-up as an associate.
Robert Rhodes QC is now available for direct access instruction from the public and businesses via the myBarrister portal. This is a significant sign-up for myBarrister, which was founded by former Shearman & Sterling litigator Ronald De Koven in April of this year.
Robert Rhodes QC has extensive experience both in the UK and internationally in the areas of commercial fraud, tax and VAT investigations, and mediation and arbitration. He has successfully defended many high profile fraud cases, including Wickes plc and Barlow Clowes, as well as being on numerous international mediation and arbitration bodies, such as the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), and the Chinese Arbitration Association.
Commenting on this new sign-up, myBarrister director Jonathan Maskew said: “As one of the UK’s foremost Silks, Robert Rhodes QC’s involvement with myBarrister means the public and businesses can now access the very highest quality of legal advice quickly and easily. We are delighted to be able to offer the level of legal expertise that Robert Rhodes QC brings to the table as we continue with our aim to become the largest single source of barristers in the country.”
Robert Rhodes QC, added: “While some cases are simply too complex to be handled by a barrister on his own, getting a specialist on board right from the start means the person making the enquiry can immediately see what his options are, and plan how to proceed. “
“From experience this can save huge amounts of time and money further down the road, and is why I see preliminary advice via direct access as an important step for those needing quick action on their case and immediate peace of mind.
“Using a barrister as a mediator or arbitrator can also help to resolve issues before they reach the courts. Equally suitable in both commercial and personal disputes this is an area of direct access instruction I particularly look forward to undertaking through the myBarrister portal.”
Notes to Editor
For more information, please contact:
Milly Marshall, Rhizome PR
T: +44 (0) 207 851 4757
myBarrister's mission is to make the skills and expertise of Britain's barristers available to people and businesses across the country. It's increasingly difficult to find good value legal advice from a skilled legal professional. myBarrister intends to put that right. myBarrister is run by a group of highly experienced professionals, with many years of experience in the legal world. You can contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.