Legal

Dento-legal essay competition launched

The Dental Law and Ethics Forum (DLEF) has announced the launch of its essay prize for 2024. This prestigious prize, now in its third year, is designed to inspire young dentists to engage with the...

Defence organisation writes to the GDC following high court ruling

MDDUS has written to the General Dental Council (GDC) urging it to reconsider its response to a High Court ruling. It warns that a double jeopardy aspect of professional conduct sanctions is wrong and...

Group of 84 dentists claim interest from insurers for delayed covid settlements

In a significant development for a group of dentists across the UK, a prolonged two-year negotiation has culminated in a triumphant outcome. Spearheaded by Salmon Assessors, the effort has now...

Dental practices need to support staff with menopause

A recent legal judgement in which an employee was awarded £65,000 compensation after an employer failed to make reasonable adjustments when her role was affected by menopause symptoms, illustrates the...

Regulator issues advice for employers on menopause

New guidance on menopause in the workplace, setting out employer’s legal obligations under the...

One in four healthcare workers have been sexually harassed by colleagues, research shows

A quarter of healthcare workers have experienced sexually inappropriate behaviour from colleagues, but less than half felt confident enough to report it, new research shows.

Prime minister to create a ‘smokefree generation’ with historic law change

The government is set to introduce a historic new law to stop children who turn 14 this year or younger from ever legally being sold cigarettes in England, in a bid to create the first...

Law firm celebrates launch with free HR support for dental professionals

To celebrate the launch of Buxton Coates Solicitors, a full-service, independent law firm providing bespoke legal services for dental professionals, their team of experts is offering 10 hours of free...

Healthcare regulators’ whistleblowing disclosures report 2023

The GDC has joined eight other UK healthcare regulators in publishing an annual report on whistleblowing disclosures.

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Dentists join £2b legal claim against energy firms

A dozen dental practices have joined a £2 billion legal claim aimed at getting compensation from UK energy giants who are alleged to have paid secret commissions to third-party brokers.

Defence organisation says updated indemnity guidance is ‘a positive step forward’

The revised General Dental Council (GDC) guidance on professional indemnity and insurance will help dental professionals to sieve through any misinformation as they weigh up their options and choose...

Williams judgement: Association urges the GDC to “reflect” and provide clarity

The British Dental Association (BDA) has responded to news of the judgement in Lucy Williams’ recent case at the Court of Appeal, which confirmed that “top- up” private fees in addition to band three...

Union appoints regulatory law specialist to head legal team

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has appointed a solicitor specialising in regulatory and criminal legal proceedings as its new head of legal services. Nick Tennant has been promoted to the role after...

Union successfully supports a member facing ‘blue on blue’ complaint

A dental professional who faced a very stressful complaint, made to NHS England by a colleague, has shared how the Dental Defence Union (DDU) supported her during the subsequent investigation.

Dental expert witness vindicated in High Court appeal

A widely reported Third Party Costs Order (TPCO) against Christopher Mercier, a dentist who undertakes expert opinion work, has been overturned by the High Court following an appeal supported by...

Law firm expands with dental legal firm acquisition

Leading commercial law firm Acuity Law has acquired a specialist dental legal advisory firm as it seeks to expand its UK footprint and further strengthen its position within the healthcare sector.

Millionaire dentist jailed for destroying his patients’ smiles

French dentist, Lionel Guedj, has been jailed for deliberately mutilating the mouths of his patients.

Disproportionate legal cost

Leading not for profit indemnifier, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) has revealed that legal costs in some lower value dental negligence claims can be double the amount of compensation paid to...

Designed to be strong

Howden launches new Dental Indemnity policy 

First health insurer to be awarded B corporation status

The UK’s leading health and dental plan provider Simplyhealth, is the first health insurer to be awarded B corporation status, in recognition of  its significant achievements in sustainability, in...

British Dental Industry Association supports BADN Menopause Policy

The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has announced its support for the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN) Menopause Policy launched in March this year.

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