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Hope it goes well Carlos. And agree about the barristers
Lawyers get a lot of stick but seeing top barristers argue a case is really something to behold.
Also, don't forget that the barristers are arguing the brief for their client as best they can, and your barrister might have made similar arguments had the NHS hired him or her. They are skilled advocates in the truest sense of the word for their client's position.
The appeal went as expected in many ways. The issues are very complicated and appear to turn on some badly-drafted regulations. At one point, in answer to a question from the judge, the NHS’s barrister appeared to suggest that death-in-service benefits can be awarded to a locum GP only if she dies during a consultation, i.e. if she drops dead in front of a patient. If she is engaged for a morning session and an afternoon session at a surgery but then dies during her lunch hour she isn’t covered.
If we win the NHS will certainly appeal. The implications are massive. If we lose and the NHS win they will still have a MAJOR problem in persuading locums to continue to contribute to the scheme.
The justice reserved judgement, which should be handed down in a couple of weeks’ time. Although it was a tricky day emotionally for me and Helen’s mother, it was very interesting to watch these barristers at work.