Kat Gieras has joined Litigation Capital Management as Business Development and Communications Manager in Brisbane. Kat was previously with Piper Alderman.
The Full Court of Australia has ruled that litigation funding arrangements should not be considered managed investment schemes. In a judgment dated 16 June 2022, the Full Court of Australia has sided with LCM in its appeal of the decision of the primary judge in Stanwell Corporation Limited v LCM Funding Pty Ltd. As a result, litigation funding arrangements in Australia will no longer be considered managed investment schemes, and litigation funders will be relieved from the burden of a “legislative and regulatory regime characterised by uncertainty, inconvenience and the potential for mischief by class action respondents.”
LCM is backing a new representative action in the UK being brought by Mishcon de Reya on behalf of up to 1.6 million individuals against Google and DeepMind Technologies for the unlawful use of patients’ confidential medical records. The claim arises out of an arrangement formed in 2015 between Google and DeepMind and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. The tech companies obtained and used a substantial number of confidential and private medical records without patients’ knowledge or consent.