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What could Covid-19 mean for Inquest Witnesses?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many inquests around England and Wales are being postponed until further notice. Inquests are of course of great importance in ensuring the State investigates specific deaths, but necessary steps have been taken by many courts in order…

Updated guidance on Inquests during Covid-19 crisis

Following on from our earlier briefing which covers the potential impact for witnesses attending forthcoming Inquests, the Chief Coroner has now published detailed guidance which provides more clarity on the position. We set out a summary below. Witnesses The guidance states that no…

Court of Protection Practice in light of Covid-19

Visiting P On 13th March 2020, Mr Justice Hayden issued guidance relating to the question of judges and legal advisors visiting P, signalling that visits to P should only be made where that is assessed as absolutely necessary. The importance of…

COVID-19 guidance for residential care providers

Public Health England has produced guidance which covers key messages to support planning and preparation in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19. We set out the key aspects of the above guidance for residential care providers…

Care homes fee update

Administration fees Proceedings against Care UK to seek redress for residents who have been charged a compulsory upfront administration fee are scheduled to be heard in the High Court in July 2020. In December 2018, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) issued…

Spotting a ‘closed culture’ – CQC inspections

The Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) has produced guidance (‘Guidance’) for their inspection teams and Mental Health Act reviewers to assist them in identifying ‘closed cultures’ at the earliest opportunity and to take appropriate action to prevent recurrence of the abuse…

Children’s homes and healthcare: Registration issues

In December 2019 guidance was published to clarify arrangements for: Children’s homes which provide healthcare Children’s healthcare settings, if the main function is care and accommodation rather than provision of acute interventions. The guidance is intended to assist inspectors and providers in reaching…