Changes to the Child Support System

Child Support in England and Wales was assessed by the Child Support Agency (CSA) if the parents were unable to agree voluntary support. A three year process of closing all existing CSA cases is currently under way and the CSA…

To Consult or not to Consult the Nearest Relative?

Considerations of the Court of Appeal… In the recent case of TW v. Enfield Borough Council [2014] EWCA Civ 362, the Court of Appeal considered whether leave should be granted to TW to bring damages for unlawful detention and psychiatric injury…

Are you Fit?

Although there have been regulations in place for some time requiring providers of healthcare services regulated by CQC to be “fit” to do so, it has been clear for some time that these requirements are to be strengthened. Draft regulations…

Safeguarding and the Court of Protection

The use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards has been the topic of much discussion since the decision in the Cheshire West1. Whenever a provider is in doubt about whether there has been a deprivation of liberty, they would be well…

Assessing the need for a DOLs Authorisation

The dust has now settled a bit on the Cheshire West decision. Numerous DOLs authorisations have been sought and many local authority DOLs teams are struggling with the number of these. CQC have said that they will be reviewing providers’ approach…

Prosecution of Mental Health Staff

The prosecution of staff when a patient dies in detention under the Mental Health Act has recently been in the spot light again when prosecutors announced that there was “insufficient evidence” to charge anyone with an offence following the death…

RadcliffesLeBrasseur Promotions 2014

RadcliffesLeBrasseur announces three new partners, Julia Appleton, Sumaira Choudary and Alexandra Johnstone. Julia trained and qualified at RadcliffesLeBrasseur before leaving in 2002. She rejoined the Mental Health and Care Homes team in January 2013. Her particular areas of specialism are inquests,…

A procedure for the acceptance of the pre-pack?

Teresa Graham in her report to The Rt Hon Vince Cable (the “Graham Review into Pre-pack Administration”) has re-opened the debate into the emotive area of pre-pack sales. A review nine months in the making has resulted in Teresa Graham…