Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, a key theme of 2020 has been diversity and inclusivity. This two-part update addresses this theme in detail
We focus our activity on specialist sectors where, importantly, we seek to influence debate, policy and practice at a national level. We’re always ahead of the important issues affecting our clients' sectors, and are committed to making a difference, which explains why we work with such dedication and passion—whatever our position in the company.
Our work is centred around seven sectors. In each, we strive to achieve an extraordinary level of expertise and understanding, which allows us to think and act beyond the ordinary legal disciplines.
We work with schools and academies in areas of significant social deprivation and those with special needs, to positively influence education. We want to help schools flourish, allowing those who are most disadvantaged in society to access high-quality educational resources. Click here to find out more about our legal work within the education sector.
Helping “not just for profit”, values-driven organisations, such as co-operatives, mutuals and social enterprises to achieve their goals and enjoy long-term, sustainable futures. Because we’re also a principled business, we understand the balance between a strong commercial focus and a values-driven ethos. Click here to find out more about how we provide legal advice to social businesses.
We have an understanding and empathy with the voluntary sector, which underpins the firm’s ethos. We have been advising charities since our foundation in 1973 and we equip and enable charitable, as well as faith-based, organisations, to be effective in their spheres of activity. We provide professional legal and strategic support services that add value to the missions and ministries of the organisations we are privileged to serve. Click here to find out more about the the work we do in charity law.
Health and social care
Our focus in this area is about working with organisations who serve vulnerable people due to age, mental or physical incapacity, mental health problems or the consequences of addiction. We use our specialist skills to help both organisations and individuals achieve their goals. Click here to find out more about the legal work we do in the health and social care sector.
Private legal services for individuals
The leading Midlands’ firm for childcare and family law, our support for individuals is focused on two areas: supporting them and their families at pivotal times of their life, from birth through to death, helping them preserve and protect their assets, and helping people facing complex and critical events, such as personal injury, clinical negligence, childcare issues, loss of capacity and loss of employment. Click here to find out more about how we can provide legal advice to individuals.
One of the top UK firms in the field of social housing, our passion is contributing to national regeneration and creating successful neighbourhoods where people want to live. We act for registered providers across the country, with a particular focus on those who engage with their local communities and deliver a range of diverse services. Click here to find out more about the legal support we provide to the housing sector.
Recognised for our specialist service and approach towards collaboration with in-house legal and strategic teams, our experts have a reputation for technical excellence and innovation, especially in the area of joint ventures, regeneration and property development work, strategic corporate projects, procurement and litigation and dispute resolution. We are also supporting local governments in services for vulnerable people provided, or commissioned, by councils. Click here to find out more about the legal advice we provide to local authorities.
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Covid-19 has resulted, on the whole, in a marked co-operation between contracting authorities and their suppliers as everybody focuses on maintaining delivery as far as possible.
Employment Tribunal rules in favour of claimants in minimum wage case – has the interpretation of “working time” changed?
As we enter a recession, we have been here before, and a key question is what did we learn and how can we benefit from that learning?
It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.