The law surrounding organ donation has changed. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill came into effect on 20 May 2020 and has implemented an opt-out system for organ donation.
Following yesterday’s announcement (20 February 2018) that the Court of Appeal has granted Care England the right to intervene in the Mencap’s sleep-in-shift case, we are pleased to confirm that our Health and Social Care team has been representing Care England to date in its application, and will be preparing the case for the next month’s hearing on 20-21 March.
With the right to intervene granted, Care England, assisted by our Team, will now have the opportunity to make written submissions, and hopefully appear before the Court of Appeal in March. Care England will be able to introduce new arguments that have not been considered in the case so far, raising hopes of averting the care sector’s impending £400m financial crisis.
Commenting on the representation, Matt Wort, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said: “We are really pleased to be acting for Care England in this significant case for the sector and to have the opportunity to put forward new arguments. We believe that the intention of Parliament from the introduction of the National Minimum Wage Regulations was always that people carrying out sleep-ins would only be paid when they are awake and working, and we are hopeful that the Court of Appeal will be persuaded to interpret the legislation in that way.'
Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
The Court of Appeal judgement in Booth and another v R  EWCA Crim 575 will be welcome news for local authority prosecutors and their investigation teams.
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