In the fourth part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks arising out of varying the terms of construction contracts.
Our Court of Protection team manage the finances of over 100 people who do not have the capacity to look after their own affairs, and who have not appointed an attorney to act on their behalf in these circumstances. Some of the individuals we support have very little by way of financial resources and rarely receive a visitor – even at Christmas.
As a team, we have always visited our more isolated clients near to Christmas, to give them a Christmas card and small gift, and to stay for a chat. For the last two years, however, we have encouraged the rest of the staff at Anthony Collins Solicitors to also consider contributing. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our colleagues and delighted to replace our small Christmas gifts with a basket of goodies.
In addition to general donations to our appeal, this year we introduced a Secret Santa scheme. Colleagues had the option to take a slip of paper with the name of a deputyship client, and some information on their likes and dislikes, to buy them a bespoke gift to go in the hamper.
Gifts donated include chocolate, Christmas decorations, sweets, biscuits, toiletries, nightwear, teddies, and blankets so that each client will have a bundle of parcels to open on Christmas day.
One of our clients, Ruby*, currently in hospital, was keen to open one gift early – it was her Secret Santa gift – a pink teddy bear with a soft blanket. She was overjoyed with her present and delighted in showing it off to all of the nurses on duty.
*not the client’s real name.
A local authority recently received a "roasting" by the Pensions Ombudsman for their delay in processing an employee’s ill-health retirement pension, following her diagnosis with advanced cancer.
The Times is looking for three or four charities to feature in their editions running in December 2019 and early January 2020.
Cliff Mills defines and talks about the importance of social value in his blog, and its potential within Greater Manchester.
Following a power outage at Anthony Collins Solicitors’ (ACS) Birmingham office, our employees and partners currently have limited functionality, including no access to emails.
Joint ventures present an opportunity for housing associations to build organisational capacity, the revenues from which could help deliver on wider social housing commitments.
Residents are now unable to make applications to prohibit landlords from seeking to recover the cost of legal proceedings through the service charge on behalf of other residents, without consent.
Natalie Barbosa summarises some of the legal challenges facing fundraisers in the charity sector.
We hosted a breakfast roundtable with Insider Midlands magazine that had attendees from a range of organisations addressing housing needs in the Midlands. The discussion explored JVs in more detail.
The decision of the Court of Appeal in The Harpur Trust v Brazel & Unison has made clear that employers can no longer legally calculate part-time holiday based on 12.07% of hours worked over a year.
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