n this update, we have focussed on the headline governance and regulatory issues that are facing RPs at this time. as we all deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
The Committee, which reviews and promotes improvements in law and practice for elderly clients or those with mental or physical disabilities, supports initiatives for solicitors who provide such services. It additionally prepares Practice Notes for solicitors on relevant issues, such as “Representation of individuals detained under the Mental Health Act” and provides evidence by way of written submissions and in person, such as to the House of Commons in relation to the Care Bill 2013, to the House of Lords Committee in relation to the review of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and to the Office of the Public Guardian regarding digitalisation of the process for making a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Rankeshwar Batta, partner at the firm commented: "This is a major achievement for Sheree and for the firm as a whole. Her involvement as part of the Committee will help us to continue meeting the needs of our clients whilst utilising the teams' skills and expertise to influence top level policy and change, not just within our Private Client services but, increasingly in our Local Authority and Health and Social Care work."
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.
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.
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