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."

Is £400m enough?
Is £400m enough?

The government announced on 16 May that it will provide a fund of £400m to cover the costs of removal and replacement of cladding to high rise residential blocks which have failed tests.

The problems with co-owned properties and attorneys
The problems with co-owned properties and attorneys

Whilst some people are under the impression that preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is simply a case of completing a form and ticking a few boxes, it is about far more than this.

What's mine is (not) yours!
What's mine is (not) yours!

A big fear for some people facing divorce and the inevitable carving up of the matrimonial assets. They seek assurances that such assets will be “ring-fenced” and retained for them.

How to avoid the PET trap
How to avoid the PET trap

When an individual is thinking about making a gift to another individual, consideration needs to be given to the Potentially Exempt Transfer (PET) trap.

Fictitious divorces
Fictitious divorces

Arising from the recent Family Division announcement, people who think they are legally divorced may in fact still be married.