In this ebriefing, we identify what we see as the key messages arising from recent prosecutions in the care and housing sectors.
In these unprecedented times, we’d like to take this opportunity to reassure our clients that we have, and will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure that we can provide continuity of service to you during the Covid-19 outbreak. It is more important to us than ever at this challenging time that we continue working alongside you to improve lives, communities and society.
With the exception of a small core team, our workforce has been working remotely for some time, meaning that our lawyers and support staff are working largely as normal. We are confident about our capacity to continue to deliver our services while working remotely in the interests of protecting our staff and clients, for as long as necessary. If you have a meeting scheduled with a member of staff, they will contact you in advance to arrange a suitable alternative to a face to face meeting. Should you have any queries, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alongside legal services, our teams are providing regular e-briefings to support our clients in response to the evolving Coronavirus situation, from employment issues to updated guidance for charities. You can access them here or by following our Twitter feed - @ACSLLP.
While our training and seminar programme is currently on hold, you can access our programme of webinars and podcasts here.
If you have a specific legal query relating to how Covid-19 is affecting your organisation, get in touch with our sector leads:
Jonathan Cox - Housing
Matthew Wort - Health and social care
Olwen Dutton - Local government
Chris Whittington - Education
Dominic Curran - Charities
David Alcock - Social business
Rankeshwar Batta - Private client - personal injury and clinical negligence team
Jas Tamber - Private client - children's services team
Elizabeth Wyatt - Private client - family team
Donna Holmes - Private client - personal planning team
For further information on the steps taken as part of our response to Covid-19, please click here.
A recent High Court case on costs could prove essential reading for clients who have cases in the magistrates' courts.
The employment and pensions team offer practical advice on whistleblowing.
Partners, David Alcock and Sarah Patrice, have been involved in reviewing the new Code of Governance for community-led housing, published on 21 May 2021 by the Confederation for Coop Housing.
Following the eviction ban being lifted on 31 May 2021 and further to our previous ebriefing, the new notice of seeking possession forms are now available on the Government website as Word versions.
The European Court of Justice's standpoint on the Wiener Wohnen landowning developer case, and how the level of influence over the work did not amount to a decisive influence.
The Law Commission's Technical Issues in Charity Law report revealed that many charities struggle with a range of technical issue in the law.
The Law Commission recommended four key changes to the law in respect of mergers and the incorporation of charities which we have detailed in this ebriefing.
Over the last few weeks, we have published individual ebriefings on some of the key changes to be implemented following the Government’s response to the Law Commission’s report.
In April 2021, the Foreign Office halted funding for Oxfam following new allegations of sexual misconduct made against staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo.