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Government inquiry into the funding crisis in adult social care

Philippa Barton

Posted by Philippa Barton | Partner
On 21st November 2016

Local Authorities have a statutory duty to assist people who by reason of age, illness or disability are in need of care. This is generally known as adult social care and mainly covers people with severe disabilities and the elderly.

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High court allows a request for a body to be frozen after death.

Philippa Barton

Posted by Philippa Barton | Partner
On 18th November 2016

The High Court has just decided that the body of teenage girl who died of cancer should be cryogenically frozen – the first case to deal with the subject of cryogenical preservation. The 14 year old girl left clear written guidance in the form of a letter to the court explaining why she wanted her body to be cryo-preserved.

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The “secretive” Court of Protection

Alexandra Edwards

Posted by Alexandra Edwards | Solicitor
On 17th November 2016

The Court of Protection (COP) is relatively new to the legal system and was established via the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and started operating in October 2007. The COP specialises in issues relating to people who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves in relation to finances, property, health and welfare.

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Worried about your pension?

Philippa Barton

Posted by Philippa Barton | Partner
On 19th October 2016

It’s easy not to think about your pension while you are working and earning a salary. But now that life expectancy is longer, you could live for decades without earning after retirement. A woman who is 80 is on average expected to live to 91 and a man who is 80 now is on average expected to live to 89.

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A cap on care fees will never happen

Philippa Barton

Posted by Philippa Barton | Partner
On 7th September 2016

You may remember that the Coalition Government introduced a cap on care home fees so that no person would ever have to pay more than £72,000 for care throughout their entire lifetime.

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