Investigations By The Office Of The Public Guardian (OPG) Continue To Rise But Are They A Best Interest Decision Made For The Vulnerable Adult?

In my role as a solicitor for the OPG, I have had first-hand experience in representing the Public Guardian within applications made to the Court of Protection. These included the...


Deprivation Of Liberty Definition Broadened

People who lack mental capacity (protected parties) are often provided with assisted living facilities and various forms of supervised accommodation by local authorities. However the act of placing a protected...


The Impact Of Covid-19 – Charities Search For Income

The Covid-19 crisis is having a profound impact on economic growth. Many businesses in the most affected sectors, such as tourism, hospitality, aviation and retail, have seen significant volatility in...


Government Confirms Pension Freedom Age Increase To 57

On Thursday 3rd September, the Government announced that the age at which people can access their private pension funds will increase from 55 years of age to 57 in 2028....


Third Payment To Woodford Investors To Be Made Next Week

It has been confirmed that investors in the Woodford Fund will receive a third payment on or around 26th August. Link Fund Solutions (the Authorised Corporate Director (ACD) of the...


Court of Protection & Their Recent Decision On Limits Surrounding Capacity & Force Feeding

An NHS Trust and another v WA and Others [2020] EWCOP 37 Background WA was a young man who claimed asylum in the UK. Prior to arriving in the UK,...


Charitable Gifting On Behalf Of Someone Who Loses Mental Capacity, Can This Be Done?

Whether you are acting as an attorney or deputy, gifts being made to charities on behalf of the vulnerable adult can be an essential part of your role. Thinking of...


What To Consider When Accessing Your Pension

With savers facing a volatile market in the face of Covid-19 uncertainty and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reporting a 21% drop in pension withdrawal levels during lockdown, it is...


Deputies & Litigation Costs Recovery

Professional deputies usually instruct litigation solicitors to represent a protected party in a civil claim and whilst the litigators will complete almost all aspects of the work involved, the role...


Financial Markets Update – April To June 2020

Financial markets have performed strongly over the last quarter (April to June 2020) as they recovered their poise following the frenetic selling that occurred in March. Economic activity is rebounding...


How To Choose A Financial Adviser

There may be certain times in your life when you will need to seek professional financial advice to help with your financial planning needs. This may be due to a...


Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Investing 

There is no doubt individuals are becoming more focused on wider issues in society, like, climate change, pollution and the social impact actions can have on people and communities. This...


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