Applications to discharge special guardianship orders – Local Government Lawyer

‘Fran Massarella examines a Court of Appeal case which concerned the test for granting leave to apply to discharge a special guardianship order and the construction of s.14D(5) of the Children Act 1989.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th May 2021

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Deaths of people on benefits prompt inquiry call – BBC News

‘The family of a woman who took a fatal overdose after her benefit payments were cut say they have begun a legal claim against the government.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2021

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Police watchdog threatened with legal action over inquiry into man’s death – The Guardian

‘The police watchdog has been threatened with legal action for refusing to investigate whether the conduct of officers who restrained a man for a significant period of time committed a criminal offence or that their behaviour amounts to misconduct.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2021

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Ep 142: Vaccine Hesitancy and the Court of Protection: Who Decides? – Law Pod UK

Posted April 28th, 2021 in coronavirus, Court of Protection, mental health, news, podcasts, vaccination by sally

‘What happens, if someone lacks capacity under the Mental Capacity Act, and their family for whatever reason objects to the Covid vaccine? Amelia Walker discusses three recent cases with Rosalind English.’

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Law Pod UK, 27th April 2021

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Tragic Court of Protection case – Mills & Reeve

Posted April 15th, 2021 in Court of Protection, families, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘Proceedings commenced initially by the father (“F”) in respect of his daughter, a young woman aged 20 (named “Lilia” in the judgment), who had attempted suicide. Very sadly, this had resulted in a catastrophic brain injury leading to a prolonged disorder of consciousness, from which she had not emerged and remained in a vegetative state.’

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Mills & Reeve, 14th April 2021

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Judge considers whether local authority obliged to assess members of ‘original family’ of mother who herself was adopted – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 13th, 2021 in adoption, care orders, local government, mental health, news by sally

‘A Family Court judge has issued a ruling on whether, within public law proceedings, there was any obligation on a local authority to assess members of the biological/birth family of the mother of the subject infant child, where the mother herself was adopted as a child and raised by adoptive parents.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th April 2021

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Dozens of asylum seekers moved to Napier Barracks despite warnings of ‘unsuitable’ accommodation – The Independent

Posted April 12th, 2021 in asylum, government departments, housing, immigration, mental health, news by tracey

‘Dozens of asylum seekers have been moved to Napier Barracks despite concerns from health officials and government watchdogs about its suitability and an ongoing court case into the legality of such housing. Charities and lawyers are concerned that vulnerable people are being wrongly placed in the army camp in Kent, after it emerged one man with severe mental health problems was almost moved to the site “in error”.’

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The Independent, 10th April 2021

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Wellbeing a “global problem” with severe effects on some lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted April 8th, 2021 in coronavirus, health, legal profession, mental health, news by sally

‘Lawyer wellbeing is “a cause for global concern”, with levels of wellbeing below the average in every part of the globe, the first survey of its kind has found.’

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Legal Futures, 8th April 2021

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Teenage refugee killed himself in UK after mental health care failings – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2021 in inquests, mental health, news, refugees, suicide, young persons by sally

‘A teenage refugee killed himself after the serious nature of his mental illness was not recognised, a coroner has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2021

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Fatal truth: how the suicide of Alex Reid exposed the hidden death toll of domestic violence – The Guardian

‘Nine months after the outgoing and talented nurse started dating Peter Yeung, she was dead. Her story highlights a shockingly common but overlooked cause of death among women.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2021

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Women Disproportionately Affected By Soaring Mental Health Act Detentions – Each Other

Posted March 18th, 2021 in detention, freedom of information, mental health, news, statistics, women by sally

‘The number of women being detained under Section 2 rose by more than 25% in some areas of England, according to exclusive new FOI data.’

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Each Other, 17th March 2021

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Impact on lawyers of traumatic cases “worsened by pandemic” – Legal Futures

Posted March 15th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, legal aid, legal profession, mental health, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Covid-19, coupled with the savage cuts in legal aid, have greatly added to the vicarious trauma suffered by social justice lawyers and other law workers from being immersed in clients’ day-to-day problems, the authors of a new book have argued.’

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Legal futures, 15th March 2021

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Capacity and best interests in relation to Covid-19 Vaccination – Garden Court Chambers

‘Mrs E was aged 80 and lived in a care home. She had diagnoses of dementia and schizophrenia.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 26th February 2021

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Improper Non-Disclosure of a Complainant’s Medical Records – Pump Court Chambers

‘A Complainant (“C”) refuses to consent to his GP providing the Crown with medical records. The Defendant (“D”) has requested disclosure of these records, on the understanding that C has a history of prolonged substance abuse and mental health concerns. C has also indicated that he believes information within the records is detrimental to the Crown’s case; hence, his refusal.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 25th February 2021

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Staff ‘pushed patient over’ at mental health unit, CQC report finds – BBC News

‘A mental health patient was pushed to the floor as hospital staff used “disproportionate and unauthorised techniques”, health inspectors said.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2021

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Hammer killer Hunnisett loses appeal against conviction – BBC News

Posted March 5th, 2021 in appeals, child abuse, domestic violence, mental health, murder, news by tracey

‘A Sussex killer who bludgeoned a lover to death with a hammer has lost an appeal against a murder conviction.’

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BBC News, 4th March 2021

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Brown Clee Hill: Moses Christensen guilty of walker murder – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2021 in diminished responsibility, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘A man who “roamed around” a beauty spot looking for someone to kill has been found guilty of a walker’s murder.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2021

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Errol Graham: Starved man’s family loses High Court benefits case – BBC News

‘The family of a man who starved to death after his benefits were stopped has lost a High Court challenge against the government.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2021

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Capacity and best interests in relation to Covid-19 Vaccination – Garden Court Chambers

‘Mrs E was aged 80 and lived in a care home. She had diagnoses of dementia and schizophrenia.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd February 2021

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Judge rules council and CCG failed lawfully to assess s.117 after care services for claimant – Local Government Lawyer

‘A discharge care plan approach (DCPA) written by the London Borough of Islington and North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was unlawful on nine points, the High Court has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th February 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk