Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020
202005.20

Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020

According to Mind, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. It is time that mental wellbeing is taken seriously. With the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week being ‘kindness’, here at Gordons we have put together some top tips for being kind to yourself. It…

Future Fund Explained
202005.18

Future Fund Explained

What is it? UK Government support in the form of loans between £125,000 and £5,000,000. Who qualifies? Fast-growing, privately-owned, UK registered companies. What qualifies as ‘fast-growing’?  The company must have raised at least £250,000 in equity investment from third party investors in the last five years. When is it available? Scheme due to launch in…

Let’s get moving again!
202005.14

Let’s get moving again!

The Government is keen to get the housing market moving again and we are sure many homeowners and buyers are equally keen to get moving. Estate agents are now allowed to open again and with viewings able to take place, the media have reported upsurges of interest in moving. As always Gordons’ experienced residential conveyancing…

Inquests resulting from COVID-19 deaths in care homes
202005.12

Inquests resulting from COVID-19 deaths in care homes

Care Management Matters recently published an article where Neil Grant – Partner & Health and Social Care Solicitor – and Joshua Morrison – Regulatory Solicitor – shared tips for avoiding inquests around COVID-19 deaths in care homes following the Chief Coroner’s latest guidance. Read the full article here.

Review: medicines reuse guidance
202005.07

Review: medicines reuse guidance

P3 Pharmacy recently published an article written by our very own Healthcare Regulatory Lawyer, Susan Hunneyball. The article titled “Review: medicines reuse guidance” covers the new government issued guidance on running a medicines reuse scheme in a care home or hospice setting and how community pharmacists will need to consider elements of the new guidance as part…

CQC’s Emergency Support Framework
202005.05

CQC’s Emergency Support Framework

Introduction On Friday 1 May, CQC published details of what it calls its Emergency Support Framework (“ESF”), setting out how it will interact with providers and managers during the pandemic and for an undefined period thereafter. I am pleased to see this at long last as I have been asking CQC for sight of it…

COVID-19 – Domestic Violence and the spike in divorce rates
202005.04

COVID-19 – Domestic Violence and the spike in divorce rates

With there being no sign of the lockdown restrictions lifting, thousands of couples living in the UK are struggling to cope with the close proximities they are faced with, in the same household as their spouse and possibly children. It is clear that the rates of domestic violence in the UK have risen to exceptional…

COVID-19 Update: GDC’s Protocol regarding Remote Hearings
202005.01

COVID-19 Update: GDC’s Protocol regarding Remote Hearings

The GDC have recently updated their protocol in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and reviewed how they hold their substantial fitness to practise hearings. Whilst the GDC hearing venues have been closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic they have continued to hold interim order hearings and substantive review hearings remotely either by Skype or…

Cabin Fever
202004.24

Cabin Fever

We’re not going on a summer holiday. On 17 March the Foreign Office advised against non-essential foreign travel for a period of 30 days which has been subsequently extended indefinitely, plunging the travel industry, like many others, into uncertainty. With flights cancelled, planes grounded and Necker Island as a bargaining chip (if only we could…