Guidance on compliance with Child Arrangement Orders during COVID-19
202004.02

Guidance on compliance with Child Arrangement Orders during COVID-19

Guidance on compliance with Child Arrangement Orders during COVID-19 02 April 2020 The expectation at this difficult time is that parents must care for children by acting sensibly and safely when making decisions regarding the arrangements for their child and deciding where and with whom their child spends time. The guidance which can be summarised…

COVID-19: GDC’s position on registration
202004.01

COVID-19: GDC’s position on registration

On 23 March 2020 the GDC issued a joint statement on arrangements for dental and dental care professional students and recent graduates whilst there are restrictions in place to control the ongoing spread of COVID-19. The GDC acknowledge that teaching and assessments have been severely disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The restrictions which are…

COVID -19: Its effects on healthcare professionals
202003.27

COVID -19: Its effects on healthcare professionals

It is clear that Covid-19 is having and will continue to have a significant impact upon the usual working practices of all healthcare professionals. Changes to Practice for Medical Practitioners The BMA, NHS England and NHS Improvement have recently advised all GP practices to move to triaging all patients over the telephone or online before…

Can we think of moving house during the Covid-19 crisis?
202003.27

Can we think of moving house during the Covid-19 crisis?

As so often happens, media headlines do not always reflect the reality of government guidelines (or reality generally come to that). Click here to view the latest government guidelines. Essentially the government is recommending that you should not move whilst the government is trying to stop people moving around generally. This is sensible. Note that…

Can I make a Will during the Coronavirus crisis?
202003.27

Can I make a Will during the Coronavirus crisis?

The Coronavirus outbreak has resulted in significant changes to how we go about our daily lives. Here at Gordons Partnership we continue to follow government advice and have adjusted our practices to keep our staff and clients safe. Our dedicated staff continue to work hard to cater for our clients’ needs across all our departments….

The effects of the COVID-19 on the Family Court system…
202003.26

The effects of the COVID-19 on the Family Court system…

Making sure the Courts and Tribunal service continues to run effectively is essential for public service. With so many hearings taking place every day at the Central Family Court in London and at regional local Courts, COVID-19 has certainly had an impact on the way in which these hearings will be taking place moving forward….

Coronavirus: Contracts and the Force Majeure Clause
202003.24

Coronavirus: Contracts and the Force Majeure Clause

The continued spread of COVID-19 and the relevant containment measures put in place to combat its spread, are having a profound and far reaching effect on the social care sector. As providers come under increasing pressure, it is reasonable for them to begin to understand, in more detail, their potential liabilities and obligations under their…

Coronavirus Update (as at 10.00 on 23rd March 2020)
202003.20

Coronavirus Update (as at 10.00 on 23rd March 2020)

Our work is continuing but many of our lawyers are working remotely. Please use our direct line numbers wherever possible. Messages left on direct line numbers are forwarded automatically to the intended recipient. Meetings are generally being reorganised as conference calls. Our Guildford office is open but operating with a skeleton staff. Our London office…

Coronavirus Update
202003.18

Coronavirus Update

(as at Midday on 17th March 2020) We are continuing to service our clients but please note that many of our lawyers are working remotely. Those working remotely have direct access to email. Please use direct line numbers wherever possible if you wish to speak to us. If you leave a message on our direct…

Adult Social Care and Covid-19
202003.10

Adult Social Care and Covid-19

Government ministers have sought to reassure the public that the UK’s pandemic planning is amongst the best in the world. Clearly it helps that there is a National Health Service which is geared up to dealing with emergencies and is used to taking orders from above. In addition, Rishi Sunak, the new Chancellor, announced on…

Ethical Veganism
202002.26

Ethical Veganism

Following the recent case of Casamitjana v League Against Cruel Sports, ‘ethical veganism’ has been found to be a philosophical belief, and consequently, a protected characteristic under section 10 of the Equality Act 2010. What is Ethical Veganism? ‘A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude – as far as possible and practicable…

Responding to CQC draft reports
202002.25

Responding to CQC draft reports

The draft report arrives in your in-box and you have ten working days to respond. How should you manage the factual accuracy process to get the most out of it? First, you should nominate someone to lead on the process. It might be the registered manager or the nominated individual, depending on the nature of…