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Applying for secondary schools in 2021- key dates & tips

Natalie Tolley
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If your child turns 11 between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021, then they will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2021. The admissions applications window for secondary schools opened on 1 st August...

Department of Health & Social Care updated guidance during COVID-19 pandemic

Amy Dutton
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The Department of Health & Social Care has very recently published additional guidance concerning the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Best interests decisions The update on 7...

Liberty Protection Safeguard Scheme - implementation delayed until 2022

Amy Dutton
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The Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS), designed to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), were due to be implemented later this year in October 2020. However following a recent government announcement, the LPS Scheme has now been delayed...

Court of Protection decides that man with irreversible stoma has the right to choose to die

Sophie Maloney
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On the 29 May 2020, Mr Justice Hayden received an urgent application (made out of business hours) by Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust. The application related to a 34 year old man with a history of complicated and painful abdominal problems dating back 10...

Appealing a primary school admissions decision

Mike Pemberton
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Mike Pemberton, partner and head of the civil liberties & public law team at Stephensons Solicitors LLP, specialises in education law and has provided assistance and representation to parents and children who have been unsuccessful in the past. He...

Secondary admissions national offer day is approaching

Mike Pemberton
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Monday 2 March 2020 is this year’s national offer day for secondary school admission applications when parents and pupils receive the decision on whether they have been successful in their choice of preferred secondary school. It will be a day of...

Court of Protection case highlights the need for mental capacity assessments on an issue specific basis

Sophie Maloney
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In a recent case, the Vice President of the Court of Protection, Hayden J, reminded us of the importance of the presumption of capacity and the requirement for proper assessment of mental capacity on an issue-specific basis. Everyone is assumed to have...

Applications made under the Mental Capacity Act increased in 2019

Sophie Maloney
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The third quarter of 2019 (July-September) saw a record number of applications made under the Mental Capacity Act according to a recent update on family court statistics. A total of 9,407 applications were made under the act during this period which...

Compensation claims for NHS data breaches

Jessica Saunders
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Our data protection and privacy team are representing a number of claimants in claims for compensation against various  NHS Trusts following their breaches of data protection legislation . What happened? In the last month or so, we have received a...

Top tips for secondary school admission applications

Mike Pemberton
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Its that frantic time of year again when parents and children are considering their preference for secondary schools as the admissions window opened in early September 2019 for pupils going to secondary schools in September 2020. Education lawyer Mike...

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