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Challenging the CQC's decision to refuse your registration

Laura Hannah
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One of the unfortunate outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many care homes and nursing homes may end up having to close due to the additional financial pressures this pandemic has placed on already struggling social care services. In recent years,...

CQC prosecution highlights gap in the law for unregistered providers

Laura Hannah
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A recent prosecution brought by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) against an unregistered provider has further highlighted a serious gap in the legislation concerning the regulation of unregistered services. On 10 June 2020, the owners of a homecare...

What is a rent repayment order and can I defend it?

Chloe Parish
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A rent repayment order (known as an ‘RRO’) is an order made by the first-tier tribunal requiring a landlord to repay a specified amount of rent. An application for an RRO can be made by either the council or the tenants of the relevant...

General Pharmaceutical Council failing to meet four of the Standards of Good Regulation for Fitness to Practise

Francesca Snape
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The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for Health and Social Care oversees the ten statutory bodies that regulate health professionals in the United Kingdom and social workers in England. The PSA are an independent body who are accountable to...

Ofsted inspectors to record evidence using body cameras when visiting unregistered schools

Emily Hill
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From February 2020 until April 2020, Ofsted are piloting body-worn video cameras in all suspected unregistered illegal schools in order to protect their inspectors, seize evidence and increase prosecutions. Ofsted have repeatedly called on the...

Importing or exporting goods after Brexit

Alison Marriott
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The UK’s departure from the EU brings about a period of uncertainty for many UK businesses, as they try to plan for and adapt to the possible changes. At 11pm on January 31st 2020 the UK entered a transition period which is due to last until the...

Solicitors Regulation Authority investigations - the year ahead (part two)

Carl Johnson
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Carl Johnson, partner and head of the regulatory department at Stephensons, outlines what we can expect to see in the field of Solicitors Regulation Authority enforcement during the 2020.  2019 was a significant year for the regulation of...

Solicitors Regulation Authority investigations - the year ahead (part one)

Carl Johnson
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Carl Johnson, partner and head of the regulatory department at Stephensons, outlines what we can expect to see in the field of Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) enforcement during 2020.  2019 was a significant year for the regulation of...

Houses of multiple occupancy - interviews under caution

Chloe Parish
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An interview under caution is an interview that is conducted in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (sometimes referred to as a PACE interview). This means that at the start of the interview, you will be cautioned. Local authorities...

Doctor's engagement at MPTS hearings linked to decisions

Elizabeth Groom
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A recent cross-sectional study conducted by the General Medical Council (GMC) has indicated that a doctor’s engagement in Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) hearings is more associated with the outcome, rather than the personal...

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