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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...

68% of people consider the Ofsted rating of a school to be very important when choosing where to place their child

Francesca Snape
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In a recent poll, 68%* of individuals indicated that the Ofsted rating of a school is ‘very important’ when choosing where to place their child. 29% indicated it was ‘quite’ important and 7% indicated that it was...

Potential risks to tenants as statistics reveal a low compliance rate for HMO licensing schemes in London

Emily Hill
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There are over 310,000 private rented properties in London that require HMO Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing. However, recent research has confirmed that over 130,000 properties in London remain unlicensed under the HMO licensing scheme and as...

Brexit - prepare your business to import goods from the EU to the UK

Cameron Stubbs
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Currently, as the United Kingdom is a member of the European Union, organisations and individuals who are importing goods from an EU member state are not required to pay certain charges. These charges include import duties and taxes. This is a result of...

What are remote consultations?

Elizabeth Groom
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The General Medical Council has recently issued new guidance about remote consultations, as these appear to be on the rise, in order to address any concerns remote consultations may bring when it comes to patient safety. What are they? Remote...

Trading Standards find that major retailers continue to sell knives to children

Emily Hill
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Retailers are urged to take more action in order to stop knives being sold to under 18s. Tests carried out by Trading Standards in England and Wales between 1 st April 2018 and 31 st March 2019 found that 344 out of 2231 retailers failed to prevent the...

CQC issue "smiling matters" report on oral health care in care homes

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In 2016, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence issued guidance on oral health care and this made a number of recommendations in relation to oral health care for adults in care homes. However, in a recent report issued by the Care Quality...

PPI deadline imminent - FCA guidance to firms

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) PPI deadline of 29 th August 2019 is fast approaching. There has been widespread advertising both by the FCA and claims management companies advising consumers of the impending deadline. As such it is anticipated that...

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