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Austin Thornton

Email: austin.thornton@wrigleys.co.uk

Telephone: 0114 267 5588

Position: Solicitor

March 21, 2018 - News

This is the third edition of Austin Thornton’s publication on Paying for Residential Care. More than ever, due to the continuing care funding crises, practitioners are being regularly contacted by clients for advice on paying for care for themselves or their loved ones.  Austin has been a solicitor for nearly 23 years and has worked […]


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February 23, 2018 - Guidance

This guide provides up to date care and support advice and information for people in Sheffield Click on the image below to read your copy.- What is covered in this guide? 1.Living with support 2.Options for your long term needs 3.Paying for your care 4.Choosing a home and your next steps 5.Living in a residential […]


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December 20, 2017 - News

On 7th March 2018, Wrigleys are holding a conference which will look at the regulatory structure underpinning the direct employment of carers to look after persons who are privately funding that care. The conference will be of interest to: • Litigators claiming care costs in personal injury cases. • Experts providing evidence in care cases • Case managers […]


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July 4, 2016 - Guidance

This guide provides up to date care and support advice and information for people in Sheffield


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May 18, 2016 - Guidance

Please click on the image to read more about: What is the test for mental capacity? What should happen if a person lacks capacity to make a decision? How do you define ‘best interests’? …and much more. Full details here


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May 5, 2016 - News

A new study has shown that there was a 20% drop in incidence in the incidence of dementia in the study group, driven by a reduction in men across all ages above 65. Austin Thornton of Wrigleys’ Health & Care team comments here


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March 29, 2016 - News

Please visit our new website for up-to-date articles and opinion http://www.communitycaresolicitors.co.uk/     


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October 15, 2015 - Case Update

Ten cases were heard before Justice Charles (Deputy president of the Court of Protection) on the same issue: Whether in non-contentious welfare cases where the proposed care arrangements amounted to a deprivation of liberty, should P always be a  party? The decision was No. The Cases The ten cases sought Welfare Orders under Section 16 […]


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September 1, 2014 - News

Should an attorney pay care fees while a dispute about NHS Continuing Care funding is under way? The Court of Protection’s answer in a recent case of OW was clearly yes. In this case, the Court felt that the care fees dispute was really a smokescreen to cover up financial abuse. Members of Solicitors for […]


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12 Dec 2018

Enfranchisement reform - implications for community-led housing

We look at the impact of proposed changes to enfranchisement law – community-led housing (CLH) groups should respond before 7 January 2019.

30 Nov 2018

Will a refusal to offer a trial period make a redundancy dismissal unfair?

Yes, the refusal of a contractual right to a four week trial period in an alternative role is very likely to lead to an unfair dismissal (EAT).

30 Nov 2018

Can an employee be dismissed for incapability if their contract provides long-term disability benefits?

Incapability dismissal may be unfair and discriminatory if employee is contractually entitled to income when incapacitated by permanent disability.