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Article by health and care specialist solicitor Austin Thornton
February 21, 2019 - News

The meaning of the phrase “nursing and other healthcare” Executive Summary There is a substantial and growing disconnect between the public who see their relatives suffering from profound disability and illness, often involving neurological disorders such as dementia and stroke, and the view of NHS continuing care teams in Clinical Commissioning Groups that such patients […]


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January 16, 2019 - News

In the case of EXB v FDZ [2018] EWHC 3456 (QB) Foskett J, that was the question to be determined. At age 26 EXB was involved in a catastrophic road traffic accident from which he acquired a traumatic brain injury. This injury was expected to be lifelong and meant that EXB would likely need support […]


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Lynne Bradey Court of Protection specialist based in Sheffield wiht knowledge of HMRC grant for vulnerable people
October 22, 2018 - News

The tax system is not the most straightforward thing in the world.  Many people with full mental capacity and the ability to access the internet still find they need help to make sure they understand the HMRC policies and regulations. Who helps vulnerable people with their tax? This isn’t just about paying the right amount of […]


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October 12, 2018 - News

A qualified person can be appointed as deputy for property and financial affairs by virtue of holding an office in an approved organisation. The appointment will continue even if the office holder is replaced by another person. The Office of the Public Guardian should be informed of a change in office holder or other relevant […]


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August 7, 2018 - News

Following the recent appointment of Sir Andrew McFarlane as President of the Family Division of the High Court comes the announcement of Mr Justice Hayden’s appointment as the new Vice-President for the Court of Protection. The team at Wrigleys wish to congratulate both on their appointments and look forward to the future development of the […]


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News

In case some of you may have missed it, there has been a long awaited reduction in #COP fees from last Wednesday 25 July 2018. The application fee has reduced from £400 to £385 & Appeal fee from £400 to £320. The Hearing fee remains the same. For further information click here  


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July 17, 2018 - News

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is about to launch a mediation pilot scheme to deal with family conflicts about powers of attorney.   The scheme will apply to Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney.  The mediation will be face to face as far as possible.  The views of the person who made the power […]


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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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March 12, 2018 - News

A huge thank you to all that attended our second “Through the Maze” Conference, last Wednesday 7 March in Leeds. We heard from five excellent speakers, including our own Austin Thornton. Austin along with Stephen Knafler QC of Landmark Chambers gave interesting talks in relation to the issues surrounding Direct Employment of carers specifically regulation, […]


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February 14, 2018 - News

Did you apply for a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) to be registered between 1st April 2013 and the 31st March 2017? If you did then you may be eligible for a refund. The Ministry of Justice has embarked on a £69,000,000 refund scheme for people who may have […]


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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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September 19, 2017 - News

It’s vital to check “under the hood” when requesting the appointment of a Trust Corporation as deputy. Overview: In a recent case, Matrix Deputies Limited admitted breaching their fiduciary duty by accepting commissions on sales of residential properties belonging to vulnerable clients. They also accepted “failures in administration”. The allegations against Matrix Deputies Limited were […]


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11 Apr 2019

Would it have been a reasonable adjustment for an employer to follow its own policy?

A disabled employee should have been offered a dedicated parking space as a reasonable adjustment in line with the employer's own policy

10 Apr 2019

Marie-Louise Hamilton to be Managing Partner at Wrigleys LLP

Marie-Louise Hamilton has been appointed managing partner and will start the role in May 2019.

29 Mar 2019

Was a head teacher discriminated against for being gay?

Did the treatment of a gay head teacher amount to constructive dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination?