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By Robert O'Donovan
With only a couple of months to go before the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 come into force in October, the excitement is beginning to mount.
By Kerry Scott-Patel, Lara Crane
As another World Cup tournament comes to an end who can believe that it was four years ago since we had the last one? Time certainly flies in the sporting arena, particularly, it seems, if you do not care much for the nation’s favourite sport.
By Andrew Parsons
The Government has recently published its response to the Consultation on the appropriate new safeguards to protect people who lack capacity following the Bournewood case.
By Andrew Parsons
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is not yet in force. However it is expected to come into force in April 2007 and the Government has recently published a new draft Code of Practice which seeks to provide extensive guidance on the implementation of the Act.
By Alexandra Johnstone
Consent to medical treatment is probably the most significant principle underlying the law relating to treatment of psychiatric patients. To force medical treatment upon a patient is likely to contravene the prohibition against inhuman and degrading treatment under the Human Rights Act 1998.
By Sejal Raja
The major change which will affect every employer in the country is the need to introduce new procedures on retirement.
By Andrew Parsons, Daisy Dutton
Manslaughter is not governed by statute and, for the time being, remains a common law offence. It is defined as an unlawful killing without intent to kill.
By Andrew Parsons
The draft Bills previously produced attracted widespread opposition from psychiatrists, mental health and civil liberty groups. Our commentaries had also queried whether the Government would be able to allocate the necessary financial and human resources to make the proposed Bill work in practice. We had questioned the ability to fund the procedures envisaged by the creation of the new Mental Health Tribunal and whether there would be sufficient qualified staff to operate the arrangements pro
By Robert O’Donovan
The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 must be one of the most controversial pieces of legislation ever passed. They are controversial, not so much because of the intent behind them, but because of the difficulty in dealing with complicated concepts. The regulations, or "TUPE" as they have fondly become to be known, are now being revised and reissued and Robert O’Donovan had a look at some of the details.
By Robert O’Donovan
It is now 15 years since Robert Maxwell dropped/fell/was pushed from The Lady Godiva and so triggered the pensions scandal within the Mirror group. Since then pensions have rarely been out of the headlines. If your company operates stakeholder or group personal pension arrangements, you may think that you are immune from change but Robert O’Donovan is not so sure.
By Alexandra Johnstone
The question of whether resuscitation ought to be attempted on an elderly patient has recently been reported in the media. It obviously raises sensitive and potentially very distressing issues for both the patient and the patient’s family.
By Stephanie Thomas
Approximately 11% of households in England are within the private rented sector. This totals approximately 2.3 million tenancies. The Housing Act 1988 deregulated tenancies and enabled landlords to let premises on a shorter basis by way of the assured shorthold tenancy. As a result, tenants had less security of tenure and landlords had greater control over their premises.
New reforming measures under the Housing Act 2004 will come into force in April 2006. This is part of the Government’s objective to bring houses which have been unoccupied for long periods back into use, to improve management of properties by landlords through licensing, as well as applying health and safety measures to the housing market.
By Stephanie Thomas
It is now more than 18 months since the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Business Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2003 came into effect to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. The reforms have been well received and are widely considered to have improved fairness and ended tactical use of the statutory provisions by landlords and tenants alike.
By Andrew Parsons
Civil Partnerships – the affect on Mental Health Law. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force on 5 December 2005 permitting same sex civil partnerships. One of the most publicised early partnerships was that of Elton John and his long-term partner, David Furnish.
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