Bates Wells will now be able to advise a wider range of public sector bodies across a range of legal services from public and regulatory law, through to contracts, litigation, outsourcing, intellectual property and many other areas of law.
Jim Clifford tackles recent stories in the press speculating that the drop in the rate of children being adopted is partly caused by improvements in IVF.
BWB’s Abbie Rumbold has been quoted in a Lexis Nexis article which examines a report published by HM Treasury arguing that the Government has diverted £1bn earmarked for maintenance and repairs in order to keep day-to-day services running, increasing the risk of “catastrophic” failures in equipment and infrastructure.
Abbie Rumbold, partner and head of public services & mutual and health & social care, has been featured in the New Statesman’s latest Spotlight supplement.
Pioneers Post has reported on a recent E3M meeting at BWB. The E3M Social Enterprise Leaders Club is a quarterly gathering of leaders of some of the UK’s most successful social enterprises.
Following the recent breast surgery scandal (where a private surgeon was convicted for performing unnecessary breast surgery on women between 1997 and 2011) and the Grenfell Tower fire, the CQC has demonstrated that it will take steps to more closely regulate those organisations that fall within its regime.
The recent Court of Appeal ruling in P v. Secretary of State is expected to compel the Government to rethink the DBS scheme and, in particular, whether it appropriately balances the aim of protecting the public with an individual's right to a private life.
Those making applications for entry clearance under certain Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes for skilled work sponsored (Tier 2) visas for the UK will now be required to provide overseas criminal record certificates.
This will be of particular interest to those working in the fields of child protection, domestic violence and/or children’s and women’s rights.
The Care Quality Commission's future inspection plans will involve more unannounced visits and focused inspections, says CQC's chair >
The CQC's chair Peter Wyman recently announced that the regulator is planning to shift its approach to inspections of health and social care providers, noting that its inspectors gather more tangible findings during an unannounced inspection
During the summer, the Government proposed the Children and Social Work Bill, which contained a clause allowing ministers to exempt local authorities from their statutory obligations whilst the delivery of its Children’s Services are subject to innovation.