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Bloomsburry Family law


Care, consent and competence

Many legal advisers who have older clients exercise substituted decision making powers, either as attorneys under enduring powers, or as receivers. These powers do not, however, enable decisions about medical or personal care to be made by attorneys or receivers in respect of individuals who lack mental capacity. Where such decisions have to be made - sometimes as a matter of life and death, sometimes as a matter of day to day management - the law is often misunderstood.

Intranet based management knowledge systems: getting a return for your investment

Managing Partner held its first annual conference in January. What clearly emerged was that: 1. most law firms already have intranets in place and want to fulfil their potential; and 2. delegates were interested not in the technology but in the business benefits, they wanted a return on their investment. This article, therefore, focuses on an area of immediate concern to managing partners, how to extract real value quickly from intranet investments, by using them to manage the business more profitably. By John Morgan and Gerry Cryer.

Direct payments: friend or foe?

Following the recent White Paper, Modernising Social Services, the Government has announced its intention to make Direct Payments available to disabled people over 65 as well as, as at present, to those under that age. While no indication is given as to timescale, there is every indication that the change will be made fairly soon as it will not require primary legislation. It is therefore timely to consider what Direct Payments are and their implications for older people in the future.