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News review: pensions, Court of Protection, inheritance

Rounding up the latest choice headlines

23 September 2013

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PENSIONS

One in five Britons believes retirement is not an option because they cannot rely on pensions and savings. The Express reports on HSBC's latest findings that include concerns about smaller trust-based schemes delivering poor value for money because of low levels of trustee engagement and capability.

 

COURT OF PROTECTION

The Judge in Charge of the Court of Protection has called for more rulings to be made public, reports The Independent. Mr Justice Charles, who was speaking at the inaugural Court of Protection Practitioners Association conference, also said Sir James Munby, president of the court, will soon provide guidance for lawyers about when and how to publish the judgments.

 

INHERITANCE

A wad of cash has been found under a bath in the former home of a bankrupt one-time billionaire. An investigation is now under way by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) after a plumber discovered the €140,000 (£118,000), reports The Independent.

 

ASSISTED SUICIDE

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has responded to Professor Stephen Hawking's views on end-of-life care saying his claims are misguided. In an opinion piece for The Times, the cross-bench peer said most people with disabilities are afraid of a law that would offer a lesser standard of protection to seriously ill people than to others.

 

ABS

The managing partner of a new alternative business structure has said legal professionals should capitalise on the trust they've built up from clients. Paul Bibby of MSB Solicitors in Liverpool recommended practitioners build on their reputation as a halo effect for other non-legal services, reports Legal Futures.

 

LEGAL EDUCATION

John Wotton, chair of the Law Society's education and training committee, has described the Legal Services Board proposals for implementing the recommendations of the Legal Education and Training Review as 'inappropriate and misguided', reports The Law Gazette.

 

MENTAL HEALTH

Two million more adults will need treatment in 2030 compared with this year's figures if the prevalence of mental illness doesn't fall, reports The Guardian. Services are struggling to cope with growing number of patients, according to a report from the Mental Health Foundation.

 

STEP AWARDS

Withers partner Dawn Goodman has been named Trusted Advisor of the Year at the annual STEP Private Client Awards. Other winners included Macfarlanes (London Legal Team of the Year), Michelmores (UK and Ireland Regional Team of the Year) and Smith & Williamson (Accountancy Team of the Year and Investment Team of the Year).

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