Blue Badge changes - An update

Our friends at Ramsdens Solicitors report on Blue Badges and proposals to issue them to people with hidden disabilities.

Panel Deputies - List updated

The Office of the Public Guardian has updated the list of Panel Deputies on their website.

The content is restricted to logged in users only. Please LOGIN or REGISTER to gain access.

Court of Protection workload continues to rise

The latest Family Court statistics bulletin shows that the Court of Protection’s workload shows no signs of diminishing.

For example, 38,945 orders were made under the MCA last year an increase of nearly 50% on 2016. However, the report authors ascribe some of that increase to a “clearance of outstanding cases during the first quarter of 2017, and volumes have increased generally due to improved recording of orders made by  regional courts."

Over a third (40%) of the orders made related to the appointment of a deputy for property and affairs

The number of LPAs received also rose, with 180,210 received in the last quarter of the year up 18% on the equivalent quarter in 2016. Over the entire year, the increase was 28%, though there has been a drop in the two most recent quarters.

There were 2,552 Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) in October to December 2017, down 5% on the same quarter in 2016. Annually, there was also a decrease of 7% in 2017 compared to 2016, continuing the long-term downward trend.

Original article from

Details of statistics can be found on the Government's website:

Making a Will - Law Commission consultation

Denzil Lush writes for the excellent 39 Essex Chambers newsletter on Substituted Judgment and Statutory Wills, read more by clicking on the link below: