Peter Edwards Law remains open for business.
As part of our continual risk management planning, we are monitoring government announcements in addition to updates provided by Public Health England and NHS daily to ensure that we are complying with the government guidelines.
We are implementing measures and putting robust systems in place to help us to continue to deliver our service whilst also focussing on the health and wellbeing of the people we support and our team. We continue to ensure that we are minimising the risk to employees, fellow professionals and our clients.
We have the relevant resources and technology in place to enable us to continue our work and deliver our usual high-quality service. We are also following any updates from the Legal Aid Agency, Judiciary and Tribunal Service in relation to video/ telephone hearings and electronic filing of documents.
We have developed a system for remote rights based legal representation
For clients who have capacity and are able to use technology such as the telephone or video conferencing then we can continue to maintain contact with them.
For client’s detained in hospital under the MHA we will be following advice from the hospitals in relation to policies they are putting in place for visiting. As per the government guidelines we will be trying to avoid unnecessary travel, however, we will be attending appointments/meeting/hearings where allowed. We will be taking a flexible approach to enquiries and providing advice using alternative methods of communication as necessary.
For those clients who may not have capacity to instruct us, we will work very closely with IMHAs, IMCAs, care homes and relevant people. If we are not able to speak to P to find out their wishes and feelings, we will encourage decision makers/professionals involved to talk to P and seek their views and to use any other information that they have about the wishes and feelings of P (perhaps from care plans or information from family) to assist in their decision making.
We focus on the rights that clients have under the MCA, MHA, Care Act, and HRA
We want to ensure that our clients are at the centre.
It is important that any decisions are approached on the basis of what would the client wants before alternatives are explored.
We have also considered the guidance of Mr Justice Hayden in relation to visiting ‘P’ at this time. We note that visits to care homes are ‘strongly discouraged’ and will only be visiting P if it is deemed absolutely essential. In the case that a visit is deemed essential, we will take an individual risk assessment approach to the proposed visit to determine whether an in-person visit should take place. We will seek to contact ‘P’ via alternative methods where possible and appropriate, via telephone or video call.
In response to the government guidance, fee earners are now working mostly remotely. We would therefore be most grateful if communication can be sent via email wherever possible.
Mental Health Tribunal Team
Jenny Oxton – 07917 658 528
Florence Evennett – 07795 608 577
Desi Williams – 07772 565 224
Court of Protection and Private client teams
If you need to speak to us on a particular Court of Protection case, please contact our office on 0151 632 6699 and you will be transferred to the responsible fee earner.
We thank you for your support and wish you all the very best during these unprecedented times.