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The British Funeral Service

In the first half of the 20th century funeral directors, or undertakers as they were more commonly known, were to be found almost on every street corner in the larger towns and cities, undertaking duties which were ancillary to other business activities, such as joinering or building. In the late fifties a significant change occurred: chapels of rest were being introduced by more and more funeral firms and relatives no longer had to have the coffin brought into the home or kept at the hospital until the day of the funeral. By the sixties the multitude of urban undertakers was dwindling rapidly, due mainly to the proprietors reaching retirement age with no children to take their businesses and, therefore, no inclination to spend capital on providing chapels of rest. Many other firms continued their joinering work but abandoned the role of undertaker

Enduring Powers of Attorney: Guidelines for Solicitors, September 1999

The Mental Health and Disability Sub-Committee of the Law Society has just published an update on its previous (1996) guidelines for solicitors. It contains a number of additions to the original guidelines which focus, almost exclusively, on the scope for abuse offered by EPAs in respect of vulnerable clients. Para 3.1 states: Many EPAs are made when the donors are already losing capacity, consequently they could be unaware of the implications of their actions and are more likely to be vulnerable to exploitation.

Complaints and the Mental Health Act Commission

Any complaints arising out of the exercise for the power to detain, manage and control, and the duty to treat are complaints in respect of which the [Mental Health Act Commission] has jurisdiction. It seems to me that management, control and treatment all form part of the package of compulsion which is the essence of Section 3 detention which it is the duty of the Secretary of State to keep under review under section 120(1) of the [Mental Health] Act. R v Mental Health Act Commission ex p Smith1

Community Care Case Reports

Since the landmark cases of Sefton and Gloucestershire, there have been a number of cases that have gone through the Courts, which do have an impact on the provision of community care services for clients. Anne Edis reports on the principle cases.

Ability to Leave?

In the first of a series of articles Camilla Parker, Solicitor and freelance consultant, examines the area of capacity, admission to hospital and treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Access to Justice for Older People

Judge Gordon Ashton examines how the law should better cater for the needs of elderly and disabled people. The author is a District Judge and a member of the Law Society''s Mental Health and Disability subcommittee. He has written several books on the subject of older and mentally disabled people at law