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Law Society Gazette: Melanie Carter writes on regulators’ public law duties in the time of coronavirus


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In a briefing for the Gazette’s latest ‘Practice Points’ feature, Melanie Carter explains how the regulators are now trying to ‘work out how best to meet their statutory duties’.

Shared in today’s Law Society Gazette Daily Update, this piece goes into detail about how regulators and courts are responding including reprioritising their functions, considering how the courts might react to breaches of the law, when to take resources and impact on others into account and a move towards remote hearings.

To illustrate the impact of the ongoing coronavirus disruption in this area, Melanie cites the lowering of standards in the Care Act 2014 initiated by the Coronavirus Act 2020 as an example of the direction of travel and how the courts might be sympathetic to a ‘greater scope for how a power or duty is fulfilled’.

If you’d like to read the rest of this piece in its entirety, click here for more.

Equally, if you have any questions concerning the points raised in this article, please contact Melanie using the details above.


This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of April 7, 2020.

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