The legal profession is increasingly reliant on technology, and never more so than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many clients are wondering what impact the restrictions on our movement will have on their upcoming mediations.
On 8 April 2020, GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre and the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency published a joint advisory about a rise in cybercrime related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The self-isolation and social distancing bought about as a result of the coronavirus pandemic leaves the elderly and incapacitated even more vulnerable to financial abuse. It is has been well reported that fraudsters are seeking to take advantage of the current situation whether via the internet, on the phone or in person but it also seems likely that this period will sadly see a rise in abuse of power of attorney by those closer to home.
The case of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Kevin William Eagling  EWHC 2806 (Ch) was the first brought by the Secretary of State under a regime in the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 providing for compensation orders. The court found in favour of the Secretary of State and made its first ever compensation order under the regime requiring a company director to provide compensation.
The case of Goss-Custard v Templeman & Ors involved a dispute as to whether Lord Templeman, a former judge, had testamentary capacity when his last will was executed in 2008, six years before his death.