From 1 October 2016, the OPG and the Court of Protection will only direct deputies to Howden Group UK Ltd for any new security bonds. Those who hold existing bonds with any previously approved suppliers, such as Deputy Bond Services (DBS), do not have to transfer these to Howden UK Ltd. These suppliers will continue to honour and manage all bonds that have been taken out with them after their contract with OPG has ended.

For more details, and for the OPG’s (updated) surety bond Practice Note, see here.