Reading the bumph over breakfast

In my previous post I had a lot of questions about the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill (MCAB).  I’ve been reading the Bill’s supporting documents over the last few days – the Explanatory notes, impact assessment and the ‘Delegated Powers Memorandum’ (about the SuperRegs).  The documents have answered quite a few questions, but they’ve also thrown…

Reading the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill on the train

I’m on a train heading home from Leeds after a really exciting, challenging, and thought provoking workshop that I helped to set up with CHANGE and Advonet, looking at how we can bring together people with learning disabilities and those working within the services and agencies that they use, to think about supported decision making.…

A new chapter in ‘best interests’?

Reading the recent case of Mrs P, I reflected that in recent cases about withdrawal of life sustaining treatment for people in permanent vegetative states or minimally conscious states, the courts are almost entirely basing their decisions on the ‘wishes, feelings, values and beliefs’ element of the best interests test, rather than other ‘objective’ factors…

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

The Law Commission is consulting on the procedure for making a will. If, like me, the thought of reading about the law on making a will sounds a bit yawntastic and the thought of actually making a will is a task that sounds even less fun than a tax return, this consultation might be easily…

Happy birthday LAMP! (Conference)

The Legal Aspects of Medical Practice LLM course at Cardiff University is one of the oldest medical law masters courses in the country.  This year it celebrates it’s 30th birthday with a conference and dinner on 23 September 2017.  Do come along if you are interested in medical law, LAMP or are a past or present…

New resources: Social Welfare Law in Wales

As many readers will know, Welsh Government has devolved powers to make social care legislation.  Welsh social care law therefore differs from English social care law.  However, most publications on social care law in the UK are focused solely on English law and don’t cover Welsh law, which is frustrating for social care users, advocates,…

A rough guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005

I’ve been working on a short plain English guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to give to participants in my research on the Act, and posted a version here. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond my technical capabilities, some people can’t download it, so here’s an HTML version. Feel free to share, but do give me…