(Proto)toddlers and other news

Technically still a baby, but well on her way to toddling, Meg is growing, giggling and scrambling over everything. Not sure when the sleeping through the night bit happens but we live in hope.  A quick post with some news.  Firstly, apologies if you received out of office replies saying I’d be back this month,…

Call for participants – VOICES project

Greetings from maternity leave. Below is a guest post by Eilionoir Flynn, Liz Brosnan and Clíona De Bhailís about the excellent VOICES project at NUI Galway.  It’s an awesome project, so please spread the word.  Eilionoir informs me the deadline for participants has been extended to 21 March, so get your skates on!   Call for…

National Mental Capacity Action Event

I’ve been asked to share word of a forthcoming event organised by the Department of Health, Ministry of Justice and Baroness Finlay of the newly established National Mental Capacity Forum.  The purpose of the event is to: Profile current best practice from around England and Wales Identify MCA improvement priorities for the coming year Gather…

Guest post from Piers Gooding: Unfitness to plead

Whilst I’m busy learning to complete tasks one handed and with no sleep, Piers Gooding from the University of Melbourne has kindly volunteered this guest post on the his recent work on unfitness to plead. Despite the aforementioned sleep deprivation I found his blog post and the summary of the Law Commission’s final report really interesting – I hope you do as…

Baby Meg

Apologies that this is a little late, but baby Meg was born last week. Thanks very much to everyone who sent emails and cards, we’ll reply as soon as we can. The first week had its ups and downs but we’re both home now and recovering well. I’ll probably be a little hard to reach…

Baby Meg

Apologies that this is a little late, but baby Meg was born last week. Thanks very much to everyone who sent emails and cards, we’ll reply as soon as we can. The first week had its ups and downs but we’re both home now and recovering well. I’ll probably be a little hard to reach…

The stories we tell

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about the stories told in Court of Protection judgments.  As Mark Neary recently wrote, judgments of the Court of Protection ‘are fabulous page turners’ (well, some are, quite possibly not the more procedural ones).  Ian McEwan described in The Guardian how a chance conversation with Sir Alan Ward led him to read a…

Court of Protection Transparency pilot

Some very big news this week: the Court of Protection has just announced its first pilot project:  on transparency. As readers will know, the Court of Protection (along with the Family Court) is often described in the media as a ‘secret court’.  This is because most of its hearings are heard in private – meaning that…

How long do your DoLS assessments take?

Cornwall Council’s DoLS team is undertaking a survey to find out how long assessments by Best Interests Assessors take. The lead contact for the survey is Paul Wilkins (pwilkins@cornwall.gov.uk) and the survey link is here.   The Supreme Court’s decision in Cheshire West (see Cheshire West and Chester Council v P (2014) UKSC 19, (2014) MHLO 16)…