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)…

The Law Commission has opened its consultation on DoLS

B brr br brrrrrrrrrr! (That was a trumpet heralding the arrival of the Law Commission’s consultation on DoLS). The consultation into the Mental Capacity Act 2005 deprivation of liberty safeguards has now been published.  The deadline for responses to the consultation is 2 November, and a final report and bill is due to be published in 2016.…

Head on over to RightsInfo

This is a super quick post as I grab ten minutes of internet in a cafe!  But you should all head over to Adam Wagner’s AMAZING new infographic on human rights.  It tells the story of how key human rights cases have shaped the rights we have today.  It’s pretty hard to read this and remain…

The place of law in care

A little while ago I was chatting with my mate T, who is an artist, about law.  T commented that he didn’t really think about law very often, or encounter it in his everyday life.  This got me thinking about the place of law, the locations where we encounter and think about law.  I suggested…

Why are more men registering LPAs than women?

I was rummaging about in the Family Court Statistics looking for statistics on the Court of Protection (no I don’t know why they’re categorised under ‘Family Court’ either), when I noticed that there are now statistics on the age and gender breakdown of persons with registered Lasting Powers of Attorney.  I’ve made these into a…