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…

The price of protection

Last month Mr Justice Hedley, sitting in the Court of Protection, handed down a judgment in an important case concerning the responsibilities of local authorities to  provide people assessed as lacking the mental capacity to consent to sex with appropriate sex education.  In CH v A Metropolitan Council, Hedley J approved an award for damages…

Stories of Empowerment, Stories of Disempowerment

If you care for a family member with a learning disability and live within travelling distance of Bristol, come and tell your Stories of Empowerment, and Stories of Disempowerment on Thursday 7th September. The event is organised by me (Lucy Series) and NDTi.  Professional storytellers Brendan Stone and Chrissie Boham will help people tell their…

It’s that time again…

…Yep, there’s a general election coming atcha!  Don’t know who to vote for? Don’t understand the options? Struggling to fathom the reasonably foreseeable consequences of your vote in this politically volatile time? Worried you can’t retain all the information about which party wants which shade of Brexit and what other policies they stand for?  Feel you…

Davey v Oxfordshire CC: The tactics of austerity

Anyone with an interest in independent living must read the (depressing) judgment in Davey v Oxfordshire CC, handed down yesterday.  It touches upon such important issues as  the domestic legal status of Article 19 CRPD, the meaning(s) of independence, and how effectively independent living is realised by the Care Act 2014. In (very) brief, Luke Davey is a disabled…

The elusive Article 19

There are a thousand things I need to do this morning – including clearing up the porridge bomb that’s gone off in my kitchen* and some actual work – so my apologies that this is a hastily dashed out and poorly referenced blog post rant.  It’s just easier than trying to reply in 140 characters to the millions…