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…

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…