The December 2019 issue of the 39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity report (the 100th*) is now out.
(1) In the Health, Welfare and Deprivation of Liberty Report: an important guest article from Inclusion London, and reflections from Tor and Alex on 100 issues;
(2) In the Property and Affairs Report: a report of an interview with HHJ Hilder and deputyship refunds;
(3) In the Practice and Procedure Report: the administration of appeals, and important judgments shedding light by analogy on fact-finding, costs and vulnerable witnesses;
(4) In the Wider Context Report: assisted dying, Article 2 obligations and informal patients, and reports of developments in Northern Ireland, Jersey and wider afield;
(5) In the Scotland Report: an important judgment on guardianship and deprivation of liberty, a judicial review of conditions of excessive security and further observations on the operation of ‘foreign’ powers of attorney in England & Wales from the Scottish perspective.
* Confession: there was a numbering glitch a long way back which means that this is no.99 in this series, but in our defence no.1 in fact represented the formalisation of informal updates Tor and Alex had been doing for several months.