The February 2015 Newsletters are now out, revamped to reflect the fact that Thirty Nine Essex Street is now 39 Essex Chambers. The launch of the new Chambers website has allowed us to bring together all our mental capacity resources in one place. There is also a new Twitter Feed for this section of the site, which will be ‘Tweeting’ all of the newsletters, case reports, articles and guidance notes the Court of Protection team produces.
Highlights this month include:
- In the Health, Welfare and Deprivation of Liberty Newsletter: a further chapter in the saga of consent to sex; unlawful removals from the family home; and the new DOLS forms;
- In the Property and Affairs Newsletter: failed attempts to prevent the OPG/COP having oversight over an attorney and to get costs against the OPG and the OPG’s review of deputy monitoring;
- In the Practice and Procedure Newsletter: an important case on declarations and contempt and a rare decision on permission;
- In the Capacity outside the COP Newsletter: the new Practice Note for representation before the MH Tribunal; the new MHA Code of Practice; and the new offences of ill-treatment and wilful neglect;
- In the Scotland Newsletter: detailed coverage of the Special Case that has resolved the question mark over the validity of powers of attorney raised by Sheriff John Baird, as well as important guidance on vulnerable clients and Practice Rules relating to powers of attorney and an update on the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill: