Expired 20th Annual Conference – Birmingham, 22 Nov 2019

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  •  22 November 2019
     9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Conference places MUST be booked and paid for by 5pm Friday 15 November. No exceptions. After that date, please contact us at admin@mhla.co.uk if you wish to be placed on the reserve list in case of cancellations.

The 20th MHLA Annual Conference will take place on Friday 22 November 2019 at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street, Birmingham B2 4JQ. The meeting room is the Horton Suite, which can be accessed via lift directly from the Burlington Arcade, without having to go through the hotel reception.

The conference fee includes a hot buffet lunch and all refreshments. Group discounted fees (£145 each) apply when three or more members from the same firm book together.

This event attracts 6 CPD hours/points (reference BYE/MHLA – advanced level). The Programme will develop knowledge of the law and procedure which is essential to prepare cases and effectively represent clients before the First-tier Tribunal, including mental capacity.

09:00 Registration & refreshments
09:30 Kate Tyrrell – Chair’s address & Welcome
09:45 Legal Aid Agency: Graham McDonald – Mental Health Unit: Certificated Matters & Escape Cases; followed by Q&A session with Jake Kraft and Alice Muskett
10:45 Refreshments
11:00 Prof. Sir Simon Wessely – The MHA Review
11:45 Alex Ruck Keene, 39 Essex Chambers – Derivation of Liberty: The Liberty Protection Safeguards
12:30 Lunch
13:45 Annual General Meeting – Voting of Officers and Committee members, Presentation of Accounts
14:15 DCP Sarah Johnston – HMCTS Update
15:00 Dr Harinder Bains – Autism Spectrum disorder: Clinical presentation, national strategic policy and legal issues in practice
15:45 Refreshments
16:00 Sarah Burke & Dr Laura Janes – Case law and practice update
17:00 Kate Tyrrell – Closing address
17:10 Informal Reception

Programme subject to change

The MacDonald Burlington Hotel is reserving 30 rooms for the night of Thursday 21 November, to include breakfast next morning. These are double rooms for single occupancy at the discounted rate of £102, available to members on a first-come-first-served basis. Rooms must be reserved directly with the Hotel (telephone 0344 879 9019), and please quote MHLA as the reference.

If you are interested in joining us for an informal dinner the evening before the conference on Thursday 21 November, please book on this page: Pre-Conference Meal by Friday 8 November.

Parking is available nearby at NCP New Street multi-story car park (St Jude’s Passage, c.£9.50 for 24 hours). Validate your ticket at reception.

Please see the below link which has useful information about the location of the hotel.

The MHLA offers a unique range of advertising and sponsorship opportunities to enable organisations which share our aims and values to promote their services to our members, and to others with an interest in the field of mental health law. If you are interested in finding out more about exhibition & display, delegate pack inserts, and so on, email admin@mhla.co.uk to request our Rate Card.


Venue Phone: 0344 879 9019

Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street, Birmingham, , B2 4JQ