Expired Court of Protection conference – London, 30 Jun 2017

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  •  30 June 2017
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Mr Justice Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales

Penny Cooper, Barrister and international expert on the use of witness intermediaries in justice systems – ‘Clear and Understandable? A definition of ‘vulnerable’ and a framework for obtaining the best quality evidence’ 
Jake Kraft, Legal Aid Agency – ‘Legal Aid in the Court of Protection’
Sophy Miles, Barrister – ‘Legal Update 2016-17’
Floyd Porter, Chief Assessor of the MC Panel – ‘The new MCA accreditation’
Alex Ruck Keene, Barrister, Writer and Educator – ‘When past and present wishes collide’
Tim Spencer-Lane, The Law Commission – ‘The Law Commission’s review of the DoLS’

Mental capacity law develops constantly and there will be many challenges over the coming year, not least of which will be the implementation of the Court of Protection rules, the introduction of Law Society accreditation, and developments regarding Deprivation of Liberty.

Decisions about best interests continue to require specialist knowledge, crossing over the boundaries between medical and legal practice.

For its fourth annual Court of Protection conference, the MHLA has prepared a packed programme of topical issues. The timetable is in preparation and will be announced shortly. We hope you will join us for a stimulating day of debate, to hear speakers at the cutting edge of these issues, and to meet like-minded colleagues.

Registration is from 09:00 and the Conference runs from 09:30 to 17:00

09:00-09:30 Registration
09:30-09:45 Opening address – Tam Gill, Chair of MHLA
09:45-10:30 Session 1, Penny Cooper
10:30-11:00 Session 2, Jake Kraft
11:00-11:30 Refreshments
11:30-12:15 Session 3, Alex Ruck-Keene
12:15-13:00 Session 4, Tim Spencer-Lane
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Keynote address, Mr Justice Munby
15:00-15:15 Refreshments
15:15-16:00 Session 5, Floyd Porter
16:00-16:45 Session 6, Sophy Miles
16:45-17:00 Closing remarks, Tam Gill

Programme subject to change.

The conference fee includes buffet lunch and all refreshments. This event attracts 6 CPD hours (points). The reference for your CPD record is BYE/MHLA.


Venue Phone: 0207 282 5500

Venue Website:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Islington, 60 Pentonville Road, London, , N1 9LA


This venue is within easy walking distance of Kings Cross / St Pancras. The nearest tube is Angel.