‘Women, Wine & Weed: Difficult Capacity Decisions in the Modern World’
- Court-of-Protection, Personal-injury
We would like to thank everyone who attended our recent training seminar - and first PRD event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic - ‘Women, Wine & Weed: Difficult Capacity Decisions in the Modern World’.
There was a fantastic turn out on the day, with around 60 delegates in attendance. It was brilliant to see and talk to people in person again!
14 years on from the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act, there are still many areas where issues and the law around capacity are unclear. For people working with brain injured clients this presents challenges, particularly when a client’s wishes come into conflict with what may be in their best interests or with the criminal law.
The aim of the seminar was to update practitioners on the recent developments in the law and to give some examples of how some of the issues have been approached by both lawyers and case managers.
On the day we heard some insightful talks from a selection of speakers, including our own Gary Herbert – Partner and Personal Injury solicitor – who discussed the recoverability of illegal or unwise spending in Personal Injury claims; and Sam Karim, QC, of Kings Chambers who explored how the law approaches illegal or unwise decisions by incapacitous Claimants, including consideration of recent case law concerning the procuring of sex workers on behalf of protected parties.
We then heard from our own Ruth Wright – Partner and Head of Court of Protection here at Potter Rees Dolan – who explored the practical problems for Deputies and touched on the steps to obtain a decision in cases involving personal liberty.
Looking at things from a Case Manager perspective, delegates heard from two experts – Rachel Gannon, a Case Manager at Beacon Case Management with a background in Occupational Therapy whose talk centred on practically managing the issues created by clients wishing to engage; and Linus Mortlock, Case Manager and Social Worker at Browns Case Management, who shone a light on the Local Authority perspective and how to protect vulnerable people from their unwise decisions in illegal activities or wishing to consciously make unwise decisions.
The seminar concluded with a networking lunch, which gave our delegates and speakers a chance to discuss potential solutions for the issues and conflicts mentioned in each talk. Overall, the day was a success and we have had plenty of positive feedback from those who attended. Once again, we’d like to thank you all for attending and we now look forward to our next event! Watch this space….