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The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Annual Review Conference 2024

October 17, 2024

Aspire, Leeds

Taking place on Thursday, 17 October 2024 at Aspire, Leeds is our Mental Capacity Act 2005 Annual Conference.

This is a must-attend for professionals across Court of Protection. Please save the date in your diary. Further information, including our line-up of speakers, will be released in due course.

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"I loved every minute, the speakers were up to date and well informed and great fun too. "

"Overall this conference was great - as always, useful, though provoking and a really good way of keeping up to speed with current issues."

"Having been to a number of these over the years I think you always to try deliver something slightly differently - the topics are always of the moment issues and what most people are struggling with at the time - keep doing what you're doing"

"In my opinion everyone presentations was very useful and helpful to all of us. Aspire team keep everyone well informed. Lunch was delicious."

"I will be telling others how useful and well organised it was."

£110+VAT per person

Free of charge for charities and advocates
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Conference agenda

08:30 - 09:30 Registration & Refreshments

09:30 - 09:45 Welcome address by compère Alison Kaye, Director and Head of Court of Protection, Switalskis

11:25 - 11:40 Comfort break

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

15:10 – 15:35 Closing address by Alison Kaye

15:35 - 16:00 Networking

Speaker biographies
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His Honour Judge Simon Burrows

Judge Simon Burrows is a Circuit Judge in the Family Court in Lancashire and is authorised to sit as a High Court Judge under s. 9(1) SCA. He is also the Regional Court of Protection Lead Judge for the North West. For 17 years he was a fee paid Judge on the Mental Health Tribunal, including for four years as a member of the CAMHS panel.

He practised at the Bar in Manchester, and in later years specialised in mental health and capacity law, including Court of Protection, mental health tribunals and inquests. He appeared as counsel in a number of significant cases including Cheshire West (for the Official Solicitor from first instance to the Supreme Court), Re X (1 and 2), as well as numerous cases involving serious medical treatment, the inherent jurisdiction, and the interface between the MHA and MCA.

He is the author of the Mental Capacity and Mental Health section in the Civil Court Practice (the Green Book), has contributed to a number of publications on mental health and capacity law and was a practitioner editor of the International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law.

Also, before becoming a judge, he was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Advocacy Focus in Lancashire, and a Trustee of the AFC Fylde Community Foundation.

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Lorraine Cavanagh KC, Barrister

Lorraine Cavanagh read law at Manchester University and was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in July 2000. Lorraine is the Birkenhead scholar of the Inn in the same year. Lorraine practises in all areas of children law, in the health and welfare law field of the Court of Protection and conducts judicial review and Human Rights claims with a focus on community care provision and child rights.

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Dr Chris Ince, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Chris Ince currently works as a consultant psychiatrist within the specialist in-patient autism services based at Northgate Hospital. He is the Associate Medical Director (inpatient – North) and have oversight for the inpatient services at St George’s Park, Morpeth.

Dr Ince has a CCT in the psychiatry of learning disabilities and has long-standing experience in working with offenders, both with and without a learning disability. His work is both in community and secure in-patient setting, throughout the North East of England.

He is a core and higher trainer on the Northern Deanery Rotational Training Scheme and is also the training programme director – core (North).

He holds a post with the Care Quality Commission as a specialist advisor in mental health.

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Natalia Levine, Barrister

Natalia Levine is a specialist in children law (both public and private), adult social care and in the Court of Protection.

She was called to the bar in 2007 and undertook pupillage in Leeds at Parklane Plowden Chambers before joining St John’s Buildings in 2022.

Natalia is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access Scheme.

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Ben McCormack, Barrister

Ben McCormack has been a lawyer for over 20 years, specialising in mental capacity, public law and housing cases. Ben became Deputy Head of Chambers in March 2023.

He is used to working with people with mental illness, learning disabilities, autism and other mental impairments. Many of his clients have alcohol or drug addictions and are often disadvantaged as a result of poverty or limited education. Many do not speak English as a first language.

Ben regularly gives training to other lawyers, professionals and students about his areas of legal expertise. He is keen to ensure that the work of the courts is more easily understood and that legal practice is opened up to as wide a range of people as possible.

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Dr Catriona McIntosh, Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr Catriona McIntosh has specialist expertise in Neuropsychology, providing cognitive assessments, capacity assessments, therapy and rehabilitation to people with acquired brain injury and neurological conditions.

She has experience in working as a Clinical Lead managing complex cases of neurorehabilitation across a range of neurological disorders and across the life span. Her therapeutic specialties are in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the Neurobehavioral Model and Cognitive interventions.

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Joseph O'Brien KC, Head of the Court of Protection, St John's Buildings

For many years Joseph O'Brien has been recognised as a leader in the field of adult social care and Court of Protection proceedings. He is regularly instructed by local authorities, hospitals, CCGs and other health care providers. Joseph is also instructed by the Official Solicitor and family members.

Since the onset of the argument about what is ‘deprivation of liberty’, Joseph has been at the cutting edge of this jurisprudence. He has appeared in a number of the leading cases and lead in the Supreme Court in the case of P v Cheshire West and Chester Council [2014] UKSC 19.

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Parishil Patel KC, 39 Essex Chambers

Parishil Patel KC has a wide ranging public law practice which encompasses:

  • health
  • community care
  • local government (including regulation, audit and standards)
  • telecommunications
  • data protection and confidentiality
  • prisons, immigration
  • public international law
  • incapacity
  • and best interests

He has extensive experience of advising and acting for and against public bodies in judicial review claims (in the High Court). This includes claims brought challenging local and central government policy and involving statutory construction and in proceedings in various Tribunals. He also has extensive experience of arguing ECHR issues in domestic courts and advising on human rights in the policy context.

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