Mental Capacity Act 2005

Twelfth Annual Review Conference

We're delighted to see the return of our in person conference and look forward to welcoming guests and colleagues to what will no doubt be an in interesting, insightful and enjoyable day.

Our Mental Capacity Act 2005 annual review conference has become a regular feature in the training diaries of lawyers, judges, clinicians and social work professionals and now attracts around 300 delegates.

It's a great opportunity to take a day out of your busy schedule to learn from the very best minds in the sector and, of course, to network with your peers.

FREE tickets are available for advocacy organisations, charities and NFPs. Please refer to your email invite for contact details to receive your promo code.

This year's esteemed speakers are:

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Joseph O'Brien KC

Joseph is Head of the Court of Protection team at St John's Buildings Barristers' Chambers.

For many years Joseph 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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Alexander Ruck-Keene KC (Hon)

Alex’s practice is focused on mental capacity and mental health law, where he now primarily acts in cases raising complex or novel issues of principle.  He also writes extensively in the field, editing and contributing to leading textbooks.

Alongside his practice, he is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London.  He spent 2016 on secondment to the Law Commission as a consultant to their Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Project and throughout 2018 was legal adviser to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983.

In March 2022 he was appointed an Honorary KC for his services to the areas of mental capacity and mental health law outside the courtroom.

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Neil Allen, Barrister

Neil is a Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, and Founder of LPS Law Ltd. With particular interests in human rights, mental health and incapacity law, he has been ranked by the legal profession as a leading Barrister in the Court of Protection. Neil has been involved in many of the leading cases in this field, including Cheshire West, N v ACCG, and Re X, as well as many reported cases in the lower courts which have shaped the law. He also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students, regularly delivers professional training to a variety of audiences which is complemented by his site, www.lpslaw.co.uk.

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Ian Brownhill, Barrister

Ian is a Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, HM Assistant Coroner for Kent and holds judicial roles with the Football Association and British Equestrian Federation.

Ian has acted in a number of important Court of Protection cases including JB as to capacity to engage in sexual relations, EOA as to radicalisation and Re BU in respect of predatory marriage.

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Ben Garside, DOLs Specialist Practitioner

Ben has worked as the DOLs Specialist Practitioner for Kirklees CCG for 5 years, advising and working operationally with issues of capacity and being part of applications made to the Court of Protection, both contested and agreed ‘streamline’ COPDOL applications.

Qualifying as a social worker in 1990, he has experience of senior management in multi-agency mental health services and acting as a local authority DOLs manager prior to taking up his current post.

Ben has been asked to speak about his reflections on COP proceedings as viewed from an operational health perspective, reflections on what to consider in relation to each case and the health agency’s role in assisting the court.


Dr Janet Grace, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist 

Janet is a consultant neuropsychiatrist working in both the NHS and the private sector in Newcastle.  Having worked in both in-patient and out-patient settings she is now doing neuropsychiatry liaison into general psychiatry wards.

In her private practice, Janet assesses patients for both the Court of Protection and personal injury cases.


Final speaker to be announced shortly


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The venue

The Principal York is situated just steps away from the train station. There is also onsite parking available, at a charge.