Inaugural lecture – 25 June 2019
The CPBA inaugural lecture, delivered by the Vice-President of the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Hayden, was held on 25 June 2019. The Vice-President delivered a ‘state of the nation’ address, highlighting the profile and complexity of the work of the Court of Protection, the demands of responsible journalism relating to cases before the court, and the tension between autonomy and protection exemplified by the Meyers case.
July seminar – 10 July 2019
A seminar on powers of attorney, best interests issues and deputies was held on 10 July, chaired by Senior Judge Hilder, the speakers being David Rees QC and Claire van Overdijk. The slides from Claire van Overdijk’s presentation can be found in the Members’ Area here.
Autumn seminar – 28 October 2019
An update seminar was held on 28 October 2019, topics including: Fluctuating Capacity – Sophia Roper and Anna Tkaczynska; recent Cases on LPAs – Alex Cisneros; Medical Treatment Update – Vikram Sachdeva QC; Cross-over between Education and COP – Ian Brownhill; Appointment of Welfare Deputies – David Rees QC; Inherent Jurisdiction – David Lock QC ; Cross Border Mental Capacity – Claire van Overdijk; Capacity to Consent to Sexual Relations – Andrew Bagchi QC. Slides can be found in the Members’ Area here.
Annual dinner – 20 November 2019
The CPBA Annual Dinner took place on the evening of 20 November 2019 at Middle Temple. The Guest Speaker was Sir Alan Ward.
CPBA and PDF forum January 2020
The CPBA and the Professional Deputies Forum held a joint event in London on 28 January 2020 focusing on Health and Welfare issues within the Court of Protection featuring speakers from the Official Solicitor and a panel discussion including Vikram Sachdeva QC, Victoria Butler Cole QC and Claire van Overdijk.
DOLS Debate 4 March 2020
There was a debate about the definition of deprivation of liberty chaired by DJ Anselm Eldergill at Doughty Street Chambers on 4 March 2020 at which Alex Ruck Keene and Ulele Burnham spoke. Alex spoke to this paper, and DJ Eldergill’s article asking “Are all incapacitated people confined in a hospital, care home or their own home deprived of liberty?” can be found here.
MCA decision making in the time of COVID-19 for those in care homes and supported living – 28 May 2020
ACC and force-feeding webinar – 2 June 2020
This webinar on 2 June 2020 featured Joanne Clement (11KBW) and Ruth Hughes (5 Stone Buildings) on the case of ACC & Ors (property and affairs deputy; recovering the legal costs of proceedings)  EWCOP 9 which clarified the scope of ordinary authority granted to a property and affairs deputy on their appointment and identified situations in which specific authority would be required to recover costs from the protested person which had been incurred in seeking legal advice on their behalf. It also featured Michael Mylonas QC (Serjeants’ Inn Chambers) on the approach to be taken when considering the force-feeing of capacitous patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 and more generally on the use of section 63 of the Mental Health Act 1983 when treating patients against their will. Slides can be found in the Members’ Area here.