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£150.00 exc. VAT


Court of Protection Report Writing Skills


This course aims to identify key aspects of mental capacity law with reference to statute and the Code and to establish frameworks for the accurate recording of essential evidence. It will ensure staff are clear on good and bad recording techniques and will identify the key law to guide completion of the COP forms

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Increased knowledge of mental capacity law and practice
  • Increased knowledge of the statutory frameworks and rules within which the court operates
  • Enhanced skills to deal with report writing and preparing evidence for the Court of Protection

Please note: For this course to be successful, delegates must have had training on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and remind themselves of Sections 1-6 of the Act before attending.


The day will include the following key topics:

  • Court of Protection summary
  • Cases the court deals with – social care, finance and medical
  • COP3 form – assessing capacity for court applications
  • Mental Capacity- case law recap
  • Exercise 1- Assessing mental capacity case study
  • Assessing capacity- case law examples of good and bad evidence
  • COP24- assessing best interests for court applications
  • Best Interests – overview and detail on the checklist
  • Best interests – hierarchy, balance of probabilities etc.
  • Best Interests- Risk & duty of care
  • Exercise 2- best Interests & evidencing the balance sheet
  • Best Interests- case law
  • Before going to court…
  • Types of evidence

The course will be delivered by: Sophy Miles

Called to the Bar in March 2015, Sophy qualified as a solicitor in 1989. She was a founding partner at award-winning firm Miles and Partners LLP where she led the mental health and capacity team for 16 years, before becoming a consultant in 2012. As a solicitor she has been involved in significant human rights cases brought under the inherent jurisdiction and in the Court of Protection (JE v DE and others, [2006] EWHC 3459 (Fam); Hillingdon v Neary [2011] EWHC 3522 (COP)). Sophy has a busy and varied Court of Protection practice which includes personal welfare, international adult protection, medical treatment and property cases, as well as challenges against deprivation of liberty authorisations. She advises in all areas of mental health law, where her long experience as a mental health solicitor gives her a practical understanding of the issues. She advises on displacement of nearest relative applications; complex Tribunals; and disputes over entitlement to after-care. Sophy regularly advises on public law challenges arising under community care legislation. These have included the application of the Care Act 2014 to vulnerable prisoners and challenges to Care Act assessments. Sophy undertakes civil actions under the Human Rights Act where there is a mental health or mental capacity element. Sophy is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee. She regularly trains on the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and on the Court of Protection.

Includes all course materials, certificate and refreshments.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email  or call 07341 277487.