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16th March 2018 09:45 to 16:15
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London (closest underground station Temple)
£145.00 exc. VAT

Edge’s Annual DoLS Conference 2018 – a one day conference in central London – 16th March 2018

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Registration will begin from 09.00 onwards (no earlier admissions permitted; for early arrivals there are several coffee shops on nearby Fleet Street). The Conference will begin at 09:45.


Speakers: Sir James Munby, Alex Ruck Keene, Dr Lucy Series, Professor Clive Bowman and Steven Richards Chair: Aasya F Mughal

Edge is pleased to announce that our next conference for DoLS Assessors will be held at The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in London on 16th March 2018. This Edge conference may be used to meet the annual training requirement for DoLS Assessors (BIAs or Mental Health Assessors). The conference will also be useful for many other professionals working within the DoLS field such as social workers, DoLS signatories; lawyers; care home managers; hospital staff and others.

The day will include the latest DoLS case law, news and research.  All topics have been especially selected to assist practitioners in their daily work. A full governmental response to the Law Commission’s proposals for the reform of DoLS is due in Spring 2018. If available by the date of the conference- this will also be covered otherwise, the latest position will be confirmed.


Keynote Speaker: Sir James Munby- President of the Family Division and Court of Appeal Judge

Sir James Munby is a highly respected judge in the DoLS field. Many people will remember the wisdom in his oft quoted judgment in the case of Re MM (an adult) [2007] EWHC 2003 (Fam) when he said:

“What good is it making someone safer if it merely makes them miserable?”

This case was decided even before the Mental Capacity Act came into force. Since then, Sir James Munby has continued to deliver insightful landmark judgments, shaping Mental Capacity Act case law.  At the conference, he will speak about the latest position in relation to the DoLS and Mental Health Act interface, focussing in particular on the Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Secretary of State for Justice v MM; Welsh Ministers v PJ [2017] EWCA Civ 194 and share his thoughts on the proposals for the reform of DoLS.

Alex Ruck Keene- DoLS Case Law Update

Alex will provide his annual, hugely popular, DoLS case law round up of the biggest cases DoLS cases over the last 12 months and what they mean for practice. 

Alex is an experienced barrister, writer and educator. His practice at 39 Essex Chambers  is focused on mental capacity law (broadly defined) in which he provides specialist advice, representation and  training for front line professionals. He also writes extensively in the field, editing and contributing to leading textbooks and (amongst many other publications) the 39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Report, the ‘bible’ for solicitors (and others) working in the area.

Alex is an Honorary Research Lecturer at the University of Manchester, a Wellcome Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London and a Research Affiliate at the Essex Autonomy Project, University of Essex. He spent 2016 on secondment to the Law Commission as a consultant to their Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Project, and is legal adviser to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Dr Lucy Series-  DoLS Appeals Research

Lucy will speak about the research (of which she is an author) on the work of the Court of Protection in personal welfare cases, focussing in particular on the findings in relation to DoLS challenges (s21A MCA). 

Lucy is a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Research Fellow at the School of Law and Politics. Her research particularly focuses on questions of legal capacity, adult social care law and disability rights. She has particular expertise on the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the deprivation of liberty safeguards, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Lucy writes a blog about her research, The Small Places.  Her research on the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Court of Protection and disability rights has featured in the national media.

Professor Clive Bowman, The Perils of Prescribing Antipsychotics

Clive will discuss the perils of prescribing antipsychotics for people with Dementia in care homes. 

Professor Bowman is from the School of Health Sciences, City, University of London and is one of the authors of a research paper into the use of antipsychotics in Care Homes. You can read the research here entitled ‘Antipsychotic prescribing in care homes before and after the launch of a national dementia strategy: an observational study in English institutions over a 4-year period’. His talk will cover this research; the effects of such drugs on mental state and other ‘perils of prescribing’. Professor Bowman has also kindly provided a talk for Edge in advance of the conference which may be downloaded here.

Steven Richards- DoLS Newsflash

Steven will provide his annual ,hugely popular, ‘news flash’ on the latest DoLS news and statistics including the latest available news on the Law Commission’s proposals to amend DoLS. 

Steven is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission, inspecting the care and treatment of people detained under the Act. He is also a specialist advisor for the Commission in relation to the Mental Capacity Act and a Director of Edge. Steven has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, both for the NHS and voluntary sector.

He has been an in-patient advocate for Mind working across adult, older persons and PICU wards and as an advocate represented directly before the Court of Protection. He has co-authored a number of highly popular books, wall charts and Apps on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act.

 Aasya F Mughal- Chair

Aasya will chair the conference and host our hugely popular annual DoLS quiz, giving delegates the chance to compete with their fellow DoLS professionals for the chance to win a host of prizes. 

Aasya is a barrister and director of Edge. She has represented individuals and businesses in civil law cases and patients in appeals against their detention under the Mental Health Act. Prior to this, she gained considerable experience as an in-patient advocate working with detained patients on a number of mental health wards and also appeared before the Court of Protection in this role.

She is co-author of a smartphone App, three books and three wall charts on the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act used by local authorities, hospitals, advocacy groups, universities and lawyers. She has volunteered for the human rights organisation Liberty providing legal information and advice to the public on human rights law. Aasya volunteers her time to deliver training for families on their rights under the Mental Capacity Act & DoLS. Aasya has been writing and delivering training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act since 2005 and she has also been invited to Jersey a number of times to speak about Mental Capacity Law & the ECHR in relation to the Jersey legal system.

Steven and Aasya are authors of the bestselling DoLS guide used by professionals nationally, The DoLS Handbook and their latest version of the DoLS Case Law summary, supplementing the book is available here.

£145 + VAT (£174)
This includes a conference booklet, a certificate, refreshments, and a sandwich lunch.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk or call 07341 277487

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