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8th March 2019 09:45 to 16:15
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London (closest underground station Temple)
£145.00 exc. VAT
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Edge’s Annual DoLS Conference 2019 – a one day conference in central London – 8th March 2019

Edge’s Annual DoLS Conference- 8th March 2019 

Central London
Speakers: Mr Justice Baker, Sneha Khilay, Alex Ruck Keene, Steven Richards
& Mr E (one of the carers in the Bournewood judgment).
Chair: Aasya F Mughal

Edge is pleased to announce that our next conference for DoLS professionals will be held at The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in London on 8th March 2019. 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. The conference will also explore the Liberty Protection Safeguards (the replacement for DoLS).  All topics have been especially selected to assist practitioners in their practice.


The Hon. Mr Justice Jonathan Baker, Court of Appeal Judge: RPR Selection, Duties and Responsibilities. 

Mr Justice Baker has delivered judgments of huge significance in the field of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. His cases AJ (Deprivation Of Liberty Safeguards) [2015] EWCOP 5  and RD & Ors (Duties and Powers of Relevant Person’s Representatives and Section 39D IMCAS) (Rev 1) [2016] EWCOP 49 are just two examples. These cases gave vital guidance to BIAs, IMCAs, Representatives (RPRs) DoLS Teams and families. With such a low rate of appeal under DoLS, it is important to revisit the messages of these vital cases. Mr Justice Baker’s talk will also be of particular interest in light of the reduced right of advocacy under LPS.

Sneha Khilay, Edge Trainer & Consultant: Unconscious Bias and DoLS Assessments

An expert on the subject of unconscious bias in relation to race, culture and diversity in both the world of social care and large corporations, Sneha will speak about how to avoid unconscious bias in DoLS assessments and will give tips to DoLS Assessors to make them more aware of their actions.

Alex Ruck Keene, Barrister & Author: A DoLS Case Law Update

Alex is a leading barrister in the field (with 39 Essex Chambers) and delivers training with Edge. He is an author of the excellent Court of Protection Handbook and was a legal consultant to the Law Commission for LPS. Alex will provide his highly popular annual DoLS Case Law Update. Alex is always able to ensure his talk is accessible and practical.

Steven Richards, Director of Edge, CQC Reviewer & Author: The Future: Liberty Protection Safeguards-  where are we now?

Steven created a survey which was influential in ensuring members of the House of Lords were properly informed about practitioners’ views on the first draft of the LPS Bill. Steven was also invited to provide training  to Peers on the impact of LPS on practice. By March, we will know with much greater clarity what the final version of LPS will look like and Steven will be able to guide the conference through the key changes and what they will mean for current DoLS assessors and most importantly, vulnerable people lacking mental capacity.

Mr E, Carer of HL: The Bournewood judgment and the impact of the Liberty Protection Safeguards?

Mr E was the carer in the hugely significant case of HL v United Kingdom 2004 often known as the Bournewood judgment. Without this case, a law which today provides legal rights to thousands of vulnerable people may never have been possible. Mr E will tell the conference what led him to take HL’s case to the European Court of Human Rights and his views on the future for people in similar situations to that of HL (compliant, incapacitated hospital patients).

Chair: Aasya F Mughal, Director of Edge, Barrister and Author 
Aasya co authors (with Steven) books on DoLS, the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act. and also delivers training to frontline staff on these subjects. Most recently, Aasya provided guidance to members of the House of Lords and charities on LPS including the drafting of legal clauses for the purpose of tabling amendments to LPS.

£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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