9th February 10:00 till 13:00


£75.00 exc. VAT


Understanding the Court of Protection (Updated with COVID-19 CoP Guidance) – 9 February 2021 ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR**


This half day training course (delivered by Webinar) is designed to enable participants to feel equipped to attend the Court of Protection and to ensure they know what to expect; the best way to give evidence; the key court of protection roles; courtroom etiquette and terminology. The course will help delegates prepare to give evidence and deal with challenging questioning. A barrister in the field will give them tips on writing witness statements and ensuring the oral evidence they give is fair, balanced and accurately represents application of the key components of the Mental Capacity Act to the Court of Protection judge.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, delegates will understand:

  • Key aspects of mental capacity law with reference to statute and code
  • Familiarised with the Court of Protection process and reasons to go to court ie s21A
  • Key legal terms in the Court of Protection and what they mean
  • The process of evidence giving and the different roles
  • Update on Court of Protection COVID-19 guidance.


10.00 am                            Mental Capacity Act overview

Court of Protection summary

Cases the Court deals with – social care, finance and medical

When do cases have to go to Court (welfare and section 21A)

Before going to Court…what will the Court expect?

Case study

11.15- 11.30       Break

11.30-13.00     Whose case is it anyway- How does “P” take part?

Hearings -including post-16 March 2020

Urgent cases

What’s in an order?

Evidence- witness statements, assessments of capacity, expert 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 and a certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed to you once  your booking is completed.

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