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Alex Ruck Keene

Alex Ruck Keene 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 and representation, as well as delivering expert 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. He is the creator of the website, providing resources and expert commentary on some of the most difficult mental capacity issues.

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.

What people say about Alex:

“Good clear explanation, he has an extremely strong grasp of the subject- excellent!”

“I have found the whole day informative, gripping and extremely helpful”

“Very informative and certainly cemented by understanding of the MCA and what is required of me as a social worker.”

“Very knowledgable facilitator- handouts very detailed and helpful for reference after the course.”

Alex’s Publications

Court of Protection Handbook: A User’s Guide