Court of Protection - 2024 Virtual Conference

Court of Protection - 2024 Virtual Conference


15 May 2024

10:00 AM ‐ 4:15 PM

With a SmartPlan £486

With a Season Ticket £540

Standard price £720

All prices exclude VAT
Update: Requires no prior subject knowledge
5 hours
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Chaired by Caroline Bielanska, this live broadcast conference with a panel of leading experts offers a comprehensive update as to the current hot topics in this fast-moving area.

Each session will provide a full opportunity for questions and answers.

Conference Agenda

This live and interactive 5 hour conference will cover the following:

10am-11am: Improving Your Statutory Will Applications

Chair: Caroline Bielanska

This session, will discuss the following:

  • The 'obstacle' of the Official Solicitors guidance
  • Remedy for abuse, avoiding disputes and other common reasons to apply
  • Identifying relevant evidence
  • Drafting witness statements
  • Dispensing with notice to respondents
  • Execution mistakes

Morning Break

11:10am-12:10pm: Mental Capacity Act - Latest Update

Tim Spencer-Lane, The Law Commission

A summary of recent case law and law reform developments concerning the Mental Capacity Act and Court of Protection and how it applies in practice. Areas covered will include:

  • Case law on capacity assessments and best interests
  • Update on the new Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice
  • Deprivation of liberty

12:10pm-1:10pm: Knowledge Can Be a Dangerous Thing: Informing P About Her Wealth

Justin Holmes, Barrister, Radcliffe Chambers

There can be circumstances when P wishes to know how much money she has, but there are good reasons why telling her might not be in her best interests. This session will consider:

  • When this question might arise
  • What is the right capacity question to ask
  • What is the relevance of capacity to take other decisions (e.g. make a will, enter into pre-nuptial agreement)
  • What best interest factors will be relevant if capacity is not established

Break for lunch

2-3pm: Acting as Property and Affairs Deputy Within a Complex Family Dynamic

Sheree Green, Greenchurch Legal Services Limited

This session, will discuss the following:

  • Family occupying P’s property
  • When a deputy or attorney has used P’s funds in an unauthorised manner
  • Ongoing family disputes
  • When family members have their own issues which impact on P and/or their finances

Afternoon break

3:15-4:15pm: Residency Disputes

Caroline Bielanska

This session will explore common types of residency disputes along with practical difficulties and applications to court as follows:

  • Common types of disputes
  • Practical difficulties of Re ACC
  • Preliminary considerations
  • Does P have capacity to decide?
  • When should you involve the local authority?
  • Making an application to the court

Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.