Court of Protection Seminar – Judicial Decision Making in the Court of Protection and Beyond


Tuesday 27th November 2018

The MShed, Wapping Wharf, Bristol

Judicial Decision Making in the Court of Protection and Beyond

This seminar will explore important recurring issues in the Court of Protection and be tailored to provide practical advice for practitioners and public bodies involved with the Court of Protection.


£50.00 + VAT per delegate

Receive 20% off the full delegate price if two or more delegates attend from the same firm.



10:00 Welcome – Rebecca Stickler

10:10 Keynote address – His Honour Judge Marston
The Court of Protection and Regionalisation 

10:45 The Importance of P – Dr Paul Divall and Rebecca Stickler, Guildhall Chambers
Dr Paul Divall (Consultant Psychiatrist) and Rebecca Stickler will examine a series of cases which have carefully balanced the competing factors of physical health and safety alongside P’s happiness and emotional welfare and explore what we can all learn and apply in our everyday practices


12.15 Positive Behavioural Support: what we all should know – Russell Hartland
Russell has worked in the NHS for 25 years and is a Registered Learning Disability Nurse and Manager of a Specialist Residential Service. He has professional qualifications in positive behavioural support and is a BILD accredited positive behaviour trainer.  He also has extensive experience in working with adults with learning disabilities who present with significant behaviours of concern. Russell will explore the new standards in positive behavioural support from a clinical and practical perspective and provide core guidance

13.15 LUNCH

14.15 Property and Affairs: case law update  – John Churchill, Guildhall Chambers


Workshop 1: Getting P Home
Holly Doyle and John Churchill will explore the applicable legal principles involved when P wishes to return home but her property is occupied by tenants or other family members who object to her return

Workshop 2: Core Employment Duties
Debbie Grennan (Head of the Employment and Discrimination Team) will discuss the core employment duties of which all deputies for property and affairs should be aware when employing others to provide care and support to P. This workshop will also be very helpful to all Local Authorities when deciding whether or not to award direct payments to vulnerable adults

Workshop 3: Assessing capacity: the hard cases
This workshop will be led by Dr Divall, Rebecca Stickler and Kriti Upadhyay and will explore four difficult case scenarios involving fluctuating capacity, borderline capacity and personality disorders

16.00 Questions for the Panel  

16.20 Finish with thanks and drinks

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