Capacity and best interests in relation to Covid-19 Vaccination – Garden Court Chambers

‘Mrs E was aged 80 and lived in a care home. She had diagnoses of dementia and schizophrenia.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd February 2021

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Judge rules council and CCG failed lawfully to assess s.117 after care services for claimant – Local Government Lawyer

‘A discharge care plan approach (DCPA) written by the London Borough of Islington and North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was unlawful on nine points, the High Court has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th February 2021

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Covid: Cwmbran man jailed for killing wife in lockdown – BBC News

‘A man has been jailed for five years for killing his wife during the first coronavirus lockdown in March.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2021

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Breach of PSED in bringing possession proceedings cured by subsequent compliance – Garden Court Chambers

Posted February 18th, 2021 in disabled persons, equality, housing, local government, mental health, news, repossession by sally

‘Ms Taylor was the secure tenant of Slough Borough Council. She had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in late 2011.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 17th February 2021

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Judge rules council and CCG failed lawfully to assess s.117 after care services for claimant – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 18th, 2021 in autism, children, local government, mental health, news, social services by sally

‘A discharge care plan approach (DCPA) written by the London Borough of Islington and North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was unlawful on nine points, the High Court has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th February 2021

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Pensioner cleared of murdering wife during first lockdown in Wales – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2021 in coronavirus, domestic violence, guilty pleas, mental health, murder, news, Wales by sally

‘A man who killed his wife five days into the first lockdown last year in Wales has been cleared of her murder.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2021

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Judge hits out at lack of regulated placement for vulnerable, suicidal 16 year old, despite 11 High Court hearings and sending series of judgments to ministers – Local Government Lawyer

‘An exasperated High Court judge has sent a fourth judgment to ministers over the continuing unavailability of a regulated placement for a vulnerable 16 year old with multifaceted difficulties and at a high risk of serious self-harm or suicide.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th February 2021

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UK woman who killed disabled son detained in hospital indefinitely – The Guardian

‘A woman who killed her disabled 10-year-old son after undergoing a breakdown during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown has been detained in hospital indefinitely.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2021

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Re E [2021] EWCOP 7 – The COVID-19 Vaccine & Capacity – Pump Court Chambers

‘It was just over a month between the first Covid-19 vaccination being administered and the first reported COP decision relating to it. As ever, this decision is fact specific, but there are some important points to take away.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 11th February 2021

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Number of prisoners in England and Wales on suicide watch rises steeply – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2021 in mental health, news, prisons, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The number of prisoners put on suicide or self-harm watch has risen dramatically over the past decade, a Guardian investigation has found, as experts warn the scale of the mental health crisis in prisons has escalated during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2021

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COVID-19 vaccination: capacity and best interests – the first reported Court of Protection judgement – Family Law

‘On 20 January 2021 in the matter of Re E (Vaccine) [2021] EWCOP 7, the Vice-President of the Court of Protection Mr Justice Hayden, delivered the first reported judgement in a vaccination dispute. Mrs E, the 80 year old dementia sufferer at the centre of the dispute (and who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia some 20 years ago), was living in a care home where there had been several cases of COVID-19. On 8 January 2021, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham informed Mrs E’s Accredited Legal Representative that she was to be offered a COVID-19 injection on 11 January, however her son, Mr W, objected to this. Due to the risk of Mrs E succumbing to COVID-19, her legal representatives urgently sought a declaration, pursuant to s.15 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (“MCA 2005”), that it would be lawful and in her best interests to receive the vaccine at the next possible date (the appointment on 11 January having been missed due to the son’s objection).’

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Family Law, 3rd February 2021

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Community Treatment Orders: does seeing patients remotely suffice? – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 8th, 2021 in coronavirus, detention, local government, mental health, news, remote hearings by tracey

‘Jonathan Auburn and Lucy McCann assess whether decision-making as to community treatment orders requires physical attendance.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th February 2021

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Angela Wrightson: Teenage torture killers keep anonymity – BBC News

‘Two teenagers who tortured and murdered a vulnerable woman in her own home have been granted lifelong anonymity.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2021

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Inquest finds mother took overdose after removal of disability benefits – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2021 in benefits, coroners, government departments, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘A severely mentally ill young mother died from a deliberate overdose after the removal of her disability benefits left her destitute, trapped in a months-long state of high anxiety and haunted by suicidal thoughts, an inquest has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2021

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Calls to LawCare about anxiety more than double – Legal Futures

Posted January 28th, 2021 in charities, coronavirus, legal profession, mental health, news, statistics by sally

‘Calls from legal professionals about anxiety more than doubled in 2020, the chief executive of welfare charity LawCare has said.’

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Legal Futures, 28th January 2021

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Lockdown may have played part in rise of domestic child killings, says Met – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2021 in child abuse, coronavirus, homicide, London, mental health, news, police by sally

‘The pressures of lockdown may have played a part in a rise in children killed in domestic homicides, Britain’s biggest police force today said.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2021

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Remote justice and Tribunal case management – Doughty Street Chambers

‘In GL v Elysium Healthcare Upper Tribunal Judge Kate Markus has provided a helpful reminder of the importance of maintaining standards of fairness in the remote environment.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 12th January 2021

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Divisional Court finds Mental Health Act assessments require physical attendance and cannot be undertaken remotely – Local Government Lawyer

‘The phrases “personally seen” in s. 11(5) of the Mental Health Act 1983 and “personally examined” in s. 12(1) require the physical attendance of the person in question on the patient, the Divisional Court has clarified.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th January 2021

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New survey from Bar Council finds barristers at “breaking point” – The Bar Council

Posted January 25th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, debts, diversity, employment, fees, mental health, news, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Council, which represents all barristers in England and Wales, has today published findings from its most recent survey of the Bar. The findings show some signs of recovery in workload, but highlight the extreme financial and psychological hardship still facing many barristers.’

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The Bar Council, 22nd January 2021

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Met police officer faces new hearing over death of mentally ill black man – The Guardian

‘A senior police officer cleared of misconduct over the high-profile death of a mentally ill black man is to face fresh disciplinary proceedings because of failings in the original case, the Observer can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2021

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