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News and updates at today's Towards Liberty Protection Safeguards conference

Today's chair: Sophy Miles Barrister Doughty Street Chambers

Following the chairs introductions, Paul Scates Senior Peer Specialist, Campaigner and Ambassador opens the day with a focus on 'Learning from a personal perspective' covering: 

• DoLS from a service user perspective
• how it feels in practice
• my experience

Tim Spencer Lane Lawyer Law Commission for England and Wales continues with a session on 'Towards Liberty Protection Safeguards - The Law Commission’s DoLS Review: The Final Report, Recommendations and Draft Bill. 
The Law Commission’s final report and draft bill was published in March 2017.

The session covers:
• the flaws with the current system, and case law examples
• providing appropriate care and better outcomes for people who lack mental capacity
 and helping their family and carers.
• moving from DoLS to Liberty Protection Safeguards: a look at the Law Commission’s
 final report and proposals for DoLS reform
• what could provisions e look like under a new system?
• the levels of safeguards under the proposed system
• moving forward: implications for practice

Tim's biography: Tim is a lawyer at the Law Commission for England and Wales. He was responsible for the Commission’s review of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. A final report and draft Bill were published in March 2017. Tim was previously in charge of the review of the regulation of health and social care professionals. This proposed a single legal framework for the UK’s nine regulators including the GMC and HCPC. The final report, including a draft Bill, was published in 2014. Tim was also responsible for the Commission’s review of adult social care. The final report was published in 2011 and formed the basis of the Care Act 2014 and the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. He is the author of the "Care Act Manual" (second edition 2015, Sweet and Maxwell), General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Services and Child Care Law, and contributes to Cross on Local Government Law.

Chair, Sophy Miles Barrister Doughty Street Chambers, opens the afternoon with an exended session on 'Liberty Protection Safeguards - Ensuring effective use and compliance with the recommendations in practice, and covers:

• practical implications of the Law Commission Review
• ensuring compliance
• implications for current and future cases
• challenges, grey areas and difficult issues in practice
• current DoLS issues and what the future holds for Liberty Protection Safeguards
• Interactive discussion and group work 

Sophy's biography: 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 is an active member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee.  She regularly writes and trains on the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and on the Court of Protection.


Mental Health Awareness Training
Monday 9 July 2018 
De Vere West One Conference Centre

Masterclass: The Use of Restrictive Interventions: The legal framework
Tuesday 17 July 2018 
De Vere West One Conference Centre

Caldicott Guardian Training Course 
A selection of 2018 dates are available 



20 April 2018


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