About the authors

Alex Ruck Keene is a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers. He has been recommended as a leading expert in the field of mental capacity law for several years, appearing in cases involving the Mental Capacity Act 2005 at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court. He also writes extensively about mental capacity law and policy.   He has contributed to works including The International Protection of Adults (2015, Oxford University Press), Jordans’ annual Court of Protection Practice and the fourth edition of Assessment of Mental Capacity (Law Society/BMA 2015).  He is an Honorary Research Lecturer at the University of Manchester and a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at King’s College London.  He has sat on both the ad hoc committees convened to review the Court of Protection Rules 2007, is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committees of both England and Wales, and the creator of the website www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk.

Kate Edwards is an Associate Solicitor and professional property and affairs deputy with the Court of Protection team at Slater & Gordon Lawyers. She is a member of STEP (Society of Trusts & Estates Practitioners) and the founder of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA).

Professor Anselm Eldergill is a district judge in the Court of Protection and a visiting professor at University College, London. Before becoming a judge he was a practising legal aid solicitor specialising in mental health law for over 25 years, and then led the mental health team at Eversheds. He was President of the Mental Health Lawyers Association and of the Institute of Mental Health Act Practitioners, and ranked 1 in Chambers Directory. He is an Alexander Maxwell Scholar and the author of Mental Health Review Tribunals: Law and Procedure (Sweet & Maxwell 1997) and articles for journals such as the Princeton University Law Journal, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and The Guardian. He was chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission’s Law and Ethics Committee.

Sophy Miles is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. She qualified as a solicitor in 1989. She was a founding partner at Miles and Partners LLP where she led the mental health and capacity team for 16 years, and where she is now a consultant. She has been involved in significant cases under the inherent jurisdiction and in the Court of Protection, including JE v DE and others and Hillingdon v Neary. Sophy regularly appears in the Court of Protection at all levels. She is a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health). Sophy writes and trains on mental health and mental capacity issues and writes the regular Court of Protection updates in Legal Action. She chairs the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee. She is an accredited mediator (Regent’s University London).

 

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