LAG Community Care Law Conference 2017

Matching the rhetoric of rights with reality

10 February 2017, London


The Care Act 2014 was billed as the ‘most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support’.  Now that it has had time to bed down, the LAG Community Care Conference 2017 considers the progress made to achieving this ambition: whether the political rhetoric has been matched by the reality on the ground.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Luke Clements
  • Paul Bowen QC
  • Richard Gordon QC
  • Stephen Knafler QC
  • Steve Broach Carolyn Goodall
  • Emily Holzhausen
  • Steve Hynes
  • Michael Mandelstam
  • Sophy Miles
  • Alex Ruck Keene

The conference brings together leading experts in this field who will provide an overview of the new legal scheme and details of case law and policy developments since the Act came into force in April 2015.

Draft programme

9.00 Registration

9.25 Conference open Steve Hynes,Legal Action Group

9.30 Opening address Stephen Knafler QCLandmark Chambers

10.05Master Classes A

1. Challenging cuts in care packages – Steve BroachMonckton Chambers  and Jamie Burton,  Doughty Street Chambers

2.Carers and the legal landscape – Emily  HolzhausenCarers UK

10.50  Break

11.10 Keynote address

Matching rhetoric with reality – Luke Clements, Cerebra Professor of Law at Leeds University

11.45Master Classes B

3. Charging and the future of paying for care – Carolyn Goodall

4. Safeguarding adults – Michael Mandelstam

12.30  Lunch

13.30The Care Act 2014 – is it working?

Discussion, questions and comment (with morning speakers on Panel)

14.15Master Classes C

5. NHS Continuing Healthcare law – Luke Clements, Cerebra Professor of  Law at  Leeds University

6. Care services and people from abroad – Stephen Knafler QCLandmark Chambers

15.00 Break

15.15 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DolS) and the Care Act 2014 Duties

Paul Bowen QCBrick Court Chambers, Sophy MilesDoughty Street Chambers   and Alex Ruck Keene,  39 Essex Chambers

16.15 Closing keynote  Richard Gordon QCBrick Court Chambers

Please note this programme is liable to change.

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Who should attend:

Legal aid practitioners, human rights lawyers, health and social care lawyers, advisers, local authority social services and legal departments, health authorities and NHS trust managers, residential care managers, directors of public health, disability rights organisations, non-governmental organisations and charities.

LAG publishes new book on adult social care law


Adult Social Care Law

Stephen Knafler QC,  Landmark Chambers


‘An incredibly useful resource for anyone practising in the area … Across 29 chapters, covering the gamut of adult social care law …the author has provided the relevant materials to allow safe navigation through the ever more complex and choppy waters of this area … Throughout the book, the fruits of careful editorial decisions shine through and reflect Stephen Knafler’s huge expertise in the area.’ Alex Ruck Keene, Mental Capacity Law and Policy. (See full review here )

‘[This] is an excellent book  … whilst good for people coming new to the subject is also of use to seasoned  practitioners. Someone with a basic grasp could spend a day with a chapter in this book and come over almost expert on the subject … The chapter on consultation is so valuable to me … For most LAs the book would be worth buying for that  subject alone.’ Local authority solicitor

This comprehensive new book guides all those advising people needing care and support through the complex and constantly moving web of legislation, guidance and case-law that is adult social care law.

 In recent years, due to ‘financial austerity’, social and health care bodies have increasingly made decisions involving increases in charges or reduction in services that have been subject to challenge. Adult Social Care Law brings together all the significant domestic and European cases that form the basis of adult social care law and many other cases in overlapping areas such as the NHS, mental health and support for asylum-seekers and persons from abroad.

 Over 500 case summaries, selected by one of the leading practitioners in this area of law, are presented with a succinct headnote, a clear outline of facts and a summary of the judgment – often with extensive citations – to aid the busy practitioner to quickly and efficiently identify the most relevant cases. Arranges thematically, each chapter is introduces with an overarching summary of the legal framework and the cases cross-referenced with the relevant legislation and statutory guidance, making this an essential reference guide.

 Adult social care law is essential reading for lawyers, advisers, carers, health and social care professionals, local authorities and regulators

Read the Introduction here 

Read the Contents here

Read chapter 8 on  Community Care Assessments

Pb  978 1 908407 78 8  982pp October 2016 £65

Order online  or telephone the order line: 01235 465 577


Also available as an ebook. Read information on LAG ebooks here.

*terms and conditions apply – see LAG website

LAG Community Care Conference 2014

LAG has just announced details of its annual community care conference on 5 December 2014:

Social care law developments: waving or drowning?


Lady Hale will be delivering the keynote speech and the closing remarks are from Richard Gordon QC on Cheshire West.

Panel discussions on:

  • The Care Act 2014 – good, bad or indifferent?
  • Mental capacity and deprivation of liberty
  • The new care landscape for adults who fail the eligibility hurdle and for carers

master classes in the following areas:

  • Public law challenges for disabled children and families
  • The future of paying for care
  • Community care and people from abroad
  • Human rights after McDonald v UK
  • Accountability and access to public law remedies
  • Best practice in health and welfare applications in the COP