Court of Protection Handbook Quarterly Update – May 2020

The quarterly update to the Court of Protection Handbook (1 May 2020) is now online, available here.  It builds on the previous update (1 February 2020) to provide a comprehensive updating to the text of the third edition of the book, and includes both the key materials relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the functioning of the Court, and significant cases on practice and procedure in the last 6 months.

Court of Protection Handbook- first quarterly update and new precedent letters

The first quarterly update to the Court of Protection Handbook can now be found here.   Although it is primarily of use for those in possession of the Third Edition (and if you are not, you should be!) it is also of use as a summary of case-law relating to practice and procedure since the book was published in July 2019.

With huge thanks to Michelle Pratley, the site now also includes a fully updated and comprehensive sample letter of instruction to a psychiatrist to report upon decision-making capacity in a number of domain, together with a letter completed upon the basis of a (fictional scenario).

LAG Community Care Law Conference 2018

Com Care Conf

Keynote address – Sir James Munby
Early-bird offer – Save £50 on delegate fees by booking before 28 September.
LAG is delighted to announce that our 2018 conference will take place on 12 October 2018, in London.
It has been a busy time since our last conference was held in February 2017. Local authority finances, subjected to continuing austerity measures, have continued to be squeezed with councils implementing harsh cuts in spending. The long-awaited green paper on adult social care, due to be published in the summer of 2018, was postponed until the autumn. The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, which will overhaul the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), was introduced in July 2018 with an intention to simplify the process and maintain adequate safeguards whilst saving local authorities an estimated £200m a year.
The LAG Community Care Law Conference 2018 will bring together leading experts in the field (including Court of Protection Handbook author Alex Ruck Keene) to provide an overview of these legal and policy developments. It will also look forward, exploring what the next 12 months are likely to bring.
As well as keynote addresses and panel discussions, the conference will provide short, practical ‘community care masterclasses’ – highly informative and interactive, they will promote excellence in the field.
Delegates will receive a course pack with notes, including all breakout sessions.
The early-bird price for all bookings received by 28 September is:
£200 + VAT  for the public and private sectors
£150 + VAT for the voluntary, charitable and not-for-profit sectors
Book online
Download the conference flyer

CoP Handbook 2017 Rules Changes supplement/revised second edition


The revised second edition of the Court of Protection Handbook is now out, including an update on key developments over the past year, and a copy of the new Court of Protection Rules 2017.   Those kindly people at Legal Action Group have also prepared a supplement with the update and the Rules.  This will be sent out automatically (for free) to people who bought the second edition directly from LAG but can be requested (by email to for free by those who bought from other outlets.  It can also be found as a PDF here, and will shortly be available (again for free) as an eBook from Amazon.


Court of Protection Handbook Second Edition now out!

We are very  pleased to announce that the second edition of the Court of Protection Handbook is now available from the LAG bookstore (as paperbook and eBook).  The new edition has been rewritten to take account of the amendments made by the Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2015, the Case Management Pilot that started in September 2016 and the Transparency Pilot that started in January 2016, along with coverage of the Re X procedure for judicial authorisation of deprivation of liberty. It also includes new practical guidance for improving the participation of P.

The website has also been thoroughly updated to include a whole new suite of – free – downloadable precedent orders (including those used by the judiciary in the Case Management Pilot).   It also, as before, serves an updater for the book. As ever, feedback is very welcome, to


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.

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