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  • FORTHCOMING: The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running a two-day 'Introduction to the Court of Protection' course on Tuesday 9/12/14 and Wednesday 10/12/14 in London. The course will have a practical focus, including a detailed case study and precedents for use in practice. Speakers: Sophy Miles and Floyd Porter. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further information.
  • FORTHCOMING: Edge Training are running 'The EDGE National AMHP Conference' on Friday 28/11/14 in London. Speakers are: Neil Allen (deprivation of liberty), Simon Foster (Care Act 2014), Lucy Mason (ss135 and 136), Nicky Guy (MHA Code of Practice), Christine Jones (s135), and delegates from the s136 MHA triage pilot in the Midlands. The conference will be chaired by Christine Hutchison. Price: £125 plus VAT. 10% discount for groups of 10 or more in one booking. See flyer for further information and booking details.
  • FORTHCOMING: The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running a one-day course entitled 'Mental Health Tribunals: cross-examining medical witnesses at tribunal - key skills for the legal representative' on Monday 24/11/14 in London. The speakers will be Tam Gill, Dr Duncan Anderson and Dr Richard Noon. Price: £120 (MHLA members); £175 (non-members). CPD: 6 accredited hours. See MHLA website for further information and booking details.
  • FORTHCOMING: The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be running their successful two-day course for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT panel) in London on Wednesday 12/11/14 and Thursday 13/11/14. New mental health lawyers are encouraged also to attend a foundation course on 31/10/14. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details.
  • FORTHCOMING: The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be running a mental health law foundation course in London on Friday 31/10/14. The course is designed for new mental health lawyers and those about to attend the two-day panel course. Price: £120 (members), £175 (non-members). CPD: 6 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details.
  • The 2014 Annual 'Taking Stock' Conference (The Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts in Practice) will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on Friday 17/10/14 from 9.30am to 4.00pm. The speakers are: Neil Allen (Thoughts on the New Code); Yogi Amin (Benevolence - How does this fit in to the Test for Liberty?); Phil Fennell (The Myth of Consent in Psychiatry); Camilla Parker (The Mental Health Care of Children and Young People - A minor concern?); Alison Yung (Early Intervention in Psychosis - Evidence and Evidence Gaps); plus a key-note speaker to be confirmed. CPD: SRA accreditation sought. Price: £125; £100 for bookings confirmed before 27/6/14; concessions for voluntary sector organisations. See flyer for further information about the programme and speakers, and for booking information.
  • The MHT Members Association Conference and AGM will be held on Friday 17/10/14 (9.30am to 5.00pm) in London. The speakers are: Baroness Hale (keynote speaker), Dr Rob Ferris (retired consultant forensic psychiatrist), Dr Callum Ross (consultant forensic psychiatrist), Georga Godwin (solicitor), Polly Shardlow (social worker), Cassie Watcyn-Jones (nurse), Donna Gilbert (service user). The conference will be chaired by Jacqui Briggs (tribunal judge). Price: £20 (legal, medical and associate members), £15 (specialist lay members), £100 (salaried tribunal judges). The conference is open to MHTMA members, and other members of the MHT may attend if they join the Association in advance. See booking form and AGM notice for further information.
  • Edge Training are running a one-day course entitled 'BIA and Mental Health Assessors Legal Update' on Monday 8/9/14 in London. The course is aimed at DOLS assessors wishing to keep up to date on law and practice. Price: £115 plus VAT. The speaker will be Aasya Mughal (barrister). See flyer for further details and booking information.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be running their successful two-day course for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT panel) in Leeds on Monday 13/8/14 and Tuesday 14/8/14. The course will also be held in London on Tuesday 26/8/17 and Wednesday 27/8/14. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details.
  • Edge Training are running a one-day course entitled 'Deprivation of liberty after Cheshire West: A day for experienced practitioners' on Monday 23/6/14 in Lincoln's Inn, London. Price: £115 plus VAT. The course aims to provide BIAs and other professionals with an in-depth understanding of the judgment and what it will mean in their daily practice. The speaker will be Aasya Mughal (barrister). See flyer for further details and booking information.
  • Forthcoming events in the Mental Health Lawyers Association training programme are: (1) On 27/5/14 in Manchester and 12/6/14 in Leicester - Psychiatric Diagnosis (10.00am-1.00pm) and Medication & Risk (2.30pm-5.30pm); (2) On 28/5/14 in Manchester - Advocacy (10.00am-1.00pm) and Case Law (2.30pm-5.30pm); (3) On 23/6/14 in London - Case Law (1.00pm-5.00pm). All events cost £65 and attract CPD points. See MHLA website for further details and booking form.
  • Cardiff University and the Law Society are holding a conference entitled 'The Deprivation of Liberty Procedures: Safeguards for Whom?' on Friday 13/6/14 at the Law Society in Chancery Lane, London. The speakers are: Neil Allen, Peter Bartlett, Paul Bowen, Graham Enderby, Phil Fennell, Roger Hargreaves, Richard Jones, Sophy Miles, Mark Neary, Paula Scully, Lucy Series, and Susan Thompson. Price: £150. See flyer for further information and booking form.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association are holding their first Court of Protection Conference in London on Friday 6/6/14 from 9.15am to 5.00pm. Speakers include: Mr Justice Charles (key-note speaker); Legal Aid Agency representatives (Q&A session); Sophy Miles (Court of Protection legal update); Alastair Pitblado; Alex Ruck Keene (Still Finding Our Feet? Reflections on Practice and Procedure in the Court of Protection); George Szmukler (A mental health law that does not discriminate against persons with a mental illness). Price: £180 (non-members); £120 (MHLA members). CPD: 6 points. See MHLA website for further details and booking form.
  • The York Chronic Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre and Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association are jointly holding a conference on Friday 9/5/14 at the University of York entitled 'Withholding and Withdrawing Treatment from Patients in a Vegetative or Minimally Conscious State'. Price: Free to COPPA members and staff and University of York students; £30 to others. CPD: SRA and BSB accreditation sought. See flyer for further details and booking information.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association have organised a further two-day panel course in London on Monday 12/5/14 and Tuesday 13/5/14 (the April course in London having sold out, and the Law Society having announced that 13/6/14 is the latest date for an application to the panel to be guaranteed to be decided by 1/8/14). The course will also be held in Newcastle on Tuesday 22/4/14 and Wednesday 23/4/14. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be running their successful two-day course for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT panel) in Newcastle on Tuesday 22/4/14 and Wednesday 23/4/14. The course will also be held in London on Monday 28/4/14 and Tuesday 29/4/14. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be running their successful two-day course for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT panel) in London on Monday 28/4/14 and Tuesday 29/4/14. The course will also be held in Newcastle and the date for this will be announced shortly. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details.
  • Browne Jacobson Solicitors, together with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, are running a one-day conference in Nottingham on Tuesday 11/3/14 entitled 'Liabilities in elderly care conference 2014: Reducing legal risk in an ageing Britain'. Speakers include representatives from the NHS Litigation Authority, CQC, Department of Health, RCGP, HM Coroner, and British Geriatrics Society, plus academics and leading counsel. Standard price is £150 plus VAT, but a discounted price of £100 plus VAT is available for MHLO readers (mention MHLO in the online 'invoice details' box, or when you email or call). For more details see flyer, and to register online please go to the Browne Jacobson website.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be running their successful two-day course for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT panel) in London on Monday 3/2/14 and Tuesday 4/2/14, and in Manchester on Wednesday 12/2/14 and Thursday 13/2/14. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details and online booking form.
  • Cornwall Council are running a conference entitled 'Guardianship in Cornwall: reinvigorating the welfare debate for protective care' at New County Hall, Truro on Friday 7/2/14. The conference is based on an MA dissertation by Emma Goodall (an AMHP at the council) and speakers include Robert Brown (social worker, author, trainer), Tony Harbour (solicitor and author) and Neil Allen (barrister, author and lecturer). Free admission. For further details and booking information (places are limited) see Cornwall Council website
  • Edge Training are running a one-day course entitled 'MCA 2005 & Tenancy Agreements' on Friday 28/2/14 in Lincoln's Inn, London. Price: £115 plus VAT. The course is aimed at all health and social care staff that assess capacity and place people in accommodation. The speaker will be Aasya Mughal (barrister). See flyer for further details and booking information.
  • Edge Training are running their 'Best Interests Assessors' Conference 2014' on Monday 31/3/14 at The Old Hall, Lincoln’s Inn, London. Price: £125 + VAT. Speakers include: Neil Allen (barrister), Amjad Malik QC (barrister), James Welch (Legal Director of Liberty), and a representative from VoiceAbility. See flyer for further details and booking information.
  • Fenners Chambers in Cambridge will be running their second Annual Mental Capacity Symposium, 'Vulnerable Adults in the Justice System', over 5 evenings from Monday 11/11/13 to Friday 15/11/13. Seminars will cover the following practice areas: Mental Health and Capacity, Employment, Crime, Public Law, Family, Elderly Client, and Property. The Keynote Address on 15/11/13 will be given by Dr Jan Wise, Chair of the BMA's Medico-Legal Committee, on Capacity Assessments and Best Interests Decision-Making. Price: £30 including VAT per seminar before 25/10/13; £36 including VAT after 25/10/13. CPD approval has been applied for: 1.5 hours for for the seminars; 1 hour for the Keynote Address. See Fenners Chambers website for further details
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be running their successful two-day course for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT panel) in Preston on Tuesday 8/10/13 and Wednesday 9/10/13 and in London on Monday 14/10/13 and Tueday 15/10/13. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details and online booking form.
  • Northumbria University are hosting the Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice Conference on Saturday 12/10/13 from 10.00am to 6.00pm. The three main sessions are: Unfitness to Plead (Diversion/Disposal); Insanity/Automatism; Partial Responsibility. Price: £60; £55 (SLS/SLSA members); £35 (postgraduate students); free (current Northumbria and Sunderland University Postgraduate students). For further information and to book your place, see flyer and visit the conference website
  • The MHT Members Association Conference and AGM will be held on Tuesday 15/10/13 (9.30am to 5.30pm) at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA. Speakers include: Edward Jacobs, Upper Tribunal Judge; John Horne, MHT judge and former teaching fellow at Northumbria University; Paul Dobson, security management specialist on tribunal safety; and Edward Benson, solicitor in the O'Brien case. Price: £15 including lunch and refreshments. The conference is open to MHTMA members, and other members of the MHT may attend if they join the Association in advance. Further details are on the news section of the judicial internet, and available on request from zoe.admin@mhtma.org.uk or jacqui.briggs@mhtma.org.uk
  • The 2013 Annual 'Taking Stock' Conference (The Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts in Practice) will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on Friday 18/10/13 from 9.30am to 4.00pm. The speakers are: Mr Justice Baker (first key-note speaker); Professor Elyn Saks (second key-note speaker); Professor Bill Deakin (Current research in early onset schizophrenia); Neil Allen (Conveyance in abeyance? The practical and legal conundrums of conveying someone with a mental disorder); Robert Lizar (The most important person in the room? An examination of the appeal process and the evidence presented relating to patients based on experience as a legal representative at Tribunals and Managers hearings over many years); Mathieu Culverhouse (Deprivation of Liberty - Where are we now? Guidance for professionals giving evidence in DoL cases). Price: £155; £135 for bookings confirmed before 15/6/13; concessions for voluntary sector organisations. See flyer for further information about the programme and speakers, and for booking information.
  • Northumbria University are hosting 'The Seventh North East Mental Health Law Conference 2013' on Friday 12/7/13 from 9.00am to 4.30pm. The sessions this year are: 'A Critical Survey of recent developments in Mental Health Law' (Roger Pezzani); 'The Wind from the East: legal challenges from Europe and beyond' (Mat Kinton); 'Non-Medical Approved Clinicians: The Good, The Bad and The Conditionally Discharged’ (Dr Bruce Gillmer and Prof John Taylor); 'A Spotlight on the Legal Framework for the Mental Health Care of Children and Young People' (Camilla Parker); 'Mind Your Ps and Qs' (Neil Allen); 'The Newer Legalism - Clinical Power and the Limits of Rights-based Approaches' (Prof Phil Fennell). Price: £240 (£190 for two or more from same company, or for any booking before 31/5/13). CPD: 6 hours. See brochure for further details and the booking form.
  • The Essex Autonomy Project's Advanced Philosophy Workshop will be held on Wednesday 5/6/13 at University of Essex, Colchester Campus. The three sessions are: (1) Philosophical Theories of Autonomy; (2) Understanding Others: Introduction to Critical Hermeneutic Phenomenology; and (3) Recognition-Theory. Cost: £85 per person, including lunch. For details and registration form, see EAP website
  • The Essex Autonomy Project's Autonomy Summer School will be held from Thursday 4/7/13 to Saturday 6/7/13 inclusive. The aim is 'to equip practitioners and researchers with an understanding of the philosophical ideal of individual autonomy and to provide a forum for the discussion of the dilemmas surrounding its' practical application'. Cost: £650 (residential places), £495 (non-residential places). For details, see EAP website
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be running their successful two-day course for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT panel) in London on Monday 10/6/13 and Tuesday 11/6/13 and in Nottingham on Monday 17/6/13 and Tuesday 18/6/13. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details and booking form.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be running their successful two-day course for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT panel) in London on Monday 10/9/12 and Tuesday 11/9/12. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details and booking form.
  • The 2012 Annual 'Taking Stock' Conference (The Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts in Practice) will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 12/10/12. Speakers: Peter Jackson, Yogi Amin, Sue Bailey, Angela Downing, Phil Fennell, Richard Jones, Shôn Lewis, Penny Letts, Katharine Scott. Price: £155; £135 for confirmed bookings made before 15/6/12; concessions for voluntary sector organisations. CPD: 4.5 accredited hours. See flyer for further information about the programme and speakers, and for a booking form.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be running their successful two-day course for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT panel) in Leeds on Monday 18/6/12 and Tuesday 19/6/12. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details and booking form.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be re-running their successful two-day course for membership of the Law Society's MHT Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT panel) on Monday 5/9/11 and Tuesday 6/9/11. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details and booking form.
  • Northumbria University are running a seminar entitled 'Mental Capacity Act and the Court of Protection' on Wednesday 13/4/11 from 9.30am to 4.00pm. The speakers are DJ Gordon Ashton, DJ Anselm Eldergill, David Hewitt and Helen Kingston. Price £150. See brochure for further details.
  • Northumbria University are hosting 'The Sixth North East Mental Health Law Conference 2013' n Friday 10/6/11 from 9.00am to 4.30pm. The speakers are Prof Phil Fennell, Kris Gledhill, Judge Edward Jacobs, Mat Kinton, Dr Jorun Rugkasa and Dr Simon Wood. Price £220 (£180 before 21/4/10; £170 for two or more from same company). See brochure for further details.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association is now an accredited provider of the two-day course which is compulsory for membership of the Law Society’s MHT Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT Panel). The course will take place on Monday 14/3/11 and Tuesday 15/3/11 from 9.30am to 5.30pm. The presenters include Tribunal judges and peer reviewers who have a wealth of practical experience of representing patients at Tribunals. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); £250 (for third and subsequent members in a group). CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further details and booking form.