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Events can be listed here for £60 (no fee for free events). Email jonathan at mentalhealthlaw.co.uk

  • FORTHCOMING: The 2015 Annual Taking Stock Conference (The Mental Health & Mental Capacity Acts in Practice) will take place on Friday 16/10/15 at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Confirmed speakers (others TBC): Diana Rose, Alistair Burns, Neil Allen, Mathieu Culverhouse, Mat Kinton, Jenny Shaw. CPD: 4.5 SRA-accredited hours (0930-1600). Fee: £125; £100 for bookings made before 27/6/15; reduced-price places for voluntary sector organisations. See flyer for further details and booking information.
  • FORTHCOMING: The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running a Refresher and Re-accreditation course on Thursday 9/7/15 in Manchester. This new course will be suitable for those seeking re-accreditation and will also be of interest to anyone wishing to further their knowledge of mental health law and practice. Price: £150 (MHLA members); £195 (non-members). CPD: 6 hours. See MHLA website for further information and to book online.
  • FORTHCOMING: The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running a Legal Aid and Peer Review course on Monday 6/7/15 in London, and on Friday 10/7/15 in Manchester. This course provides guidance on the Legal Aid provisions in mental health cases, including escape-fee cases and requirements for means testing. It will also broaden practitioners’ knowledge of the peer review process and the peer review ‘Improving your Quality’ guidance. Price: £150 (MHLA members); £195 (non-members). CPD: 6 hours. See MHLA website for details of the London and Manchester courses, and to book online.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association's second annual Court of Protection Conference will be held on Friday 3/7/15 in London. Keynote speaker: Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division and President of the Court of Protection. Price: £120 (MHLA members); £180 (non-members). CPD: 6 hours. See MHLA website for further details and to book online.
  • Edge Training are running a BIA Legal Update (also open to MH Assessors) on Friday 26/6/15 in London. The course will provide information on the key cases and news over the last six to twelve months, and will focus on practical issues and case studies. Price: £115 +VAT. Speaker: Steven Richards. See flyer for further details and booking information.
  • Edge Training are running a "DoLS Signatory Course" on Friday 12/6/15 in London. This will be a practical training day designed for DoLS supervisory body signatories. The course will, among other things, look at the new DoLS forms and consider what signatories should expect to see in relation to the evidence and rationale for decisions made. Price: £115 +VAT. Speaker: Steven Richards. See flyer for further details and booking information.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running their Panel Course (a) on Monday 1/6/15 and Tuesday 2/6/15 in London, and (b) on Thursday 4/6/15 and Friday 5/6/15 in Leeds. The MHLA is an approved provider of the two-day course which must be attended by prospective members of the Law Society’s mental health accreditation scheme. Price: £300 (MHLA members); £390 (non-members); £270 (group discount). CPD: 12 hours. See MHLA website (London course and Leeds course) for further details and to book online.
  • Edge Training are running an event entitled "Mental Capacity Act 2005 & Tenancy Agreements" on Friday 29/5/15 in London. Speaker: Aasya Mughal. Cost: £115 +VAT including refreshments (but not lunch) and all course materials. See flyer for full details and booking information.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running a mental health law Foundation Course on Monday 18/5/15 in London and on Tuesday 19/5/15 in Manchester. This course is aimed at new practitioners and those intending to attend the panel course in the near future. The foundation course takes an interactive approach. It covers the basics of mental health law, Legal Aid, and running a mental health file. Price: £150 (MHLA members); £195 (non-members). CPD: 6 hours. See MHLA website (London course and Manchester course) for further details and to book online.
  • Edge Training are running an event entitled "Mental Capacity & Best Interests Assessments - Advanced" on Friday 15/5/15 in London. Speaker: Aasya Mughal. Cost: £115 +VAT including refreshments (but not lunch) and all course materials. See flyer for full details and booking information.
  • Edge Training are running an event entitled "The New Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015" on Friday 8/5/15 in London. Speaker: Rob Brown. Cost: £115 +VAT including refreshments (but not lunch) and all course materials. See flyer for full details and booking information.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running an "Introduction to the Court of Protection" course on Thursday 7/5/15 and Friday 8/5/15 in London. This course is primarily aimed at practitioners with little or no experience in conducting matters before the Court and those seeking a practical foundation to undertaking proceedings in the Court. The course will cover health and welfare matters, deprivation of liberty, funding and, to a lesser extent, issues relating to property and affairs. Price: £300 (MHLA members); £390 (non-members); £270 (group discount). CPD: 12 hours. See MHLA website for further details and to book online.
  • The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at the University College Cork, and the Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association, are holding a Mental Health Law Conference on Saturday 25/4/15 from 10am to 2pm in Cork. Speakers and chairs include: Ms Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability; Judge John O’Connor, District Court; Judge Anselm Eldergill, Court of Protection, England; Ms Joan Doran, Solicitor, Chairperson of IMHLA; Dr Maria Morgan, Psychiatrist; Dr Ciaran Craven, Senior Counsel; Dr Darius Whelan, School of Law, UCC. Cost: €80 (NGOs €30, full-time students free). For further details and booking information see University College Cork website.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running a Refresher and Re-accreditation course on Monday 30/3/15 in London. This new course will be suitable for (a) those seeking to fulfil the requirement to obtain six mental health CPD points during each year of accreditation membership; (b) those seeking re-accreditation, by reviewing the legal and procedural developments of the last three years, and providing a forum for discussing these along with the re-accreditation process; and (c) anyone wishing to further their knowledge of mental health law and practice. See MHLA website for further information and booking details.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running a course entitled "Cross-examination of medical witnesses" on Friday 20/3/15 in Leicester. This course covers: understanding mental disorder, nature and degree; psychiatric medications; consent to treatment provisions; understanding and addressing the ‘risks’ and challenging this evidence; instructing independent psychiatrists appropriately and using their evidence at tribunal. See the MHLA website for further information and booking details.
  • Edge Training are running a DOLS Assessors Conference on Thursday 12/3/15 in London. The conference may be used as part of the annual refresher training for either BIAs or Mental Health Assessors and a certificate will be provided for each delegate according to his or her role. Speakers: Alex Ruck Keene, Nicholas Paines QC, Steven Richards, Javeda Jafri and Aasya Mughal. Cost: £125 plus VAT including refreshments, lunch, and all course materials. See flyer for further information and booking details.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association will be running their two-day course for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme (formerly the MHRT panel) on Monday 2/3/15 and Tuesday 3/3/15 in London and on Thursday 5/3/15 and Friday 6/3/15 in Leeds. New mental health lawyers are strongly encouraged also to attend the foundation course. Price: £300 (members); £390 (non-members); 10% discount for groups of three or more members. CPD: 12 SRA-accredited hours. See the MHLA website for further information and booking details in relation to both the London and Leeds courses.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running a mental health law foundation course on Wednesday 25/2/15 in London and on Thursday 26/2/15 in Manchester. This course is aimed at new practitioners and those intending to attend the panel course in the near future. The foundation course takes an interactive approach. It covers the basics of mental health law, Legal Aid, and running a mental health file. Price: £150 (MHLA members); £195 (non-members). CPD: 6 SRA-accredited hours. See MHLA website for further information and booking details in relation to both the London and Manchester courses.
  • The Mental Health Lawyers Association have announced their 2015 training programme: Foundation course (London 25 Feb, Manchester 26 Feb, London 18 May, Manchester 19 May, London 24 Aug, Manchester 25 Aug); Panel course (London 2-3 Mar, Leeds 5-6 Mar, London 1-2 Jun, Leeds 4-5 Jun, London 7-8 Sep, Leeds 10-11 Sep); Cross-examination of medical witnesses (Leicester, 20 Mar); Refresher and re-accreditation course (London 30 Mar, Manchester 9 Jul, London 16 Oct); Tribunal advocacy and Case law for tribunal preparation (Manchester 1 Apr, London 10 Apr); Introduction to the Court of Protection (London 7-8 May, Manchester 8-9 Oct); Legal Aid and Peer Review (London 3 Jul, Manchester 10 Jul). See MHLA website for description of all courses and online booking information.

For earlier events please see the Events archive.