Tim Spencer-Lane Tim Spencer-Lane

Tim is a lawyer who specialises in mental capacity, mental health and social care law, legal editor at Community Care Inform and senior lecturer at Kingston University. At the Law Commission he led the reviews of adult social care, health and social care professional regulation and the deprivation of liberty safeguards. He is currently on a secondment to the Government Legal Department (DHSC) where he is working primarily on implementing the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019.

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Force-feeding, the Mental Health Act and the inherent jurisdiction: JK v A Local Health Board [2019] EWHC 67 (Fam)

Deprivation of liberty in the community: Barnet LBC v JDO [2019] EWCOP 47

Safeguarding, contraception and best interests: An NHS Foundation Trust v AB [2019] EWCOP 45

Personal budgets and education, health and care plans: R (CP) v North East Lincolnshire Council [2019] EWCA Civ 1614

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019

A step-by-step look at the sections and parts of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 and what they mean for practice.

Deprivation of liberty and parental consent: Re D (A Child) [2019] UKSC 42

Capacity and sexual relations: London Borough of Tower Hamlets v NB and AU [2019] EWCOP 27

Fluctuating capacity and the law: quick guide

Conducting mental capacity assessments when someone has fluctuating capacity can be very difficult. This quick guide looks at case law and what it tells practitioners about assessing someone with fluctuating capacity.

Termination of pregnancy and best interests: Re AB [2019] EWCA Civ 1215

Appointment of personal welfare deputies: Re Lawson, Mottram and Hopton [2019] EWCOP 22