Tim Spencer-Lane Tim Spencer-Lane

Tim is a lawyer who specialises in mental capacity, mental health and social care law. He is the 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 currently works as a lawyer at the government legal department (Department of Health and Social Care) where he advises on mental capacity and mental health law.

All posts by Tim Spencer-Lane

Ensuring proper scrutiny of DoLS forms: Re YC [2021] EWCOP 34

Charging for care and support under the Care Act 2014: R (SH) v Norfolk County Council [2020] EWHC 3436 (Admin)

Best interests, Covid-19 vaccination and patient refusal: SS v Richmond London Borough Council [2021] EWCOP 31

The breathing space scheme: quick guide for AMHPS and social workers

Explains how the two versions of this debt respite scheme operate, with a particular focus on the mental health crisis scheme and the AMHP role within it

Care workers helping vulnerable clients to visit sex workers: A Local Authority v C [2021] EWCOP 25

Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights

How social workers should interpret and use Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights in their practice.

Covid-19 vaccine, learning disability and family objections: Re CR [2021] EWCOP 19

Assessing needs for Mental Health Act aftercare (section 117): R (AK) v London Borough of Islington [2021] EWHC 301 (Admin)

Best interests, the Covid-19 vaccine and family objections: SD v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2021] EWCOP 14

Best interests, sign language and moving from the family home: ZK (Landau-Kleffner syndrome: best interests) [2021] EWCOP 12