BEST INTERESTS DECISION MAKING: LEGAL REFRESHER (LEGAL LEARNING)

11.00-12.15


Best interests decision making is one of the core elements of practice under the Mental Capacity Act, but it remains a challenging area of practice because of evolving case law and the challenges of applying it in complex cases. This session will cover:

  • Understanding the best interests checklist and what case law says about the weight that should be applied to people‚Äôs past and present wishes and feelings.
  • Best interests decision-making in complex cases including those concerning sexual relations, contact and safeguarding.
  • Applying the least restrictive option principle in practice.
  • Chairing best interests meetings.

Speaker:

Alex Ruck Keene, barrister, 39 Essex Street

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