LEGAL LEARNING SESSION: The inherent jurisdiction of the High Court: what it is and how to use it in safeguarding adults

14:00 - 15:00

The inherent jurisdiction allows higher courts to intervene in the lives of adults who are vulnerable but do not lack relevant mental capacity. This session will cover what this provision means and how it can be used in adult safeguarding work by social workers.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is the inherent jurisdiction and how has its meaning been clarified by case law?
  • The criteria for vulnerability under the inherent jurisdiction, how it applies in practice, and how it differs from lack of capacity under the Mental Capacity Act
  • How the inherent jurisdiction can be used in adult safeguarding work and what the court will look for in relation to an application made by a local authority
  • Alternatives to inherent jurisdiction

Please note there is a fee of £29 + VAT to reserve your place at this session.

Alex Ruck Keene, barrister, 39 Essex Chambers