Law Commission

Breakfast Briefing: Law Commission Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Report and draft Bill

Breakfast Briefing:

Law Commission Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Report and draft Bill

Tuesday 14th March 2017


Venue: 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1DD

8.00am Registration
8.15am Briefing Starts
9.15am Briefing Finishes

Chaired by: Jenni Richards QC

Speaker: Alex Ruck Keene

Panel Members: Victoria Butler-Cole & Annabel Lee


The Law Commission’s much-anticipated Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty report will be published on 13th March 2017. This breakfast briefing will provide a first look at the report and the accompanying draft Bill with its wide-ranging recommendations relating both to deprivation of liberty and the wider Mental Capacity Act.   The briefing is presented by Alex Ruck Keene, who has been a consultant to the project since November 2015. There will also be a panel discussion featuring Victoria Butler-Cole and Annabel Lee, both members of the Mental Capacity Report editorial team, who will give their first reactions to the Bill and its implications.

Course Aims and Objectives:

To give an overview of the main features and implications of the Law Commission’s recommendations for amendments to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Identified Learning Outcomes:

Delegates will learn about the background to the project, the key implications of the proposed amendments to the Mental Capacity Act for lawyers, health and social practitioners and statutory advocates, and also the likely next steps.


To download a copy of the audio recording of the seminar and view the papers, please click here.

(This audio was recorded by Simon Gore – Simon Gore Consulting Ltd)


Jenni Richards QC

Jenni Richards QC

Jenni Richards QC has an extensive public law and regulatory practice acting for individuals, public bodies and public interest groups in all areas affected by public law and regulation. She is recognised as “a star of the bar” and as being “as brilliant on her feet as she is on paper” (Chambers & Partners). She is a versatile advocate, appearing regularly in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, the Court of Protection and before a range of tribunals.




Alexander Ruck Keene

Alex Ruck Keene

Alex Ruck Keene is an experienced barrister, writer and educator. His practice is focused on mental capacity law (broadly defined) in which he is able to provide specialist advice and representation, as well as delivering expert training for front line professionals. He also writes extensively in the field, editing and contributing to leading textbooks and (amongst many other publications) the 39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Newsletter, the ‘bible’ for solicitors (and others) working in the area.




Victoria Butler-Cole

Victoria Butler-Cole

Victoria is regularly instructed to advise claimants and defendants on diverse matters including community care, healthcare, mental health, and education, and frequently appears in the High Court in judicial review proceedings. She regularly represents family members, local authorities, health authorities and the Official Solicitor in the Court of Protection and is an editor of the Court of Protection Law Reports (Jordans) and the 39 Essex Mental Capacity report.




Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Annabel specialises in public and regulatory law, in particular, in healthcare and mental capacity law. As a public lawyer, her broad experience encompasses areas such as: judicial review, human rights, mental capacity, mental health, inquests, education, information rights, community care, healthcare, immigration and public international law. Annabel regularly appears in a wide range of courts and tribunals, including the High Court.

Key Contact

Charlie Leppington

Charlie Leppington / 020 7832 1140

39 Essex Chambers is accredited by the Law Society and the Bar Council to provide CPD accredited courses. This course is accredited for 1 CPD hour.

NB: This programme of speakers and talks is subject to change.

39 Essex Chambers has full disabled access, however, if you do have any special requirements, please contact Charlie.

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