Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust v X

Mental Capacity Law Cases

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust v X


Summary This case concerned the obstetric care and delivery of X, a young woman who had a number of different mental health diagnosis including bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and personality… Read more »

CategoryBest interests - Medical treatment, Mental capacity - Medical treatment Date

LB Tower Hamlets v NB & AU


Summary Hayden J has made further observations about the test for capacity to consent to sexual relations.  We use the term “observations” advisedly, because his judgment does not, in fact,… Read more »

CategoryMental capacity - Sexual relations Date

United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust v CD


Summary[1] Francis J has grappled with a subject that has been perennially difficult for practitioners: what to do where a person currently has capacity to make a relevant decision but… Read more »

CategoryBest interests - Medical treatment, Mental capacity - Medical treatment, Birth arrangements Date

B v A Local Authority


Summary The Court of Appeal has made both general and specific observations about the assessment of mental capacity in determining the appeal/cross-appeal against the decision of Cobb J in Re… Read more »

CategoryMental capacity - Assessing capacity, Mental capacity - Sexual relations, Mental capacity - Residence, Social Media Date

Re NB (Consent to Sex)


The judgment in Re NB [2019] EWCOP 17 concerns a hearing on 7 May 2019 at which Hayden J considered the position of a married couple where doubts had been… Read more »

CategoryMental capacity - Sexual relations Date

TB v KB and LH (Capacity to Conduct Proceedings)


Summary In this case Macdonald J had cause to consider the phenomenon of executive dysfunction in the context of the question of capacity to conduct proceedings both before the Court… Read more »

CategoryMental capacity - Litigation Date

LB Hackney v SJF


Summary This case concerned the care and residence of a 56 year old woman with significant physical health problems as well as schizophrenia and a learning disability.  She had lived… Read more »

CategoryBest interests - Residence, Mental capacity - Contact, Mental capacity - Residence Date

PBM v TGT & X Local Authority


Summary This case concerned the questions of capacity to marry, enter into a prenuptial agreement and also disclosure of the extent of assets managed by a property and affairs deputy. … Read more »

CategoryMental capacity - Assessing capacity, Mental capacity - Marriage, Mental capacity - Finance Date

CB v Medway Council & Anor


Summary This unusual appeal against dismissal of a s.21A application clarifies the (very limited) circumstances under which it could ever been appropriate to dismiss such applications on a summary basis…. Read more »

CategoryMental capacity - Assessing capacity, Article 5 ECHR - DOLS authorisations, Mental capacity - Contact, Mental capacity - Residence, Social Media Date

Re A (Capacity: Social Media and Internet Use: Best Interests); Re B(Capacity: Social Media: Care and Contact)


Summary[1] In two linked judgments, Cobb J has outlined the relevant, and irrelevant, information for purposes of deciding whether a person has capacity to make decisions about internet and social… Read more »

CategoryMental capacity - Assessing capacity, Mental capacity - Residence, Social Media Date

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