Court of Protection Handbook

Court of Protection Handbook


CategoryArticles Author Alexander Ruck Keene Date

Thirty Nine Essex Street is pleased to announce that the Legal Action Group’s Court of Protection Handbook is now available to purchase. This book is the first book to address in detail the practice and processes of the Court of Protection – across the whole range of its work – in terms that are aimed not solely at lawyers but also to the increasing numbers of people who either by choice or otherwise are involved in proceedings before the Court of Protection without legal help. The book was authored by Alex Ruck Keene (of Thirty Nine Essex Street), Sophy Miles, Professor Anselm Eldergill and Kate Edwards.

The book, which starts with the story of Mark Neary’s experiences of the Court of Protection, then provides an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Court, before turning to a step-by-step guide through the processes of preparing and making an application, funding and representation issues, preparing for and appearing at hearings, evidence, costs, enforcement and appeals. Specific topics that arise in connection with the Court, such as applications made in relation to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, the role of the Public Guardian, medical treatment cases and cross border matters are given detailed treatment and the main text is supported by a wealth of supplementary materials: legislation, guidance, precedents, sample orders and useful addresses.

The book is available from the LAG Bookshop for £48. It is also available in Kindle format.

Further useful information

The full table of contents is available here;

A sample chapter on cross-border matters is available here.

The Handbook is also accompanied by a website, on which you will find links to relevant statutory materials and other guidance that space precluded the authors from including in the appendices, precedent orders covering most of the most common situations that arise before the Court, useful (free) web resources, and updates on practice and procedure before the Court of Protection. These updates take the form of posts on the site’s blog, and also (where relevant) updates cross-referenced to the relevant paragraphs in the book.

All feedback on the book (and the website) is very welcome to legalaidhandbook@gmail.com.


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