A Mental Health Trust v BG

Summary In A Mental Health Trust v BG, the court considered an application for declarations that BG lacked capacity to make decisions about her care and treatment, including nutrition and hydration, and that it was in BG’s best interests that no fur... Read more  
Best interests - Medical treatment

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust v SA

Summary This case concerned the medical treatment of SA, a 22 year old man with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Severe Learning Disabilities, Communication difficulties and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Due to his needs SA has... Read more  
Best interests - Medical treatment

A NHS Foundation Trust v G and others

Summary A 27-year-old woman with a rare and profound degenerative neurological condition which affected the entirety of her central nervous system had been in hospital since 2008. The condition was progressive and was neither receptive to treatment ... Read more  
COP Jurisdiction and powers - Injunctions

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust v Mrs C and Others

Summary This case concerned the medical best interests of Mrs C, a 77-year old woman in ICU, having been admitted to hospital following a fall. She had a background of hypertension, diabetes, and transient ischemic attacks. She had gallstones, arthr... Read more  
Best interests - Medical treatment

Reading Borough Council v P & Ors

P was an 86-year-old and had moved to the UK from Iran in 2002. She suffered from dementia, and in consequence of this had lost the ability to communicate in English (having grown up speaking Farsi). Until 2020, she lived with her daughter KS. In Jun... Read more  
Best interests - Residence

Miklić v Croatia

SummaryA child committed offences of intrusive behaviour and threats while lacking mental capacity. Relying on psychiatric and psychological expert opinions, the court placed him in a psychiatric hospital. His requests for fresh expert opinion were s... Read more  
Article 5 ECHR , Article 5 ECHR - DOLS authorisations

S v S (2021-ongoing)

Re AB (A Child: human rights)

SummaryAB was 13 and a special guardianship order was made in favour of his paternal grandmother as his parents were unable to care for him. He was diagnosed with autism, oppositional defiant disorder and attachment issues, and further problems devel... Read more  
Article 5 ECHR - Children and young persons , Article 5 ECHR , Inherent jurisdiction

Hughes v Pritchard, Hughes and Hughes

In Hughes v Pritchard and Ors [2022] EWCA Civ 386, the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of the Claimant in a probate action, whose claim to prove the Will of his late father had been dismissed on the grounds that the testator lacked mental capacity... Read more  
Mental capacity , Testamentary capacity

Re Q

SummaryQ was a 50 year old woman with longstanding bulimia nervosa, and diagnoses of various mental health disorders including EUPD and recurrent depression, arising from childhood sexual abuse and trauma.   She had been detained under the MHA 1983 a... Read more  
Best interests - Medical treatment , Mental Health Act 1983 - Interface with MCA , Best interests , , ,

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust v Mrs T & Ors (Rev1)

Summary In Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust v Mrs T and Others, Morgan J considered a proposal to sedate and feed ‘Amy’, a 17-year-old detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 who was in a perilous physical state after refusing to eat for over two... Read more  
Best interests - Medical treatment

Registers and investigations

An article in ENDS Report has yet again highlighted the worrying lack of progress by local authorities in investigating contaminated sites and making relevant information available on public registers: ENDS Report, November 18, 2021. It suggests that... Read more