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Alex Ruck Keene
Barrister | 39 Essex Chambers
Alex been recommended as a leading expert in the field of mental capacity law for several years, both inside and outside the Court of Protection.

He has a particular (and unrivalled) experience in cross-border cases involving incapacitated adults. His writing commitments include The International Protection of Adults, The Court of Protection Handbook, Court of Protection Practice, Court of Protection Law Reports (both Jordan Publishing) and the third edition of Assessment of Mental Capacity.

He is an Honorary Research Lecturer at the University of Manchester, a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee, and the creator of the website www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicylaw.org.uk.
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Barrister | 39 Essex Chambers
Alex been recommended as a leading expert in the field of mental capacity law for several years, both inside and outside the Court of Protection.

He has a particular (and unrivalled) experience in cross-border cases involving incapacitated adults. His writing commitments include The International Protection of Adults, The Court of Protection Handbook, Court of Protection Practice, Court of Protection Law Reports (both Jordan Publishing) and the third edition of Assessment of Mental Capacity.

He is an Honorary Research Lecturer at the University of Manchester, a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee, and the creator of the website www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicylaw.org.uk.
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Private Client analysis: Alex Ruck Keene, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, examines the Supreme Court’s confirmation in An NHS Trust and others v Y (by his litigation friend, the Official Solicitor)...
A Home Office Circular has now been published to accompany the Policing and Crime Act 2017 changes (including those relating to death under DoLS) coming into force on Monday 3 April 2017. The circular...
To accompany the coming into force on 3 April of the change to the definition of 'state detention' introduced by the Policing and Crime Act 2017, the new Chief Coroner has issued new guidance – 16A –...
The Court of Appeal has this morning (26 January) handed down judgment in R (Ferreira) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner South London & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 31.   We will have full analysis of the judgment...
In Al-Jeffery v Al-Jeffery (Vulnerable Adult: British Citizen) [2016] EWHC 2151 (Fam), Holman J  has confirmed for the first time that the High Court can exercise an inherent protective jurisdiction...
In London Borough of Southwark v KA and Others [2016] EWHC 661 (Fam), Parker J had to grapple - again - with the question of whether a young person had capacity to consent to sexual relations and to...
Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers has produced updated guidance on judicial deprivation of liberty authorisations to take account of this week’s decision of the Court of Appeal in Re X. The...
The Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb MP, has today announced that the Department of Health will provide local authorities with a one-off (non-ring-fenced) non-recurrent contribution to the...
The CQC published on 26 January its fifth annual report on the use of the DOLS regime, covering the period 2013-4. It also takes the opportunity to reflect upon the past years since the regime came...
Mr Justice Mostyn is nothing if not brave. In a decision handed down on 18 November 2014: Rochdale MBC v KW [2014] EWCOP 45, he took on the Supreme Court in Cheshire West and demanded that it...
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