What did a psychiatrist’s expert report and Ravel’s Boléro have in common? Denzil Lush recalls a difficult case involving capacity

Robin Jacoby is the emeritus professor of old age psychiatry at the University of Oxford. I first met him at a conference in 1997. After that, our paths crossed several times. I contributed a chapter on the Court of Protection to his book, Psychiatry in the Elderly (Oxford University Press 4th edition 2008). 

In 2014, we were both involved in a venomous dispute about a lasting power of Attorney (LPA). My judgment in the case, The Public Guardian v CT & Anor [2014] EWCOP 51, is available on the bailii.org website.

CT was born in 1929 and worked at the Ford Motors Dagenham plant until he retired. He was married with two children – a son (born in 1949) and a daughter, EY (born in 1960). In May 2013, he ha...

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