Rising demand for mental capacity lawyers

Mental capacity law may not be as academically complex as other areas of law, says Floyd Porter, but, in some respects, it is more challenging

22 May 2017

Like many other mental capacity lawyers of my generation I began my practice focusing on mental health.

The two are similar in many ways: both are concerned with mental functioning and the human rights of some of the most vulnerable people in society. With an ageing population and the apparent increase in disorders of the mind through dementia or similar age-related conditions, mental capacity lawyers are becoming increasingly relevant and demand for our expertise is rising.

The Court of Protection and mental capacity lawyers are primarily concerned with seeking outcomes in the best interests of individuals who lack the capacity ...

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