Date: 4 July 2019
Venue: 39 Essex Chambers, London
Delegate fees:
Early bird offer to 21 June - save £25! - £190 + VAT (+ 10% discount for LAG members)
Discounted rates from £90 - £160 + VAT for students, trainees, pupils and small voluntary organisations
The LAG Community Care Law Conference 2019 brings together leading experts to provide up to date guidance on legal and policy developments in community care law. It will cover recent case-law and legislative changes, guidance on the new Liberty Protection Safeguards, how to interpret eligibility criteria and, importantly for all practitioners working in this area, how to challenge cuts. Masterclasses will provide informative and interactive sessions on specific areas of law such as migrant support, disabled children, welfare benefits, consultation, working with children and young people, safeguarding, capacity and older adults.
LAG Community Care Law Conference 2019 is essential training for barristers, solicitors, advisers, voluntary sector organisations and local authorities concerned with social care law. It will also provide an excellent networking opportunities with a diverse range of people working in the sector.
(Please note it may be necessary to change topics or speakers at short notice. If this is the case we will update the programme at
9.45 Welcome from Dr Laura Janes, LAG chair
9.55 Round-up of the year: most significant community care cases
Steve Cragg QC, Doughty Street Chambers
10.40 Challenging cuts to services
Jamie Burton, Doughty Street Chambers; Alex Rook, Irwin Mitchell
11.30 COFFEE
11.45 Interpreting the eligibility criteria
Karen Ashton, Central England Law Centre and Ben Tankel, 39 Essex Chambers
12.45 LUNCH
13.40 Workshops 1
a) Community care and migrants
Shu Shin Luh and Connor Johnston, Garden Court Chambers
b) Community care and young people
Dr Laura Janes, Howard League; Oliver Studdert, Simpson Millar
c) Consultation and co-production
David Wolfe QC, Matrix Chambers
14.35 Workshops 2
a) Safeguarding / mental capacity and older persons
Bethan Harris, Garden Court Chambers and Emily McCarron, Age UK
b) Disabled Children
Steve Broach, Monckton Chambers, Katherine Barnes, 39 Essex Chambers, Caroline Barrett, Irwin Mitchell
c) Welfare benefits
Desmond Rutledge and Tim Baldwin, Garden Court Chambers
15.30 TEA
15.45 Preparing for the future – changes afoot for the Mental Capacity Act
Alex Ruck Keene, 39 Essex Chambers; Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon), Mackintosh Law
16.35 What next for community care?
Panel discussion on next steps in community care law and what’s next for practitioners
17.15 End
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