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2nd Mental Health Law Conference for the North 2004

12th November 2004

Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne

The School of Law at Northumbria University and Eversheds (solicitors) will host their second North East Mental Health Law Conference in Newcastle upon Tyne.  The Conference will consider the Mental Incapacity Bill 2004, the most recent proposals for reform of the Mental Health Act 1983, and significant developments in the Courts.

All five speakers are widely recognised as experts in the field.  All have written extensively.  All are very experienced conference speakers.  They are:

Dr. Peter Bartlett (Nottingham University)
The High Court's inherent jurisdiction following the passage of the mental incapacity legislation (title of talk to be confirmed).  Dr. Bartlett is the co-author of 'Mental Health Law - Policy and Practice' (Oxford University Press)  (2nd Edition 2003).

Mr. Denzil Lush (Master, Court of Protection)
'The Expanded role of the Court of Protection.  Mr. Lush has been Master of the Court of Protection since April 1996.  He is the General Editor of Heywood & Massey's 'Court of Protection Practice' (Sweet and Maxwell).

Professor Genevra Richardson (Queen Mary, London University)
'Two Bills, Two agendas:  How will the Capacity and Mental Health proposals work together?'
Professor Richardson chaired the Expert Group on Reform of Mental Health Legislation in England and Wales (the 'Richardson Committee'), which reported to Ministers in 1999.

Dr. Jill Peay (London School of Economics and Political Science)
'Decision-making in Mental Health Law:  Can past experience predict future practice?'
Dr. Peay was a member of the Richardson Committee.  Her most recent book is 'Decisions and Dilemmas - Working with Mental Health Law' (Hart Publishing) (2003).

Professor Phil Fennell (Cardiff Law School)
'Reducing Rights in the name of Convention Compliance'
Professor Fennell has lectured on the Human Rights Act 1998 to the judiciary on behalf of the Judicial Studies Board.  His most recent book is 'Treatment without Consent:  Law, Psychiatry and the Treatment of Mental Disorder since 1845' (Routledge) (1996).

Fees:  £235;  £265 (to include a one year subscription to the Journal of Mental Health Law (JMHL));  £215 (discounted rate for existing subscribers to the JMHL).

For booking details please contact Maureen Cooke at Northumbria University's Law School.  E-mail:  Tel. No:  0191 2437597.


In this, the second Mental Health Law Conference, we have selected a range of key legal issues of vital importance to lawyers, policy makers and all those involved in the care and treatment of those suffering from mental disorder.

In recent years there have been highly significant developments in mental health law. As such, our prestigious panel of speakers, although concentrating primarily on the law as it is, will also have one eye on the law as it might become. The programme has been arranged so as to ensure that not only does each speaker have sufficient time to make a detailed presentation but also conference delegates have the opportunity to put questions to the panel and share their own experiences and concerns.


The conference brochure including further information about the conference and speakers as well as the booking form will be posted here soon.