South West Court of Protection Practitioners Association Launch Event on 19 May 2016

Jess Flanagan, an Associate in our Health & Welfare Court of Protection team has recently taken up the role of Chair of the South West Court of Protection Association (SWCoPPA). CoPPA is a national organisation, with regional committees that are tasked with representing any practitioner who works in or with the Court of Protection, both lawyers and non lawyers.

There has been a very well attended South West Court of Protection User Group for a number of years, so it was not a difficult decision for the group to vote to adapt the CoPPA Constitution. A committee was appointed in Autumn 2015 and Jess and the committee have been meeting regularly to set up the foundations of what is shaping up to be a really busy, hard-working and exciting regional organisation. Working closely with HHJ Marston, the Lead Court of Protection Judge for the South West Region, Jess will share updates from him and the court with our members on a regular basis and share legal and practical updates via our own LinkedIn page and are happy to answer questions from our members, and provide support and guidance to anyone working with, or in the Court of Protection in our region.

We will offer regular training and social events and are launching the group, with a chance for individuals to come and see who we are, what we do and learn the benefits of becoming a member (for a fee of £50 a year) and hear from HHJ Marston and Alex Ruck Keene about recent changes and developments that will impact all who work in the Court of Protection.

Changes to Court of Protection Practice and Procedure Seminar – 19 May 2016

2016 has seen an unprecedented amount of change in the Court of Protection world. During this year, four major pilots that will each have a major impact on all of our day to day practice are being consulted on. Additionally, the world of Deprivation of Liberty is in almost constant flux, pending the outcome of the Law Commission report in early winter. As practitioners with busy work loads it can seem like an almost herculean task to keep on top of it all.

We are really pleased to welcome Alex Ruck Keene to speak to us all about the above changes, and give us some insight as to how best incorporate them into practice. You will no doubt know Alex from his contribution to the marvellous 39 Essex Street newsletter and the Court of Protection Handbook, in addition to being one of the most in demand counsel in the country on all things Court of Protection.

Please join us for this, our inaugural seminar, on 19 May 2016 at the Bevan Brittan offices in Bristol. Registration at 5:30 for a 6pm start. It will be followed by drinks and nibbles, kindly provided by Bevan Brittan. As it is our first event, it will be free for everyone to attend. However, subsequent events will only be free to COPPA members.  If you want to attend, please RSVP to Tina Lethaby at

SW COPPA Summer Social – 28 June 2016

All work, no play is no good for anyone. Therefore, further to a fantastically successful launch drinks event in January, we have arranged a further social on 28 June 2016. It will be held at the Pitcher and Piano in Taunton from 5:30, and is kindly being sponsored by Bsquared costs law. It is in a historic library, and is only a 10 minute walk from the train station, so no excuses! No need to RSVP – just turn up and enjoy!