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Floyd Porter shares his thoughts on mental capacity issues in Law Society blog

Our joint head of the mental health and capacity department, Floyd Porter, was asked to share his thoughts and experience as a mental health lawyer in a recent blog for The Law Society.

Floyd is the Chief Assessor of the Law Society Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme for the appointment of Accredited Legal Representatives to act on behalf of vulnerable people and their relatives in the Court of Protection. 

In his blog, ‘Thinking ahead?’, Floyd reflects on the sharp increase in the number of people losing ability to make decisions for themselves since the introduction of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. 

He also examines the issues around the concept of next of kin, deprivation of liberty and Court of Protection rules. As well as providing an informative look at the Cheshire West and Chester Council v P case, where the Supreme Court attempted to simplify what was felt to be the confusing way in which individuals were protected under the deprivation of liberty safeguards system.

Read Floyd’s blog on thinking ahead here.

For more information on how we support clients before the Court of Protection, please contact Floyd Porter on 020 7426 0400 or email

This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please note that the law may have changed since the date this article was published. You should always take legal advice relating to your individual circumstances.

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.