Tim Spencer-Lane Tim Spencer-Lane

Tim is a lawyer who specialises in mental capacity, mental health and social care law. He is the legal editor at Community Care Inform and senior lecturer at Kingston University.

At the Law Commission he led the reviews of adult social care, health and social care professional regulation and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. He currently works as a lawyer at the government legal department (Department of Health and Social Care) where he advises on mental capacity and mental health law.

All posts by Tim Spencer-Lane

Puberty blockers and Gillick competence: Bell v Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWCA Civ 1363

Authorising deprivation of liberty in settings banned by regulations: MBC v AM & Ors (DOL Orders for Children Under 16) [2021] EWHC 2472 (Fam)

Unregulated accommodation and under 16s: quick guide to the 2021 amended regulations

Quick guide to the 2021 amendment care planning regulations that ban placing under 16s in unregulated accommodation/settings

Using the inherent jurisdiction to deprive children of liberty in unregulated placements: Re T (A Child) [2021] UKSC 35

Depriving a child of liberty in an inappropriate setting: Wigan BC v Y [2021] EWHC 1982 (Fam)

Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights

How social workers should interpret and use Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights in their practice.

Residential placements and the right to manifest one’s religion: A and B (Minors: placement, faith) [2021] EWHC 455 (Admin)

Assessing a child’s needs for Mental Health Act aftercare: R (AK) v London Borough of Islington [2021] EWHC 301 (Admin)

Covid-19 and adjournment of care proceedings: Lancashire County Council v M (COVID-19 Adjournment Application) (Rev 1) [2020] EWFC 43

Covid-19 and rights to a fair trial in care proceedings: C (Children: Covid-19: Representation) [2020] EWCA Civ 734