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.

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Puberty blockers and Gillick competence: Bell v Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust [2020] EWHC 3274 (Admin)

Deprivation of liberty and transport: Re Z (A Child: Deprivation of Liberty: Transition Plan) [2020] EWHC 3038 (Fam)

Capacity to accept or refuse care, support and education: A Local Authority v GP [2020] EWCOP 56

Amended regulations for special educational needs and disability: guide to the changes during the coronavirus pandemic

Guide to the special educational needs and disability coronavirus amendment regulations and what they mean for social workers

Coronavirus Act 2020: how it affects social care

Sets out changes to legislation brought in by this act to ensure that social care and other public services can provide an effective response to the coronavirus emergency. Changes would be temporary, lasting only for the duration of the emergency.

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019

A step-by-step look at the sections and parts of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 and what they mean for practice.

Deprivation of liberty and parental consent: Re D (A Child) [2019] UKSC 42

The Liberty Protection Safeguards: quick guide

How the Liberty Protection Safeguards will differ from the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards