Tim Spencer-Lane

Tim is a lawyer who specialises in mental capacity, mental health and social care law.

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 is currently on a secondment to the Government Legal Department (DHSC) where he is working primarily on the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill.

All posts by Tim Spencer-Lane

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

Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020: guide to the changes

Summarises how the Amendment Regulations relax some local authority duties (for example, some of the timescales and process for looked-after children and adoption) during the coronavirus outbreak.

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