Alex Ruck Keene

Alex Ruck Keene Barrister
39 Essex Chambers

Alex been recommended as a leading expert in the field of mental capacity law for several years, both inside and outside the Court of Protection.

He has a particular (and unrivalled) experience in cross-border cases involving incapacitated adults. His writing commitments include The International Protection of Adults, The Court of Protection Handbook, Court of Protection Practice, Court of Protection Law Reports (both Jordan Publishing) and the third edition of Assessment of Mental Capacity.

He is an Honorary Research Lecturer at the University of Manchester, a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee, and the creator of the website www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicylaw.org.uk.

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Extending the great safety net 31 AUG 2016

Extending the great safety net

In Al-Jeffery v Al-Jeffery (Vulnerable Adult: British Citizen) [2016] EWHC 2151 (Fam), Holman J...

Sex and the simple test? 04 APR 2016

Sex and the simple test?

In London Borough of Southwark v KA and Others [2016] EWHC 661 (Fam), Parker J had to grapple -...

Updated guidance on judicial deprivation of liberty authorisations 18 JUN 2015

Updated guidance on judicial deprivation of liberty authorisations

Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers has produced updated guidance on judicial deprivation of...

DOLS – £25m one-off funding assistance for LAs announced 27 MAR 2015

DOLS – £25m one-off funding assistance for LAs announced

The Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb MP, has today announced that the Department of...

CQC Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards report for 2013-4 published 26 JAN 2015

CQC Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards report for 2013-4 published

The CQC published on 26 January its fifth annual report on the use of the DOLS regime, covering...

JS Mill strikes back – Mostyn J takes on the Supreme Court 19 NOV 2014

JS Mill strikes back – Mostyn J takes on the Supreme Court

Mr Justice Mostyn is nothing if not brave. In a decision handed down on 18...

New guide to the process of judicial deprivation of liberty authorisations 18 NOV 2014

New guide to the process of judicial deprivation of liberty authorisations

The new process for the judicial authorisation of deprivation of liberty in settings outside...

Acting as a Litigation Friend in the Court of Protection – new Guidance now out 05 NOV 2014

Acting as a Litigation Friend in the Court of Protection – new Guidance now out

As many of you will know, I have spent a significant part of this year working on guidance...

Deprivation of liberty – some fog clears about children’s homes 09 JUL 2014

Deprivation of liberty – some fog clears about children’s homes

Liverpool City Council v SG & Ors [2014] EWCOP 10 Summary In a judgment that assists in...

The MCA in the Supreme Court – reflections on Aintree v James 03 JUN 2014

The MCA in the Supreme Court – reflections on Aintree v James

A milestone was reached in July 2013, when the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005) was...

Deprivation of Liberty after  Cheshire West: key questions for  social workers and medical  practitioners 25 MAR 2014

Deprivation of Liberty after Cheshire West: key questions for social workers and medical practitioners

I have, with my fellow Mental Capacity Law Newsletter editors, put together a guide...

Cheshire West – scoring criteria 25 MAR 2014

Cheshire West – scoring criteria

Introduction In my previous article, I summarised the key points of the decision, and gave...

Cheshire West: the Supreme Court’s right hook 24 MAR 2014

Cheshire West: the Supreme Court’s right hook

Introduction After a wait that - if one was being impertinent - might seem doubtfully...