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Penny is a policy consultant, writer and trainer specialising in mental health and capacity law. She is editor of the Elder Law Journal; contributor to Court of Protection Practice and Mental Capacity: Law and Practice (all Jordan Publishing); Assessment of Mental Capacity and Mental Health Tribunals. She was Specialist Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on the Draft Mental Incapacity Bill and prepared a major part of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice. Penny was formerly Law Society Policy Adviser on Mental Health and Disability, a Mental Health Act Commissioner and a member of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council.
On 14 May 2014, Parliament gave Royal Assent to the Care Bill bringing in the Care Act 2014....