LEGAL LEARNING SESSION: The inherent jurisdiction of the High Court: how and when to use it in safeguarding adults

10/13/2020 10:30 - 11:30

The inherent jurisdiction allows higher courts to intervene in the lives of adults who are vulnerable but do not lack mental capacity. This seminar will cover what this provision means and how it can be used in adult safeguarding work by social workers.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is the inherent jurisdiction and how has its meaning been clarified by case law?
  • The criteria for vulnerability under the inherent jurisdiction, how it applies in practice, and how it differs from lack of capacity under the Mental Capacity Act.
  • How the inherent jurisdiction can be used in adult safeguarding work and what the court will look for in relation to an application made by a local authority.
  • Alternatives to inherent jurisdiction, when safeguarding adults from risks posed by others and from their own action.
Please note there is a fee of £15 + VAT to reserve your place at this session if booked in advance. Places can be booked on the day of the event for £18 + VAT.

Alex Ruck Keene, barrister, 39 Essex Chambers