Whilst clients expect their private affairs to stay private, in the event they subsequently lose capacity, it may be necessary to disclose confidential matters to others...
Issues of confidentiality and privacy are assuming increasing importance for those advising vulnerable adults, their families and carers. In the context of a world where individuals wish their affairs to stay private, tensions can arise where information about vulnerable clients is required to ensure that their affairs are correctly managed when they lack capacity to do this themselves. Advisers, attorneys and deputies need to access a wide range of information to do their job properly - but some of it may be hard to obtain. The Court of Protection is regularly dealing with matters where the balance between the right to privacy versus the responsibility to report in the public interest is hard to strike. The pressures arising from social media and the disgruntled family are also increasing.
Professionals have to balance their duty to keep matters confidential with their ability to act on the instructions of agents - not easy when the professional conduct rules are far from clear as to what they can disclose.
This conference is a must for anyone who advises older and vulnerable clients to ensure they have the most up to date expert opinion on when it is permissible to disclose confidential information on behalf of a client who lacks mental capacity.
The Mental Capacity Special Interest Group 2015 Summer Conference will explore the many facets of the topic, looking at the rules and guidance available to professionals in this fast evolving area and identifying common problems and their solutions. It will bring delegates up to date with the latest developments and take a look ahead at how the confidentiality world will progress.
An expert range of speakers with a wide range of involvement will be on hand to impart their opinions and experiences of the law. The conference also features a panel session focussing on confidentiality and being a professional advisor at which speakers will share their experiences from different perspectives.
STEP Mental Capacity SIG Member £130
STEP Member £150
Accredited for 5 hours STEP, SRA and BSB CPD
Please register online here
For further information and to download the event flyer please see the event website.
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