Monday, April 16, 2018

Save the Date: Mental Health and Capacity Law Conference 2018


Centre for Criminal Justice & Human Rights, School of Law, University College Cork and
Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association 

Annual Conference 2018
Mental Health Law and Capacity Law   

Saturday 12 May 2018 
10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork   

Conference programme will be published shortly, once finalised.

Speakers will include:
  • Ms Freda McKittrick, Head of Barnardos Guardian ad Litem Service:   ‘Catching or Falling? The experience of working with children in the Mental Health and Child Care Systems’ 
  • Mr Michael Lynn, Senior Counsel:  ‘Recent Developments in Mental Health Law’  
  • Dr Lisa Butterly, Historian:   ‘A Jury of My Peers’ 
  • Dr Anne Jeffers, Consultant Psychiatrist: ‘Learning from the Patient: Experience with the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland REFOCUS Group’ 
  • Ms Katherine Kelleher, Partner,  Comyn Kelleher Tobin, Solicitors, Cork:  'S 25  Mental Health Act 2001 in practice from a legal perspective'  
  • Ms Brid Breathnach, Deputy Official Solicitor and Senior Civil Litigation Lawyer, Office of the Official Solicitor, London: ‘Serious medical treatment applications in the Court of Protection in England and Wales - a practitioner's perspective’ 
  • Ms Patricia Hickey, General Solicitor for Minors and Wards of Court 
  • Ms Áine Hynes, Partner, St. John Solicitors, Dublin:  ‘Dealing with Capacity Issues in Practice - Recent Developments’ 
    Conference Convenors:  Dr Darius Whelan, School of Law, UCC and Ms Joan Doran, Solicitor, Chair, Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association

    - Conference Fee - €120 
    - NGOs €50
    - Academics - €50
    - Devilling barristers and trainee solicitors - €50
    - Students – Free

    Further Information from Ms Deirdre Kelleher, School of Law, UCC, phone (021) 490 3642, email

    Four CPD Hours – Solicitors and Barristers
    College of Psychiatrists of Ireland - 3.5 external CPD Credits.

    Book Online 

    Twitter hashtag:  #IMHLAUCC