The Law Society launched a new mental capacity accreditation for legal representatives serving the Court of Protection.

The Law Society of England and Wales is working with the Court of Protection and The City Law School to provide training and accreditation to ensure expert legal representation is available for all mental capacity cases in which welfare matters are at stake.

‘We are working with the court to ensure accredited legal representatives are available to assert and defend the rights of vulnerable people when important decisions are made about their lives,’ said Law Society president Robert Bourns.

‘The Law Society mental capacity accreditation will ensure that vulnerable people coming to the Court of Protection are represented by experts with a depth of understanding of the complexities involved in representing clients who lack mental capacity.’