Training Courses.

As well as providing legal advice and representation on individual cases, we provide an extensive range of competitively-priced training courses on the law itself.

About our training.

Our courses are aimed predominantly at lawyers and any other professionals (eg social workers, Mental Health Act Administrators, clinicians, IMCAs, RPRs) working in the fields of Mental Health Law and Court of Protection Law.  
Our training is led by the firm’s principal, Michael Butler, who has extensive experience as a lecturer and trainer going back 25 years. 

We also offer bespoke training on areas of law including:

    An introduction to Mental Health Law
    An introduction to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Court of Protection
    The interface between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act
    Mental Health Tribunals – preparation and advocacy
    Mental Health Law updates
    Court of Protection Law updates
    Welfare applications in the Court of Protection – practice and procedure
    Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – practice and procedure
    Liberty Protection Safeguards
    Treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983
    The role of litigation friends in Court of Protection proceedings
    The role of the RPR in DOLS cases

All training is currently provided online.

For many years, Michael provided courses on behalf of Central Law Training, including the 2- day approved course required for all applicants to the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Panel. 
He is the author of ‘A Practitioner’s Guide to the Mental Health Act 1983’, published by Wildy, Simmons and Hill, a second edition of which is due to be published in late 2022. 
He is also an Associate Honorary Professor in Mental Health Law at the University of East Anglia.

Current courses.

Details of individual courses will be updated below when available.
To discuss how Butler & Co Solicitors may assist in providing bespoke training, or for assistance with any other query regarding training, please contact Michael directly at ku.oc.sroticilos-reltub%40bpm.

A practical guide to the role of the litigation friend in Court of Protection welfare proceedings.

This course is designed for litigation friends and would-be litigation friends in s16 and s21A MCA proceedings in the Court of Protection. It begins with a review of all of the guidance out there (rules, regulations and case-law) that informs how the litigation friend should perform their role, and then moves onto a discussion of how that guidance should be applied. By the end of the session, all delegates will have a much clearer understanding of what they should be doing and how they should be doing it. Topics covered will include:
● When will a litigation be required?● Who may act as litigation friend?● What decisions should the litigation friend make?● How to approach capacity evidence.● How to assess what is in P’s best interests.● How to reflect P’s wishes and feelings.● Special considerations in deprivation of liberty cases.

Mental Health Law – an update.

This course is designed for mental health lawyers, particularly those that represent patients in Mental Health Tribunal proceedings, and will provide a comprehensive review of all recent developments in the mental health legal landscape. There will be a particular focus on updates in case-law, but the course will also cover changes to relevant legislation, regulations and practice guidance – anything that the well-informed mental health lawyer needs to know. 

Everything you need to know about the Liberty Protection Safeguards.

The Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) are the long-awaited replacement for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS). The Act bringing about these major changes in the law, the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019, received Royal Assent on 16 May 2019 but since then the proposed implementation date has been put back, initially from October 2020 and then again from April 2022. There is no current implementation date but the consultation for the draft Code of Practice to accompany the changes was launched on 17 March 2022. 
Although we don’t yet know when LPS will be implemented, we do know that it will be reasonably soon and that the impact will be huge. Anyone with an interest in this area of law therefore needs to be primed and ready to go whenever the changes take effect. This course is designed for all practitioners working in this area (lawyers, social workers, administrators, psychiatrists, IMCAs, RPRs) and will provide a comprehensive summary of the ways in which LPS differs from DOLS.

Court of Protection welfare proceedings – staying on top of case-law.

Aimed at busy practitioners (lawyers, social workers, advocates), this course provides a comprehensive summary of recent cases of interest in proceedings at the Court of Protection under s16 and s21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The course will provide a review of the cases themselves but, more importantly, a discussion of their implications for day-to-day practice. 
The topics covered will reflect any developments in case-law in the months leading up to the course itself.

Testimonials from those that attended courses

“Feedback from those who attended was that your training was useful, interesting, and overall excellent.”


“I just wanted to say thanks for the training you have recently provided to the IMHAs. This was very well received.”


“Just a quick note on behalf of our team to thank you for your excellent, helpful & informative presentations on the MHA/MCA and for answering our queries arising from our various case experiences.”