39 Essex Chambers

Alexander Ruck Keene

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Practice Areas

Alex's practice is focused on mental capacity and mental health law, in which he provides specialist advice and representation, as well as delivering expert training for front line professionals. He also writes extensively including editing the 39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Report, the ‘bible’ for those working in the area. Court of Protection: eg An NHS Trust v Y [2018] UKSC 46 (when applications to court required); James v Aintree University NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust [2014] AC 591 (first Supreme Court decision relating to MCA 2005); Birmingham CC v D [2019] UKSC 42 (meaning of deprivation of liberty in relation to 16/17 year olds); Medical ethics eg R(Conway) v SSJ (challenge to ban on assisted dying) [2017] EWCA Civ 1431 Mental health: eg Munjaz v UK [2012] MHLR 351 (status of MHA Code of Practice).


Visiting Professor, Kings College London. Research Affiliate, Essex Autonomy Project, University of Essex. Seconded to Law Commission Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty project 2016-2017; legal adviser to independent Review of Mental Health Act 1983, 2017. Appointed Special Adviser to Joint Committee on Human Rights for COVID-19 inquiry, 2020.

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Creator of www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk.