2022.01.19 - GCN - Court of Protection - Sex, Relationships and the COP

Sex, Relationships and the Court of Protection Webinar

I have just finished the Sex, Relationships and The Court of Protection webinar . It was very informative and excellent speakers.

Majella O’Neill
Principal | Majella O’Neill Family Law


The Court of Protection often has to grapple with the most intimate aspects of a person’s private and family life. Sometimes the focus is on whether P has the capacity to make decisions about sex or personal relationships. Sometimes it is whether a proposed course of action would break the criminal law. Finding the right outcome can be a difficult process and requires sensitivity and humanity, as well as intellectual clarity.

In this free webinar held on 19 January 2022, Ben McCormack and Helen Curtis of Garden Court North Chambers provide an update as to the current state of the law and practice. Ben and Helen both have significant experience of working in cases where these issues arise.

This was excellent training. It really bought to life some of the potential “knock on” of effects for carers supporting clients to act on their wishes to have sex and the complexity of the phrase “causing to”.

Hussein Rujak
Senior Practitioner for Adults Safeguarding Operations | Plymouth City Council

Target Audience

This webinar is aimed at legal practitioners and those working with them, with an assumed basic knowledge of the topic area.


The recording and slides were available for three months following the event.

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Ben McCormack | Barrister | Garden Court North Chambers

Ben has been a lawyer for the past 20 years, specialising in housing, public law and mental capacity cases. He started out as a solicitor in a small firm on an estate on the outskirts of Manchester, before becoming a barrister at Garden Court North Chambers in 2005.

Helen Curtis | Barrister | Garden Court North Chambers

Helen’s legal practice concentrates on areas where the liberty of the subject is at stake, particularly in areas of mental health, prisoners and the Court of Protection. She appears before Tribunals, Parole Boards and courts through to the Court of Appeal. Helen is approved as a mediator on the Court of Protection Mediation Panel.