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Manchester City Council v P and R (Conrad Hallin for the Council, Sarah Simcock for the litigation friend)

29th October 2018


Conrad Hallin is currently representing Manchester City Council in the widely reported case of Manchester City Council v P and R in which a young autistic woman with an obsessional interest in Asian men has been found by the Court to have capacity to marry and engage in sexual relations, but to lack capacity to decide whether contact with men is safe.  Sarah Simcock represented the young women in earlier hearings before Baker J , prior to taking a period of parental leave.

In a hearing yesterday Mr Justice Hayden, the vice-president of the Court of Protection, ruled that Manchester City Council had appropriately brought an end to the previous Court-ordered care plan for P when it became apparent that it was unsafe, and further ruled that there should be a continuation (without alteration) of the Council’s more restrictive care plan in place since early September, and that the case should come before him in January, after further input was available from a clinical psychologist.

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