How has Coronavirus affected advocacy?

The effects of COVID-19 on advocacy - Free Guide

Updated 1st May 2020 – our guide has now been updated with new developments that were brought to our attention this week.

Like many other professions, advocacy has been greatly affected by the restrictions we all find ourselves under as a result of COVID-19. With the lockdown now extended for several weeks, and some experts predicting that some level of restriction could still apply for the remainder of 2020, we felt it would be useful to create a guide for advocates on how they will be affected.

You can now download this guide for free. It includes guidance on remote hearings, changes in Legal Aid procedures and more.

Because of the unique nature of the current pandemic, the way these guidelines are applied in practice may change over time. If this should happen, we will issue updates to this guide to reflect those changes.

We’d also welcome your views on the guide and would be particularly grateful to hear from you if you’ve experienced processes that are different from those described in the guide.

If you have any questions on this guide, or any other aspects of Mental Health or Capacity, please call us on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website.

Michael Kennedy

Michael is a Barrister within our Court of Protection & Mental Health Law team and is also a Director of Switalskis. He is based at our Wakefield office but helps clients nationally and is recognised as a leading specialist in his field. He regularly lectures and trains a variety of legal professionals. Michael's profile