• Recognising the important role that pets often play in a vulnerable person’s life, Ian Brownhill considered the role and responsibilities of professionals and commissioners in relation to pets for those who lack capacity; who are deprived of their liberty and those who are detained under the MHA.

    In this session, Ian Brownhill from 39 Essex Chambers discussed:

    • Decisions in respect of animals and how to assess capacity
    • Section 47 of the Care Act 2014
    • How pets fit into best interests decision making
    • Pets and therapy animals in hospital settings


    Ian Brownhill is one of the country’s leading specialists in mental capacity, medical treatment disputes and has a broad practice in public, human rights and regulatory law.

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