The Inherent Jurisdiction: Extent, limits and the protection of vulnerable adults in FGM and forced marriage cases

Date: Thursday 23 February 2017

Time: 18:00 - 19:30 (Registration from 17:45)

Location: 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Aswini Weereratne QC, Ulele Burnham, Zimran Samuel

Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to host a seminar on Thursday 23 February 2017 at 6:00pm arranged by the Mental Health and Court of Protection team and entitled: “The Inherent Jurisdiction: Extent, limits and the protection of vulnerable adults in FGM and forced marriage cases” .


Since the enactment of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Court of Appeal (DL v A Local Authority) and the High Court (LBL v RYJ & VJ; Westminster Council v C) have confirmed that this jurisdiction, inherent to the High Court and designed to protect those who are “vulnerable” whether or not they lack capacity, survives and operates in addition to the powers created by the MCA 2005. There remain, however, interesting and unresolved questions about the precise circumstances in which it can or should be invoked, it’s extra-territorial use (Al-Jeffery v Al_Jeffery), and its deployment in radicalisation, forced/arranged marriage and FGM-related cases. 


In this seminar, Ulele Burnham will provide an overview of recent developments in relation to the scope and extent of the jurisdiction and Zimran Samuel will describe and analyse its impact in the context of the overlap between practice in the family courts and the court of protection with specific focus on radicalisation/forced marriages and FGM. 


This is an invitation only event, if you are interested in attending please email

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