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Advance decisions: Peace of mind for everyone

Heledd Wyn considers the lessons that private client practitioners can learn from the recent Court of Protection case of Paul Briggs

7 March 2017

In late 2016, the Court of Protection heard the case of Paul Briggs. As with many cases of its type, there were several parties: Paul’s wife, the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, the Official Solicitor, and Mr Justice Charles were all involved in the difficult decision as to whether Paul Briggs’ medical treatment should be withdrawn, knowing that this would result in his death.

In a compassionate judgment given by Charles J, it was held that withdrawing Paul’s medical treatment was in his best interests and Paul has since died. The judgment is worth reading in its entirety as it sets out the struggle experienced by those involved in a lengthy legal battle on the matter of the life or death of an individual.

In an interview with the Mirror, Lindsey Briggs bravely spoke about her experience and strongly adv...

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