BP v Surrey County Council & Anor [2020] – Family Law Week case summary

27 April 2020

This was an urgent application made on behalf of BP by his daughter and litigation friend FP.  BP is an 83-year-old diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease who currently resides in a care home where he has been since 25.06.19.  He was discharged from hospital to the care home after falling ill at home and his placement was authorised on 12.08.19 as a necessary and proportionate deprivation of liberty.  The standard authorisation was due to expire on 2.02.20 but was extended to 3.06.20 by order dated 6.03.20.

BP is deaf but can communicate via a "communication board".  He is unable to use a telephone, facetime or skype.  BP has consistently and unambiguously expressed a desire to return home.  His capacity remains a live issue, and there is an outstanding assessment delayed because of the COVID-19 crisis.  Prior to 20.03.20 when the care home decided to suspend all visits by family members and also any expert assessors, BP enjoyed frequent visits from many family members and was visited at least once a day.

Read the full summary on Family Law Week.