The International Protection of Adults
Edited by Richard Frimston, Alexander Ruck Keene, Claire van Overdijk, and Adrian Ward MBE
Richard Frimston, Partner and Head of Private Client Group, Russell Cooke LLP, Alexander Ruck Keene, Barrister, 39 Essex Street, Adrian Ward MBE, Solicitor and Partner, TC Young, Claire van Overdijk, Barrister, No. 5 Chambers
Richard Frimston is a Partner and Head of the Private Client Group at Russell Cooke LLP, London. He is highly regarded for his expertise in cross-border estates and international private law issues. Richard is a member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists. He is currently Chair of the EU STEP committee. He was a member of the EU Commission experts groups PRM III and IV in relation to succession and matrimonial property and he has given evidence on these and cross border capacity issues to the House of Lords sub-committee E and regularly to the EU Parliament Legal Affairs Committee.
Alexander Ruck Keene is a barrister at 39 Essex Street, London where a very significant proportion of his practice is in proceedings under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. He has experience of appearing/advising upon all aspects of the English Court of Protection's jurisdiction, and has appeared in the majority of the reported cases concerning its jurisdiction in cross-border cases. He is a member of the Law Society of England's Mental Health and Disability Committee, the author or co-author of leading textbooks in the field of mental capacity, and is an Honorary Research Lecturer at the University of Manchester.
Adrian Ward is a solicitor and partner in TC Young LLP, Glasgow and is a recognised Scottish and international expert in adult incapacity law. He has lectured and advised, and his prolific output of books and articles has been published, in many countries over more than three decades. Throughout that period he has acted in or instructed many leading cases in the field, and has been continuously involved in law reform processes. His international work has included work as adviser to World Health Organisation, delivering European Union projects, and serving as British member of the Council of Europe's expert working party on powers of attorney and advance directives. His books include the current standard Scottish texts on the subject. He has been founder chairman of NHS Trusts and a Mental Health Association, and has also engaged in service delivery projects overseas. He has been convener of the Mental Health and Disability Committee of the Law Society of Scotland since 1989. His awards include an MBE for services to the mentally handicapped in Scotland; national awards for legal journalism, legal charitable work and legal scholarship; and the lifetime achievement award at the 2014 Scottish Legal Awards.
Claire van Overdijk is a barrister at No. 5 Chambers, London where she specialises in mental capacity law and in proceedings under the health and welfare and property and affairs jurisdictions of the English Court of Protection, as well as the Court's international jurisdiction. Claire has also co-authored the leading text on the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection and is a member of the Law Faculty of University College London where she teaches private international law on the LL.M course.