Adrian Ward is a recognised international expert in adult incapacity law and was given a lifetime honorary membership of the Law Society of Scotland in recognition of his pioneering work on Scotland’s modern law on incapacity and mental health and disability.
He was also given The Scotsman Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Legal Awards in recognition of his contribution to the field of Adult Incapacity Law. His expertise is regularly sought by other solicitors throughout Scotland.
His standing in adult incapacity work was summed up in a published court judgement “Mr Adrian Ward is the acknowledged master of this subject, and the person who has done more than any other practitioner in Scotland to advance this area of law”.
Adrian is a prolific legal author whose many books and articles have spanned more than three decades. His books include the current standard Scottish texts on adult incapacity law.
He was closely involved in the law reform process leading to the Incapacity Act (as an external expert engaged by the Scottish Law Commission and as principal spokesperson for the Alliance which campaigned for the legislation).
Adrian 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; and national awards for legal journalism, legal charitable work and legal scholarship.
He has worked with the World Health Organisation and several European Governments.