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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Miles & Partners LLP

Miles & Partners LLP routinely advises on mental capacity and mental health law and issues of capacity and best interests for vulnerable adults who cannot make important decisions themselves. It is also adept at advising on community care issues. The team is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, relevant person's representatives as well as by relatives to advise on issues such as challenges being brought under s21A of the Mental Capacity Act through to deprivation of liberty safeguards. The team is jointly headed by Floyd Porter and Rachel Turner. Andrew Bowmer has developed considerable expertise in mental capacity law.

Practice head(s):Rachel Turner; Floyd Porter

Other key lawyers:Andrew Bowmer; Kaileigh Hazeldine


'The team really does care about its clients'.

'Rachel Turner has a great way of dealing with clients with mental health issues. I always feel clients are in safe hands with her'.

'Rachel Turner is incredibly hardworking, has an excellent eye for detail and is extremely personable. Her knowledge of the area is impressive'.

'Floyd Porter quietly obtains the seemingly unachievable, through rational and determined representation of his clients' interests'.

'Andrew Bowmer, Floyd Porter and Kaileigh Hazeldine. They are an exceptional team with a strong background in mental health work. They stand out from other firms for their attention to detail and going the extra mile for their clients'.

'Andrew Bowmer is a great team player, unflappable and always courteous and a joy to deal with, even when under immense pressure. He is very experienced in Court of Protection matters'.

'I was impressed by the way that Andrew Bowmer was able to communicate intricate information relating to the Mental Capacity Act/Court of Protection procedure, to a client who had complex intellectual difficulties'.

'Andrew Bowmer is outstanding. His analysis is extremely thorough, he relates well to difficult clients and provides excellent, well-considered advice'.

'The team provides a professional yet personal service'.

'Kaileigh Hazeldine is highly experienced in COP matters and pragmatic both in and out of court, providing excellent support to counsel and clients alike, with a friendly and professional manner'.

Rising stars

Andrew Bowmer - Miles & Partners LLP

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Family - ranked: tier 3

Miles & Partners LLP

At Miles & Partners LLP nearly all of the team are members of the Law Society’s Children Panel, the Law Society’s Family Panel or Resolution-accredited specialists. This team is recommended for its work on a wide array of matters from pre-nuptial agreements to the dissolution of a civil partnership. It is also able to handle adoption and wardship applications and all other issues that arise for evolving family structures. It has an excellent child abduction and care team that is headed by Amanda Dench which is regularly instructed on complex international cases. The highly regarded matrimonial team is led by Michelle Uppal and Kate Hammond leads the children panel team.

Practice head(s):Amanda Dench; Michelle Uppal; Kate Hammond

Other key lawyers:Lorraine Green; Ritu Sood; Julie Nix; Gemma Hodder


'Its strength in depth and collegiate working practices enable it to deliver an excellent service to all its clients'.

'Known initially for its public law excellence, it has grown to be able to provide a first-rate matrimonial department headed by the very capable Michelle Uppal, as well as private law children and specialist offerings in child abduction'.

'Kate Hammond is outstanding'.

'Amanda Dench is meticulous and has a wealth of experience which informs her practical, no-nonsense advice in difficult circumstances. She is empathetic and kind where appropriate, which makes her popular with clients'.

'Michelle Uppal is very able and balances being warm and engaging with a detailed knowledge of the law to ensure robust and reasonable outcomes'.

'Michelle Uppal has a sharp eye, particularly in finance work. She is robust with her advice and very thorough with her legal preparation. She is a safe pair of hands for complex money cases'.

'A pre-eminent firm in the public law children field. The team has incredibly strong solicitors all doing weighty children proceedings. They are persuasive advocates while running busy caseloads'.

'Excellent legal assistants and trainee solicitors who support the partners and make case management a seamless operation'.

'Gemma Hodder is a highly regarded solicitor who combines extensive experience in complex cases with a tenacity and a pleasing courtroom manner'.

'Lorraine Green, Ritu Sood, Julie Nix are very experienced and confident solicitors who are tenacious and take pride in making sure everything is on target'.

Work highlights

  • Representing a child in care proceedings who sustained unique and rare non-accidental injuries.
  • Represented children in care proceedings in which findings of longstanding sexual abuse were made.
  • Representing children in three sets of linked care proceedings relating to issues of radicalisation.
  • Represented client in complex financial proceedings to achieve a clean break and in the enforcement of a child arrangements order.
  • Represented client in the settlement of a claim by his daughter who intervened in his financial proceedings in the sum of £240,000 when she sought £750,000 against a matrimonial pot of approx £5m.
Leading individuals

Michelle Uppal - Miles & Partners LLP

Next Generation Partners

Gemma Hodder - Miles & Partners LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Miles & Partners LLP

Michelle Uppal at Miles & Partners LLP  is a skilled mediator and a collaborative lawyer. Highlights for 2018 included conducting a transatlantic mediation, co-mediating two shuttle mediations in addition to a mediation that necessitated having a translator. Uppal offers mediation to best fit with the client's needs and if a client is unable to attend the office for an individual MIAMS meeting, she will conduct the session by SKYPE or telephone MIAMS.

Other key lawyers:Michelle Uppal


'Michelle Uppal continues to be strong.'

'Michelle Uppal is a well-regarded mediator.'

'A small but efficient firm in mediation that is punching above its weight and size. Michelle Uppal is popular and a very active promoter of mediation.'

'Michelle Uppal is skilled at child mediation where her empathy is most effective.'

Key Clients


Resolution Collaborative Lawyers

Law Society Children’s Panel


The Law Society Family Mediation Scheme

Work highlights

  • Mediated with a couple and an interpreter to reach a financial settlement for the transfer of a business.
  • Michelle Uppal assisted the parties to reach a financial settlement and divide their assets to reach a fair settlement.
Leading individuals

Michelle Uppal - Miles & Partners LLP

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