39 Essex Chambers is 'a go-to chambers for serious medical treatment cases due to the extremely high calibre of barristers within the set.' Property and affairs matters are another key area of strength for the team. Jenni Richards QC is representing the local authority in Surrey CC v Various Clinical Commissioning Groups, concerning alleged multiple failures on the part of clinical commissioning groups to assess and make appropriate provision for two young women with extensive care needs. In another matter, Vikram Sachdeva QC is acting in A Local Authority v JB, a high-profile case concerning whether the capacity to consent to sexual relations requires a person to understand that the other person must have the capacity to consent before and throughout sexual activity.
Court of Protection and community care in London Bar
‘Real strength in depth.’
‘Its strength in depth means that there is a barrister for every type of case.’
‘A highly regarded set – the members know their stuff and are a cut above their rivals.’
‘Great team with a wealth of experience across all types of public law.‘
‘Clerks are excellent- notably Sheraton Doyle and Charlie Quant.’
‘Very helpful and friendly clerks. Peter Campbell and Jamie Tucker always go to great lengths to help.‘
‘Oscar Redif and Peter Campbell are really approachable and helpful. They have great knowledge of counsel between them, and which counsel would be best able to assist. I can’t fault chambers for their speed and efficiency.’
‘The clerking team is superb (Peter Campbell and Jamie Tucker in particular); they have excellent choice of counsel and you always receive a high quality service.‘
‘Clerking is very good- they were always extremely helpful in accommodating myself and my client(s). Sheraton Doyle is an outstanding example of a good and helpful clerk, as is Charlie Quant.’
Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is a ‘go-to set for Court of Protection matters‘, and has an excellent reputation for being ‘the gold standard for complex COP work with a medical aspect. Any barrister instructed from this set will be of an exceptionally high standard‘. Michael Mylonas QC garners praise as ‘a master practitioner‘ who ‘deals with high profile cases with composure, sensitivity and care. Judges are always impressed by him‘. In An NHS Foundation Trust v MC, the ‘incredibly bright‘ Bridget Dolan QC was instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of an individual who lacked capacity. The case involved the issue of whether it was in the best interests of a person lacking capacity to donate peripheral blood stem cells to a relative who was diagnosed with leukaemia.
‘A set that really goes the extra mile, and it is always a pleasure to work with it.’
‘It has a broad range of high-quality barristers across a range of specialisms.’
‘Super impressive set. ‘
‘This set leads the way on medical treatment cases, and is the go to set for all of the reported cases in this area. ‘
‘Simply second to none when it comes to Court of Protection work. Lee Johnson is the man for the job when the bullets start flying.’
‘They always provide a good service. Lee Johnson in particular is always very helpful and proactive.’
‘Absolutely superb clerking team headed by the remarkable Lee Johnson, who is always such a pleasure to deal with, has a wealth of experience, and will always go above and beyond to assist. Catherine Calder is also a fabulous asset.’
‘Catherine Calder works tirelessly. She is fantastic.’
The ‘fantastic’ 5 Stone Buildings has ‘a number of high quality Court of Protection practitioners at all levels, from very junior to silk.’ Tracey Angus QC is ‘an expert in her field‘ and ‘a brilliant team player‘, with ‘excellent powers of analysis‘. Penelope Reed QC is ‘calm, persuasive, firm and technically excellent‘, and ‘masterful in court, able to handle the most difficult judge‘. David Rees QC and Ruth Hughes appeared for multiple parties in Re ACC & Others, a test case concerning issues of potential conflicts of interest that could arise when a professional deputy instructs their own law firm to carry out work for a person who is subject to a deputyship order. Barbara Rich has extensive expertise in advising on statutory wills and property-related issues. The senior end was bolstered by Sarah Haren QC‘s elevation to silk in March 2021.
‘It is exceptionally good in its field.’
‘5 Stone Buildings is at the top for private client work.’
‘A go-to set for difficult Court of Protection work.’
‘Extremely knowledgeable and proactive barristers.’
‘Always willing to help and go the extra mile.‘
‘A very responsive and helpful clerking team.’
Doughty Street Chambers is 'a power set' with 'a plethora of excellent barristers in this area'. The team of 'strong COP practitioners' is well versed in advising on deprivation of liberty matters, contentious property and affairs cases, and issues surrounding capacity, to name a few areas of expertise. Aswini Weereratne QC is 'a strong advocate who is able to untangle complicated and knotty issues'; she 'is one of my first choices for complex Court of Protection cases with a mental health aspect, given her excellent knowledge of both areas and her ability to approach such cases with great care and skill', said one client. This year sees Jamie Burton QC elevated to silk, while Tom Stoate, Zia Nabi, Antonia Benfield, Daniel Clarke and rising star Mary-Rachel McCabe are new entrants at the junior end.
‘Doughty Street is particularly good on the public law side of matters, and is reliable for crossover work involving human rights litigation that also affects the COP.’
‘The barristers are down to earth, take the time to talk to you, and are great advocates.’
‘Doughty Street has incredible strength in depth, ensuring it is able to provide high quality advocates at short notice. This is particularly important for safeguarding and medical treatment cases, which often require same day applications and hearings that involve complex facts and law.’
‘A large team of excellent barristers – one of the first I would approach in Court of Protection and community care cases.’
‘Doughty Street is a leading set for Court of Protection work. It offers a breadth of experience, and the barristers are friendly whilst meticulous with their work.‘
‘They are amazing, very friendly, approachable, organised and responsive.’
‘I would say that the service provided both by counsel and the clerks is second to none. Sian Wilkins, Rachel Finch and Emily Norman are all incredibly helpful, efficient and available to meet our needs.’
‘Rachel Finch and Emily Norman go the extra mile to help, and always respond within five minutes of an enquiry being made.’
‘The clerks are friendly and fantastic.’
‘Doughty Street’s clerks will always try their best to find someone suitable for your case and the clerks are incredibly friendly and helpful. The fee notes always arrive promptly, which is a huge relief when dealing with legal aid cases.‘
1GC | Family Law has a well-respected practice that receives a steady flow of instructions from the Official Solicitor, NHS Trusts, family members and local authorities. The 'talented' team has expertise advising on cases concerning forced marriages and adults who lack capacity; Andrew Bagchi QC is regularly sought after for his experience in this area. Recent instructions include issues regarding capacity to consent to marriage and sexual relations, which is a core area of strength for the 'excellent' Louise MacLynn. Malcolm Chisholm ('a very safe pair of hands') is adept at advising on cases involving health and welfare issues, while Alev Giz's workload includes property-related matters. The set also has growing strength in advising on damages claims brought under the Human Rights Act arising from the unlawful deprivation of liberty.
‘A set with strength-in-depth.’
‘Always willing to try to accommodate. Very knowledgeable about their barristers, so we get the right barrister for a particular case.’
‘The clerks provide a good and efficient service.‘
Garden Court Chambers ‘is a brilliant set, with fabulous barristers', and ‘runs like a well-oiled machine.’ The team is well versed in handling a range of health and welfare matters for a client base that includes the Official Solicitor, public bodies and family members. Property and affairs cases are another pillar of strength for the practice. In R (on the application of MK) v Secretary of State for the Home Office Tim Baldwin is acting for the claimant, who was granted a right to accommodation under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, however the accommodation provided by the Secretary of State was deemed unsuitable for the claimant's disabled children. In another prominent case highlight, Gráinne Mellon represented an 80-year-old woman with dementia and schizophrenia who resided in a care home, and was offered a Covid-19 vaccination but her son objected to her receiving it. The case centred on the woman lacking capacity and that it was in her best interests to receive the vaccination.
‘Garden Court Chambers’ barristers bring a great deal of heart to every case and are particularly known for their commitment to justice and the underdog.’
‘Garden Court is a leading set for Court of Protection work. It also has breadth of experience in other areas, with many barristers excelling at cases where there is cross-over between two areas of law.’
‘I am always impressed by the quality of work from barristers at this set.’
‘The clerks room is excellent. I regularly correspond with Samuel Carter who is efficient and professional and goes above and beyond for clients.’
‘The clerks are friendly and always quick to respond.‘
‘The service is great. The clerks are friendly and approachable and will do all they can to assist.’
‘Speedy responses and helpful.’
‘The clerks are very friendly and responsive.’
At Matrix Chambers, the team has solid experience in advising on cases which include mental health, prison law, migration and children in care matters, often in tandem with community care issues. Nick Armstrong is noted for acting in judicial reviews related to community care issues. In March 2021 Sarah Hannett QC and Christopher Buttler QC were elevated to silk, further strengthening the team at the senior end.
‘The set has a lot of very bright people.’
‘An excellent chambers.’
Radcliffe Chambers is a ‘very good set, with stars throughout'. Its Court of Protection practice spans property and affairs matters as well as personal welfare issues, for example choice of residence and capacity to marry. The team is well versed in assisting with granting authority to attorneys and deputies in order to conduct litigation, as well as making statutory wills. Justin Holmes and Katherine McQuail are regularly sought after by the Official Solicitor for their expertise in this area, and Piers Feltham is noted for his experience in handling issues surrounding the validity of Lasting Powers of Attorney, as well as disputes over statutory wills.
‘Radcliffe Chambers is a very strong set.’
‘It has excellent counsel at all levels.’
‘A go-to set for this work.’
‘The whole clerking team is strong and always very helpful. If your chosen barrister is unavailable, they always find a suitable replacement. John Clark is exceptional.’
‘Well-staffed clerks room.‘