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    • Francesca Gardner - Kings ChambersA real tactician with excellent knowledge of the law.
    • Natalia Levine - Parklane PlowdenA very experienced and well-respected counsel in Court of Protection matters
    • Joseph O'Brien - St John's BuildingsHe remains the king of Court of Protection work on circuit.
    • Jacqui Thomas - Spire BarristersSound, wise and well-informed.
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    • Ella Anderson - Spire BarristersA very capable advocate with an exceptional eye for detail.
    • Fay Collinson - Kings ChambersVery good with difficult or argumentative clients.
    • Laura Twist - Spire BarristersAn excellent advocate with genuine skill and specialist knowledge.
    • Simon Wilkinson - Parklane PlowdenAble to put clients at ease in difficult circumstances.

Kings Chambers' Court of Protection team is instructed on behalf of all parties, with particular specialisms in serious medical treatment disputes, capacity to consent issues, and deprivation of liberty. Fay Collinson joined the set from Parklane Plowden in May 2018.

Parklane Plowden is home to Natalia Levine and Simon Wilkinson, who are instructed by all parties in Court of Protection matters, with one solicitor referring to them as a 'first point of call', with 'a strong presence on the market'. Key areas of work include fact-finding hearings, deprivation of liberty, and cases which overlap with care proceedings.

Spire Barristers' Court of Protection team is particularly notable for its work in complex medical cases, often involving complex capacity issues or time pressures. One such example is East Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust v PW, where Laura Twist acted for the NHS trust seeking best-interest declarations concerning the amputation of a schizophrenic's infected foot, which the patient opposed: the case was heard on the same day as the operation was recommended by clinicians, due to the 48-hour time limit needed to reduce risk of further damage.

St John's Buildings is home to Joseph O’Brien, who is instructed on behalf of both protected parties and health care providers, as well as families and local authorities. Key areas of work include health care, deprivation of liberty and contested property issues.

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