Court of Protection and community care in Regional Bar
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.