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Ben McCormack is the key name to note as regards to Court of Protection work at Garden Court North Chambers. He represents protected parties in a diverse  range of cases including forced marriage, fluctuating capacity, sexual consent and deprivation of liberty.

Kings Chambers is home to a well-respected Court of Protection team, whose members are often instructed on complex or novel cases. Simon Burrows was instructed for the husband of the protected party in Manchester City Council Legal Services v MC and KR, a case which received mainstream media attention concerning an autistic young woman who was deemed to have capacity to consent to sexual relations but to lack capacity to choose partners; several failings were attributed to the local authority including that they failed to create a pathway to capacity or to prevent her from engaging in high-risk sexual activity.

St John's Buildings is described as a 'helpful and accommodating' set by clients, and is well respected for Court of Protection work within the region. 2019 silk Lorraine Cavanagh QC is often instructed for protected parties by the official solicitor or deputy, while rising star Eleanor Keehan has a more mixed practice, also receiving instructions from local authorities and family members.

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