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Leading Silks

Lorraine Cavanagh KC – St John’s BuildingsLorraine is extremely tenacious, hardworking and supremely well prepared with excellent client care skills. She will fight to the death for a client and is very passionate and engaged in the client’s case. She has a very good understanding of domestic abuse issues.
Sam Karim KC – Kings ChambersSam is an incredibly diligent barrister with a real skill in getting to the crux of the issues in the case swiftly. As an advocate, he is concise, pragmatic and focused in his drafting and as a result has no need to deliver his clear and succinct submissions forcefully or aggressively to aid persuasion. Sam is equally skilled at identifying legal arguments that require adjudication of the court.

Leading Juniors

Eleanor KeehanSt John’s BuildingsEleanor is a dedicated barrister who is focused on achieving the best outcome for her clients in all circumstances. She has fantastic attention to detail and really cares about those who are at the heart of her cases. She is not shy in putting her point across, but does so in a collaborative way to maintain working relationships and to allow negotiations to take place. She is approachable, responsive to instructions and a joy to instruct.’
Ben McCormack – Garden Court North ChambersBen is extremely good at analysing issues and advising as to the best way forward. He is an excellent advocate and he is exceptionally good with lay clients. He is very approachable and will always respond to requests to discuss a case.'
Fay Collinson – Kings Chambers ‘Fay is concise in her advocacy and delivers good, commercial advice to clients. She knows which fights to pick and she is well liked by her clients. She is good on her feet.’

Rising Stars

Arianna Kelly39 Essex ChambersArianna is friendly and approachable with first-rate Court of Protection knowledge. She is robust when necessary and clearly committed to providing excellent representation.

Court of Protection and community care in Regional Bar

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers has ‘a breadth of experience and expertise.’  The set’s members represent local authorities, NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups, patients, litigation friends at all levels in the Court of Protection. Sam Karim KC, who heads the team, has a broader public law practice. Fay Collinson is recommended in property and affair matters and Simon Burrows is instructed by local authorities in serious safeguarding cases.



‘Chambers and barristers are very keen to deliver joint seminars and invite instructing solicitors to be panel speakers. It has a collaborative approach to marketing which is always welcomed.’

‘The chambers have a breadth of experience and expertise.’

‘The set has good depth of counsel with experience.’


‘Excellent service from the clerks who are extremely helpful and responsive to enquiries.’

‘The clerks are helpful and efficient.’

‘Clerking is always excellent with very good response times and creative diary thinking when necessary.’

‘Good clerking team.’

‘The clerks at Kings Chambers are always fast and dependable when urgent actions are required. They go above and beyond in attempting to arrange diaries accordingly so that counsel is available.’

St John's Buildings

St John’s Buildings has ‘a strong Court of Protection team’ that has substantial expertise in cases of deprivation of liberty, medical treatment and termination of treatment and alleged human rights infringements of vulnerable adults. Key individuals include Lorraine Cavanagh KC, who is active in cases relating to the capacity to consent to sexual activity, Lucinda France-Hayhurst, who has expertise in deprivation of liberty and personal welfare cases, and Eleanor Keehan, who often represents local authorities and family members.



‘St Johns buildings has a strong Court of Protection team.’

‘The training programmes put on by the Court of Protection team are second to none and really showcase the range of talent that they have to offer.’

‘There are numerous barristers at this chambers who have great depth of experience.’

‘Strong chambers with excellent training opportunities.’


‘The clerks at St Johns Buildings are always available to help and are willing to be flexible when needed. Particular praise goes to Tim Booth and Josie Davies, for whom nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Tim Booth is reliable, charming and hard working.’

‘The Clerks are helpful and efficient.’

‘A very organised and helpful clerking team who are more than happy to assist wherever possible.’