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Leading Silks

Lorraine Cavanagh QC - St John's BuildingsExtremely tenacious and hardworking. Supremely well prepared with excellent client care skills. Will fight to the death for your client. Very passionate and engaged in your client's case. Very good understanding of domestic abuse issues.
Sam Karim QC - 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

Francesca Gardner - Kings ChambersFrancesca is an absolute dream to work with. She is focused, concise and always absolutely on point. She advocates fiercely on behalf of her clients and is a QC in waiting!
Ben McCormack - Garden Court North ChambersBen is incredibly personable and amiable. Clients love him and he is also great at describing complex legal points in ways which are easy to understand. He works well under pressure, is responsive to instructions, and works well on cases where need to negotiate with other parties. The court of protection is designed to be a non-adversarial forum and Ben is able to work in this way whilst ensuring we get what we are seeking.
Eliza Sharron - Kings ChambersVery bright and thorough and friendly.
Jonathan Bellamy - St John's BuildingsVery organised and works very methodically.
Fay Collinson - Kings ChambersFay’s attention to detail is excellent and she is very impressive in Court, particularly in cross-examination.
Lucinda France-Hayhurst - St John's BuildingsLucinda is very approachable and she ensures that instructing solicitors are always debriefed following every hearing.
Eleanor Keehan - St John's BuildingsShe is enormously hard-working and as a result has a grasp of the detail which underpins all that she does in court. She has a calmness which belies her call and is able to withstand demands from both bench and multiple opponents so as to achieve good outcomes for her clients.

Rising Stars

Arianna Kelly39 Essex ChambersFriendly and approachable counsel with first-rate Court of Protection knowledge. Robust when necessary and clearly committed to providing and does provide excellent representation.

Court of Protection and community care in Regional Bar

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers is a ‘leading set of Court of Protection barristers‘ and the team has ‘strength in depth‘. 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 QC heads the team and delivers ‘concise‘ and ‘pragmatic‘ advice. The set houses Eliza Sharron, Francesca Gardner and Fay Collinson who are all recommended; Simon Burrows  is another key name to note.



‘Kings Chambers is a mainstay on the Northern Circuit. The clerking is efficient and the service is very good. ‘

‘I am always impressed and appreciative of the training seminars Kings Chambers hold in the field of community care and mental capacity.’

‘Key leader in this area, we have instructed Kings Chambers for many years and they have been our go-to chambers for COP work.’

‘I regularly instruct Kings Chambers and have no issues securing Counsel when needed. Training is available throughout the year and is always helpful current and easily translated into day to day work. ‘

‘Very good Court of Protection team with strength in depth.’

‘Kings are experts in both areas of Court of Protection work – property and affairs and health and welfare. ‘


‘Clerks are very responsive when requesting availability and quotes.’

‘Mark Ronson in the Manchester Chambers is very helpful. ‘

‘Luke Heywood is the clerk we usually use for COP work.’

St John's Buildings

St John's Buildings are 'an excellent set for COP' and offers a 'good range of experienced counsel'. The team has a broad range of expertise and represent clients in cases that involve medical treatment, termination of treatment, and alleged human rights infringements of vulnerable adults. Key individuals include Lorraine Cavanagh QC, who has 'excellent client care skills', as well as Lucinda France-Hayhurst, who is a 'very good advocate'. Eleanor Keehan is 'ferociously clever' and 'should not be underestimated'. Jonathan Bellamy is also noted and is a 'really safe pair of hands'.



‘St John’s Buildings is very friendly, organised and very professional.’

‘Good solid chambers.’

‘Very comprehensive offering. A go to chambers for our firm when looking for representation nationwide.’

‘This set of chambers are very helpful and if a particular barrister is not available then alternatives are always offered.’

‘One of the go to sets particularly for work in the regions. A good range of experienced counsel and those that are up and coming.’

‘The chambers overall are excellent. The chambers are always available and the clerks are very efficient when needing to get back in touch with instructing solicitors. Chambers will also ensure that if counsel is part heard on another matter, they will contact you immediately providing you with alternative.’


‘The clerks are kind, friendly and very efficient. Suzanne Heron and Vaughn John are always helpful, efficient and quick in sorting out any concerns.’

‘The clerks are always professional and respond quickly. They are most helpful and go out of their way to try and accommodate requests where they can.’

‘Clerking team will always do their best to find cover for hearings.’

‘I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Jayne Harper is the best clerk that I have ever come across in all of my years of practice. Jayne is efficient, helpful, friendly and always willing to go the extra mile.’