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Leading Juniors

Abigail Bond - St John's ChambersVery patient and great empathy with disadvantaged adults.
Ian Brownhill - 39 Essex ChambersIan is a robust and punchy advocate, very well liked and respected, who always gives good, practical advice. Extremely hard working and highly intelligent barrister who works on complex issues quickly and efficiently.
David Gardner - No5 Barristers ChambersDavid is highly knowledgeable and experienced in this area of law. He is a consummate professional in the court room, during negotiations and in every area of service provided. He is outstandingly efficient at delivering required documents in a timely fashion and always within deadlines.
Alex Troup - St John's ChambersExtremely pragmatic, knowledgeable and persuasive: he speaks with great authority whether before clients, opponents or the judiciary. Clients love his down to earth manner, novel problem solving and capacity to spot flaws in an opponents position. A silk in the making.
Oliver Wooding - St John's ChambersStrengths: exceptionally easy to work with; extremely approachable; no nonsense approach to claims.

Court of Protection and community care in Regional Bar

39 Essex Chambers

Following his move from No5 Barristers Chambers in June 2020, 39 Essex Chambers is the new home to well-known practitioner Ian Brownhill, who specialises in health and welfare cases, particularly those involving safeguarding concerns. Recent instructions include A Local Authority v JBRe EOA, and The Hospital v JJ, where he acted on behalf of a student who was refusing to comply with treatment for his type 1 diabetes. Brownhill's 'good knowledge of other jurisdictions that sometimes come into play, really adds a lot of value in complicated COP matters that need someone who can tie all the disparate strings together'.

No5 Barristers Chambers

No5 Barristers Chambers has established expertise in mental capacity law allows the chambers to represent a wide variety of clients in Court of Protection property and affairs matters. The 'composed' David Gardner 'is practical in all situations and great at offering viable solutions/alternatives to a client'. In one recent instruction of note, Gardner represented a local authority in the Family Division of the High Court exercising its inherent jurisdiction.

St John's Chambers

Members at St John's Chambers have worked on a number of interesting cases with patients affected by a range of issues, including vascular dementia, paranoid schizophrenia, and brain injuries caused either through personal injury or medical negligence. The 'approachable' Alex Troup, who 'has a strong presence which asserts itself when needed', predominantly focuses on property and affairs disputes. Abigail Bond represents parties in health and welfare cases and is a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health jurisdiction). A 'good advocate' with a 'very sound understanding of law', Oliver Wooding is also recommended.