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Andrew Bowmer

Miles & Partners LLP

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Mental Health & Capacity




Andrew Bowmer, a strong practitioner in mental capacity law, joined Miles and Partners on 5 February 2018. Andrew qualified as a solicitor in December 2008, drawing on his previous career working in central Government, including on local authority governance policy and direct experience of decision making in the public sector.

Andrew is frequently instructed by both family members and by the official solicitor on behalf of incapacitated adults in the Court of Protection in proceedings concerning the best interests of vulnerable adults. He has also acted for both family members and the official solicitor and other litigation friends on challenges brought under s21A Mental Capacity Act 2005 concerning the operation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.  Andrew has obtained declarations on behalf of a number of incapacitated adults that they have been unlawfully deprived of their liberty following placement decisions by local authorities.

In addition to his experience in the Court of Protection, Andrew has a breadth of public law experience covering housing and community care cases concerning vulnerable adults, including those facing eviction, those entitled to support from local authorities under the Children Act 1989 (either as children in need or having previously been in local authority care) and as adults or to support as asylum seekers.  Andrew has been instructed by the Official Solicitor in a number of cases involving local authorities pursuing the eviction of vulnerable adults who were at the same time the subject of Court of Protection proceedings.  He has an acknowledged experience which crosses public law and the specialised issues arising in the Court of Protection.




Qualified 2008

London: Private client

Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

Miles & Partners LLP  has an ‘approachable, very dedicated and experienced team’ under the leadership of Rachel Turner  and Floyd Porter . The ‘unbelievably thorough’ Turner is a ‘very safe pair of hands which she combines with a first-rate knowledge of the law and practice in this area’. Porter is a ‘determined fighter for his clients’ rights whether he is acting for the vulnerable individual or the family members. He is unafraid of difficult legal challenges’. The ‘extremely personableAndrew Bowmer who joined from Steel & Shamash  ‘works hard for clients and has real expertise both in COP work and in community care’. The team’s focus is on mental capacity and mental health law. It is frequently involved in cases that involve issues surrounding the capacity and the best interests of vulnerable adults who cannot take important decisions themselves. It is skilled at challenging detentions in hospital under the Mental Health Act and in challenging unlawful detentions by bringing High Court actions for judicial review.

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