Mary-Rachel McCabe > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers

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Mary-Rachel specialises in mental capacity, community care and housing law, with a focus on children’s rights cases.


Mary-Rachel has a busy Court of Protection practice and regularly acts in cases concerning residence, care and deprivations of liberty.  Mary-Rachel has particular expertise in hoarding cases, where her housing and mental capacity law expertise intersect, and in cases involving children or young adults with autism. Mary-Rachel acts for vulnerable adults, children, their families, and statutory bodies. She is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor.

Mary-Rachel has a particular interest in disability and children’s rights. She regularly acts in urgent judicial review proceedings for children who are street homeless or otherwise in need of support or accommodation.  She also acts for children in Human Rights Act damages claims against local authorities, including claims arising out of delays by local authorities in issuing care proceedings. She represents disabled children and their parents in judicial review proceedings against local authorities relating to their care packages. 

In 2018, Mary-Rachel was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship by Inner Temple. She travelled to New Zealand for two months to work at YouthLaw, the country’s only dedicated law centre for children and young people. 

Mary-Rachel has contributed to Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook (Legal Action Group, Third Edition, 2020). She also co-authors the Court of Protection updates for Legal Action Magazine.

Mary-Rachel was proud to act as junior counsel in Re: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission [2018] UKSC 27, a landmark case concerning access to abortion for women in Northern Ireland.

Prior to joining the Bar, Mary-Rachel worked as a paralegal in the youth justice and strategic litigation team at Just for Kids Law. She also worked at Hackney Community Law Centre, where her interest in social welfare law was sparked.





Court of Protection Bar Association


LLB Law with Spanish (1st Class Honours), University of Sussex and University of Seville (2007-2011)
Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple (2013)
Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent), City University (2013-2015)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

Doughty Street Chambers is ‘a power set‘ with ‘a plethora of excellent barristers in this area‘. The team of ‘strong COP practitioners‘ is well versed in advising on deprivation of liberty matters, contentious property and affairs cases, and issues surrounding capacity, to name a few areas of expertise. Aswini Weereratne KC is ‘a strong advocate who is able to untangle complicated and knotty issues‘; she ‘is one of my first choices for complex Court of Protection cases with a mental health aspect, given her excellent knowledge of both areas and her ability to approach such cases with great care and skill‘, said one client. This year sees Jamie Burton KC elevated to silk, while Tom Stoate, Zia Nabi, Antonia Benfield, Daniel Clarke and rising star Mary-Rachel McCabe are new entrants at the junior end.