Ben McCormack > Garden Court North Chambers > Manchester, England > Barrister Profile

Garden Court North Chambers
M3 2JA

Work Department

Community care and mental health, Court of Protection, Discrimination, Housing, Inquests and public inquiries, Public law (judicial review)


Ben McCormack has been a lawyer for over 20 years, specialising in mental capacitypublic law and housing cases. He started out as a solicitor in a small firm on an estate on the outskirts of Manchester, before becoming a barrister at Garden Court North Chambers in 2005. Ben became Deputy Head of Chambers in March 2023.


Ben has extensive experience in dealing with mental capacity cases in the Court of Protection. Ben mainly acts for disabled adults and their family members in a wide range of cases, from health and welfare applications and cases involving DOLS, to enduring powers of attorney and property and financial cases.
He is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor.
He also acts in guardianship/nearest relative displacement proceedings, and in cases brought under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court to protect vulnerable adults.
Ben also has many years experience of acting in civil proceedings where mental capacity issues arise.




  • Court of Protection Practitioners Association;
  • North West Housing Law Practitioners Group; and
  • Northern Administrative Lawyers Association.


LLB (Hons) Manchester


Ben is a registered pupil supervisor and is involved in the training and education of the next generation of barristers at Garden Court North Chambers. He also regularly gives training to other lawyers, professionals and students about his areas of legal expertise. He is interested in particular in the ‘demystification’ of the law, to ensure that legal practice is opened up to as wide a range of people as possible.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Ben McCormack – Garden Court North Chambers ‘His style is incredibly engaging, focused and with an emphasis on the human issues in a case. He is very effective cross examiner and his client care is second to none.’