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St John's Buildings

Chambers of Sally Harrison QC

Work 0161 214 1500
Fax 0161 835 3929
Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield

Lorraine Cavanagh QC

Work 0161 214 1500
St John's Buildings (Chambers of Sally Harrison QC)

Work Department

Family - Children
Court of Protection


Lorraine practises in all areas of children law, in the health and welfare law field of the Court of Protection and conducts judicial review and Human Rights claims with a focus on community care provision and child rights.

Lorraine has acted in cases involving Care Proceedings, Adoption, Inherent Jurisdiction/Medical Treatment and Children's Rights. She has experience of acting in a wide range of private Children Act cases for parents, relatives and children with party status. Lorraine acts in complex residence and contact matters including cases involving specific issues and intractable contact dispute involving emotional abuse and media issues. Lorraine has been involved in the most serious complex cases of this type.

Lorraine is a very experienced practitioner in health and welfare law. She has considerable experience of acting for the Official Solicitor, Local Authorities and families in welfare. 

Lorraine has a specialist interest in cases that involve the marriage and sexual relations of incapacitous persons which have resulted in children (i.e. concurrent care proceedings) or which result in concurrent matrimonial litigation (i.e. petitions for nullity). Lorraine’s background in child law and matrimonial law has led to her representing P in all facets of the family court litigation and the Court of Protection.


Called 2000; Gray’s Inn (The Birkenhead Scholar).


  • Acting Chair of the Executive Committee of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association
  • Member of the Committee of the Manchester Family Law Bar Association
  • Bar representative on the Greater Manchester Family Forum chaired by the designated family Judge
  • Bar representative on the Expert Sub-Committee of the Family Forum
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit Administrative Law Association


St Gregorys School; University of Manchester (1999 LLB Hons).

Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Court of Protection

Within: Court of Protection – 2019 silks

Lorraine Cavanagh QC - St John's BuildingsA very talented barrister who is fearless in court.

Within: Court of Protection

The Court of Protection group at St John's Buildings is well known for its expertise in alleged human rights infringements of vulnerable adults, deprivation of liberty matters and medical treatment (including treatment termination) cases. Lorraine Cavanagh has a niche focus on cases involving sexual autonomy and capacity to consent.

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Family and children law

Within: Family and children law – 2019 silks

Lorraine Cavanagh QC - St John's BuildingsVery adept at thinking on her feet.

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Public law

Within: Public law – Leading silks

Lorraine Cavanagh - St John's BuildingsShe goes above and beyond the call of duty for her clients.

Within: Public law

In 2017, Lorraine Cavanagh at St John's Buildings acted for a child in a Human Rights claim following care proceedings where he was removed from parental care; the removal was found to be unlawful.

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