Court of Protection


The Court of Protection team in chambers has a wide range of experts who specialise in the law relating to mental capacity, mental health, adult social care and community care.

Barristers within the team have experience before the Court of Protection, the Family Division of the High Court, the Administrative Court and appellate jurisdictions.

Our team can provide legal advice and representation to local authorities, NHS bodies, protected parties through their litigation friends and private individuals.

We are consistently recommended in the legal directories as a set of chambers, with the most recent edition of the Legal 500 commenting that we are ‘an excellent set of chambers with an incredible wealth of barristers, capable of anything thrown its way.’ (Legal 500, 2022).

Given the depth of experience within the team across personal injury, medical law and children law, our barristers are particularly well-equipped to deal with cases in which jurisdictions overlap. The team is one of five Chambers to service the work of the London Borough Legal Alliance for adult social care and Court of Protection work.

Areas of Expertise

  • Applications brought under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Best interest disputes involving welfare and property decisions
  • Capacity disputes
  • Challenges to deprivation of liberty safeguards authorisations
  • Contested deputyship applications
  • Cases involving 16 and 17 year olds
  • Deprivation of liberty applications
  • Emergency applications and injunctions
  • Serious medical treatment applications
  • Ordinary residence disputes

Notable Cases

  • A CCG v AF [2020] EWCOP 16
    Best interests dispute in respect of a man who suffered a stroke to continue to receive clinically assisted nutrition and hydration.
  • Re J (a child) [2020] EWHC 2395
    Deprivation of liberty application in respect of a 16-year-old in an unregulated placement.
  • Re HS [2020] Best interests application for approval of a course of IVF for a protected Chinese national.
  • Re M [2018] EWCOP 4
    Appeal in respect of disclosure in consecutive Children Act 1989 and Mental Capacity Act 2005 proceedings.

Court of Protection Barristers

King's Counsel

Grahame Aldous KC

Call 1979 | Silk 2008

Tim Parker KC

Call 1995 | Silk 2022

Edward Lamb KC

Call 2006 | Silk 2024

Juniors (15 years +)

Laura Elfield

Call 1996

Tara Vindis

Call 1996

Johnathan Payne

Call 1997

Tabitha Barran

Call 1998

Dr Russell Wilcox

Call 2000

Gurion Taussig

Call 2001

Laura Bumpus

Call 2008


Sarah Hunwick

Call 2011

John Schmitt

Call 2013

Laura Hibberd

Call 2013

Thomas Jones

Call 2015

Kyah Mufti

Call 2016

Irene Sriharan

Call 2016

Theodore Bunce

Call 2017

Susanna Bennett

Call 2017

Lucy Lodewyke

Call 2018

Francesca Kolar

Call 2018

Amelia Katz

Call 2018

Madeleine Miller

Call 2019

Anirudh Mandagere

Call 2019


Michael Goodridge

Director of Clerking & Business Development

Senior Clerks

Clark Chessis

Senior Clerk

David Barrow

Joint Deputy Senior Clerk

Jaime Brooks

Joint Deputy Senior Clerk

Assistant Practice Managers

Jamie Moylan

Assistant Practice Manager

Louis Candy

Assistant Practice Manager

Jay Levell

Assistant Practice Manager

Junior Clerks

Cameron Baker

Junior Clerk

Ronnie Scarlett

Ronnie Scarlett

Junior Clerk

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