Overview

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

  • capacity disputes
  • best interest disputes involving welfare and property decisions
  • deprivation of liberty applications
  • challenges to deprivation of liberty safeguards authorisations
  • contested deputyship applications
  • serious medical treatment applications
  • cases involving 16 and 17 year olds
  • emergency applications and injunctions
  • applications brought under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • 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.

Quotes

Edward Lamb is listed as a ‘leading junior’ in the Legal 500 at Band 3 and praised as being ‘very knowledgeable, very committed and good with clients’ (Legal 500, 2022)

Thomas Jones is ranked as a ‘rising star’ in the Legal 500 and described as ‘very hard-working and conscientious, with a calm, mature and considered approach’ (Legal 500, 2022)

Court of Protection Barristers

Grahame Aldous KC


Call: 1979 Silk: 2008

Tim Parker KC


Call: 1995 Silk: 2022

Laura Elfield


Call: 1996

Tara Vindis


Call: 1996

Johnathan Payne


Call: 1997

Tabitha Barran


Call: 1998

Gurion Taussig


Call: 2001

Edward Lamb


Call: 2006

Kate Lamont


Call: 2007

Laura Bumpus


Call: 2008

Sarah Hunwick


Call: 2011

John Schmitt


Call: 2013

Laura Hibberd


Call: 2013

Max Melsa


Call: 2015

Thomas Jones


Call: 2015

Kyah Mufti


Call: 2016

Theodore Bunce


Call: 2017

Susanna Bennett

Susanna Bennett


Call: 2017

Francesca Kolar


Call: 2018

Lucy Lodewyke


Call: 2018

Amelia Katz


Call: 2018

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