1GC|Family Law

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare Department

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1GC|Family Law is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, as well as several NHS trusts, local authorities and family members of incapable individuals in a wide range of health and welfare cases. The set's barristers are called upon to act for clients in complex and sensitive disputes across England and Wales, and frequently appear in the High Court in London. Members are able to draw on the set's notable strength in family law when acting in cases involving forced marriages, while additional areas of expertise for the team include withdrawal of medical treatment disputes, residence challenges and deprivation of liberty cases.

Client service: The clerking team is led by senior clerk Paul Harris.

Andrew Bagchi QC
Highly regarded practitioner who is particularly well known for his work in welfare cases, but is also adept at handling finance and medical treatment matters. He is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, and excels at cases which involve the forced marriage of incapacitated adults.
Strengths: "He is a fantastic advocate who is very easy to get along with and is a very good team player."

Malcolm Chisholm
Leading senior junior who is best known for his work for local authorities and for parents. Praised in the market for his client-handling skills, he is an expert on cases concerning the overlap between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act. 
Strengths: "He is brilliant at taking the heat out of situations; he can take a step back and get everyone to calm down. He is also brilliant with clients and can explain situations in a very accessible way. His advocacy is great as well." "His crossover knowledge between mental capacity and family is excellent."