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Doughty Street Chambers

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare

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Doughty Street Chambers is highly regarded for its expertise in health and welfare matters, and houses a strong bench of barristers experienced in the handling of cases affecting both incapacitated adults and children. Members are regularly instructed in deprivation of liberty and serious medical treatment cases, as well as disputes concerning capacity to consent to sexual relations and forced marriages. The set's expertise in this area is complemented by its recognised strengths in human rights, housing and community care law, and its barristers frequently appear in landmark cases before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. The tenants have experience acting on behalf of incapable individuals and their family members, as well as local authorities and health authorities.

Client service:

"The clerks are very friendly and easy to get hold of." "The clerking team is wonderful and really on top of things." Senior practice manager Sian Wilkins leads the clerking team for Court of Protection cases.

Strengths:

Aswini Weereratne QC
Aswini Weereratne QC acts for all parties in the Court of Protection, including the Official Solicitor, and is renowned for her work in complex cases concerning human rights, mental health and capacity. She is well versed in matters concerning the overlap between the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act, and is a noted deprivation of liberty expert.
"Very measured and thorough in her advice, with excellent advocacy skills." "She is very calm and collected and good at untangling the more complex issues and getting to the heart of what needs to be addressed."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a claim under common law and the Human Rights Act for damages for false imprisonment/A5 and A8 breaches in a care home lasting seven years.

Strengths:

Leonie Hirst
Leonie Hirst acts for a full range of parties in the Court of Protection, and is adroit at handling best-interests and deprivation of liberty matters. She is particularly experienced in handling disputes regarding mental health and safeguarding issues. 
"A very enthusiastic and conscientious advocate."

Strengths:

Oliver Lewis
Oliver Lewis is an experienced junior with a recognised expertise in mental health and international disability law. He is regularly instructed to act on behalf of public bodies, family members and the Official Solicitor.
"An excellent barrister who is very good at identifying novel arguments." "He is incredibly approachable, very client-focused and able to grapple with complex issues."
Recent work: Acted for the parents of P, an individual with a congenital brain injury who lived in a care home on 2:1 care. She wanted to return to her own home.

Strengths:

Sophy Miles
Sophy Miles was one of the leading national solicitors handling Court of Protection work before her move to the Bar in 2015. She is an expert on all health and welfare matters, and contributes to many of the leading texts in the area. She is routinely instructed by individuals and statutory bodies, as well as the Official Solicitor.
"An exceptional barrister who is incredibly experienced in supporting vulnerable clients." "She has been able to negotiate some very difficult relationships with clients and come to a really good conclusion."

Strengths:

Stephen Reeder
Stephen Reeder is a well-known specialist in welfare cases who is adept at handling property and affairs matters. He is instructed by a broad range of clients including healthcare bodies, families and the Official Solicitor.
"He is incredibly experienced in this area and exudes real authority."

Strengths:

Ulele Burnham
Ulele Burnham has a broad practice covering the law relating to mental capacity and mental health. She is also an expert in unlawful detention cases. She has a particular interest in the potential application of the Equality Act 2010 in the context of domestic Court of Protection law.
"She is incredibly approachable and very good with vulnerable clients. She gives very detailed and helpful advice." "She is very quickly able to pick up the relevant, pertinent issues and provide her views as to the next steps we should be pushing for in the case."

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare

Doughty Street Chambers

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Location

54 Doughty Street

London

Greater London

UK

WC1N 2LS

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Court of Protection: Health & Welfare


Aswini Weereratne QC
Band 2

Juniors

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Court of Protection: Health & Welfare


Leonie Hirst
Band 3
Oliver Lewis
Band 3
Sophy E Miles
Band 2
Stephen Reeder
Band 2
Ulele Burnham
Band 2