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Garden Court Chambers

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare

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The barristers at Garden Court Chambers are highly sought after for their expertise in health and welfare matters. The team is able to draw on the set's wider knowledge and experience in public law matters when advising on complex and cross-disciplinary cases, and is regularly instructed in sensitive mental capacity and residence matters. Additional areas of strength for the set's barristers include forced marriage and deprivation of liberty disputes, and members act on behalf of protected parties and their families, the Official Solicitor and public bodies.

Client service:

"The chambers staff and clerks are always welcoming." "It is a first-rate set with first-rate clerking - they are quick to respond and very good at matching the right counsel to the right client." "The clerks are professional and efficient." Colin Cook is the director of clerking.

Strengths:

Amanda Weston QC
Deeply experienced in mental capacity work, she is regularly instructed in deprivation of liberty and other welfare cases. She is well known for her work on safeguarding and is able to handle highly emotional cases.
"Very down to earth and sensible in a way that relays how clever she is. She wears her intelligence lightly and is very approachable."

Strengths:

Bethan Harris
Excels across a range of Court of Protection matters, including deprivation of liberty, Section 21A applications and cases dealing with complex care packages. She acts for local authorities, family members and litigation friends.
"Her drafting is exceptional; her written advice and skeleton arguments are really thorough and really concise. In very novel areas she always thinks about a problem and unpicks it, and comes up with a solution." "Well informed, thoughtful and a good, careful advocate. Good with clients and knows how to manage clients' expectations really well."

Strengths:

Helen Curtis
Instructed in a broad array of cases, often on behalf of the Official Solicitor. She is known for her expertise in mental health law, and her practice includes claims for unlawful detention, appeals and judicial reviews.
"She is very approachable and always willing to offer sound advice in difficult situations. She is a calming influence when you need it most." "Totally devoted to this area and such a skilled advocate." "Very collaborative, thoughtful, thorough and helpful."

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare Department

Garden Court Chambers

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57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3LJ

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Amanda Weston QC
Band 3

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Court of Protection: Health & Welfare


Bethan Harris
Band 3
Helen Curtis
Band 3