Kings Chambers

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare Department

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Kings Chambers draws praise from instructing solicitors, who name the set as "a go-to chambers in the North for Court of Protection matters." Members are noted for their adroit handling of a multitude of complex and sensitive health and welfare cases, offering extensive expertise in matters concerning serious medical treatment, including those involving sedation and the withdrawal of life support. The team is also regularly called upon to act in cases involving deprivation of liberty and disputes surrounding mental capacity. Tenants act for and advise incapable individuals, their families and the Official Solicitor. The set also counts several local authorities and clinical commissioning groups among its diverse clientele.

Client service: "The clerking service is very good - the clerks are all responsive, helpful and organised." William Brown is the director of clerking at the set.

Arianna Kelly
Talented public law junior, regularly appearing in the Court of Protection in cases concerning mental health, residence and welfare. She is also well regarded for her handling of property and affairs matters. 
Strengths: "She's extremely thorough in her approach and has great attention to detail. She's totally on top of the facts and is a very good advocate." "An excellent cross-examiner."

Eliza Sharron
Experienced across a range of cases, including those relating to best interest decisions and deprivation of liberty. She receives instructions from a broad client base that includes family members, local authorities and individuals who lack capacity.
Strengths: "She's just super, and she's always the most organised person in the room. She gets to the heart of the matter and puts the case on track, and she's super responsive and very proactive." "She is very clever, very forthright and is unflappable and sympathetic when dealing with vulnerable people."

Francesca Gardner
Adept at handling the full range of Court of Protection matters, including serious medical treatment cases and welfare disputes. Her instructions come from a broad range of clients including the Official Solicitor, private individuals and an array of public sector bodies. 
Strengths: "She is an excellent advocate; she's very easy to listen to and is very sensible and kind." "She is wonderful and you can depend on her to get the job done. She is very thorough, her drafting is superb and she thinks very much outside the box."

Sam Karim QC
Highly regarded for his applications for urgent medical treatment, he is also adept at handling a range of welfare and deprivation of liberty matters. He is one of the leading practitioners in the North, and is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor. His specific areas of expertise include cases concerning urgent applications for life-saving medical treatment, 'end of life' withdrawal of medical treatment, and treatment of suicidal patients.
Strengths: "He's unflappable and very good at dealing with people." "He's very dedicated, researches his cases very thoroughly and really gets to grips with the main issues. He's a pleasure to work with." "He's knowledgeable, articulate in court and a very safe pair of hands."

Simon Burrows
A leading senior junior who is excellent with mental health and capacity issues. He is particularly adept at cases concerning the interplay between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act, and remains a top choice for local authorities. 
Strengths: "He's pragmatic, knowledgeable, good on his feet and a very safe pair of hands." "A very skilled advocate who is able to narrow the issues and be forceful when needed in court. He takes a practical approach in mental health tribunals in terms of finding the best outcome for the client." "Simon is a pragmatic and skilled tactician. He has a very good depth of knowledge, particularly in mental health."
Recent work: Acted for KR in Manchester City Council v LC & KR,  a highly publicised case concerning a young woman with autism and a learning disability. She was assessed as lacking capacity in respect of residence, care and contact, but she did have capacity to consent to sexual relations and was married. Her carers arranged a care plan whereby her appetite for sex with Asian men could be met whilst carers left her alone.