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Kings Chambers

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare

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Kings Chambers is a highly regarded set on the Northern Circuit, drawing praise from instructing solicitors who note that the set offers "a number of high-quality barristers who are experts in the field of Court of Protection." The set houses significant expertise spanning a wide range of health and welfare matters, and its tenants are well versed in the most complex and sensitive of proceedings such as serious medical treatment cases involving sedation and the withdrawal of life support. The team is also regularly instructed in capacity disputes and deprivation of liberty cases, and acts on behalf of the Official Solicitor, incapable individuals and their families, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups. Members regularly appear before the courts at all levels, and recent work for the set includes a high-profile case heard in the Court of Appeal concerning a person's capacity to make decisions regarding the use of social media and the internet.

Client service:

"The clerks always go the extra mile to get someone on board when we want someone from chambers. They are very helpful and responsive." "The clerks are always happy to help and go out of their way to accommodate bookings." "The whole clerking team is very well organised and everyone is helpful and knowledgeable when recommending counsel for work." "The clerking service is very impressive, and you can always expect a prompt response from one of the team." Stephen Loxton is the director of clerking at the set.

Strengths:

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. 
"She is responsive and gets on top of papers early. She works in a collaborative way and is a pleasure to deal with." "She is kind, approachable and very reliable. She is very thorough and gets to the heart of the issue quickly. While she has a gentle manner with clients, she is a tenacious advocate and holds her own against very experienced juniors and silks." "She takes a confident and robust approach in court."
Recent work: Represented P via her litigation friend the Official Solicitor in the first case in the Court of Protection to address the test for the assessment of a person's capacity to make decisions about their use of the internet and social media.

Strengths:

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.
"His advice is always very thorough and his advocacy is very effective." "His softly-spoken manner makes him ideal for dealing with vulnerable clients, and belies a razor-sharp advocacy which is effective and persuasive. He sees the issues with a clarity that compares with few others and is a pleasure to work with." "Excellent on his feet, very knowledgeable and approachable."
Recent work: Instructed in a case heard in the Court of Appeal which defined the relevant information needed to make decisions about social media and the internet and to consent to sexual relations and residence.

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare Department

Kings Chambers

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36 Young Street

Manchester

Lancashire

UK

M3 3FT

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Sam Karim QC
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Francesca P. Gardner
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