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Outer Temple Chambers

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare

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Outer Temple Chambers is a highly regarded set for Court of Protection matters, with noted expertise in cases concerning the health and welfare of vulnerable individuals. The team's expertise covers serious medical treatment and end-of-life matters, as well as cases concerning capacity to consent to sexual relations, sterilisation and deprivation of liberty. Members have experience of acting on behalf of local authorities and public bodies, as well as protected parties and the Official Solicitor. The set also houses strength in the handling of property and affairs disputes.

Client service:

"The clerks are all very responsive and good at arranging events and seminars." "The whole team is very professional and the clerks are really on the ball with availability." "The clerks are so helpful and make sure to offer someone who is pitched at the right level of the case you approach them with." "The clerking team is always really brilliant - everyone is helpful, professional and provides a good service." Paul Barton and Graham Woods lead the health clerking team.

Strengths:

Claire van Overdijk
She is noted for having a broad Court of Protection practice and being strong on mental capacity issues generally. She fields considerable experience in the handling of cases involving cross-border issues, and is able to draw on her broad expertise in public law and community care. As well as having a strong practice, she has published a number of texts relating to the Court of Protection. 
"Has a keen eye for detail and cuts through the case to get to the point. She is incredibly good in cross-examinations." "She is efficient, precise, passionate and absolutely dedicated to getting the best for her clients." "Really personable but also terrifically strong on technical matters. She takes a pragmatic and sensible approach."

Strengths:

John McKendrick QC
Specialises in public, commercial and regulatory work, and has significant Court of Protection expertise across a wide range of health and welfare matters. He is highly rated by his peers for his persuasive courtroom presence and incisive legal mind. He is adept at handling cases involving capacity for sexual relations and sterilisation.
"A very personable advocate with a good feel for Court of Protection litigation." "He is a straight-talker and doesn't sugarcoat anything. He is straight to the point and very persuasive."

Strengths:

Katarina Sydow
Has a strong reputation for her Court of Protection practice. She frequently receives instruction from the Official Solicitor in cases concerning residence, capacity to consent to sexual relations, deprivation of liberty and serious medical treatment.
"She is very thorough and goes above and beyond for her clients." "You know when instructing her that she will go the extra mile. She has great attention to detail and holds her own in court."

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare Department

Outer Temple Chambers

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The Outer Temple

222 Strand

London

Greater London

UK

WC2R 1BA

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John McKendrick QC
Band 3

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Claire van Overdijk
Band 2
Katarina Sydow
Band 3