Outer Temple Chambers

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare Department

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Outer Temple Chambers is a prominent set, noted for its sensitive handling of a wide range of health and welfare matters. Areas of expertise for the set include complex mental health cases and matters involving serious medical treatment such as sterilisation and life-sustaining treatment. Tenants are also experienced in the handling of deprivation of liberty cases and disputes concerning mental capacity. Members frequently undertake cases on behalf of the Official Solicitor and protected parties, as well as various public bodies and local authorities. Instructing solicitors praise the chambers as "a high-quality and reliable set."

Client service: "The clerks are helpful, reliable and knowledgeable about this area of law, so they're always able to recommend a suitable barrister for the job." "The clerks are very informative, helpful and always responsive." Paul Barton and Graham Woods lead the health clerking team.

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. As well as having a strong practice, she has published a number of texts relating to the Court of Protection. 
Strengths: "A very versatile, experienced and persuasive advocate." "She's really smart and is an expert in jurisdictional issues." "She is exceptional in cases involving complex overlapping issues of jurisdiction, finance, or particularly difficult family dynamics."

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.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate who thoroughly researches the law. He's brilliant with clients and is a pleasure to work with." "A really knowledgeable, personable, responsive barrister."

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, deprivations of liberty and serious medical treatment.
Strengths: "A thorough, hard-working and unflappable barrister. She fights her client's corner and is very impressive." "A really good advocate who is great in negotiations."

Mark Mullins
Has a broad practice that encompasses cases involving mental health law, mental capacity and community care. He is experienced at handling end of life cases and other matters revolving around medical treatment.
Strengths:"He has a very attractive style of advocacy and is very calm." "He's a very good at thinking on his feet in court and is a very strong advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in a case in which the court approved the move of an elderly woman from a care home in the South West to the care of extended family in the Midlands.