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Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare

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Serjeants' Inn Chambers retains its reputation as a leading set for health and welfare matters, and is routinely instructed in leading cases in the Court of Protection as well as the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. The team offers considerable expertise in complex medical treatment disputes, including the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, as well as cases concerning capacity to consent to sexual relations and deprivation of liberty challenges. The set's strong bench of barristers is regularly called upon to act on behalf of vulnerable individuals and their families, the Official Solicitor and several NHS trusts. Instructing solicitors praise Serjeants' Inn as "the leading set in the country for contested Court of Protection cases."

Client service:

"The clerks are really great and will always go the extra mile to try to find someone suitable." "The clerks always respond really promptly and work very efficiently." The set's senior clerk, Lee Johnson, is "very accessible and hugely helpful on any issues."

Strengths:

Amy Street
Amy Street is a leading junior who is at the forefront of developing case law in the Court of Protection. She has featured numerous times in cases dealing with the rise in social care placements that amount to a deprivation of liberty following the decision in the Cheshire West case. Although she has particular experience in deprivation of liberty cases, she is also hugely adept at handling high-profile and urgent medical treatment matters.
"Very knowledgeable."

Strengths:

Angus Moon QC
Angus Moon QC offers considerable expertise in medical ethics. He is regularly called on to advise on complex cases involving patients without capacity to consent to medical procedures and the withdrawal of medical treatment, including artificial nutrition and hydration.
"Very good with clients."
Recent work: Instructed in an application to withdraw treatment from a man in a persistent vegetative state.

Strengths:

Anna Tkaczynska
Anna Tkaczynska acts in a wide range of welfare matters. She is particularly adept at handling cases concerning deprivation of liberty, and represents local authorities, trusts, clinical commissioning groups and relevant person's representatives. She is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor. Her broad expertise extends to human rights claims arising from Court of Protection proceedings.
"She is really thorough, gets straight to the key issues and is very concise and efficient." "She is very eloquent and great on her feet, with an ability to take on and absorb complex information about a case and then provide really helpful and constructive advice."

Strengths:

Bridget Dolan QC
Bridget Dolan QC had a previous life as a forensic psychologist and is an accomplished silk in regard to complex mental capacity issues. She is particularly adept at dealing with cases involving end-of-life decisions for people in minimally conscious states, and is also experienced in the handling of deprivation of liberty matters and those concerning capacity to consent to sexual relations. She is frequently instructed on behalf of incapable persons and on behalf of the Official Solicitor.
"Her level of service and quality of work are of a very high standard." "She is brilliant with clients and able to manage them well, even when they are forthright with their views."
Recent work: Represented the Polish birth family of RS, a Polish citizen living in the UK who suffered a significant brain injury and profound disorder of consciousness. The NHS trust, supported by his wife, sought to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration so that his life would end. His family claimed that his deep Roman Catholic faith would lead him to wish his life to continue.

Strengths:

Claire Watson QC
Claire Watson QC is experienced in the handling of a wide range of health and welfare cases. She frequently is instructed by the Official Solicitor, NHS trusts and private healthcare providers. Her broad expertise encompasses cases concerning end-of-life care, deprivation of liberty and mental capacity.
"She is consistently brilliant."

Strengths:

Conrad Hallin
Conrad Hallin has a breadth of experience in the Court of Protection and is instructed by a broad range of clients, including the Official Solicitor, local authorities and NHS trusts. He is particularly experienced in serious medical treatment cases, including applications for life-saving medical treatment, end-of-life withdrawal of medical treatment, and treatment of suicidal patients. He is also well versed in handling cases involving allegations of serious sexual assault against incapacitated adults.
"He is really fair and works towards a resolution."

Strengths:

David Lawson
David Lawson has a broad practice in the Court of Protection that encompasses cases concerning deprivation of liberty, capacity to engage in sexual relations, removals to a place of safety and urgent applications for life-saving medical treatment. 
"He really gives his time and empathy to clients in significant distress." "He is well regarded, knowledgeable and strong in his approach."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning an inpatient in hospital whose power of attorney holder refused consent for him to be vaccinated. The vaccine needed to be given urgently for M's best interests but also because the entire unit was being vaccinated at the same time.

Strengths:

Debra Powell QC
Debra Powell QC excels in health and welfare cases, and is particularly well known for handling matters concerning end-of-life care, and welfare decisions such as those concerning residence and contact. She frequently acts for health and social service bodies, as well as for private entities and the Official Solicitor. 
"She is very thorough and has a great eye for detail."
Recent work: Instructed in an urgent case concerning the withdrawal of life support for a young Muslim woman who had recently given birth while suffering from COVID-19 and was in a medically induced coma receiving intensive care.

Strengths:

Emma Sutton
Emma Sutton represents a range of clients that includes English and Welsh local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and family members. Her practice encompasses cases concerning capacity, serious medical treatment, and health and welfare applications involving various decisions about care requirements. Her health and welfare practice is complemented by her broad expertise in public law.
"A very robust advocate who misses nothing." "She is always extremely well prepared."

Strengths:

Katharine Gollop QC
Katharine Gollop QC is an established barrister in serious medical treatment cases in the Court of Protection and Family Division. She is instructed in cases requiring specific speed and skill in this area. Acting primarily for NHS trusts, she is often involved in high-profile and sensitive matters. She also sits as a deputy High Court judge.
"A great advocate who is very empathetic. Judges love her."
Recent work: Represented a young woman with severe and enduring anorexia who did not want to be admitted to hospital for force feeding, despite fact that without intervention she was likely to die.

Strengths:

Michael Horne QC
Michael Horne QC is principally known for his work in cases which relate to applications involving serious medical treatment. He is adept at acting for the full range of parties in Court of Protection proceedings, although the majority of his instructions come from NHS trusts and the Official Solicitor. His Court of Protection practice is rooted in a broad healthcare practice which informs his understanding of complex medical issues. 
"He has the confidence of his clients and is completely reassuring."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning the withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration from a patient in a minimally conscious state after a drug overdose.

Strengths:

Michael Mylonas QC
Michael Mylonas QC is head of the Court of Protection team and a vastly experienced silk who draws particular praise for his work handling medical treatment and welfare cases. He is often instructed in complex cross-border issues. He receives instructions from a broad range of clients, including NHS trusts, patients and the Official Solicitor, and is known for his sensitive and pragmatic handling of medical cases.
"He is extremely approachable, excellent on complex medical treatment cases, and makes his clients feel totally supported." "He is brilliant in court, and nothing is too much trouble for him."
Recent work: Acted for the trust in seeking declaration that it was lawful to withdraw treatment in Guys & St Thomas' NHS Trust v Pippa Knight, a case concerning a five year old child with a catastrophic brain injury.

Strengths:

Nageena Khalique QC
Nageena Khalique QC is a renowned silk with a broad practice that encompasses cases concerning deprivation of liberty safeguards, serious medical treatment, sexual abuse, forced marriage and financial abuse relating to vulnerable people. She is instructed by a range of clients, including NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups and the Official Solicitor. 
"Very forthright and persuasive." "She is always reliable, a strong advocate and a joy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the Official Solicitor in an application by the hospital trust that it was in P's best interests to use all reasonable and proportionate measures, including physical restraint, to administer renal dialysis.

Strengths:

Pravin Fernando
Pravin Fernando is a well-regarded junior with notable experience in medical treatment cases involving the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment and emergency treatment. He is also noted for his expert handling of disputes concerning capacity to consent to sexual relations and to use the internet. His varied client list includes local authorities, CCGs, family members and the Official Solicitor.
"He is very approachable and will get the job done without any fuss." "He is able to secure swift results for vulnerable clients."

Strengths:

Rhys Hadden
Rhys Hadden is experienced across a broad range of Court of Protection cases, including those concerning deprivation of liberty and areas of overlap with human rights law. He often represents family members, local authorities and the Official Solicitor.
"He is excellent and has a great court manner. He instils a sense of calm in often very emotional cases." "An excellent advocate who is able to narrow the issues down quickly."
Recent work: Instructed in a hybrid application regarding the personal welfare and property and affairs of CVF, a young person who had complex needs arising from a learning disability and emotionally unstable personality disorder, low self-esteem and feelings of abandonment.

Strengths:

Sophia Roper QC
As a former specialist lawyer at the Official Solicitor's office, Sophia Roper QC is highly sought after in medical treatment and welfare cases. She is instructed in matters involving the interface between mental health and mental capacity law.
"She is a go-to advocate for really complicated welfare cases. She is great with clients and has an encyclopedic knowledge." "She works collaboratively and is great at coming up with unique practical solutions."

Strengths:

Susanna Rickard
Susanna Rickard's wide-ranging experience in the Court of Protection encompasses cases relating to healthcare, welfare and financial decisions. She is known for her work in 'life and death' matters, as well as those concerning best-interest decisions. She most frequently acts for families, patients and trusts. 
"She is extremely good, very sensible and experienced." "She is incredibly well prepared and completely on top of everything."

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare

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Court of Protection: Health & Welfare


Angus Moon QC
Band 3
Bridget Dolan QC
Band 1
Claire Watson QC
New Silks
Debra Powell QC
Band 3
Katharine Gollop QC
Band 2
Michael Horne QC
Band 2

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