St John's Buildings

Court of Protection: Health & Welfare Department

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St John's Buildings is a well-regarded set housing significant experience in a wide range of health and welfare matters. Its members regularly appear in the Court of Protection in deprivation of liberty and serious medical treatment cases, including those involving the withdrawal of artificial hydration and nutrition. The team is also experienced in the handling of cases concerning the alleged infringements of the human rights of vulnerable individuals.

Client service: "The clerking service is very good and all the clerks have a really good knowledge of their barristers." "The clerks are absolutely brilliant - they're very attentive, follow up quickly, are well managed and always go the extra mile. They are very honest and genuinely work as hard as they can." Paul Laverty is the senior family and Court of Protection clerk.

Joseph O'Brien
A leading junior in the market who is widely acknowledged as "the king of the Court of Protection." He acts for a broad range of clients including local authorities, CCGs and the Official Solicitor. He has a broad practice that encompasses medical, welfare and property and affairs matters, and is a noted expert in deprivation of liberty cases.
Strengths: "He's excellent, and very much ahead of the game in this area of law. He's very good with clients, is extremely knowledgeable and a fantastic advocate." "It's amazing the speed with which he picks things up and prepares his cases, and he's second to none on his feet in court."

Lorraine Cavanagh QC
Has expertise in cases concerning the marriage and sexual relations of incapacitated people, particularly involving concurrent matrimonial litigation. She is also experienced in matters relating to the transition from child to adult services.
Strengths: "She's a real powerhouse and force of nature in her energy and commitment." "She's pragmatic, sensible, has an incredibly sharp mind and is fearless in her approach."