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Fenella Morris QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 6 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022

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Court of Protection: Health & Welfare - All Circuits

Band 2

Fenella Morris QC
Fenella Morris QC is a highly regarded silk who has a broad practice that encompasses Court of Protection as well as health and community care matters. She is also increasingly involved in cases which involve disputes over property and financial affairs. She is an expert on capacity to consent to marriage and sexual relations, as well as on matters that concern urgent medical treatment and deprivation of liberty. Hers is a broad client base, ranging from individuals to NHS and private healthcare bodies. 
Strengths: "She is a very strong advocate and is lovely to work with." "She is very easy to work with, really analytical and a great advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the Official Solicitor in an application to obtain declarations for a forced caesarean for a mother with a mental illness.
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

Band 2

Fenella Morris QC
Fenella Morris QC typically handles administrative and public law cases which arise in the healthcare setting. She acts for claimants, NGOs, NHS bodies and local authorities. Other recent mandates include pensions regulation and local government law.
Strengths: "She's extremely sharp on the analysis and provides very clear answers. There's no beating about the bush." "She has excellent rapport with the court."
Recent work: Acted for the British Medical Association in a judicial review concerning NHS doctors' pension scheme, which resulted in the inclusion of public sector pensions as interests in property protected by Article 1 Protocol 1.
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Local Government - London (Bar)

Band 1

Fenella Morris QC
Fenella Morris QC is an erudite local government silk advising local authorities and individuals in complex cases incorporating various aspects of both public and private law. She is also well known for her deep knowledge and understanding of healthcare, education and community care work.
Strengths: "Very analytical and a great advocate. She's also down to earth and easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted in R (A and Keppel) v South Kent CCG and Kent County Council and Medway Council, a challenge to the reorganisation of stroke care in Kent on the grounds that it had not considered the need to reduce inequalities and had not consulted properly.
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Education - London (Bar)

Band 3

Fenella Morris QC
Fenella Morris QC is a seasoned local government silk with wide-ranging expertise covering social care and procurement, as well as education law. She is particularly well known for her advocacy skills. Her education practice also covers new educational frameworks, and their regulation and funding. She is also adept at handling claims involving allegations of discrimination or breach of human rights. She further advises on cases with crossover between education and social care.
Strengths: "An experienced public law QC who provides a fantastic service to her clients."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in R (Trinity Hall) v Secretary of State, a challenge to the government's decision to refuse an EU grant for the building of bio-incubator in a science park.
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Professional Discipline - London (Bar)

Band 1

Fenella Morris QC
Fenella Morris QC is a skilled advocate whose broad regulatory practice encompasses a number of professional remits, including finance and healthcare. She acts for regulators as well as defendants in disciplinary proceedings. She also has a strong track record of providing policy advice to regulators and disciplinary bodies.
Strengths: "Very friendly, bright in the law and intelligent. Really impressed with the way she puts things across in court; judges seem to listen to her." "Extremely good, very authoritative. She's very impressive." "Always user-friendly and provides excellent advice."
Recent work: Acted for the PSA in a challenge brought by the Good Thinking Society, concerning the PSA's decision to accredit the Society of Homeopaths.
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Community Care - London (Bar)

Band 1

Fenella Morris QC
Fenella Morris QC is a deeply experienced silk who is a fine choice for a range of community care matters, including cases relating to ordinary residence and aftercare under the Mental Health Act 1983. She is an expert in judicial review, a regular in the Court of Protection and someone with great knowledge of the law relating to the NHS.
Strengths: "An effective advocate who is very popular with her instructing clients." "Fenella handled a ground-breaking case very well."
Recent work: Instructed in a judical review, challenging policy change by a local council in relation to assessment of entitlement of payments for care.
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