Switalskis Solicitors

Michael Kennedy

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Practice Areas

Head of the Court of Protection (health & welfare) and mental health law teams at Switalskis Solicitors. Practices mental capacity and mental health law before the Court of Protection and First Tier Tribunal (mental health). Also represents families in Coroners Inquests where the death arose in a mental health setting. Senior Associate Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University on BIA and AMHP courses and presents legal updates to s.12 and approved clinicians at the Andrew Sims Centre.


Called to the Bar in 1991. Legal researcher 1993–97. Non-practising Barrister at Kaim Todner Ltd 1997–98. Non-practising barrister at Switalskis Solicitors in 1999. Partner in 2004. Returned to the Bar 2013.

Professional Memberships

Law Society Mental Health Tribunal Review Panel; Vice Chair of the Mental Health Lawyers Association; Law Society Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation scheme Assessor.




Educated at St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Bradford; The University of Manchester (LLB); Inns Court School of Law; London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc Health Studies). Leisure interests include cycling, triathlon and fell running, and supporting Bradford City football club.