The Court of Protection can make decisions about the health and welfare, and the property and financial affairs of adults who lack mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.
Our specialist team provides advice, assistance and representation to vulnerable adults who may lack capacity to make certain decisions. The team normally acts through a litigation friend, such as the Official Solicitor, an advocate or a Relevant Person’s Representative. We also represent family members, carers and other people interested in a vulnerable adult’s welfare.
The areas on which we advise include:
- Mental Capacity
- Health and welfare issues
- Proceedings in the Court of Protection
- Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
- Relevant Person’s Representatives
- Safeguarding vulnerable adults
- The Inherent Jurisdiction
- Property and financial affairs
- Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Deputyship Applications
- Statutory Wills
- Issues relating to the Care Act 2014
- Carer’s rights
- Judicial Review
- Continuing healthcare
- Transition from Children’s Act 1989 to Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Section 117 aftercare
Health and welfare issues in the Court of Protection are those involving someone’s capacity and best interests. The court considers what decisions should be made about a range of health and welfare issues. These include decisions in respect of residence, care, contact with others, medical treatment, internet and social media use, and a person’s capacity to consent to marriage or sexual relations.
Our team also has experience advising in proceedings in other areas of law where there is a mental capacity element. In particular, our team has expertise the in convergence between family, community care and mental health law and the Court of Protection.
Our aim is to combine a professional and efficient service with a sensitive and constructive approach to our clients and their cases.
The team, which was established by the highly regarded Janice Kaufman, is now led by Melissa Law and is recommended in both Chambers and Partners and in the Legal 500.
“Respected team frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor to act in high-profile and complex health and welfare cases. Particularly experienced in cases involving mental health and childcare law issues. Regularly called upon by advocacy centres and the Official Solicitor as well as being directly instructed by the families of vulnerable individuals. Handles cases involving significant administrative and public law issues… They work very cooperatively and are very empathic with vulnerable clients…They are well organised and excellent” (Chambers and Partners, 2020).
The team includes the following notable practitioners:
Anna O’Connell, a partner at the firm and a highly experienced public law practitioner is named as a “key lawyer” at the firm (Legal 500 2019).
Melissa Law is described as “a rising star – dynamic and thoughtful” (Legal 500, 2019) and “great: always very responsive and thoughtful” (Legal 500, 2020).
Laura Dawson is described as “excellent” (Legal 500, 2020).
Our friendly and professional team are always willing to take enquiries and advise you whether you have a legal problem that we can assist with and whether you are eligible for Legal Aid.