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Laura Mannering

Court of Protection
Laura Mannering
Laura Mannering


Laura joined Edwards Duthie Shamash as a solicitor in March 2020 and is now a partner, having been ranked as a ‘rising star’ in the Legal 500 2024 and as a Band 3 lawyer in Chambers & Partners 2024.

Laura has over fifteen years’ experience of specialising in Court of Protection and Community Care law and is an Accredited Legal Representative (ALR) under the Law Society Mental Capacity Accreditation Scheme. Laura is also a Solicitor-Advocate, having obtained Higher Rights of Audience.

Laura is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, as well as family members, RPPRs and Advocates, to represent vulnerable adults who are involved in Section 21A Deprivation of Liberty Mental Capacity Act 2005 proceedings, as well in Section 16 Mental Capacity Act 2005 proceedings relating to capacity and best interests on a number of matters such as residence, care, contact with particular individuals, foreign travel, contraception and engaging in sexual relations and consent to marriage.

Laura also advises on the following issues:

  • The interface between the Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Safeguarding issues
  • The Inherent Jurisdiction
  • Property and financial affairs
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • 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
  • Matters relating to the Human Rights Act 1998

“Intelligent, sharp and insightful. Highly committed to her clients and always ready to fight their corner, but still measured and sensible. A very good knowledge of substantive law in the area.”

The Legal 500 2021

“Very competent, experienced, effective.”

The Legal 500 2022

Ranked as an ‘Associate to watch’, and was described as “an impressive, conscientious solicitor and she’s very committed to her clients.” and ” brilliant at keeping on top of the evidence – her attention to detail is excellent.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

Ranked as a Band 3 lawyer, “She is good at cutting through what is important.”; “Laura does really good job on very challenging applications.”

Chambers and Partners 2023

Ranked as a Band 3 lawyer, “She is good at cutting through what is important.”; “Laura does really good job on very challenging applications.”

Chambers and Partners 2023

Ranked as a ‘Rising star’, “Laura Mannering is extremely experienced. She is a fantastic lawyer, with a good eye for the points that should be taken.”; “Laura Mannering is a standout individual. She has a fantastic bank of legal knowledge in the area. She is extremely personable but is prepared to be robust where circumstances require this”.

Reported Cases

  • BHCC v KD [2016] EWCOP B2
  • RB v Brighton & Hove Council EWCA Civ 561
  • London Borough of Southwark v NP & Ors EWCOP 48
  • AEL, Re (Mental Capacity Act 2005) EWCOP 9
  • In the matter of P (Discharge of Party), Re EWCA Civ 512 (16 April 2021)
  • Kent County Council v P (by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v NHS Kent and Medway Commissioning Group (formerly NHS South Kent CCG) EWCOP 3
  • Esper v NHS NW London ICB (Appeal : Anonymity in Committal Proceedings), Re (Rev1) EWCOP 29 (10 July 2023)


  • Paralegal, Mackintosh Law October 2008 – June 2009
  • Trainee Solicitor, Mackintosh Law June 2009 – 2010
  • Assistant Solicitor, Mackintosh Law 2011 – 2020
  • Solicitor, Edwards Duthie Shamash March 2020 onwards


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