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Alex Cisneros

Alex Cisneros

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Alex Cisneros is a specialist public law and private client barrister. He has experience handling significant contentious and non-contentious matters with a particular emphasis on mental capacity and education.

Alex is a member of the C Panel of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

Alex has been invited to complete a part-time PhD exploring developments in mental capacity law and the impact on vulnerable adults. His research will commence in September 2020 under the supervision of Professor Rosie Harding.

In his spare time, Alex sits as a Member of the Beckmead Family of SEN Schools and a Trustee of the Centre for Young Musicians, a division of the Guildhall School of Music. In 2018, Alex was appointed a Bar Council social mobility advocate, a role that he is proud of.

Court of Protection

Alex practises in both the property/financial affairs health/welfare jurisdictions of the court.

Alex acts regularly for the Official Solicitor, the Office of the Public Guardian, local authorities, CCGs and family members.

In the last twelve months he has regularly appeared in Tier 3 (High Court) Court of Protection cases. Alex has a particular interest in cases involving younger clients, informed by his education law and community care practice.

Alex also has experience of advising internationally about mental capacity law. He has advised overseas dependencies and crown dependencies about their mental health and mental capacity legislation. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and contributes to discussions about mental health legislation in Commonwealth member states.

Alex is currently completely a part-time PhD under the supervision of Professor Rosie Harding. His research focuses on the impact of the Liberty Protection Safeguards for vulnerable people.

Noteworthy cases:

Re Various Lasting Powers of Attorney [2019] EWCOP 40
Case involving Lasting Power of Attorney instruments that purport to give the attorney(s) the power to provide financial assistance and maintenance to a person other than the donor. The case is intended to provide guidance for future LPAs.

Office of the Public Guardian v PGO & Ors, Re: BGO [2019] EWCOP 13
Guidance on the validity of Lasting Power of Attorney instruments and when they can be treated as being in their prescribed form.

Office of the Public Guardian v SDL & Ors [2019] (COP)
Guidance case clarifying the requirements for the creation of a lasting power of attorney in relation to the identity of a certificate provider.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Court of Protection Bar Association (Committee Member)
  • LexisNexis Private Client Expert Panel
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Court of Protection Practitioners Association
  • Royal Commonwealth Society (Associate Fellow)

Alex Cisneros is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

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