Outer Temple Chambers has one of the leading teams of specialist barristers with expertise in the Court of Protection.

The team covers the full range of mental capacity work across all pathways of the Court of Protection. We are regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, NHS Trusts, local authorities and direct access clients.

Given Chambers global reach, our work often has a significant international flavour. Members of the Court of Protection team have experience of advising overseas territories and crown dependencies, and our cases frequently involve complex conflict of law and jurisdiction issues, such as cross border mental capacity cases.

Court of Protection Experience

We are frequently instructed in complex, high-profile and substantial disputes, advising a wide range of clients, from public bodies to family members.

Our silks and juniors come from a wide range of backgrounds, often with dual expertise in other areas of chambers’ practice. Members of the team have covered cases concerning sterilisation, serious medical treatment and capacity in relation to sexual relations, as well as, human rights, local government and education law. We also offer recognised expertise in community care / social welfare law as it affects children and young people and their careers, with wide experience of cases in the Court of Protection, and public law duties around health, social care and education. Expertise in the Mental Health Act 1983, including experience of “end of life” cases, forms part of our strength in depth.

Members of the team have appeared in leading cases effecting this area in recent years, including guidance cases on lasting powers of attorney and deputyship.

The team is involved in the full range of work involving a person’s property and affairs, from statutory wills, gifts and lasting powers of attorney to high value and high-profile cases over the management of the affairs of wealthy individuals. We act and advise in both contentious and non-contentious cases.

Many members of the Court of Protection team also specialise in private client work and are able to advise on a range of trusts and probate issues.

Our team have experience cover a wide range of Court of Protection issues including:

  • Serious medical treatment cases
  • Welfare decisions relating to care, residence, family contact
  • Capacity in relation to sexual relations
  • Deprivation of liberty issues
  • Authorisation of gifts
  • Statutory wills
  • Allegations of financial abuse
  • Deputyship issues – property and affairs and welfare deputies
  • LPAs and EPAs

The team includes members of the Court of Protection Bar Association, the STEP mental capacity steering group, Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association and the Chancery Bar Association.

The team also boasts a number of members ranked in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

“A very personable advocate with a good feel for Court of Protection litigation.” Court of Protection, Chambers and Partners 2021 (John McKendrick QC)

“Has a keen eye for detail and cuts through the case to get to the point. She is incredibly good in cross-examinations.” Court of Protection: Health & Welfare, Chambers & Partners 2021 (Claire van Overdijk)

“She is efficient, precise, passionate and absolutely dedicated to getting the best for her clients.” Court of Protection: Health & Welfare, Chambers & Partners 2021 (Claire van Overdijk)

“She is very thorough and goes above and beyond for her clients.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2021 (Katarina Sydow)

“You know when instructing her that she will go the extra mile. She has great attention to detail and holds her own in court.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2021 (Katarina Sydow)

Court of Protection Barristers

Sarah Crowther QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2018

John McKendrick QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2016

Nathan Tavares QC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2018

Fiona Horlick QC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2019

Rachel Vickers QC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2020

Patrick Sadd

Call: 1984

Harriet Jerram

Call: 1998

Samantha Presland

Call: 2001

Elaine Palser

Call: 2002

Claire van Overdijk

Call: 2003

David Haines

Call: 2005

Ben Bradley

Call: 2007

Alexander Line

Call: 2009

Katarina Sydow

Call: 2012

Alex Cisneros

Call: 2015

Elizabeth Grace

Call: 2017

Joshua Hitchens

Joshua Hitchens

Call: 2018

Carin Hunt

Call: 2018

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