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Court of Protection

The Court of Protection is where property, finance and welfare decisions are made for individuals who lack the mental health capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Proceedings related to the welfare and rights of vulnerable adults, children, carers, and family can have life-changing consequences and are often complex. As such, Court of Protection cases require experienced representation with an empathic, pragmatic approach to achieve outcomes that are in the best interest of the vulnerable person.

Kenworthy’s Court of Protection Mental Health Barristers represent vulnerable children and adults suffering from mental health disorders. Where no other suitable person has been identified by the court, Kenworthy’s represent The Official Solicitor or Professional Deputy. Kenworthy’s also represent local authorities, healthcare bodies, schools, and family members considering options for action or redress, at First-Tier Tribunals, at the Upper Tribunal, as well as The Court of Protection.

Our Barristers

Kenworthy’s Court of Protection Barristers

Year of Call | 1981

Edmund Farrell’s extensive knowledge of Family and Finance and Property Law makes him in a strong candidate to advise on issues that arise from cases before the Court of Protection.

Year of Call | 2001

Sarah Johnson’s Court of Protection work centres on the decisions made around financial, property, and welfare. She regularly handles Deprivation of Liberty orders and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

Year of Call | 2005
(Solicitor: 1995)

Janet Cragg represents clients detained under the Mental Health Act and nearest relatives applying for discharge or opposing displacement applications in the County Court and at Tribunal and Hospital Managers hearings.

Year of Call | 2009

Carol has had over 20 years of experience with clients for whom mental health is part of the issue in their cause, including advising and assisting on mental health units.

Year of Call | 2010

Stephen Tettey acts for mental health patients, not only in relation to issues of compulsory treatment in mental health review tribunal proceedings but also in matters that involve a criminal defence angle.

Year of Call | 2012
(Solicitor: 1990)

Paul Im Thurn accepts instructions in the Mental Health Tribunal and Court of Protection. He has considerable experience assisting clients with mental health problems arising out of disability, acquired brain injury or mental ill health.

Year of Call | 2019

Nadia Sarwar practices in the area Court of Protection and deals with applications relating to deputyship, general welfare issues. Nadia represents local authorities and litigation friends, including the Official Solicitor.

Year of Call | 2021

Barrister Colette Snape now accepts instructions in mental health Court of Protection cases.

Carol Micah, Stephen Tettey, Janet Cragg and Paul Im Thurn all accept Public Access work.

Our Expertise

Our Mental Health Team handles a wide variety of cases in the Court of Protection (COP) including:

  • Best Interest Decisions
  • Community Care
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Disputed Capacity
  • Emergency Applications
  • Financial Issues
  • Medical Treatment
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Mental Health
  • Personal Welfare Applications
  • Protection of Vulnerable Adults
  • Public and Administrative Law
  • Safeguarding Duties

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Contact Us

If you have a Court of Protection case you need advice or advocacy for, call our Mental Health Clerks Daniella Howarth and Alessandro Saporita-Clark on 0161 832 4036, email [email protected], [email protected] or fill out our contact form.