Public Law

Specialist Areas

Tier 1 Set, Legal 500 UK 2022 "The 'excellent set' Spire Barristers has 'a strong Court of Protection team'...

comprising ‘professional and knowledgeable’ counsel. Jacqueline Thomas QC has extensive experience in handling Court of Protection health and welfare cases. The ‘diligent and precise’ Ella Anderson is ‘a fearless and robust advocate’ who ‘provides outstanding advice’. ‘Future star’ Laura Twist is ‘incredibly organised and efficient’, and is equally adept at advising on property affairs, health and welfare issues and financial matters, including contested deputy appointments”

Court of Protection

Members of the Public Law team at Spire Barristers have expertise in applications pursuant to the MCA 2005. We can also advise in cases involving the overlap between public law children cases and Court of Protection work as vulnerable young people make the transition into adulthood. Members of our team appear in the regional Court of Protection and High Court and have acted on behalf of family members, Local Authorities and Health Professionals. Advice can be given on both welfare and financial aspects of these specialist cases.

Such is the nature of this area of practice that, at times, urgent out of hours assistance and representation is required.  Should this be the case, then please contact our Senior Clerk – by mobile 07976 397802 – who will offer every assistance in putting you in touch directly with an available member of the Public Law Team.

The ‘dynamic and forward-thinking‘  Spire Barristers Court of Protection team is particularly notable for its work in serious injury and welfare cases. New silk Jacqui Thomas recently completed the case NELC v P, representing a local authority in a challenge to their package of care for a disabled 19-year-old who lacks capacity. Ella Anderson is noted for her pragmatic approach and unrivalled ability to develop effective relationships with clients. The ‘approachable‘ Laura Twist is another key name to note. – Legal 500 2021

All members of the team are direct access trained.

We can also provide bespoke in house training in this area of work, please contact for details.

Court of Protection Newsletter

The Court of Protection team provide a monthly news and case update service, edited by Ella Anderson and Laura Twist, which covers Welfare and Financial issues for those working in Court of Protection matters. With a growing number of recipients, the Court of Protection Newsletter has proved a popular service with professionals in the field.

Subscribe to receive Court of Protection Newsletter notifications.

Mental Health

Members of the Public Law team receive regular instruction in cases involving mental health issues and appearances at MHRT hearings along with mental capacity/Court of Protection cases.

Prison Law

Our members regularly appear for judicial review applications and adjudication hearings and parole boards, acting for individual prisoners within the Prison.


Acting on behalf of families, interested parties and local authorities have been some of our groups recent instructions.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Public Law clerks


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