Court of Protection – Health & Welfare

Specialist Areas

Legal 500 2016 - Spire Barristers ‘goes above and beyond’.  Court of Protection cases are an increasing source of work.

The growing Court of Protection team at Spire Barristers continues to go from strength to strength, as members are instructed in a series of increasingly complex cases.

From s21A challenges and best interests disputes to matters including serious medical treatment, our team has the breadth of knowledge and experience to represent parties across a wide range of disputes.

Our team includes members with a strong focus on the link between public law children cases and Court of Protection work, as vulnerable young people make the transition into adulthood.

The team has a wealth of experience, with knowledge and expertise in the related areas of community care, family law and property and finance (including wills and probate).

The team regularly appear in the Court of Protection across Yorkshire and beyond, with a strong presence in Manchester and the North East, as well as appearing in the High Court and Royal Courts of Justice.

Members appear on behalf of family members, local authorities and health organisations. In addition, a number of members are regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, as litigation friend for P.

Such is the nature of this area of practice, 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 a suitably experienced and available member of the Public Law Team.

Most members of the team are direct access trained.

The team has provided bespoke training to a number of local authorities and CCGs, as well as private client solicitors. If you are interested in discussing how we can support your team, please contact our Senior Clerk.

Court Of Protection Newsletter

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

Subscribe to receive Court of Protection Newsletter notifications.

Case Law Directory

Spire Barristers have compiled a case law directory spreadsheet of notable Court of Protection cases since 2009. The database also includes some key decisions from the Family and Administrative Courts that are of relevance to practice in the Court of Protection. Each case has a short list of associated key words and a link to the judgment to enable easy searching when looking for relevant case law. We hope this will be a useful resource for other Court of Protection practitioners.

Download the Case Law Directory

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


All members regularly deliver seminars in all the key areas and provide training to local authority social workers.