Mental Health and Court of Protection


Chambers & Partners 2016


THE SET Doughty Street Chambers boasts a highly respected human rights background which informs its Court of Protection practice. Its members are experienced in representing all parties to a dispute and are involved in some of the most important health and welfare cases. They are also highly regarded for their community care work and have particular expertise in deprivation of liberty and capacity issues.

CLIENT SERVICE  "I have a very good working relationship with the clerks. They are always prompt to respond and try their very best to find you someone with the relevant experience. They are also not put off if you prefer one barrister over another, and are always very clear that the most important thing is getting the right person.


Aswini Weereratne Possesses broad expertise across mental health and capacity as well as human rights and Court of Protection issues. She is well respected for her ability to engage with difficult courtroom topics in a calm and persuasive manner. Strengths: "As astute as they come in Court of Protection matters. Her ability to cut through to the heart of complex and difficult cases is remarkable, as is her ability to turn around large volumes of work in very short periods of time. The safest of safe hands."  


Ulele Burnham An experienced Court of Protection practitioner, working in the overlap between human rights and mental capacity. She has particular expertise in issues such as sexual consent, deprivation of liberty and Court of Protection jurisdiction. Strengths: "Resolute and determined and goes well beyond the extra mile for her clients. The quality of her written work is nothing short of tremendous and she has the all too rare ability to explain the most complex issues with perfect clarity. She is a forceful advocate who is good on her feet, aided by her in-depth knowledge. She is fantastic with lay clients and a complete pleasure to work with.

Stephen Reeder Specialises in a broad range of areas including mental health, community care and public law. He also has notable experience as a mediator. Deprivation of liberty proceedings is a particular area of focus. Strengths: "He knows the subject well and applies it with surgical skill to each case. He has a very calm approach and the ability to take the heat out of emotional situations, which greatly aids progress." "Very much a claimant-based lawyer who is committed to the human face of the court, making sure claimants get the best deal they can get." 

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