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Court of Protection

Coram is a leading family law chambers providing representation and advice in Court of Protection matters across London and England and Wales.

The Court of Protection adjudicates on the welfare of protected parties [P] i.e. those over the age of 16 who through mental impairment are not able to make decisions for themselves about :

  • where they live,
  • who they should be able to see or not see;
  • the type of care they need;
  • their financial arrangements;
  • and also challenges to Lasting Powers of Attorney and the decisions and appointment of Deputies.

It is highly sensitive and generates heightened emotions and at times deep sadness and we recognise that in the way we work.

All members of the Court of Protection team are experienced in the practice of family law which means that you can also be assisted in related and concurrent applications such as Forced Marriage Orders, divorce cases including financial provision, Protection from Harassment and where there are care proceedings for the siblings which are being tried concurrently. We can also represent parties in judicial review, First and Upper Tribunals.

The team have expertise in issues relating to deprivation of liberty of those adults in care homes and supported living and young people who find themselves being placed in highly restricted regimes for their own protection and the protection of others outside the scope of secure accommodation under the Children Act 1989.

Our Court of Protection barristers have experience in helping the protected party who wants to challenge the notion that they cannot make their own decisions including ensuring that they are able to participate in the proceedings.

We receive instructions from the Official Solicitor and RPRs, family and friends of P and local authorities, health trusts and care homes. We undertake legal aid where that is available. We accept direct access / public access instructions in appropriate cases.