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Community Care — London (Bar)

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Prominent community care set whose members have a wealth of experience of appearing before the Supreme Court. They regularly act for local authorities, health authorities, individuals, families and the Official Solicitor, tackling all of the main strands of community care work, including community care provision for adults and Children Act challenges. They have particular strength in cases involving asylum-seekers, age disputes, mental health after-care and charging for residential accommodation. Recent work highlights include R (S) v NHS England, a range of cases concerning funding for the provision of specialist healthcare treatments.

Client service: Michael Kaplan and Alastair Davidson are the senior clerks.

SILKS

Jenni Richards QC
Pre-eminent silk who acts for claimants, public interest groups and local authorities in community care matters. She is an expert across a broad range of cases, and is particularly good at cases involving regulatory processes, compliance with the Human Rights Act and budgetary decision-making.
Strengths: "She's extraordinarily detailed, sensible and easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for various residents of the Specialist Residential Service facility, a specialist unit for those with severe autism, learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. The case concerned the care, treatment and living arrangements for residents.

Fenella Morris QC
Deeply experienced silk who is a fine choice for a range of community care matters, including cases relating to ordinary residence and aftercare under the Mental Health Act 1983. She is an expert in judicial review, a regular in the Court of Protection and someone with great knowledge of the law relating to the NHS.
Strengths: "She is very much the counsel to choose for complex crossover cases."
Recent work: Led a case on the approach that councils should take to assessing the needs of children and families that have no recourse to public funds.

JUNIORS

Victoria Butler-Cole
Has a broad practice but receives particular praise for her work in Court of Protection and mental capacity cases. She is also an expert in social care, and human rights matters.
Strengths: "She has a practical mind and a strategic approach to cases."
Recent work: Acted in the successful judicial review of a local authority for placing an autistic child on a child protection plan when the real issue in the case was her medical treatment.

Nicola Greaney
A quality public law barrister whose practice encompasses human rights, mental health, local government, prison and community care. She draws upon her broader knowledge when representing a range of community care clients, who include health bodies, local authorities and private individuals.
Strengths: "She is very practical, pragmatic and sensible."
Recent work: Acted for an acute trust that is currently accommodating an adult with learning disability, autism and visual impairment in a general psychiatric ward pending transfer to an appropriate placement.

Benjamin Tankel
Multi-talented commercial and public law barrister who receives regular community care instructions. He has experience of cases involving children's services, data protection, health bodies and ordinary residence.
Strengths: "He is very nice, very sensible and very pragmatic - he works out what's best for people." "A lovely chap who really presents his case well and carries himself more like a silk than a junior."

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A highly esteemed public law set whose members have extensive knowledge of a vast array of community care issues. They tackle cases concerning everything from the right to access community care to procurement issues arising from NHS reforms. Members have appeared before the European Court of Human Rights handling matters concerning the impact of Article 8 on community care and are frequently instructed in cases involving the disputed boundaries between community care services, healthcare, housing services and children's services. Recent work highlights include acting in the European Court of Human Rights on McDonald v United Kingdom, a long-running, high-profile claim brought by a former prima ballerina challenging Kensington and Chelsea's refusal to provide night-time support to enable her to use the toilet.

Client service: Lucy Barbet and Mark Dann are joint senior clerks. They are "friendly, helpful, efficient and incredibly proactive."

SILKS

Nigel Giffin QC
Renowned silk with a broad public law practice that encompasses housing, social services and education.
Strengths: "He's at the top in terms of standard of work."

Andrew Sharland QC
Has a broad practice and is often involved in cases relating to complex human rights and immigration issues, involving both adults and children. He is instructed by a broad range of clients, including central government, local authorities and claimants.
Strengths: "His paperwork is brilliant." "He has a very attractive style of advocacy."
Recent work: Acted in a wide-ranging challenge to a decision by Leicester City Council to close all of its care homes.

JUNIORS

Jonathan Auburn
Top-quality practitioner whose expertise in mental capacity and mental health underpins his work across the full range of community care matters. He remains a go-to judicial review lawyer for both local authorities and claimants, and regularly handles County Court and High Court claims relating to care home fees.
Strengths: "Calm, sensible and intelligent," "he is determined, tenacious and pleasant."
Recent work: Appeared in a judicial review challenge to action taken by a local authority requiring service users to not utilise a specific provider following allegations that the provider had engaged in fraudulent dealings in service user funds.

Joanne Clement
Stands out for her expertise in the crossover between Court of Protection and community care work. She is adept at handling cases that concern both adults and children, and is experienced in challenges to community care assessments and ordinary residence disputes. She also offers support to those who are subject to immigration control.
Strengths: "I'm surprised she's not a silk already, she's brilliant."
Recent work: Acted in a challenge to the funding provided by central government for adult social care and the operation of the deprivation of liberty regime under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Highly regarded set with a growing community care practice. Its mixture of claimant and local authority instructions relate to a broad spectrum of issues, and cases concerning social security, asylum support and healthcare are all handled. Recent work highlights include R (Justice of Health) v Secretary of State, a judicial review of the Secretary of State's decision to impose contracting terms on junior doctors, and National AIDS Trust v NHS England, a high-profile judicial review challenging NHS England's decision that it had no power to commission a preventative HIV drug.

Client service: "They're an easy chambers to work with. The clerks always answer the phone promptly and their fee notes are good." Jay Fullilove is the senior clerk at the set.

SILKS

Stephen Knafler QC
Fantastic public law silk who advises and acts for local authorities, individuals and commercial organisations in community care matters. He is the general editor of Community Care Law Reports and boasts enviable experience before the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.
Strengths: "He has been an established practitioner in this area for 20 years and has done some major cases." "He has an impressive intellect combined with a practical clear-mindedness."
Recent work: Acted in R (T) v West Berkshire Council, which questioned whether it was lawful for a council to reduce funding for disabled children's short breaks services.

David Lock QC
A noted expert on all law relating to the NHS, he has been involved in many of the leading cases in this area. Lock has specialist health, local authority governance and judicial review expertise.
Strengths: "He is a very inventive and imaginative thinker."
Recent work: Acted in M v Bury Clinical Commission Group, a Court of Protection case about whether to remove treatment from a terminally ill patient allowing her to die.

JUNIORS

Tim Buley
Standout junior who specialises in social welfare, human rights, immigration and EU law. He is experienced in every level of domestic court and acts for a variety of clients, including government and other public sector bodies, pressure groups and individuals.
Strengths: "Seen in a lot of important cases," "he can turn his hand to anything, and he's very good on EU law."
Recent work: Acted for the Child Poverty Action Group before the Supreme Court in a challenge to the government's controversial benefit cap.

David Blundell
An experienced public lawyer who acts for claimants, defendants and interested parties. He is particularly adept at handling cases challenging policies on access to benefits.
Strengths: "He is ingenious in his arguments, as well as very clever, very personable and incredibly hard-working."
Recent work: Acted in R (MH) v Sheffield CCG, a challenge to the policy of the defendant care commission group on the payment of NHS continuing healthcare for the claimant.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A pre-eminent human rights set well versed in community care and civil liberties law. Members' widespread expertise spans areas including domestic social welfare legislation and mental health and mental capacity law. Its broad spectrum of instructions come from individuals, local authorities, care providers, charities and NGOs. Barristers here are praised for their strength when it comes to the intersection of community care issues with other issues, such as migration, prison law, children in care and victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Recent work highlights include A & B v Oxfordshire County Council, a judicial review in the High Court and Court of Appeal on behalf of two of the 19,500 children who use Oxfordshire's Children's Centres. This was a challenge to the council's closure of those centres.

Client service: "The clerks are very reliable, sensible and efficient. Also their building has very good disabled access, unlike some sets." Jason Housden is the practice director at the set.

SILKS

Helen Mountfield QC
She is particularly well known for her work representing claimants, and has been in the Supreme Court twice in community care cases over the last year.
Strengths: "She's so good on her feet and so impressive - a really attractive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the EHRC in appeals before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court regarding high-profile public law challenges to the 'bedroom tax'.

David Wolfe QC
Noted community care silk who is particularly active in judicial review challenges to decisions made by health bodies and local authorities. These decisions concern such issues as service delivery, care planning, equality and capacity. He acts for a range of clients, including individuals, organisations and groups.
Strengths: "He's always a solid, creative, very bright and able silk, who is a very good person to have leading."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant challenging the legality of the Secretary of State for Health's instruction to health bodies that they must provide the Home Office with details of people who owed money for NHS treatment.

JUNIORS

Sarah Hannett
Has a broad community care practice and is particularly active in cases with an element of education law. She is noted for her work for both claimants and local authorities.
Strengths: "She is very impressive; she speaks well in court, puts her points clearly and doesn't take bad points." "She is practical, sound and sensible."
Recent work: Acted in an application for judicial review of the kidney transplant regime under which the claimant is ineligible to receive a kidney as he is not ordinarily a resident in the UK.

Nicholas Armstrong
Pre-eminent junior who has a broad public law practice, and is particularly experienced in cases with issues of immigration, detention and social welfare. He is praised in the market as one of the leading juniors for claimant work and has acted in a significant number of Court of Protection cases.
Strengths: "He is charming and extremely good at immigration crossover work."
Recent work: Acted in a challenge to the data-sharing arrangements whereby the NUS is required to provide patient information to the Home Office for immigration purposes.

Chris Buttler
A top choice for claimants, well known for his work for disabled adults, children and mentally ill people. He has a broad range of experience, and is often involved in judicial reviews and cases brought under the European Convention of Human Rights.
Strengths: "He is very impressive on his feet and a go-to for complex human trafficking cases and those matters that require a strong strategic approach." "He is a bright guy and always full of ideas."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant alleging serious mistreatment while detained under the Mental Health Act. The alleged mistreatment involved being restrained on the ground for hours at a time and then being arrested and held in a police station.

Zoe Leventhal
Acts in a wide range of community care cases, and is particularly strong on immigration, healthcare and welfare benefits issues. She is frequently involved in high-profile litigation, and is noted for her crossover human rights expertise.
Strengths: "She is a very creative and tenacious lawyer, who's particularly good at cutting to the chase and getting good results."
Recent work: Acted in JK, YT, SG v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a judicial review of the recent 30% cut to asylum support for children below the poverty line.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Monckton Chambers houses an impressive selection of community care barristers, many of whom have acted in some of the leading social care cases of the past decade. Members receive instructions from individuals, NGOs, charities, private companies in the social care sector and public authorities. They have particular expertise in cases relating to disabled children and adults. Recent work highlights include Re: O, which concerned whether it was in the best interests of a 58-year-old woman with severe disabilities to receive life-sustaining treatment.

Client service: "They host excellent seminars and work hard to build relationships. They are also very helpful when you have tricky deadlines coming up." David Hockney is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Ian Wise QC
Praised for his work representing claimants, he is experienced across an array of issues. His community care work is complemented by strength in local government, human rights and administrative and public law generally. He has regularly appeared in community care cases in the higher courts, including the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "His cases often push the boundaries. His work on the 'bedroom tax' and housing allocation schemes once again displayed his knowledge and creativity."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile case in which a young woman with autism and mental health problems was sent from Swansea to Brighton as a result of the lack of appropriate provision for her in South Wales.

JUNIORS

Steve Broach
Particularly well known for his work concerning the rights of disabled children and adults. He is a go-to barrister for community care work and has been instructed in cases all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He is well connected to parents' groups for disabled children and always gives 100%; he is a very committed barrister." "He is willing to take on difficult cases, especially for disabled children, and is always strategically minded."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile challenge to the decision of a defendant local authority to cut funding for short breaks for disabled children provided by voluntary organisations.

Azeem Suterwalla
Specialist in public and human rights law. He is an expert in work that relates to vulnerable and disabled children and adults, and is very experienced in immigration matters. He has also been involved in a number of cases challenging budget-related cuts to public services.
Strengths: "He is willing to discuss cases on an initial pre-funding basis, and he's got a very good grasp of the leading care duties. He is very responsive, highly approachable and very good at making you feel comfortable."
Recent work: Acted in a successful challenge against a local authority's refusal to provide Children Act 1989 accommodation and support to a mother and two children.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

An accomplished chambers with a long-standing reputation for community care. It bolsters its community care offering through members' vast knowledge of complementary areas, such as discrimination, mental health, immigration and housing. Although eminently capable of representing defendants, the set receives particular praise for its work for claimants in cases involving asylum, human trafficking and disability. Recent work highlights include R (SG) v SSHD, which challenged the reduction of support for asylum seekers to a flat fee per person, replacing an earlier provision that paid larger amounts for children.

Client service: "The clerking team is helpful and professional." Sian Wilkins, Rachel Finch and Emily Norman are the clerks for community care matters.

SILKS

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Well known for her work acting for claimants in urgent community care judicial reviews. She is particularly experienced in cases which involve street and homeless children, and vulnerable adult prisoners seeking support while in custody.
Strengths: "She really does punch above her weight and has an excellent track record. At the rate she's going, she'll quickly overtake everyone in the field." "Obviously top-drawer and an absolute standout."

Stephen Cragg QC
An expert in social welfare and criminal justice public law, who also has a strong Court of Protection practice. He has acted in some of the leading community care cases over recent years and also sits as a part-time mental health tribunal judge.
Strengths: "He's the guy you go to for a benefits case." "He has an awful amount of knowledge and has the ear of the judges."
Recent work: Acted in the Supreme Court for a teenager and mother from Northern Ireland challenging the NHS's failure to provide abortion services in England for women denied access to such services in Northern Ireland.

JUNIORS

Jamie Burton
Involved in an array of community care issues, and particularly active in cases which involve elements of housing, social security and clinical care. His cases frequently address the impact of human rights in community care law, and he receives special praise for his work concerning children's care and asylum support.
Strengths: "He's really a pleasure to deal with because he thinks things through very carefully, but at the same time doesn't dilly-dally around." "He provides practical advice, and he's also very good with clients, very personable and highly knowledgeable."
Recent work: Acted in a challenge to the government's policy of refusing support to homeless EEA nationals who are working and exercising EU Treaty Rights in the UK.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Garden Court Chambers boasts a diverse team with the ability to advise across the full spectrum of community care issues. It regularly handles cases concerning needs assessment, the closure of residential care homes and hospitals, charging issues and disputes between social services authorities. Members often appear before the UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Regular instructions come from community care and social welfare organisations, as well as claimants. Recent work highlights include R (Kawan Salih) v LB of Hounslow, a test claim on the correct approach to be taken by a local authority to the provision of support for a care leaver in continued education who had an unresolved immigration status.

Client service: "The clerks are really efficient and have a good understanding of the cases we run; they know when they need to act quickly. They're also really friendly and personable." Phil Bampfylde is the senior civil clerk.

SILKS

Amanda Weston QC
Versatile practitioner with a focus on civil liberties and vulnerable client groups. Her community care practice benefits from her complementary expertise in areas such as mental health and mental capacity, and immigration.
Strengths: "She's a very clever and effective advocate," who is "very committed to her clients and has a real feel for vulnerable groups."

JUNIORS

Shu Shin Luh
Most frequently acts for vulnerable persons in individual claims and litigation challenging public policy, although she also acts for organisations. She draws praise from the market for the determined way she acts on behalf of her clients. She is noted for her work on access to support for vulnerable young people who exhibit characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.
Strengths: "As soon as she came on board, the case was strengthened." "With her it's not just about the law or helping one individual client; she's genuinely committed to the whole area and to getting civil society engaged on the issues."
Recent work: Acted in parallel judicial review and Court of Protection proceedings for a young adult refugee who is a care leaver and has no mental capacity to make decisions about his personal welfare.

Bethan Harris
Adept at a range of community care matters, but particularly strong in cases that concern the housing needs of people with disabilities. Along with others at her set, she produces the Community Care Law Reports, and delivers training and conferences related to the area.
Strengths: "Has a great eye for detail and superior client care skills."

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Giffin QC 
Renowned silk with a broad public law practice that encompasses housing, social services and education.
Strengths: "He's at the top in terms of standard of work."

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Stephen Knafler QC

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Knafler QC 
Fantastic public law silk who advises and acts for local authorities, individuals and commercial organisations in community care matters. He is the general editor of Community Care Law Reports and boasts enviable experience before the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.
Strengths: "He has been an established practitioner in this area for 20 years and has done some major cases." "He has an impressive intellect combined with a practical clear-mindedness."
Recent work: Acted in R (T) v West Berkshire Council, which questioned whether it was lawful for a council to reduce funding for disabled children's short breaks services.

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Jenni Richards QC

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jenni Richards QC 
Pre-eminent silk who acts for claimants, public interest groups and local authorities in community care matters. She is an expert across a broad range of cases, and is particularly good at cases involving regulatory processes, compliance with the Human Rights Act and budgetary decision-making.
Strengths: "She's extraordinarily detailed, sensible and easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for various residents of the Specialist Residential Service facility, a specialist unit for those with severe autism, learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. The case concerned the care, treatment and living arrangements for residents.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Cragg QC  
An expert in social welfare and criminal justice public law, who also has a strong Court of Protection practice. He has acted in some of the leading community care cases over recent years and also sits as a part-time mental health tribunal judge.
Strengths: "He's the guy you go to for a benefits case." "He has an awful amount of knowledge and has the ear of the judges."
Recent work: Acted in the Supreme Court for a teenager and mother from Northern Ireland challenging the NHS's failure to provide abortion services in England for women denied access to such services in Northern Ireland.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Lock QC 
A noted expert on all law relating to the NHS, he has been involved in many of the leading cases in this area. Lock has specialist health, local authority governance and judicial review expertise.
Strengths: "He is a very inventive and imaginative thinker."
Recent work: Acted in M v Bury Clinical Commission Group, a Court of Protection case about whether to remove treatment from a terminally ill patient allowing her to die.

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Fenella Morris QC

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fenella Morris QC 
Deeply experienced silk who is a fine choice for a range of community care matters, including cases relating to ordinary residence and aftercare under the Mental Health Act 1983. She is an expert in judicial review, a regular in the Court of Protection and someone with great knowledge of the law relating to the NHS.
Strengths: "She is very much the counsel to choose for complex crossover cases."
Recent work: Led a case on the approach that councils should take to assessing the needs of children and families that have no recourse to public funds.

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Helen Mountfield QC

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Helen Mountfield QC 
She is particularly well known for her work representing claimants, and has been in the Supreme Court twice in community care cases over the last year.
Strengths: "She's so good on her feet and so impressive - a really attractive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the EHRC in appeals before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court regarding high-profile public law challenges to the 'bedroom tax'.

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Kelvin Rutledge QC

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kelvin Rutledge QC of Cornerstone Barristers 
Leading silk with a broad community care practice, who is most active representing local authorities.
Strengths: "He's a die-hard defender in local authority cases, and a solid silk who has lots of public authorities seeking him out."

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Monckton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Wise QC 
Praised for his work representing claimants, he is experienced across an array of issues. His community care work is complemented by strength in local government, human rights and administrative and public law generally. He has regularly appeared in community care cases in the higher courts, including the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "His cases often push the boundaries. His work on the 'bedroom tax' and housing allocation schemes once again displayed his knowledge and creativity."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile case in which a young woman with autism and mental health problems was sent from Swansea to Brighton as a result of the lack of appropriate provision for her in South Wales.

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Wolfe QC 
Noted community care silk who is particularly active in judicial review challenges to decisions made by health bodies and local authorities. These decisions concern such issues as service delivery, care planning, equality and capacity. He acts for a range of clients, including individuals, organisations and groups.
Strengths: "He's always a solid, creative, very bright and able silk, who is a very good person to have leading."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant challenging the legality of the Secretary of State for Health's instruction to health bodies that they must provide the Home Office with details of people who owed money for NHS treatment.

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Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC 
Well known for her work acting for claimants in urgent community care judicial reviews. She is particularly experienced in cases which involve street and homeless children, and vulnerable adult prisoners seeking support while in custody.
Strengths: "She really does punch above her weight and has an excellent track record. At the rate she's going, she'll quickly overtake everyone in the field." "Obviously top-drawer and an absolute standout."

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Andrew Sharland QC

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11KBW

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Sharland QC
Has a broad practice and is often involved in cases relating to complex human rights and immigration issues, involving both adults and children. He is instructed by a broad range of clients, including central government, local authorities and claimants.
Strengths: "His paperwork is brilliant." "He has a very attractive style of advocacy."
Recent work: Acted in a wide-ranging challenge to a decision by Leicester City Council to close all of its care homes.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Amanda Weston QC
Versatile practitioner with a focus on civil liberties and vulnerable client groups. Her community care practice benefits from her complementary expertise in areas such as mental health and mental capacity, and immigration.
Strengths: "She's a very clever and effective advocate," who is "very committed to her clients and has a real feel for vulnerable groups."

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Nicholas Armstrong

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Armstrong 
Pre-eminent junior who has a broad public law practice, and is particularly experienced in cases with issues of immigration, detention and social welfare. He is praised in the market as one of the leading juniors for claimant work and has acted in a significant number of Court of Protection cases.
Strengths: "He is charming and extremely good at immigration crossover work."
Recent work: Acted in a challenge to the data-sharing arrangements whereby the NUS is required to provide patient information to the Home Office for immigration purposes.

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Jonathan Auburn

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Auburn 
Top-quality practitioner whose expertise in mental capacity and mental health underpins his work across the full range of community care matters. He remains a go-to judicial review lawyer for both local authorities and claimants, and regularly handles County Court and High Court claims relating to care home fees.
Strengths: "Calm, sensible and intelligent," "he is determined, tenacious and pleasant."
Recent work: Appeared in a judicial review challenge to action taken by a local authority requiring service users to not utilise a specific provider following allegations that the provider had engaged in fraudulent dealings in service user funds.

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Monckton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Steve Broach 
Particularly well known for his work concerning the rights of disabled children and adults. He is a go-to barrister for community care work and has been instructed in cases all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He is well connected to parents' groups for disabled children and always gives 100%; he is a very committed barrister." "He is willing to take on difficult cases, especially for disabled children, and is always strategically minded."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile challenge to the decision of a defendant local authority to cut funding for short breaks for disabled children provided by voluntary organisations.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Buley 
Standout junior who specialises in social welfare, human rights, immigration and EU law. He is experienced in every level of domestic court and acts for a variety of clients, including government and other public sector bodies, pressure groups and individuals.
Strengths: "Seen in a lot of important cases," "he can turn his hand to anything, and he's very good on EU law."
Recent work: Acted for the Child Poverty Action Group before the Supreme Court in a challenge to the government's controversial benefit cap.

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Victoria Butler-Cole

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Victoria Butler-Cole 
Has a broad practice but receives particular praise for her work in Court of Protection and mental capacity cases. She is also an expert in social care, and human rights matters.
Strengths: "She has a practical mind and a strategic approach to cases."
Recent work: Acted in the successful judicial review of a local authority for placing an autistic child on a child protection plan when the real issue in the case was her medical treatment.

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Chris Buttler 
A top choice for claimants, well known for his work for disabled adults, children and mentally ill people. He has a broad range of experience, and is often involved in judicial reviews and cases brought under the European Convention of Human Rights.
Strengths: "He is very impressive on his feet and a go-to for complex human trafficking cases and those matters that require a strong strategic approach." "He is a bright guy and always full of ideas."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant alleging serious mistreatment while detained under the Mental Health Act. The alleged mistreatment involved being restrained on the ground for hours at a time and then being arrested and held in a police station.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joanne Clement 
Stands out for her expertise in the crossover between Court of Protection and community care work. She is adept at handling cases that concern both adults and children, and is experienced in challenges to community care assessments and ordinary residence disputes. She also offers support to those who are subject to immigration control.
Strengths: "I'm surprised she's not a silk already, she's brilliant."
Recent work: Acted in a challenge to the funding provided by central government for adult social care and the operation of the deprivation of liberty regime under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Hannett 
Has a broad community care practice and is particularly active in cases with an element of education law. She is noted for her work for both claimants and local authorities.
Strengths: "She is very impressive; she speaks well in court, puts her points clearly and doesn't take bad points." "She is practical, sound and sensible."
Recent work: Acted in an application for judicial review of the kidney transplant regime under which the claimant is ineligible to receive a kidney as he is not ordinarily a resident in the UK.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jamie Burton 
Involved in an array of community care issues, and particularly active in cases which involve elements of housing, social security and clinical care. His cases frequently address the impact of human rights in community care law, and he receives special praise for his work concerning children's care and asylum support.
Strengths: "He's really a pleasure to deal with because he thinks things through very carefully, but at the same time doesn't dilly-dally around." "He provides practical advice, and he's also very good with clients, very personable and highly knowledgeable."
Recent work: Acted in a challenge to the government's policy of refusing support to homeless EEA nationals who are working and exercising EU Treaty Rights in the UK.

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Hilton Harrop-Griffiths

Field Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hilton Harrop-Griffiths of Field Court Chambers 
A leading junior acting for local authorities in community care matters. He is particularly well regarded for his work in cases concerning the intersection of immigration and asylum legislation with community care. He regularly handles matters concerning the recovery of charges for community care.
Strengths: "Very easy to work with and a safe pair of hands." "He has a very loyal fan base among local authorities."
Recent work: Acted in a claim relating to a local authority's refusal to accommodate an asylum seeker, who claimed to be 15 but was considered over 18 by the Home Office.

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Band 2

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Shu Shin Luh 
Most frequently acts for vulnerable persons in individual claims and litigation challenging public policy, although she also acts for organisations. She draws praise from the market for the determined way she acts on behalf of her clients. She is noted for her work on access to support for vulnerable young people who exhibit characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.
Strengths: "As soon as she came on board, the case was strengthened." "With her it's not just about the law or helping one individual client; she's genuinely committed to the whole area and to getting civil society engaged on the issues."
Recent work: Acted in parallel judicial review and Court of Protection proceedings for a young adult refugee who is a care leaver and has no mental capacity to make decisions about his personal welfare.

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Band 2

Monckton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Azeem Suterwalla 
Specialist in public and human rights law. He is an expert in work that relates to vulnerable and disabled children and adults, and is very experienced in immigration matters. He has also been involved in a number of cases challenging budget-related cuts to public services.
Strengths: "He is willing to discuss cases on an initial pre-funding basis, and he's got a very good grasp of the leading care duties. He is very responsive, highly approachable and very good at making you feel comfortable."
Recent work: Acted in a successful challenge against a local authority's refusal to provide Children Act 1989 accommodation and support to a mother and two children.

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Band 3

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Blundell 
An experienced public lawyer who acts for claimants, defendants and interested parties. He is particularly adept at handling cases challenging policies on access to benefits.
Strengths: "He is ingenious in his arguments, as well as very clever, very personable and incredibly hard-working."
Recent work: Acted in R (MH) v Sheffield CCG, a challenge to the policy of the defendant care commission group on the payment of NHS continuing healthcare for the claimant.

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Band 3

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicola Greaney 
A quality public law barrister whose practice encompasses human rights, mental health, local government, prison and community care. She draws upon her broader knowledge when representing a range of community care clients, who include health bodies, local authorities and private individuals.
Strengths: "She is very practical, pragmatic and sensible."
Recent work: Acted for an acute trust that is currently accommodating an adult with learning disability, autism and visual impairment in a general psychiatric ward pending transfer to an appropriate placement.

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Band 3

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Bethan Harris 
Adept at a range of community care matters, but particularly strong in cases that concern the housing needs of people with disabilities. Along with others at her set, she produces the Community Care Law Reports, and delivers training and conferences related to the area.
Strengths: "Has a great eye for detail and superior client care skills."

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Band 3

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Zoe Leventhal 
Acts in a wide range of community care cases, and is particularly strong on immigration, healthcare and welfare benefits issues. She is frequently involved in high-profile litigation, and is noted for her crossover human rights expertise. 
Strengths: "She is a very creative and tenacious lawyer, who's particularly good at cutting to the chase and getting good results." 
Recent work: Acted in JK, YT, SG v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a judicial review of the recent 30% cut to asylum support for children below the poverty line.

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Band 3

7BR

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lee Parkhill of 7BR 
Handles community care matters as part of his broad public law practice.
Strengths: "He is prolific and I have respect for him, I see a lot of his statements of facts and grounds."

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Up and Coming

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Tankel 
Multi-talented commercial and public law barrister who receives regular community care instructions. He has experience of cases involving children's services, data protection, health bodies and ordinary residence.
Strengths: "He is very nice, very sensible and very pragmatic - he works out what's best for people." "A lovely chap who really presents his case well and carries himself more like a silk than a junior."

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