Community Care

Community Care

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has an unrivalled depth of experience in all of the main different strands of community care / adult social care law, which includes community care provision for adults, Children Act challenges, mental health and mental capacity.

Our experience

39 Essex Chambers’ barristers have acted in most of the landmark cases in the area of community care and adult social care law, including:

  • R v Gloucestershire, ex p Barry
  • R v North East Devon Health Authority, ex p Coughlan
  • R (KM) v Cambridgeshire CC (Supreme Court 2012)
  • Westminster CC v SL (Supreme Court 2013).

Who our barristers act for

Our barristers act for local authorities, health authorities, individuals, families and the Official Solicitor in the full range of community care law issues, including:

  • challenges to failure to assess under s.47 NHSCCA 1990 and failure to provide under s.21 NAA 1948
  • cases involving children and s.17 Children Act
  • age disputes
  • cases involving asylum seekers and others subject to immigration control
  • leaving care duties
  • mental health after-care
  • disputes between local authorities about responsibility
  • charging for residential accommodation and the CRAG rules
  • care home funding disputes between local authorities and private care home provider associations
  • mental health cases and MHRT hearings
  • mental capacity/Court of Protection cases.

What the directories say

39 Essex Chambers is recognised by legal directories as having the largest team of experts, both silks and juniors, in the field of community care and adult social care law.

Who to contact

Sheraton Doyle (on maternity leave)

Sheraton Doyle (on maternity leave) is the Senior Practice Manager for the Community Care team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1144


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Alison Foster QC

Alison Foster QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2002

Steven Kovats QC

Steven Kovats QC

Call: 1989 Silk: 2010

Eleanor Grey QC

Eleanor Grey QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Lisa Giovannetti QC

Lisa Giovannetti QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Jenni Richards QC

Jenni Richards QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2011

Fenella Morris QC

Fenella Morris QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Adam Robb

Adam Robb

Call: 1995

Parishil Patel

Parishil Patel

Call: 1996

Richard Wald

Richard Wald

Call: 1997

Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Mungo Wenban-Smith
Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Michelle Pratley

Michelle Pratley

Call: 2006

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson

Call: 2006

Thomas Amraoui

Thomas Amraoui

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Benjamin Tankel

Benjamin Tankel

Call: 2009

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

James Potts

James Potts

Call: 2011

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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