Mental Health Law

Mental Health Law

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 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

Peter Campbell

Peter Campbell is the Senior Practice Manager for the Mental Health Law 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 1124


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Alison Foster QC

Alison Foster QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2002

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

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

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2013

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Parishil Patel

Parishil Patel

Call: 1996

Adam Fullwood

Adam Fullwood

Call: 1996

Richard Wald

Richard Wald

Call: 1997

Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Neil Allen

Neil Allen

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Mungo Wenban-Smith
Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Thomas Amraoui

Thomas Amraoui

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

James Potts

James Potts

Call: 2011

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Melissa Shipley

Melissa Shipley

Call: 2011

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

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

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