“His academic excellence in this field is a real strength, and he’s brilliant.” His ability to quickly identify those issues which may cause difficulties makes him a very helpful advocate.” “The level of his ability is beyond his years of call.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
With particular interests in human rights, mental health and incapacity law, Neil practises from Chambers, teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students, and delivers training to health, social care and legal professionals. In addition, he regularly publishes in books and journals and is Deputy Director of Manchester University’s Legal Advice Centre, and is also a Trustee for the mental health charity, Making Space.
“Intelligent and thorough, he offers an academic but accessible rights-based approach to complex welfare cases. He’s an excellent communicator.” Chambers & Partners 2015
In the field of judicial review, advice and representation has been provided in respect of the following issues:
Most of his current practice is in the Court of Protection where is instructed on behalf of individuals, local authorities and health authorities. The proceedings involve many issues including:
Advice has been given on a range of matters including:
Re X (Deprivation of Liberty)  E.W.C.O.P 25: established the streamlined procedure for judicial authorisations to deprive liberty.
P v Cheshire West and Chester Council; P and Q v Surrey County Council  U.K.S.C. 19: meaning of “deprivation of liberty” in Article 5 ECHR.
A Local Authority v SY  E.W.H.C. 3485: non-marriage declaration under the inherent jurisdiction; social workers can be eminently suited to provide evidence of incapacity in COP proceedings.
GA v Betsi Cadwaladr University LHB  U.K.U.T. 280 (AAC): consent and community treatment orders.
P v M (Vulnerable Adult)  E.W.H.C. 2778: emphasises the emotional component in the best interests analysis.
B (Deprivation of Liberty: Validity of Authorisation)  E.W.H.C. 2508: guidance on procedural matters concerning the deprivation of liberty safeguards
G v E and Manchester City Council and F E.W.H.C. 621;  E.W.H.C. 1115;  E.W.C.A. Civ. 822;  E.W.H.C. 2042;  E.W.H.C. 2512: breach of Articles 5 and 8 ECHR; deputyship; costs; Winterwerp.
R. (L and Others) v Manchester City Council  1 F.L.R. 43: one of the first successful uses of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Recommended by Chambers & Partners for Court of Protection: Health and Welfare.
“His academic excellence in this field is a real strength, and he’s brilliant.” His ability to quickly identify those issues which may cause difficulties makes him a very helpful advocate.” “The level of his ability is beyond his years of call.” Chambers & Partners 2017
“Intelligent and thorough, he offers an academic but accessible rights-based approach to complex welfare cases. He’s an excellent communicator.” Chambers & Partners
“Very academic and extremely learned on the history of the law and its development. He is also fantastically approachable.” Chambers & Partners
“He is highly respected by the Official Solicitor. He has a thoughtful, analytical approach to cases and an amazing eye for detail. What he doesn’t know about deprivation of liberty isn’t worth knowing.” Chambers & Partners