Mediation Service

Mediation Service

39 Essex Chambers is “widely regarded as having the biggest and best health and welfare [Court of Protection] team in London or anywhere else”. (Chambers and Partners)

39 Essex Chambers has an unrivalled reputation in advising and representing a wide range of clients in both contentious and non-contentious litigation in the Court of Protection.

The Court of Protection Mediation Group have extensive experience of mediating a wide range of disputes that arise in the Court of Protection and (in relation to children), the High Court including serious medical treatment disputes (sometimes at very short notice), welfare disputes concerning residence, contact and care and disputes concerning Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputies and property and affairs.

Mediating in the Court of Protection gives rise to a number of unique challenges such as ensuring that ‘P’ participates appropriately in the mediation, ensuring parties are only making decisions on matters in respect of which ‘P’ lacks capacity, and ensuring that parties have followed the statutory process for determining where P’s best interests lie. The members of the Court of Protection Mediation Group have the necessary experience to work with parties to meet these challenges.

The Court of Protection Mediation Group can respond to:

  • The Court of Protection rules which requires parties to engage in trying to resolve contested issues before issuing proceedings in health and welfare cases.
  • The increasing delays parties are experiencing in obtaining hearings in all Court of Protection proceedings, given the enormous pressure on the court.
  • The need for public bodies to keep legal costs to a minimum by resolving disputes as cheaply as possible.
  • The importance of rebuilding relationships that need to persist in the future to avoid disputes recurring.

All members of the Mediation Group are qualified mediators and have relevant experience in Court of Protection matters.

We offer fixed fees which include all pre-mediation communications including assistance with setting the parameters of the mediation with the parties, a one day mediation and drawing up the mediation agreement.

Members of the 39 Essex Mediation Group are involved in designing and implementing the Court of Protection Mediation Scheme which is due to go live in the Autumn of 2019. Some members will offer to mediate under that scheme.

Click here to download our Court of Protection Mediation Group photo list

For further information, please contact Peter Campbell.

Who to contact

Peter Campbell

Peter Campbell is the Senior Practice Manager for the Mediation Service 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


Mobile: +44 (0)7725 758 264


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Matthias Kelly QC

Matthias Kelly QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1999

Jenni Richards QC

Jenni Richards QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2011

Fenella Morris QC

Fenella Morris QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

Parishil Patel QC

Parishil Patel QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

Victoria Butler-Cole QC

Victoria Butler-Cole QC

Call: 2005 Silk: 2019

Emily Formby

Emily Formby

Call: 1993

Adam Fullwood

Adam Fullwood

Call: 1996

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

Fiona Paterson

Fiona Paterson

Call: 2003

Mungo Wenban-Smith

Mungo Wenban-Smith

Call: 2004

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

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