Three New Members for 39 Essex Chambers’ Public Law Group

Three New Members for 39 Essex Chambers’ Public Law Group


CategoryNews Author Francesca Gardner, Eliza Sharron, Arianna Kelly Date

39 Essex Chambers is delighted to announce that Francesca Gardner, Eliza Sharron and Arianna Kelly and have joined Chambers.

Francesca, Eliza and Arianna, all of whom have established public law practices, particularly specialising in all areas of mental capacity and mental health law, join from Kings Chambers with immediate effect.

Francesca Gardner’s practice encompasses all areas of Court of Protection work, including welfare disputes, serious medical treatment, and property and affairs matters. She regularly acts in complex welfare proceedings and has a particular interest and experience in cases involving: cross border placements and disputes (with particular interest in cross border placements from Scotland); children and deprivation of liberty; the international protection of adults; cases involving both welfare and financial disputes; and safeguarding vulnerable adults under the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court. She is described by The Legal 500 as “Extremely bright and very talented.”

Eliza Sharron also specialises in all fields of Court of Protection work, including property and affairs, health and welfare, serious medical treatment, and associated human rights matters. She specialises in cases that involve safeguarding vulnerable adults within the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

Eliza also undertakes inquest work and judicial review work with a particular interest in cases involving the extent of local authority duties towards young people and their families.  Chambers & Partners say of Eliza “She’s always on top of her cases and is a super-calm presence in any situation. She’s always the most prepared person in the room, and for that reason she’s just a dream to work with.”

Arianna Kelly has a specialist practice in mental capacity, community care and mental health law and inquests. She acts in a range Court of Protection matters including welfare, property and affairs, serious medical treatment, as well as working extensively in the field of community care. She is also a qualified mediator.

Arianna is on both the Attorney General’s Regional Panel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel. She is ranked as a leading junior in by Chambers and Partners, who have described her as having “an incredible knowledge of the academics of the law, excellent drafting skills, and she can convey very complex points in a simple and easy to understand way.” 

Lindsay Scott, Chief Executive of 39 Essex Chambers, says “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Francesca, Eliza and Arianna to Chambers. Our Public Law Group is already recognised as leading the way in terms of Court of Protection work and our three new members, all of whom come with extensive practices and excellent reputations, will only add to the strength and depth of our offering to clients in this area.”


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