Sophie acts in a wide range Court of Protection matters including health and welfare, property and affairs, and serious medical treatment, as well as associated civil and Human Rights Act claims. Sophie has also advised in cases relating to safeguarding vulnerable adults under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court. She is regularly instructed on behalf of protected parties (including by the Official Solicitor) , as well as acting for local authorities, NHS bodies, Clinical Commissioning Groups and family members.
Sophie has recently acted in and advised on cases involving issues including:
- The interface between the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act.
- Welfare issues under s21A and s16 MCA.
- Joinder, disclosure and closed-material proceedings.
- Ordinary residence and related funding disputes.
- Contested capacity issues.
- Alleged financial abuse and applications to revoke Lasting Powers of Attorney;
- Contested deputyship applications.
Sophie’s civil litigation practice means that she has extensive experience of contested final hearings and cross-examination of experts and is also well-placed to advise on cases arising from or overlapping with claims for serious personal injury.
Sophie sits as a fee-paid Judge in the Mental Health Tribunal and has a particular interest in cases with interlinked Mental Capacity Act and Mental health Act issues. She has acted in applications involving the displacement of Nearest Relatives and in difficult cases involving conditional discharges from hospital orders and associated deprivations of liberty.
Notable Court of Protection & Mental Health cases
KK v Leeds City Council  EWCOP 64