Court of Protection



St John’s Buildings are ‘an excellent set for COP‘ and offers a ‘good range of experienced counsel‘. The team has a broad range of expertise and represent clients in cases that involve medical treatment, termination of treatment, and alleged human rights infringements of vulnerable adults.”


“Friendly, organised and very professional.”


“Good solid chambers.” Legal 500 2022


“St John’s Buildings houses a strong bench of barristers experienced in the handling of a variety of health and welfare proceedings in the Court of Protection. Members are regularly instructed in serious medical treatment matters, including disputes concerning the termination of treatment and the withdrawal of artificial hydration and nutrition, and also offer expertise in deprivation of liberty and capacity to consent to sexual relations cases. The set’s broad client base includes the Official Solicitor and families of vulnerable individuals, as well as several local authorities and clinical commissioning groups.” Chambers UK bar 2022

The team

The Court of Protection team consists of highly specialised practitioners who routinely act for all parties in this field of litigation. There are a number of leading practitioners in the field of:

It is this depth of knowledge and expertise that creates a vibrant and busy group of advocates who can bring these specialist skills to the particular case.

Cases of Deprivation of Liberty, medical treatment/termination of treatment and alleged human rights infringements of vulnerable adults are areas of particular speciality for the advocates specialising in welfare cases. These counsel routinely appear in the COP in all aspects of welfare and treatment cases.

There are counsel in the group who appear in financial abuse and property and affairs litigation within the Court of Protection and satellite litigation arising from the COP applications. Members of this group have been (and continue to be) involved in the leading cases that have shaped the Court of Protection jurisprudence since its inception.

“The clerking service is very good – they are always friendly and helpful.” “The clerks are really great. They are very professional.” ” Chambers UK Bar 2021

Directory recommendations

“St John’s Buildings is home to a strong team of specialised barristers experienced in the handling of a range of health and welfare matters. The set is regularly instructed in cases concerning deprivation of liberty, medical treatment and the infringement of vulnerable individuals’ human rights, drawing on expertise in complementary areas of law such as family, community care and civil liberties. Members are widely recognised for their work at the cutting edge of developing the law in the Court of Protection.” Chambers & Partners 2019

“St John’s Buildings is home to Joseph O’Brien who has established expertise in Court of Protection cases; deprivation of liberty matters are a key speciality.” Legal 500 2019

“Chambers has a national reputation due to the fact that it is involved in some of the most significant landmark cases.” Chambers and Partners 2016

“St John’s Buildings’ Court of Protection team specialises in deprivation of liberty matters, health and welfare cases, medical treatment (including treatment termination) and alleged human rights infringements of vulnerable adults.” Legal 500 2017