Public & Administrative Law
Our Public and Administrative Law team draws together a number of specialists spanning over several areas. At Parklane Plowden we have specialists at all levels in the following areas: Court of Protection & Mental Health; Inquests; Judicial Review; Health & Social Care; and Special Education Needs and Disability Tribunal.
COP & Mental Health
The Court of Protection & Mental Health team practice in all areas of mental capacity and mental health law.
In the Court of Protection we receive instructions in respect of Property & Affairs (money) matters as well as Health & Welfare applications. The team are instructed on behalf of the protected party (through the Official Solicitor or other Litigation Friend), relatives of the protected party, care providers and public bodies of all kinds (for example Local Authorities, PCTs/CCGs and Hospital Trusts).
For Mental Health Act applications, the team are instructed by Approved Mental Health Professionals, Local Authorities, those that find themselves the subject of proceedings and family members of the patient.
Out team of specialists in this area provide a wide range of expertise when representing interested persons at coroners inquests. For example, the team has expertise in many relevant areas such as: clinical negligence, personal injury, deaths in custody, deaths whilst a person is deprived of their liberty whether by a standard authorisation or authorisation of the court. The team has experience in representing all interested persons at inquests, including Professional and Public bodies, insurers, family members and local authorities.
Our team of specialists regularly provide advice and representation spanning across several areas of practice. The areas include: the provision of social care needs; disputes in relation to the care or otherwise provided under the Children Act 1989; and the availability of resources for those that lack capacity.
Health & Social Care
Our specialist team regularly advise and appear on behalf of public authorities and individuals in relation to health and social care disputes. Our team’s expertise spans across several areas, such as disputes relating to the provision of care or services under the Care Act 2014, the Children Act 1989 and the Mental Health Act 1983. Members of the team provide regular training in this area and can provide urgent advice upon request.
Special Education Needs & Disability Tribunal
Our specialists in this area provide regular training to Local Authorities and provide representation to parents in cases before the Tribunal. Our team of specialists includes Joanne Astbury, who has had previous experience as a Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal Recorder.