Court of Protection: Appropriateness of summary disposal of applications

[2024] EWHC 294 (Fam)
15 Feb 2024

Court of Protection

Judgment has been handed down in an appeal that considers the appropriateness of summary disposal of applications in the Court of Protection.

In Re VT [2024] EWHC 294 (Fam), Mrs Justice Arbuthnot allowed an appeal, brought by VT, after the first instance Judge dismissed VT’s s. 21A application at what had been listed as a directions hearing. In allowing the appeal, Arbuthnot J invited the parties to make submissions on the approach to summary disposal of such cases, and the judgment provides a valuable review of the principles which should guide the court’s approach.

Lee Parkhill appeared for the first respondent, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care Board, instructed by Mills & Reeve.

You can read the judgment here.

About Lee

Lee Parkhill has a broad public law practice, with particular expertise in local government, social care and healthcare, and Court of Protection, representing clients up to the Supreme Court.

Lee regularly appears in the Court of Protection, both in welfare and property and affairs cases. He has advised and acted for clients including local authorities, NHS bodies, professional deputies; the Public Guardian; and private individuals.

He is ranked as a leading junior for Court of Protection by both Chambers & Partners, and the Legal 500.

Learn more about his practice here.