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Mental capacity team goes from strength to strength with Andrew Bowmer

Andrew Bowmer, a strong practitioner in mental capacity law, joined Miles and Partners on 5 February 2018. Andrew qualified as a solicitor in December 2008, drawing on his previous career working in central Government, including on local authority governance policy and direct experience of decision making in the public sector.

Andrew is frequently instructed by both family members and by the official solicitor on behalf of incapacitated adults in the Court of Protection in proceedings concerning the best interests of vulnerable adults. He has also acted for both family members and the official solicitor and other litigation friends on challenges brought under s21A Mental Capacity Act 2005 concerning the operation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.  Andrew has obtained declarations on behalf of a number of incapacitated adults that they have been unlawfully deprived of their liberty following placement decisions by local authorities.

In addition to his experience in the Court of Protection, Andrew has a breadth of public law experience covering housing and community care cases concerning vulnerable adults, including those facing eviction, those entitled to support from local authorities under the Children Act 1989 (either as children in need or having previously been in local authority care) and as adults or to support as asylum seekers.  Andrew has been instructed by the Official Solicitor in a number of cases involving local authorities pursuing the eviction of vulnerable adults who were at the same time the subject of Court of Protection proceedings.  He has an acknowledged experience which crosses public law and the specialised issues arising in the Court of Protection.

For more information on mental health and capacity, please contact Andrew Bowmer on 020 7426 0400 or email

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