Katherine Barnes is a barrister practising in public law and human rights from 39 Essex Chambers. She has particular expertise in health and community care matters, including Court of Protection work. As co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Katherine is committed to access to justice and legal aid work.
Katherine graduated from Queens’ College, Cambridge with a First Class degree in French and Spanish before converting to law. She then obtained an LLM with distinction in public law and human rights from the London School of Economics.
Katherine has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court, Upper Tribunal, Court of Protection, County Court, Crown Court and Magistrates Courts. She has also appeared as a junior in the Court of Appeal.
Recent examples of her work in the field of mental capacity law include various ongoing challenges to deprivation of liberty orders under s.21A MCA 2005. She has also recently advised on a particularly complex case involving a young man with a brain tumour who repeatedly instructed that he wanted treatment for the tumour but ran away from hospital in fright every time doctors tried to administer treatment.
Broader community care work includes acting for the successful Claimant in a judicial review of a hospital trust’s decision to introduce parking charges for blue badge holders. She is currently instructed on a complex and multi-stage challenge which concerns the application of Article 8 ECHR to disabled facilities grants.