Barrister Lee Parkhill

Lee Parkhill

Year of call: 2005  

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“Practical and excellent with clients.”

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Overview


Lee Parkhill has a broad public law practice. He has particular expertise in local government, social care, healthcare and education.

Public Law

Public Law


Lee advises and represents both claimants and defendants in judicial review proceedings.

He is regularly instructed by local authorities, but is also instructed by claimants in challenges to the re-organisation of public services, disputes as to the provision of care and challenges to the decisions of ombudsmen and regulators.

Community Care Court of Protection

Community Care


Lee has extensive knowledge of community care law having advised on topics including assessment and care planning duties, eligibility thresholds, the provision of healthcare services and the eligibility of persons subject to immigration control.

He often advises local authorities on their community care functions and acts both for and against local authorities in judicial review proceedings relating to community care. Lee’s work in this field is complimented by his knowledge of healthcare law and his experience advising NHS organisations.

Court of Protection


Lee regularly appears in the Court of Protection. The majority of his work is in welfare cases and applications challenging authorisations under the DOLS regime. Lee represented five local authorities in Re NRA & Ors [2015] EWCOP 59, where Charles J considered the process for authorising a deprivation of liberty.

He also undertakes cases relating to deputyship and attorneys. Cases include Re EU [2014] EWCOP 21 (Fam), appointment of deputy, and Re MRJ [2014] EWCOP B15, suspension of a lasting power of attorney.

Lee appears in other welfare proceedings relating to adults including applications for forced marriage protection orders and has appeared in proceedings within the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction to protect vulnerable adults.

Public Law Cases


  • (GS) v London Borough of Camden [2016] EWHC 1762 (Admin): Duties of local authorities under the Care Act 2014 and s. 1 of the Localism Act 2011.
  • Watch Tower v The Charity Commission [2016] 1 W.L.R. 2625: Junior counsel for Appellants in case considering the adequacy of a statutory tribunal as an alternative to judicial review.
  • Richards v Worcestershire County Council & Ors [2016] EWHC 1954 (Ch): Application of the judicial review exclusivity principle (appeal to be heard in May 2017).
  • R (Hall) v Leicestershire County Council [2015] EWHC 2985 (Admin): Junior counsel for Defendant in a challenge to the lawfulness of consultation on proposals to close a museum.
  • R (OH) v London Borough of Bexley [2015] EWHC 1843 (Admin): Challenge to decision to reduce levels of funding for community care needs.
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How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email: civilclerks@7br.co.uk

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