Court of Protection

Shaheen has been instructed in a number of Court of Protection and best interest cases concerning the withdrawal and refusal of treatment.

Selected Cases

  • X & Others v A PCT [2011]: Acting for the Trust in a contested hearing in the Court of Protection where multiple parties were in dispute as to whether the patient should be accommodated in a care home or with family members.
  • X v A Local Authority [2010]: Directly instructed by local authority in a difficult Court of Protection case where a patient’s relative was representing himself and making threats against a social worker.
  • Re XX [2009]: Instructed to represent a Defendant Health Trust at an urgent out of hours hearing in the High Court Family Division concerning a Jehovah’s Witness who had recently given birth and was refusing a blood transfusion to save her life.
  • M v SWLSG MNHST [2008] MHLR 306: Successfully represented the Trust at the MHRT and in the Court of Appeal where it was held that the statutory preconditions for the Claimant’s detention had been complied with.
  • Re DP [2008]: Instructed to represent a Defendant Health Trust in a case where the relationship with a young patient with Hodgkins Lymphoma had broken down and she was refusing all treatment.
  • Re Terry Rodgers [2005]: Instructed in a high profile case to represent the interests of a remanded prisoner charged with the murder of his daughter who sought to starve himself to death. Experts disagreed as to whether he had capacity but following a contested hearing he was permitted to die.
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