Hannah Taylor

Senior Associate

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  • Career highlights
  • I am a senior associate in the healthcare team dealing with a range of general healthcare matters, both contentious and non-contentious. I advise on capacity, best interests and deprivation of liberty cases, serious medical treatment cases, applications to the Court of Protection and the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court, legal frameworks for packages of care for service users whose behaviour challenges and children transitioning into adult services. I have a particular interest in mental health law and my specialist practice area is the interface between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act. 


    I represented an NHS Trust in the first ever CQC prosecution under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 in October 2017, and regularly advise organisations on serious/catastrophic incidents (often attracting national media interest) and the parallel processes arising out of these, including; HSE investigations and prosecutions, police investigations and CPS prosecutions for corporate and gross negligence manslaughter, complex inquests, NHS England/CCG reviews, CQC inspections and the interface between enforcement agencies.


    From a client’s perspective, she feels like an incredibly safe pair of hands, always accessible and ready to talk through an issue and working for the Trust with as much passion and commitment as if she were one of its employees.

    Head of Executive Affairs An NHS Foundation Trust,


    A significant proportion of my work revolves around advising on appropriate legal frameworks for complex, vulnerable service users who require restrictive and intensive packages of care and support across a variety of care-settings; ranging from high-secure/specialist hospitals, general psychiatric low-secure/open units, rehabilitation centres, residential/nursing homes, traditional supported living placements, core and cluster models, "hospital-at-home", family home packages and own tenancy arrangements. They often involve regularising invasive and often ethically contentious interventions such as high-levels of physical restraint, seclusion, use of CCTV, removed-clothing personal searches, intercepting correspondence and monitoring/regulating telephone/face-to-face contact.

    Frequently, there are disputes concerning the appropriate treatment, management technique and placement which I have to facilitate the mediation of between health and social care professionals, family members and others involved in the service user's care. I have been involved in some of the most significant matters before the Court of Protection over the past 5 years, with cases that have directly impacted the application of the law and how care and support has to be delivered in practice.


    Hannah’s ability to coordinate the different strands in a case is outstanding.  Her preparation is meticulous. She has an excellent reputation amongst the solicitors working for the Official Solicitor.  They readily acknowledge her attention to detail, high quality of judgement, and the fact that “she knows what she’s doing”.

    QC Chambers,


    I have experience in representing clients seeking declarations regarding and authorisations for the delivery of Serious Medical Treatment to a service user who lacks capacity or is unable to make a lawful decision about the proposal. These can be longstanding for non-urgent interventions (such as long-term contraception/non-therapeutic sterilisation or treatment of chronic conditions) or emergency applications for life-saving interventions. I support health and social care professionals throughout the entire journey of these matters; at the outset with initial planning or safeguarding multi-agency and multi-professional meetings, scoping the whole of the intervention from how the service user will get to hospital (using forced entry where necessary) to how they will get home upon discharge, throughout the gathering and compilation of the evidence required to support the application and attendance and giving evidence during the Court hearings.  


    Hannah's style is intuitive – she knows when I would understand something and when something may need qualifying – she uses helpful examples to aid understanding… Without exception Hannah's my ‘go to’ expert for all matters of dispute or court.

    Deputy Director for Commissioning A CCG,
    • Through my experience in the Court of Protection and the High Court, I have developed a comprehensive suite of precedents for the evidence that is required; including templates for capacity assessments, records of best interest decision-making, care plans, risk assessments and witness statements. These have received accolades from a number of High Court Judges. I've also developed practical toolkits; aimed at frontline professionals to assist with complex issues such as CCTV and obstetric mental health cases.

    • I represented an NHS Trust in the first ever CQC prosecution under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 in October 2017

    • I frequently deliver seminars and training presentations to health and social care professionals, charities, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Law Society; and draft articles and briefings in this rapidly developing, but highly nuanced, practice area.

    • I am the Chair of the South West Court of Protection Practitioner Association; which is an organisation made up of health and social care professionals, IMCAs, solicitors, barristers and Judges and patient representatives involved in this area of work. We directly influence how the Court of Protection operates regionally.

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