Lawrence Messling Court of Protection & Social Care

Call: 1983

Introduction

Lawrence is a specialist advocate in serious public law children cases, appearing regularly in High and County Courts. He has more than twenty five years experience as an advocate in public law children’s cases.

Lawrence has been the head of the St Philips Family Law Group since 2010 and a Deputy Head of Chambers since 2011.

He also lectures on aspects of public children law and chairs related conferences and seminars usually of a multidisciplinary nature. He is a trainer on the pediatrician expert witness programme. He chaired the British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) Midlands Region Legal Group for some ten years.

 What the directories say:

“A very articulate, persuasive advocate.” “He carries a seniority that gives him authority.” – Chambers and Partners 2015

Lawrence Messling has ‘a steely determination to do what is right’ (Legal 500 2013)

Lawrence Messling is ‘hardworking, approachable and very professional’ (Legal 500 2012)

Lawrence Messling is an ‘extremely competent advocate whose measured and professional approach has promoted the resolution of complicated and emotionally charged matters’ (Legal 500 2011)

Qualification and Appointments:

Qualified mediator

Qualified for direct access

Memberships:

Family Law Bar Association

British Association for Adoption and Fostering

Association of Lawyers for Children


Health & Welfare

Lawrence has undertaken cases involving vulnerable adults and children for over 25 years. These cases have involved a variety of jurisdictions including Mental Health, Social Care legislation, the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court and more recently the Court of Protection.

He has represented local authorities, relatives and patients.

He has a number of qualities which have proved particularly relevant to these important and often complex cases.

Lawrence Messling has ‘a steely determination to do what is right’ (Legal 500 2013)

Lawrence Messling is ‘hardworking, approachable and very professional’ (Legal 500 2012)

Lawrence Messling is an ‘extremely competent advocate whose measured and professional approach has promoted the resolution of complicated and emotionally charged matters’ (Legal 500 2011)

Reported Cases:

 

RE B (MINOR) 2008 EWHC 1996 COLERIDGE J 10/6/08 (LAWFULNESS OF NOT RESUSCITATING DISABLED CHILD)
The court considered whether it would be lawful and in the best interests of a profoundly mentally and physically disabled child for her not to receive intensive resuscitation, if she developed a deteriorating illness or became severely unwell

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