The CPBA is a professional association for barristers who specialise in cases in the Court of Protection.  Cases are heard in the Court of Protection or (sometimes) in the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.  Whilst there is a vast range of such cases, the one thing almost all have in common is that one or more litigants lacks the capacity to make their own decisions.

The main objects of the Association are:

  • to provide a forum for discussion of common interests among its members;
  • to promote the interests of the Court of Protection Bar;
  • to ascertain and represent the views of its members on matters relating to and affecting their professional interests;
  • to protect and promote the interests of justice, in particular with reference to the Court of Protection;
  • to further the study, understanding and development of the practice and procedure of Court of Protection and of the Mental Capacity Act 2005;
  • to promote and enhance the legal education and training of those practising or intending to practice at the Bar in Court of Protection Work

The Association is run by a Committee, headed by a team of executive Officers.  Its constitution can be found here

The CPBA organises conference, seminars and social events for its members.

Membership of the CPBA, which is by subscription, is open to any member of the Bar of England and Wales interested in Court of Protection law (with the possibility for honorary membership to be offered by the Committee).   

For further details, and to join, please contact the CPBA Membership Secretary, Mungo Wenban-Smith: mungo.wenban-smith@39essex.com.