Angela Hodes

Call: 1979

Angela is an established  family practitioner with extensive experience in all aspects of family law, particularly care work and ancillary relief.

For many years she specialised in declaratory relief involving decisions relating to capacity and with the advent of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is  well known for her work in the Court of Protection concerning health and welfare decision making for adults who lack capacity.

Angela is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor as well as  acting for families and other parties in cases that challenge decisions made on behalf of adults who may lack the capacity to make decisions about their health and welfare, contact and residence.

She is an experienced mediator (Regents College SPC accredited) and she is frequently involved in dealing with matters through mediation whether as mediator for family, health and social care disputes or as counsel and many of her cases are resolved successfully without the need for judicial determination.

Angela is interested in Coronial law and represents both the families of the bereaved and other parties at inquests.

She lectures on the Mental Capacity Act 2005, mediation and on the care of the elderly and has given seminars to local authorities on the impact of the legislation.

Beyond her own practice Angela is Assistant Deputy Coroner for London Inner West. She is an honorary legal adviser and on the management committee of a national children’s charity for fostering and adoption and a trustee of the Genesis Research Trust.

If you would like any further information regarding Angela Hodes’ practice, please contact her clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.

Notable cases
  • Primary Care Trust & Anor v AH & Ors [2008] 2 FLR 1196: In relation to a vulnerable adult living with his adoptive mother where neither were complying with a treatment regime the court highlighted concerns that the close identification of the mother with her son made it difficult to determine whether his views were his own The President considered whether, under the Mental Capacity Act, he could make orders similar to those he could make under the inherent jurisdiction of the Family Division. Concluding in the affirmative he proceeded to make an order for P’s removal to hospital for assessment away from his mother with the use of proportionate restraint if necessary.
  • Dorset CC v EH [2009] EWHC 784 (Fam): Despite the Official Solicitor’s view and independent expert’s opinion that EH, an elderly lady with dementia, should be assisted to continue to live at home the judge agreed with the local authority that it was in EH’s best interests to be deprived of her liberty in residential accommodation for her own safety.
  • B Borough Council v S [2006] EWHC 2584 (Fam): Local authority seeking without notice relief in respect of husband’s hospitalisation in home for elderly mentally infirm – Whether authority correct to issue without notice proceedings.
  • Re A Local Authority (Inquiry: Restraint on Publication) [2004] Fam 96: Inherent jurisdiction and restraint on publication of inquiry report.
  • D-R v D-R [1999] 1 FLR 1161 CA: The Court of Appeal held there was no presumption of contact between a parent and a vulnerable adult.
  • BA (Hons) London
Professional memberships
  • FLBA
  • ALC
  • Young Minds; Medico-Legal Society
  • The Coroners’ Society of England and Wales
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