Winsome Levy

Call: 2003

Winsome specialises in public and local government law, with a focus on the Court of Protection, health, social care and mental health. She has a growing practice in inquest cases.

Winsome is instructed by families, solicitors, local authorities and the Official Solicitor.

Before coming to the Bar, Winsome worked as a Forensic Mental Health Social Worker and sat as a Specialist Lay Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for over 16 years. She has worked in private practice on Court of Protection health and welfare cases and regularly interacts with the protected person and their families.

Winsome is particularly empathetic to the various needs associated with clients, especially those with a mental illness, vulnerable persons as well as individuals under duress and mental strain. She has a real understanding and compassion for those who are involved in the pressures associated with legal proceedings and those who lack capacity.

Winsome is qualified to accept direct access clients in her areas of practice.

If you would like more information about Winsome’s practice, please email her clerks or call them +44 (0)20 7405 6114.

Court of Protection

Winsome is instructed by local authorities, solicitors, the Official Solicitor and families. She is also regularly instructed in direct access cases. Her practice is focused on Health & Welfare, as well as accepting instructions in Property & Financial Affairs.

Winsome has significant experience in deprivation of liberty advice and representation, including a growing practice in cases involving young people who are being deprived of their liberty.

Winsome’s experience with young people also extends to supporting and advocating for those who have been involved in various stages of child care proceedings and who now find themselves in the Court of Protection. These cases often involve issues of contact with family members and other associated persons as well as disclosure of information.

Public and local government

Winsome has extensive experience acting as an in-house lawyer advising local authorities on their statutory obligations concerning:

  • the provision of social care
  • responsibilities to those who are in receipt of s117 aftercare
  • ordinary residence disputes
  • healthcare funding.

She has a real understanding of the various obligations, liabilities and associated issues that local authorities face in providing their services.

Winsome also represents all parties in ‘nearest relative’ disputes and displacement hearings.

Inquests

Winsome has significant experience in inquest hearings, representing the families of the deceased and the varying interests of public bodies.

She has also represented local authorities in inquests involving young people who have taken their own lives during the Covid 19 lockdowns, and who were also in receipt of mental health support.

Judicial review

Winsome accepts instructions in challenges to the provision of social care and  care packages and the statutory obligations of public bodies.

Notable cases

Winsome represented the local authority in Re LW [2020] EWCOP 50  – a successful welfare application, invoking the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction. LW lacked capacity to make decisions on residence, care and contact with others. The application included ceasing contact between LW and her abusive partner. Orders were made to evict him from LW’s home and prevent him from having contact with her.

Education
  • CQSW Diploma in Social Work.
  • Advanced Diploma in Mental Health Social Work (ASW/AMHP)
  • LLB (Hons)
  • BVC/Dip Law – ICSL/City University
Memberships and associations
  • Legal Action Group
  • Mental Health Lawyers
  • Court of Protection Bar Association