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Barrister - Varsha Jagadesham

Year of Call:  2014

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Senior Practice Manager:
Abdul Hafeez

Practice Group Clerks:
Craig Wain
Gavin John
Lucas Bennett
Christy Irvine

Chief Executive & Director of Clerking
Tony McDaid

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Varsha Jagadesham - Court of Protection

Varsha worked in bioethics for several years before coming to the Bar.

She graduated from Cambridge University with a BA/MSci in Biochemistry and an MPhil in Molecular Biology.

Varsha subsequently worked in bioethics research and policy, researching and preparing major reports on the ethical issues concerning dementia; neurotechnologies for the treatment of brain disorders; and biofuels. She also researched the ethics of paediatric clinical trials and global health issues.

Given her background, Varsha has a strong foundation in medical ethics and healthcare law. She is very interested in those cases concerning determination of capacity and best interests.

COURT OF PROTECTION

Varsha has a busy Court of Protection practice, advising and acting in both health and welfare and property and affairs matters.

Varsha regularly represents the Official Solicitor, family members, local authorities and the Office of the Public Guardian. She is experienced in challenges to DOLS authorisations, health and welfare matters (e.g. regarding decisions about residence, care and treatment, contact and education), capacity disputes, and financial cases.

EXAMPLES OF RECENT INSTRUCTIONS
  • Representing P/ the Official Solicitor in a s.21A challenge where P had a diagnosis of Korsakov Dementia and there were issues as to whether capacity would/could be regained
  • Representing P/ the Official Solicitor in a s.21A challenge where P had autism and there were issues of forensic psychology and public protection
  • Representing the RPR and family of P in a s.21A application.
  • Representing the local authority in a s.21A application where the mental capacity and best interests requirements were being challenged
  • Representing the local authority in a s.16 application regarding the residence, health care, social care and educational needs of P who had significant learning disabilities and was not accessing services
  • Representing the local authority in a s.16 application regarding residence, care, contact, and finance, where there was also a dispute as to capacity and jurisdiction
  • Representing the Office of the Public Guardian in a s.22 application concerning the validity of LPAs executed by P and their potential revocation
QUALIFICATIONS                                                                               
  • BPTC, City Law School: Very Competent
  • GDL, City Law School: Commendation
  • Law and Medical Ethics CPD course, Edinburgh University
  • MPhil Molecular Biology, Cambridge University
  • BA/MSci (Hons) Biochemistry, Cambridge University: Upper Second Class
AWARDS                                                                                              
  • BPTC Major Scholarship, Inner Temple
  • GDL Exhibition, Inner Temple
  • BBSRC MPhil Research Studentship
  • Award by Harvard Kennedy School of Government, European Molecular Biology Laboratory and European School of Molecular Medicine to attend E4S
MEMBERSHIPS                                                                                   
  • Pro Bono Unit
  • ALBA