Adreeja Chatterjee is Head of the No5 Court of Protection Group.
She regularly represents vulnerable clients and undertakes Official Solicitor work. She conducts Court of Protection work in the High Court and at other levels, including emergency hearings, in health and welfare cases where there are challenges to whether an adult has capacity to make decisions about sexual relations, marriage, financial matters, contact, residence and other best interests decisions.
Adreeja is a leading national expert in cases of forced marriage, having represented local authorities, police forces, vulnerable parties and respondents in a substantial number of prominent forced and incapacitous marriage cases since the introduction of this legislation. She is a popular guest speaker on this topic and has written a textbook on the law of forced and incapacitous marriages.
Adreeja has a specialist knowledge of transitional cases for young people in the care system who are moving into the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection, in particular for children and young adults in residential placements which involve a deprivation of their liberty, and where capacity issues arise.
Adreeja also undertakes property and affairs work, relying on her breadth of knowledge in divorce/matrimonial and care proceedings within the family law jurisdiction, where matters overlap and/or cross over into the Court of Protection. She is instructed by the Office of the Public Guardian and by other parties in financial applications concerning contested deputyships and attorneyships where there are allegations of financial wrongdoing.
Adreeja aims to adopt a pragmatic and sympathetic approach to lay clients, and welcomes early involvement in the case in order to achieve the best strategic outcome.
Adreeja regularly delivers lectures to barristers and solicitors, and provides in-house training to local authorities on Court of Protection issues. She was guest speaker at the UK Association of Women Judges Annual Conference in November 2018, speaking after the President of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale.
Adreeja is licensed to accept direct access instructions from members of the public.
Health and welfare - cases of incapacity and vulnerable adults, best interests challenges
Property and affairs - including matrimonial and TLATA/cohabitation claims
Challenges to deputies and litigation friends
Forced marriages – cases of incapacitated and vulnerable adults
Direct access work
Guest speaker “Forced Marriages and Incapacity”, UK Association of Women Judges Annual Conference, Liverpool, November 2018
Expert contributor, LexisNexis
No 5 Chambers Equality and Diversity Committee – Parental Leave/Flexible Working Officer
Registered Pupil Supervisor
Midlands Circuit Advocacy Trainer
Registered for Direct Access Work
Hobbies and interests
Director and Board Member – Craftspace, a national leading contemporary crafts organisation and charity
“Calm, effective and meticulous in her preparation of a case.”
Legal 500 2021
“She represents all stakeholders in Court of Protection cases”
Legal 500 2020
“Very experienced in cases involving capacity issues.”
Legal 500 2019
“A strong committed advocate, who will always fight her client’s corner.”
Legal 500 2016
“Shines in complex care cases, including cross-border adoptions and placements.”
Legal 500 2015
Re XCC -v- AA, BB, CC, DD (2012) EWHC 2183 (COP), (2013) 2 FCR 401 (appearing at the fact-finding hearing)
A case heard by Parker J involving forced marriage protection orders and the capacity of a learning disabled adult to consent to marriage , sexual relations, contact and residence. Representing family members who sought to challenge expert psychiatric and other evidence.
Representing by her litigation friend a wife in a coma, where the husband, a high net worth individual who had disposed of a matrimonial property, sought to displace the appointment of that litigation friend. His application was successfully resisted.
Advising as to whether a professional deputy should remain appointed and whether the client’s elderly mother had capacity following conflicting capacity assessments and the suspicion of financial abuse by another family member.
Advising a family member as to the strategy and prospects of success of bringing about a change of residence for a Down’s syndrome young man where his surviving parent opposed him moving from a care home which did not seem to meet his needs.
Appointed Deputy District Judge 2019
Nominated Judge of the Court of Protection 2020
Seconded to Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre, as Deputy District Judge (Family and CoP) January – April 2021
Dr Cooper Studentship, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
Gray’s Inn Scholarship
COPPA (Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association)
MA (Cantab) Law Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
Publications and Media
Author of “A Practical Guide to Forced and Incapacitous Marriages” published by Law Brief Publishing, September 2019
A Guide to Forced Marriage for Family Lawyers, June 2020, MBL Seminars
Deprivation of Liberty for Children and Young People – A Guide for Court of Protection and Family Lawyers, September 2020, MBL Seminars
“We cannot lose sight of the illegality of forced marriage”