Adreeja Chatterjee joined No5 Chambers in 2002.
Adreeja has a wide range of experience in cases involving mental health issues in and outside the Court of Protection. 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 has a particular expertise in cases of forced marriage, having represented local authorities, police forces, vulnerable parties and respondents in a substantial number of forced marriage cases in the Midlands region since the introduction of this legislation. She regularly delivers seminars and has written articles on this topic.
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.
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.
Adreeja is licensed to accept direct access instructions from members of the public.
She is fluent in Bengali and French.
· 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
‘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
Adreeja recently delivered a talk on Forced Marriages and Domestic Abuse for Lexis Nexis, you can view this webinar here.
SEMINARS & TALKS
Adreeja is a trustee and board member of Craftspace - a national contemporary crafts organisation and charity.
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
Re XCC -v- AA, BB, CC, DD  EWHC 2183 (COP),  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.
COPPA (Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association)
Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge –BA Hons Law Awarded Dr Cooper Scholarship 1996