Varsha graduated from Cambridge University with a BA/MSci (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) and an MPhil in Molecular Biology.
She subsequently worked for a number of years in bioethics research and policy at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. There she researched and prepared major reports on the ethical issues regarding dementia; neurotechnologies that intervene in the brain; and biofuels. She also prepared papers on the ethics of paediatric clinical trials and global health inequalities.
Given her background, Varsha retains a strong interest in bioethics and healthcare law.
Court of Protection
Varsha has a very busy Court of Protection practice and regularly represents the Official Solicitor, RPRs and lay litigation friends, family members, local authorities, CCGs, care providers, and the Public Guardian.
She has expertise in challenges to DOLS authorisations and complex welfare disputes regarding capacity, residence, care, contact, social media and internet use, and sexual relations.
Varsha has appeared in Tier 3 (High Court) cases as either sole or junior counsel. These cases have involved: serious medical treatment (led by Victoria Butler-Cole QC), foreign travel, marriage, residence, care, and contact. Varsha is experienced in acting in cases where other parties are represented by leading counsel or more senior juniors.
Varsha regularly acts for the Public Guardian in property and affairs matters concerning LPAs and deputyships.
Seminars and training
Varsha regularly presents at seminars and training events on mental capacity law, attended by solicitors, health and social care practitioners, deputies, and case managers. She welcomes invitations to deliver training.
[Tier 3] Application regarding residence, care, contact, marriage, and foreign travel, and the continuation of a forced marriage protection order (counsel for P’s father)
A CCG v YS (1) A Local Authority (2)
[Tier 3] Personal welfare application regarding the management of P’s epilepsy care and treatment whilst overseas, and whether he should travel abroad (counsel for local authority)
[Tier 3] Personal welfare application regarding KP, a 17-year-old girl with significant care and support needs, who had experienced a series of placement breakdowns with escalating risk to herself and others (junior counsel for P’s mother, led by Keri Tayler)
CCG v YS (1) BZ (2)
Application regarding YS – a 35-year-old woman with diagnoses of quadriplegia and cerebral palsy and requiring intensive 24/7 care – and the minimum number of hours of professional care required for YS to reside at home (counsel for P’s mother)
CCG v PL (1) AL (2) AB (3)
Personal welfare application in respect of PL – a 23-year-old male with a diagnosis of autism and severe learning disability – who had significant needs and required a bespoke placement (counsel for P)
Personal welfare application regarding the residence, care, and contact of P – a man with moderate learning disabilities and a diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome – where there were also concerns regarding potential abuse and coercion by family members, and suicide attempts by P (counsel for local authority)
s.21A challenge concerning P – a man with diagnoses of autism, moderate learning disability, and schizophrenia – where there was also an ongoing criminal investigation into an alleged suicide pact / attempted murder of P (counsel for P)
WCC v SK (1) AK (2) MBK (3)
Personal welfare application concerning P, a 38-year-old man with diagnoses of mild learning disability, Asperger’s Syndrome and schizophrenia, where P’s capacity regarding residence, care, contact, sexual relations, and finances was in issue (counsel for local authority).
DCC v SW (by her litigation friend, SB) (1) DDCCG (2) TA (3)
Personal welfare application concerning P’s residence, care, contact, social media and internet use (counsel for P)
LCC v ML
s.21A challenge regarding P, a 70-year-old woman with a history of serious alcohol misuse and alcohol-related brain damage (counsel for P)
P v A Local Authority (1) A CCG (2)
s.21A challenge regarding P, a 53-year-old man with diagnoses of Asperger’s Syndrome/Autistic Spectrum Disorder and a moderate learning disability, and a forensic history. Issues included potential use of the DOLS regime for public protection (counsel for P)
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust v ED (1) FD (2)  EWCOP 18
Serious medical treatment case concerning the withholding of life-sustaining treatment (junior counsel for P’s mother, led by Victoria Butler-Cole QC)
The London Borough of Hillingdon v JV and Ors  EWCOP 61
Judgment by Senior Judge Hilder on the appointment of RPRs in the context of attorneyship (counsel for P)
RESPECT counsellor at No5 (providing advice and support to No5 members/staff affected by inappropriate behaviour)
BPTC Major Scholarship, Inner Temple (2013)
GDL Exhibition and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship, Inner Temple (2012)
Selected by Harvard Kennedy School of Government, European Molecular Biology Laboratory and European School of Molecular Medicine to attend E4S (postgraduate summer school on science and society) (2008)
MPhil Studentship, BBSRC (2007)
BPTC, City Law School: Very Competent
GDL, City Law School: Commendation
MPhil Molecular Biology, Pembroke College, Cambridge University
BA/MSci (Hons) Natural Sciences, Pembroke College, Cambridge University: 2.1
Court of Protection Team Podcast: Ep 3 – Urgent applications