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.
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
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
Pro Bono Unit
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