Andrew James Spooner LLB


Andrew specialises in Mental Capacity, Community Care and Mental Health Law

Mental Capacity
Andrew has been assisting clients in the Court of Protection and its regional courts since 2012. Andrew is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor who acts as litigation friend to the patient, in addition Andrew also represents the relatives of patients who are subject to Court of Protection proceedings. He has been instructed Andrew has been instructed in numerous serious medical treatment cases convened at the Royal Courts of Justice and is a member of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association.


  • D [2017] EWCOP 15 – Concerning stem cell treatment for a soldier with an acquired brain injury.
  • X [2016] EWCOP 50 – Concerning what provision of care the local authority should provide to a patient in their own home with considerable nursing needs.
  • SB [2013] EWHC 1417 (COP) – Concerning the patient’s capacity to consent to a termination.

Mental Health
Andrew has represented clients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 at hospitals across the South West in addition to travelling to high secure units such as Broadmoor in Berkshire and Rampton in Nottinghamshire.

Community Care
Andrew has undertaken a significant amount of community care work and litigated with local authorities in order to ensure clients are receiving an appropriate package of care within their home or placement. Andrew regularly challenges social care assessments and has judicially reviewed the decisions of local authorities.

Our Team

Our reputation speaks for itself

Adrian Hill, Kenneth Papenfus and Sarah Ackland have been representing the people of Plymouth, and the surrounding area,
for more than 80 years between them, relying entirely on recommendations and word of mouth.

Sarah Ackland LLB

Managing Director, Solicitor Advocate

Adrian Hill

Director, Solicitor Advocate

Kenneth Papenfus LLB

Director, Duty Solicitor

Andrew James Spooner LLB


Rosie Williams, BSc


Jolyon Tuck, BA, LLB


Anita Haire

Office Manager

Ann Scowen

Legal Secretary