Barrister (Middle Temple) and Senior Lecturer
Having read Law at Manchester University and the Inns of Court School of Law, Neil joined the University in 2003 and is a Lecturer and the Deputy Director of its Legal Advice Centre. With particular research interests in mental health and incapacity law, he has published in books and legal journals, teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and lectures psychiatric, social welfare, and legal professionals in mental capacity and mental health matters.
Neil was called to the Bar in 1999 and practises from 39 Essex Chambers, predominantly in the Court of Protection where he is ranked by Chambers and Partners Guide to the World's Best Lawyers: "His academic excellence in this field is a real strength, and he's brilliant." "His ability to quickly identify those issues which may cause difficulties makes him a very helpful advocate." "The level of his ability is beyond his years of call.”
His recent cases include Re X  EWHC 25 (COP DOL); P v Cheshire West  UKSC 19 ("deprivation of liberty"); A LA v SY  EWHC 3485 (non-marriages); P v M  EWHC 2778 ("best interests"); Re MB  EWHC 2508 (validity of DOLS authorisations); G v E  EWHC 2512 (deputyship),  EWHC 2042 (media),  EWCA Civ 822 (Winterwerp),  EWHC 621 (Articles 5, 8).
Neil also adjudicates fitness to practise hearings, is trustee of the mental health charity, Making Space, and is an advisor to various research panels and organisations.