Michael Kennedy

Court of Protection

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Michael Kennedy

Director and Barrister

Michael has worked in the legal sector for 30 years.  He is a Director and Barrister in our Court of Protection Health and Welfare department.

Court of Protection

Switalskis Solicitors Ltd
St James House, 28 Park Place

Michael provides advice and representation to clients wanting solutions.

His focus includes:

  • Issues which arise concerning a client's mental health (or that of others)
  • The capacity to make decisions and related issues
  • Solutions in relation to safeguarding concerns

He is a specialist in:

  • Mental health and capacity law
  • The law in relation to the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court
  • Community care law

Michael is a member of the Court of Protection Bar Association and he is ranked in the most recent edition of Chambers and Partners, a leading legal directory.

Michael has co-authored numerous articles published in peer reviewed journals concerning medico-legal issues arising in this area of practice. He is the co-author of Dementia & The Law: A Clinician’s Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2023).



Michael is, above all pragmatic, and seeks to find a solution to a problem with a minimum of cost and fuss.


Michael has practised in the field of mental health, capacity and community care law for over 25 years (with relevant experience in the preceding 5 years). He's represented clients with mental health problems of one form or another in the following jurisdictions:

  • The first-tier tribunal mental health
  • The Court of Protection
  • The High Court (inherent jurisdiction)
  • The parole board
  • The Crown Court

“Michael Kennedy, Leesa Hullah and Alison Kaye are excellent. What shines through is their dedication to putting the wishes and feelings of P first and striving to achieve the best outcome for P.”



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