Caroline Hurst

Court of Protection Senior Associate Lawyer

I have recently completed a 21a challenge with Caroline Hurst. I have known Caroline on a professional basis for a while now. She always goes the extra miles to support the vulnerable to have their rights upheld, and because of her perseverance she manages to get positive outcomes for the people we jointly support. She is friendly, down to earth and very knowledgeable. I will definitely be asking Caroline to work with me on future challenges.Stephen


Caroline is a Chartered Legal Executive and a Senior Associate. She joined Simpson Millar in January 2019 and has represented vulnerable adults in the Court of Protection for over 10 years.

Caroline specialises in health and welfare applications concerning a wide range of disputed decisions including those relating to residence, care, contact, marriage and serious medical treatment as well as challenges to an individual’s deprivation of liberty.

Caroline has developed a particular specialism in dealing with cases regarding a person’s capacity to consent to sexual relations and cases which involve P’s use of internet and social media. Caroline was instructed in the leading case on this issue and has been involved in a number of high profile cases  in the Court of Appeal. 

The majority of Caroline’s case involve her representing the vulnerable person at the centre of the proceedings (“P”) and she is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and advocacy services.

These are some of Caroline's reported cases:

Re A (Capacity:Social Media and Internet Use: Best Interests) [2019] EWCOP 2

A Local Authority in Yorkshire v SF [2020] EWCOP 15

A Local Authority v AW [2020] EWCOP 24

A Local Authority v AB and SB EWCOP 32 and SB Capacity Assessment [2020] EWCOP 43

Caroline is mentioned as a Key Lawyer in the Legal 500. People who work with Caroline said:

"Caroline Hurst has massive experience and a great inclination for the likely path a case will take and how best to navigate it. I love working with this firm"

"Caroline Hurst has consistently been professional, whilst demonstrating an excellent understanding of her clients. In addition she is responsive and accessible".

She is also named as an “associate to watch” in Chambers and Partners 2022 legal directory, and is described as "...very approachable and knowledgeable".

Caroline writes blogs on topical subjects and is published with Bridget Dolan QC in the Community Care magazine. She is also involved in projects in respect of Women in the Law.

Caroline is a media representative for Epilepsy Action, a Dementia Champion and is authorised to provide information sessions by the Alzheimer’s Society to encourage people to become Dementia Friends.

Interests outside of work

Caroline is a keen baker and will regularly bring samples to the office to the delight of her colleagues. She also enjoys travelling, reading and walking.


Shortlisted for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2018 in the category of social and welfare law.

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