Court of Protection

Melanie Varey

Partner, Head of Court of Protection


Areas of Expertise:

Melanie is a Partner and head of our national Court of Protection department, a large team of specialist lawyers based in our office locations across the country who can provide clear advice about both health and welfare and property and affairs applications and disputes.

Melanie has more than 10 years’ experience representing vulnerable adults and their family members in cases in the Court of Protection concerning mental capacity, residence and care disputes, deprivation of liberty applications and decisions relating to serious medical treatment.

She specialises in complex cases concerning capacity and sexual relations, contraception and marriage that often also have proceedings running alongside in the Family Court relating to forced marriage protection orders.

Melanie is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, advocacy services and family members who are a party to proceedings or simply need advice before Court proceedings are issued in respect of their loved ones.

She has been instructed in a number of reported cases including a case that led to a change in the law.

The Court of Protection has been ranked in Chambers and Partners 2022 Guide

The Court of Protection Team is also recommended in Legal 500 2022 Edition and Melanie has been noted herself.


  • "I would like to thank everyone at Simpson Millar for their excellent work, professionalism, kindness and understanding. At a time when things were very stressful and anxious regarding my daughter, I always felt that however busy everyone was, I was always lent a sympathetic ear which was very much appreciated. Especially by Melanie Varey. I hoped for total support from Simpson Millar when I instructed them, I got so much more. I would highly recommend them and would definitely use them again in the future. Many many thanks again for everything, you were brilliant, Melanie you have being the absolute best I couldn’t thank you enough, you are a credit to Simpson Millar."

    Mrs A


  • "Mel Varey has huge practical experience of CoP litigation. She has fantastic client empathy which make her a standout solicitor in cases involving people who would otherwise struggle to have their ‘voice’ properly understood in the court room. She trains her staff demonstrably well"

    Industry Professional

    Legal 500 2022

Professional Memberships

Melanie is joint Chair of the Executive Committee of the Court of Practitioners Association (CoPPA). She is also a Law Society accredited Legal Representative (Mental Capacity) and an external Law Society Assessor for the accreditation scheme.

Interests outside work

Melanie loves yoga, live music, summer festivals and spending time in Italy.

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