Keri has joined Chambers from Hampshire County Council, where she spent 13 years advising on all aspects of Local Government law, specialising in the fields of education, child and adult social care.10th September 2015 Read more
The focus of Keri’s practice is the interface between individuals and the state, in the fields of community care, health care, mental health, education and general public law.
She is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor, local authorities, family members and other interested parties in the Court of Protection including capacity disputes, challenges to DOLS authorisations and welfare matters. Cases of note include capacity to consent to marriage and sexual relations and forced marriage, hoarding, diagnostic issues involving alcohol consumption and cases with an international element where the Court had to consider repatriation.
She has appeared on behalf of and advised local authorities and individuals in the Administrative Court and in the First Tier Tribunal in matters involving children and adults.
Inquests are also an area of particular interest, especially where there is an overlap with other areas of her practice. A notable inquest involved the issue of whether the deceased had capacity to refuse treatment in circumstances where the lack of treatment of a chronic illness had hastened the death.
Keri’s background at a senior level in a local authority legal department enables her to bring to her work a substantial knowledge of local authority duties and powers, as well as a practical understanding of how they work and the pressures they face.
Keri Tayler joined Chambers from Hampshire Council, where she was lead legal adviser to Children’s Services. That role encompassed advising the LA on all aspects of its duties and functions as a Children’s Services authority, providing advice on policy, strategic initiatives and high-profile cases in the Family and Administrative Courts. She has advised on adoption and fostering, as well as secure accommodation.
She has extensive experience of dealing with cases involving the LA’s duties to a child or family, including the transition to adulthood, and the consequent change in legislative regime.
She has provided legal advice to LSCB’s and Serious Case Review panels – both for Hampshire and other LAs on high profile reviews, including their interface with inquests.
Keri Tayler has advised various public bodies as to their role and function within inquests, including local authorities, Local Safeguarding Children Boards, and probation. The latter included 7 public bodies who had been involved with a prisoner released on licence who went on to commit murder. She is keen to develop her practice in this area.
Having joined Chambers from Hampshire County Council, where she advised on education matters for 13 years, Keri is ideally placed to advise on the full range of legal issues that arise in the education sector. She has experience of advising schools, academies, Independent Appeal Panels, elected members and Chief Officers, and Local Safeguarding Children Boards.
Areas of law in which she has specific expertise include: