John Holdsworth

John has specialised in care of the vulnerable throughout his legal career, having worked for Bristol City Council before joining Barcan+Kirby.

He now works solely on adult protection and issues dealt with by the Court of Protection. John is regularly instructed in matters to do with the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney and preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney.  He also assists clients with applications for the appointment of a Deputy.

John also appears in contested applications before the Court of Protection in both financial and healthcare matters.

John is able to advise clients on appealing NHS continuing healthcare funding decisions. He provides guidance on the process for challenging assessments done by the local clinical commissioning group and represent clients at panel hearings.


John is a member of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association (COPPA) and is training to be appointed as an Accredited Practitioner for Mental Capacity.


  • Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) from Northumbria University (John was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 2013)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law, Birmingham
  • MA (Hons) Theology from the University of St Andrews
  • “It was particularly helpful that Mr Holdsworth held meetings at venues to suit myself/family, i.e. the local office and care centre.”
    AnonCourt of Protection Client
  • “I was struggling to understand the Lasting Power of Attorney process online, and John explained every step and was very patient in answering all my questions, for which I am very grateful.”

    AnonCourt of Protection Client