Denzil Lush read history at University College London, and law at Corpus Christi College Cambridge. He was admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1978, and is also qualified to practise as a solicitor and notary public in Scotland. He was formerly a partner in Anstey & Thompson (now known as Foot Anstey), Solicitors, Exeter, and was a part-time chairman of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal from 1994 to 1996, before being appointed master of the Court of Protection on 24 April 1996.
He became the senior judge of the Court of Protection when the Mental Capacity Act 2005 came into force on 1 October 2007. Article 4 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2007 provides that he is to be treated as a circuit judge.
He is the author of ‘Elderly clients: a precedent manual’ (1996; 3rd edition 2010), Cohabitation: Law practice and precedents (1993; 5th edition 2012) and Cretney & Lush on lasting and enduring powers of attorney (6th edition, 2009), and has contributed chapters to various medical and legal reference books. He is one of the consulting editors of Court of Protection Law Reports.
Judge Lush was formerly a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Sub-Committee. He was a member of the British Medical Association’s working party that drew up the Code of practice on advance statements about medical treatment, and contributed to Assessing mental capacity: Guidance for doctors and lawyers, published jointly by the British Medical Association and the Law Society in 1995 (3rd edition 2009). He was also a member of the working party on structured settlements, which reported to the Master of the Rolls in August 2002.
He is a judicial member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), and was presented with the Geoffrey Shindler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession at the STEP Private Client Awards 2009/10. He is a patron of SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly); was formerly a trustee of the PEOPIL Foundation
(Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injuries Lawyers), and was a member of the international team of lawyers who drafted the Yokohama Declaration on Adult Guardianship Law in 2010.