I have a degree in Law with French from Newcastle University and obtained a distinction in the Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University.
I have worked at Ben Hoare Bell LLP since 2002 and was made a partner in 2008. I specialise in mental health and mental capacity law. I have been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Scheme since 2004 and regularly represent patients before the Mental Health Tribunal. I also have experience of representing nearest relatives both before the Tribunal and in county court displacement proceedings.
I have a particular interest in Court of Protection (health and welfare) matters including disputes about residence, care and contact which may arise in relation to individuals who lack mental capacity to make decisions about these matters. I am frequently instructed by Relevant Person’s Representatives (RPRs) to bring applications challenging deprivations of liberty under section 21A Mental Capacity Act 2005. I am also regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor in relation to health and welfare matters. In April 2018 I achieved Accredited Legal Representative/accredited practitioner status on the Law Society Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme.
In addition to my case work I am the firm’s Training Principal which means I am responsible for the recruitment and supervision of the firm’s trainee solicitors.
Outside Ben Hoare Bell LLP I was appointed as a part-time Mental Health Tribunal Judge in 2014.
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