I am a solicitor in the Clinical Risk department specialising in medical law. I have particular expertise in mental health law, and advise clients in relation to Mental Health Act powers and responsibilities, regulatory issues and policy development.
I undertake Court of Protection and mental capacity work in relation to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, health and welfare applications and financial matters. I have a special interest in cases involving interaction between the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983 (as Amended by the 2007 Act), and provide training to clients in this complex area. I have previously represented patients in the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health), which helps me to view issues from a variety of perspectives, and ensures a pragmatic approach.
My work also includes advising and representing NHS bodies and private providers of health and social care in inquests. In addition I assist clients in public law matters including judicial review proceedings.
I am very involved in voluntary work and regularly undertake pro bono legal advice work, with a particular interest in mental health. I received a national award for volunteering from HEA in 2011 for pro bono work in mental health and immigration work.