I am an Assistant Solicitor within the Social Welfare Department. I advise clients on Community Care matters under the Care Act 2014. I have experience of acting for Protected parties in the Court of Protection, including cases with the Official Solicitor.
I am now an Accredited Legal Representative under the Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme from 1 April 2018. I assist clients with a wide variety of community care matters. This includes assisting clients in obtaining community care assessments for individuals with physical and mental disabilities, in order to meet their care needs. I also assist in challenging assessments, eligibility criteria, reduction in services, charges for services and decisions in relation to direct payments.
I am also experienced in the Court of Protection with Welfare cases including acting for the Protected party and other family members. This work includes s21A challenges to standard authorisations (DOLS) and Welfare cases.
I have extensive experience of representing clients detained under or subject to the Mental Health Act 1983. I am experienced in advocating for clients at First Tier Mental Health Tribunals, Hospital Managers Meetings and Care Programme Approach meetings.
I have significant experience of dealing with vulnerable clients who have complex mental health problems with needs. I have been an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme since May 2014.
I offer advice, representation and advocacy to defendants facing eviction through Leeds County Court duty possession scheme.
LLB (Hons) (2:1) University of Central Lancashire
Legal Practice Course (Commendation) University of Central Lancashire
LLM – Mental Health Law and Practice (Distinction) University of Northumbria
Member of Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Scheme since May 2014
Accredited Legal Representative under the Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme from 1 April 2018