I am a Solicitor in the Public Law & Human Rights (PLHR) department at Irwin Mitchell. I lead the PLHR team in Southampton and am responsible for the South Coast region.
I specialise in community care and mental capacity law; my work includes:
- Policy challenges
- Cuts cases
- Community care law (such as challenging assessments by local authorities)
- Judicial review against the NHS
- Welfare Court of Protection proceedings
- Delayed discharge cases
- Continuing healthcare appeals
- Applications for Lasting Power of Attorney and welfare deputyship
Most of my clients are vulnerable and/or disabled children, adults or their family members. Normally the cases I handle are funded by legal aid and when this isn’t available, I explore what other funding arrangements might be suitable.
Before taking a law conversion course and joining Irwin Mitchell, I achieved a first class BA at the University of Toronto and an MSt at Oxford University. My master's dissertation focused on international human rights law for LGBT people.
I am a Committee Member of the Law Society's Access to Justice Committee, which works to promote improvements in the availability and operation of legal aid and in access to justice. In my spare time, I volunteer with Southampton Mencap.
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