My areas of specialism are mental capacity, education and public law. I work with individuals who are unable to make decisions on important aspects of their lives. This can mean their care, residence or contact with their family members or friends.
In addition, I work with individuals who are deprived of their liberty in care homes or hospitals as well as family members who seek representation in these disputes.
In my education work, I help parents and young people facing disputes with education providers. This includes special educational needs, exclusion, admission and policy challenges. I also advise clients with their challenges to schools, colleges and local authorities.
In my public law work, I challenge decisions made by public bodies which may be unlawful or be breaching an individuals’ human rights. These public bodies include local authorities, funding bodies and central government.
What inspired you to get into law?
I enjoyed public speaking at school and I was influenced by legal TV dramas.
I’ve always wanted to challenge injustices and give a voice to individuals when I can.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Achieving positive outcomes for my clients which make differences to their lives. I value empowering individuals and bringing legal challenges which have widespread impact across society. I feel a sense of achievement by playing a part in developing the law and influencing policy when I can.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
The firm offers holistic services to our clients and leads in several practice areas. The firm’s values put our clients at the heart of our services and make sure we deliver first class legal advice and representation. My colleagues are also very supportive and caring.
What do you do away from the office?
I enjoy running, African dance, reading and listening to world music.
- Practical Education Law: Law Society 2005
- New Law Journal articles- various
- Legal Action Group Bulletin: Six monthly Education Law updates
- Outstanding Achievement: Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Silver Jubilee Awards 2009.
- Highly Commended in the category of Private Practice Lawyer of the Year: Law Society Excellence Awards 2014.
- Lawyer of the Year: Modern Law Awards 2018