I am a Chartered Legal Executive in the Public Law & Human Rights team, specialising in Court of Protection and community care cases. I joined Irwin Mitchell as a paralegal in 2018, before qualifying with the firm in 2023.
I represent vulnerable adults and their families in cases where disputes occur either in relation to mental capacity or best interests. Often these disputes can be in relation to where somebody lives, or what contact they have with other people in their lives. I act on behalf of the Official Solicitor, Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) and family members in Court of Protection cases under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
I also help to challenge decisions made by public authorities, such as where unlawful assessments of a person's needs has resulted in them getting far less support than they in fact require.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
There is never a dull day, and no two weeks are ever the same. The people I work with are invariably kind and supportive.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
To advise and support clients, where often they can be some of the most vulnerable people in society, and working together to achieve a tangible outcome that could really improve their circumstances.
What inspired you to get into law?
For almost 13 years I worked in administration in His Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, and it was during that time that I realised that what I loved about the job was helping people to understand and navigate what can often be very difficult and complicated legal processes. Wanting to help people was what drove me to studying law and wanting to make positive changes to the lives of the most vulnerable people in society.
What do you do away from the office?
I try to spend as much time outdoors as I can, through walking and hiking. On rainy days I can be found with my nose in a science fiction novel.