I am a Chartered Legal Executive in the Public Law & Human Rights team, specialising in court of protection and community care work. I joined Irwin Mitchell as a paralegal in 2015 before training and qualifying with the firm.
I work with individuals lacking mental capacity who are unable to make decisions on important aspects of their lives; including their care, where they live or what contact they have with family and friends.
Often I represent the wishes of people deprived of their liberty in care homes, hospitals or in the community. I also prepare welfare deputyship applications to enable family members or friends to take on the role of promoting and protecting the rights of their loved ones.
What inspired you to get into law?
After finishing a Masters in Human Rights I realised I wanted to use the law to help people who need it most. The work we do in the Public Law & Human Rights team benefits our clients but also wider groups and communities.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
The clients I represent are some of the most vulnerable in society, and using the law to challenge decisions made about them in an effort to change their circumstances for the better feels very rewarding.
Many of my cases are publicly funded, and it always rewarding to help someone who would have otherwise been unable to afford legal advice.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I work in a team full of dedicated people and we support each other brilliantly. The range of expertise we have at Irwin Mitchell is unrivalled – whatever legal problem a client has, there is likely to be someone who knows the answer.
What do you do away from the office?
Away from the office I spend time with my two small daughters and try to squeeze in some basketball, netball, and dinners out in London.
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