I joined the Public Law & Human Rights team as a Paralegal in September 2014. I qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in January 2019 and began my qualified role in May 2019.
I specialise in civil claims against the police and other state bodies. These include claims for unlawful detention, false imprisonment, assault and claims under the Human Rights Act.
I have a particular interest in bringing claims for data protection breaches for vulnerable women who have had their data unlawfully disclosed by the state which causes these women to suffer psychological harm.
I regularly represent family members in inquest proceedings where individuals have died while in state care or detention. Usually, this is because of failures by the state to look after these people properly, which contributes to their death.
I also specialise in welfare cases relating to vulnerable adults in the Court of Protection. I'm regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, advocates and paid relevant persons representatives to bring challenges for individuals being deprived of their liberty.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I've always had an interest in using my knowledge to enable others to get justice. I volunteered at charities while studying which gave me my first insight into Human Rights law and I decided that this was what I wanted to do.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Getting answers and justice for my clients is the most rewarding aspect of my role.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
Working at Irwin Mitchell I'm surrounded by excellent lawyers. We're a team that support each other to get the best results for our clients.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
Away from the office I enjoy practising yoga and all things food!
"It has been an absolute pleasure working with you, Hollie. I feel we did a really good job for [Mrs X].
Your warmth and compassion were so evident when we visited [Mrs X]. I know that she enjoyed her conversations with you and found them very reassuring. This is turn gave Mrs X the best possible opportunity to say everything she wished to – thank you!
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