I am a solicitor in our Public Law and Human Rights department, having previously trained with the firm.
Much of my work involves health and welfare applications in the Court of Protection. I specialise in mental capacity law and act on behalf the Official Solicitor, advocates and family members. I have experience in urgent medical disputes, deprivation of liberty challenges and best interests disputes around care, residence, and contact.
I also have an interest in supporting clients who are in Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs), many of whom have been living in these settings for a number of years and wish to move back into the community.
I have been involved in judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Court concerning policy and consultation challenges. I also have expertise in health and social care law, human rights and children’s rights. I advise clients as to their rights under the Children Act 1989 and have represented vulnerable adults seeking to challenge a decision of a local authority to reduce their care package.
What inspired you to get into law?
I wanted to pursue a career which challenged me and provided opportunities to help others. I am passionate about fighting to ensure my clients’ voices are heard, and working in public law also provides opportunities to try and enact wider change.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
It is extremely rewarding and humbling to promote the rights of vulnerable individuals and fight to achieve the best possible outcome for my clients and their families.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I feel lucky to work with some brilliant colleagues who are leading experts in their field and are always willing to share their knowledge and empower others. The Public and Human Rights Law team at Irwin Mitchell is a very supportive environment to work in.
What do you do away from the office?
I love reading, travelling and cooking.
"Kirsty Stuart and Katie Wilkins provided an exceptional service on behalf of my son and I. They were always available for help and advice and showed great empathy to our situation. I could not have asked for better support and legal advice. Kirsty and Katie stepped in immediately during an extremely difficult and traumatic time and I cannot thank them enough for their hard work and diligence." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Both of the solicitors have helped me climb out of a very dark hole and help me to get fair treatment for my son I could never have done this with out either of them and the barrister who was also amazing. I could not have asked for more from them they have all been there every step off the way to help me deal with everything. Both of the solicitors are worth their weight in gold so is the barrister" - 5* Trustpilot review
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