I am a solicitor in the Public Law and Human Rights team in Newcastle, a position I’ve held since 2015.
I advise on a range of Court of Protection health and welfare issues relating to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. I represent Relevant Person's Representatives, family members and am regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor. I’m also qualified as an Accredited Legal Representative, so I can act on behalf of those who have been deemed to lack capacity to conduct court proceedings. This is a possible alternative to a Litigation Friend.
I have a special interest in urgent medical treatment cases and cases which involve a crossover of medicine and the law. I also help people challenge unfair public body decisions through judicial review.
Before I worked in public law and human rights, I specialised in mental health law. I continue to advise detained patients, family members and hospitals, as well as being the firm’s point of contact for in-house mental health law advice. I also advise on community care law, covering cuts to care packages, the duties of the local authority and other public bodies under the Care Act and support for carers.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2014.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
Before I went into law, I studied medicine. I decided to move into law because it better suited my personality. I specialised in mental health law, then public law and human rights. This combined my interests in medicine with law and allowed me the best of both worlds.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
The most rewarding part of my role is when I am able to support a client to have their voice heard and they feel empowered by the work we’ve done.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young children, one of whom has complex medical needs. I’m also a carer for my mum.
I’m lucky enough to live near the coast and love to spend time down at the beach on those rare sunny days we get in Newcastle. I also work with and support local charities including the Tiny Lives Trust, who I am a parent ambassador for and SWAN UK, both of whom have supported my family.
"In our recent fight against the NHS for funding treatment for our two daughters, we could not have been happier or more impressed with Kirsty Stuart at Irwin Mitchell. Kirsty kept us up to date on how things were proceeding, she was always at hand to speak to or message to ensure we got our questions answered. We know we were in safe hands & that Kirsty always had our daughters in her mind." - Client