I am a senior associate in the Public Law & Human Rights department in Southampton. I joined the firm in 2019 having spent a number of years in Local Government legal services.
I specialise in deprivation of liberty and health and welfare cases in the Court of Protection. This work is complemented by my extensive experience in advising in all areas of community care law including:
- Migrant rights’ to services
- Challenging NHS Continuing Healthcare funding decisions
- Section 117 aftercare
- Care needs assessments and care and support plans
- Ordinary residence disputes.
I am an experienced advocate and undertake my own advocacy frequently.
"I have used Irwin Mitchell on two occasions which were connected. They are highly professional and understand that the client does not always understand the issues involved and that it can be quite emotional. Lucy Clements has been patient, compassionate and extremely thorough. She has replied promptly to my communications and has kept me fully informed every step of the way. I cannot fault the service I received." - 5* Trustpilot review
"I feel my friend Mary was given every chance and consideration which had been sadly lacking prior to this action, sadly time was against her. I do not think we could have achieved a better outcome for her and I am grateful for all the time and effort put in to the case. I feel the case was dealt with very professionally and I was always treated with kindness and understanding" - 5* Trustpilot review
"We engaged Irwin Mitchell on behalf of our disabled and non-verbal daughter in a matter that was heard at the Court of Protection. The advice we received from Lucy Clement, our daughter's solicitor, was excellent. The case dragged on much longer than we anticipated, but Lucy remained calm and committed to our daughter throughout. She worked collaboratively and sensitively with us, and despite the endless hoops and hurdles, I believe she helped us reach the best achievable result." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Lucy’s involvement in our lives undoubtedly, without exaggeration, saved my husband's life and saved my sanity. He was homeless and the local Mental Health Trust were quite simply not doing their job. Lucy stepped in and in a steady, professional, meticulous manner held the Trust accountable for their failings and duly asked them to rectify the situation, which they did. She helped us get appropriate accommodation and the support that my husband needed to manage in the community. Lucy was always professional, clear, concise, caring and kind. She helped clarify many issues, many times when I was too emotionally overwhelmed by the chaos in our lives. She was always on the end of a phone or an email, and always got back to us when she said she would. I recommend Lucy to any family, any carer, any service user dealing with mental health issues."- 5* Trustpilot review
"From the outset, the case I referred to Irwin Mitchell was dealt with quickly and efficiently. The communication from the solicitor was timely and I was updated at every stage of the process. The solicitor was very client focused and made every effort to liaise directly with the client via online Teams meetings. I have no doubt that without the involvement of a solicitor, our mutual client would still remain on an acute mental health ward unnecessarily, with no prospect of discharge and an ongoing package of care."- 5* Trustpilot review
Fluctuating Capacity And Navigating The Complex Process To Ensure Person-Centred Care