I am an Associate Solicitor, based in our Birmingham office, specialising in education and community care law and cases in the Court of Protection involving mental capacity, best interests and deprivation of liberty. I advise clients throughout England and Wales.
I represent families in Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Tribunals, in challenges against local authority decisions including refusals to conduct education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments, challenges against the content of statements of special educational needs in EHC plans and challenging decisions to cease to maintain statements.
I also have experience dealing with claims for disability discrimination against schools and colleges, as well as admissions and exclusions cases. I regularly conduct my own advocacy before tribunals and panels.
My caseload also involves representing families in judicial review challenges against social services’ assessments and support packages, as well as challenging decisions in the Court of Protection.
I enjoy delivering talks to local organisations and parent groups regarding changes in legislation, the impact these will have on families and how to navigate these changes.
Before beginning in a career in law I worked in a school and at a specialist summer camp for children with SEN. This taught me the importance of correct provision and support for all and inspired me to work in public law to assist families to obtain this.
Away from the office I am a sports enthusiast, Birmingham City fan and a qualified football referee.
BH v LB Enfield  EWHC 2699 – this case concerned a 58 year old man with Korsakoff’s dementia and his wish to visit his ill mother in Jamaica. Due to his condition, the care home in which he resided, considered him unsuitable to travel by himself. The Court of Protection ruled that it was permissible for him to visit his mother as long as there were safeguards in place to support him on the journey and during his stay in Jamaica.
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