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Azrina Bhunnoo, Duncan Lewis

Azrina Bhunnoo

Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I am a Solicitor in the Mental Health department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors.

I joined Duncan Lewis in 2012 as a caseworker and progressed as a trainee until qualifying as a solicitor in September 2014. After relocating and working for a different firm between 2016-2020, I rejoined Duncan Lewis in October 2020.

I gained an interest in mental health law after studying both psychology and law and after a period of work experience, I decided to pursue a career in this field.

I have specialised in mental health law since 2012 and I became a Law Society Accredited Panel Member in 2014. Membership to this scheme shows that I have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to advise, assist and represent clients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007); only practitioners that meet the exact Law Society accreditation requirements are permitted to join the panel. I have been re-accredited twice, in 2017 and 2020.

I offer advice and assistance in regards to all aspects of the Mental Health Act including civil sections, forensic sections and community sections. I am committed to this area of law and dedicated to my clients, ensuring I protect and safeguard their individual rights and liberties. I always endeavour to provide my clients with the best and most accurate legal advice. I carry out advocacy at the First-tier Mental Health Tribunal on a regular basis and I assist clients with Managers’ Hearings and Care Programme Approach / Section 117 meetings. I also assist relatives and provide advice on their rights and roles in mental health proceedings.

I have a particular interest in representing the most vulnerable patients detained under the Mental Health Act, primarily under Rule 11 of the Tribunal Procedure Rule 2008, where I am appointed by the Tribunal to act in the best interests of the clients. My ability and sensitivity in representing under Rule 11 has been commented on by Tribunal Judges.

I speak Creole and have a basic command of French (reading and understanding).

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC): College of Law, Bloomsbury (now University of Law)
  • LLB Honours: Queen Mary, University of London

Career

  • Solicitor and Supervisor at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, October 2020-present
  • Solicitor and Supervisor at TV Edwards LLP, 2016-2020
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2014
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors, 2012-2014

Testimonials

  • “The Tribunal would like to commend Ms Bhunnoo in the scrupulously fair way that she undertook her duty to represent the patient’s best interests without instructions from her client.” - First-tier Tribunal Judge
  • “Ms Bhunnoo ably and sensitively represented her client.” - First-tier Tribunal Judge
  • “Ms Bhunnoo meticulously and succinctly summarised the main issues in her client’s case.” - Hospital Manager
  • “My Solicitor took the time to really listen to everything I had to say on my case.” - Client
  • "Azrina's dedication to her clients and mental health law is unparalleled." - Mental Health Act Administrator

Membership & Accreditations

  • Law Society Mental Health Panel Accreditation
  • Legal Aid Supervisor Status

Interests

  • I have an interest in beauty, art and design and in my spare time, I freelance as a henna and makeup artist.
  • I also volunteer for Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA) International as Scheduler, a role I have undertaken for 15 years and counting.
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