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).