Profile / Experience
I joined Duncan Lewis in 2008 as a Consultant Solicitor Advocate in the Mental Health Department.
I specialise in representing clients in mental health tribunals and in high court judicial review proceedings, challenging local authorities' decisions, Ministry of Justice decisions and human rights issues. I also represent clients under the Mental Capacity Act and those whose liberty is restricted under a deprivation of liberty authorisation (DoLLS) in the Court of Protection.
Further, I represent clients detained under all sections of the Mental Health Act. This includes any person serving a prison sentence who has been transferred from prison to hospital for treatment under the act, including lifer and IPP prisoners. This also includes representing at parole board hearings.
I have rights of audience to represent clients in any court in England and Wales and am able to advocate on their behalf in higher courts across all civil and criminal proceedings.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, I worked in Mental Health social services for 10 years where I gained significant 'hands on' experience with people who suffer from mental health problems. The insight gained is invaluable to be able to understand the everyday stress, trials and trauma that people with mental health problems can face on a daily basis.
From my working experience I believe that mental health pervades all aspects of a person’s life and the crossover within different areas of law is often complex, requiring expert understanding of all the issues involved, enabling the best representation on behalf of the client.
In 2002 I was named Legal Aid Agency Solicitor of the Year in Mental Health Law practice.