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Fernanda Stefani, Duncan Lewis

Fernanda Stefani

Consultant

Profile / Experience

I am a Consultant Solicitor in the Mental Health and Mental Capacity departments at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. I work in the Dalston office with a team of solicitors, trainees, and caseworkersaof director, Rachel Caswell.

I have experience in handling a wide variety of complex cases, my objective is to always ensure that I provide the best service to achieve a successful outcome for my clients. I specialise in advising clients on their mental health law matters and represent patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 at the First-tier Mental Health Tribunals and at hospital managers' hearings as well as all other aspects of treatment whilst in hospital.

I am a Mental Health Panel Accredited Member by the Law Society.

I am fluent in French, Portuguese and Spanish and have proficiency in Italian.

Mental Capacity
I assist clients with their contentious and non-contentious matters both through Legal Aid and private funding. My objective is to ensure clients achieved their desired outcome. I am experienced in helping clients in a range of areas, including:
  • Appointing a deputy
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney or Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Court of Protection health and welfare disputes
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
  • s21A proceedings and s16 proceedings
Community Care
I am an experienced Community Care Solicitor. I have successfully helped my clients seek justice for a range of legal problems, including:
  • Applications made under the Mental Capacity Act
  • Failure to carry out a community care assessment
  • Failure to provide a suitable level of care following an assessment
  • Care home and nursing home assessments and placements
  • Challenging fees or charges for care
  • Withdrawal or reduction of a previous level of care
  • Closure of care facilities such as day centres, respite centres, care homes or transport services
  • Challenging Age Assessments
  • Destitution
  • Support for people in the UK who cannot receive public funds
  • Suitable accommodation for people with disabilities
  • Adaptions to the home
  • Care in the community
  • Judicial review

Education

Legal Practice Course Law LLB Honours Accredited by the Law Society as a Mental Health Panel Member

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2016-present

Testimonials

  • "My case worker was extremely helpful and understood the issue I had very clearly and therefore was able to advise me to the correct people efficiently..very happy with service provided." - Client

Membership & Accreditations

  • Law Society Mental Health Panel Accredited
  • Mental Health Lawyers Association
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority

Interests

  • Jogging
  • Travelling
  • Cooking
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