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Rebecca Dart, Duncan Lewis

Rebecca Dart

Director & Solicitor

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I am a Director in the Mental Health and Criminal Defence departments at Duncan Lewis Solicitors.

Mental Health
I am a Director in the Mental Health department at Duncan Lewis. I am responsible for supervising a team of solicitors, trainees and caseworkers all dedicated to representing the most vulnerable in society.

I offer advice and assistance in regards to all aspects of the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the 2007 Act) including challenging the lawfulness of detention and the appropriateness of treatment, commissioning independent psychiatric and social circumstances reports, and challenging the decisions of Mental Health Tribunals and Primary Care Trusts by way of judicial review. I regularly appear before the First-tier Mental Health Tribunal and attend Managers' Hearings, as well as Section 117 aftercare meetings, representing clients in order to restore their liberty. I also provide assistance and representation at Care Programme Approach Meetings relating to the appropriateness of treatment, care pathways and aftercare discharge planning.

Where clients lack capacity, I am appointed to act in their best interests and am fully experienced in representing clients subject to civil sections, including section 2 and 3 as well as forensic sections of the Mental Health Act. I have worked in this field since 2005 and feel very strongly in relation to giving people a voice. I am committed to each and everyone of my clients.

Since 2007 I have been accredited as a Mental Health Panel Member which ensures that my clients and their representatives can easily recognise and trust my abilities as a legal practitioner with proven competency in mental health law. I am also a member of the MHLA (Mental Health Lawyers Association),meaning I can remain up-to-date on all aspects of Mental Health law.

In addition to assisting clients on an individual basis I also provide advice to relatives on their roles and rights in various mental health proceedings. I also have expertise in handling criminal defence proceedings and practice across all areas of criminal law.

I speak conversational French and German.

Crime
I am a Director in the Criminal Defence Department at Duncan Lewis. I have been working in the field of Criminal Law since 2005.

My expertise extends to all areas of criminal law and I am dedicated to achieving the best results for my clients. I am police station accredited, duty solicitor accredited, and a qualified higher rights advocate in both Crime and Civil proceedings; meaning I can appear in the upper courts as and when needed, which ensures that my clients have continuity of representation. I regularly appear in the lower and upper courts dealing with matters that range from minor traffic offences to more serious matters including murder and manslaughter.

I represent all who come into contact with the criminal justice system from the young to the elderly and have a specialism in representing defendants with mental health issues. I work tirelessly and fiercely for my client(s)and am contactable 24 hours a day.

I speak conversational French and German.

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Merit)
  • LLB Law - University of Derby

Career

  • Director at Duncan Lewis, October 2019-to date
  • Noble Solicitors, 2005-2019
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2007

Testimonials

  • Rebecca explained the law to me in a clear and succinct manner and made sure my voice was heard.
  • Rebecca clearly cares for her clients which results in securing the best possible outcome for them

Membership & Accreditations

  • Mental Health Panel Member
  • Criminal litigation Scheme Member
  • Civil and Criminal Higher Rights
  • Police Station accredited

Interests

  • Playing sport particularly hockey and rounders
  • Spending time with my children
  • I enjoy 'trying' to learn new language
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