I work in the Family and Court of Protection departments, and specialise in child protection, matters involving social services, Court of Protection, mental capacity, DoLS.
I graduated from The University of Hull in 2001 with an LLB Hons (2:1) and completed the Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University the following year. After qualifying as a Solicitor in 2004, I specialised in all aspects of family law. I became an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel in 2009, and since then I have specialised in child protection cases, involving social services. I regularly represent both children and family members in complex cases.
I also deal with Court of Protection matters, representing both vulnerable adults who are said to lack the mental capacity to make decisions about certain aspects of their care, and the family members of such individuals. In 2017 I became a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel. I am regularly instructed by professionals on behalf of adults who lack capacity, to ensure that the vulnerable adult can participate, and have a voice in decisions that are being taken by the Court in respect of their lives. I am regularly instructed by family members who are the representatives (RPRs) for their loved ones when there is a Deprivation of liberty authorisation in place, by assisting them to make an application to appeal against the deprivation of liberty (DoLs).I can make arrangements to see people in their homes when visiting the office may be difficult.
I pride myself in having a caring, yet firm approach, providing honest and upfront advice.