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I am a solicitor in the Mental Health  and Court of Protection departments.

I specialise in health and welfare matters in the Court of Protection, where I regularly represent clients who lack capacity and relatives in cases where their loved ones lack capacity. These cases often involve deprivation of liberty, in care homes or in a community setting, and issues such as residence, care and contact. I also advise patients in relation to their detention under the Mental Health Act.

Going through court or having a legal problem is an incredibly difficult and stressful time for anyone and I try to make things as easy as possible for my clients. Each case is unique and I take the time to listen to my clients so I can make sure that their voices are heard throughout the court process. I always give accurate, honest advice and work hard to build relationships based on trust, empathy and respect. In addition, a local Independent Domestic Violence Advisor said:

I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything, you have always been most helpful and kind and it is really nice to do joint working, especially with someone who understands domestic abuse.

My passion for mental health and supporting people to access services extends beyond the law. Prior to joining David Gray, I spent 8 years working as a project manager in the voluntary sector, both in the North East and overseas, where I focused on projects around the social determinants of health. I also spent time volunteering as an advocate for people with learning difficulties, victims of domestic abuse and refugees. During this time, I realised the importance of treating people and their affairs not in silos, but as a whole. I believe in empowering people to be part of the decision-making process, rather than imposing decisions upon them. I have worked with North East Counselling Service since 2015, first as a Non-Executive Director and now as a member of their advisory group.

I studied law at Newcastle University. In 2019 I graduated from Northumbria University with a masters of law, which incorporated the Legal Practice Course, and I was awarded the Resolution and Jacksons Law prizes. I qualified as a solicitor in 2021 after training at David Gray.

 

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