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Kathryn Smales

  • Trainee Solicitor
  • This is quite a complex situation that causes significant stress & anxiety to my friend, I am helping her cope with the situation and to get a better understanding of the process. We really appreciate your service and promptness, and wish to thank you very much for your professionalism.

    Client testimonial about Kathryn Smales - Mental Health

    I am a trainee solicitor in the Mental Health department.  I advise and represent clients who are detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act or who are subject to Community Treatment Orders.

    I am able to advise both detained persons and ‘nearest relatives’ as to their rights under the Mental Health Act.

    I understand that persons being detained under the Mental Health Act are often experiencing the most difficult and testing time in their lives. I treat each client with confidence, respect and sensitivity. I always ensure that their needs and wishes are understood and I try to make each stage of their case as clear and stress free as possible.

    I am also an accredited Police Station Representative providing free, independent and confidential advice at the Police Station, whether you are there under arrest or as a voluntary attender.

    I studied Politics at Northumbria University before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law. I went on to complete the Legal Practice Course in 2012. Whilst at University I volunteered as a generalist advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau. I started my training contract in March 2017 and, prior to working in the Mental Health department, I completed seats in the Crime and Immigration departments.