I am an Associate in the Clinical Risk department specialising in medical law. My role is to provide practical and realistic legal advice to guide and support decision-making in care, in real time during care planning and delivery when required.
I have particular expertise in mental health law and advise clients in relation to Mental Health Act powers and responsibilities, regulatory issues and policy development. I have previously represented patients in the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health), which helps me to view issues from a variety of perspectives and understand the reality of care provision. I aim to ensure that care providers act lawfully and with confidence even in the most difficult circumstances including issues relating to patients with psychiatric problems and compromised mental capacity.
I undertake Court of Protection and mental capacity work in relation to deprivation of liberty, and health and welfare applications. I have a special interest in cases involving interaction between the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the 2007 Act).
My work also includes advising and representing NHS bodies and private providers of health and social care in inquests. I am a very experienced advocate in a variety of proceedings and seek to protect the interests of clients in inquests through effective support and preparation for witnesses as well as strong advocacy.
In addition, I assist clients in all associated legal issues around the practical problems arising in care, such as information governance, complaints management, and public law challenges.
I frequently provide training for clinicians and managers on many issues of care provision, including for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and in the complex interface of Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.
I am very involved in volunteering and regularly undertake pro bono legal advice work, with a particular interest in homelessness. I received a national award for pro bono work in mental health and immigration law.
- King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v FG  EWCOP 7 Represented mental health Trust in deprivation of liberty and surgical treatment case for non-compliant, incapacitated psychiatric patient including obtaining authorisation for covert sedation. Click here for more information.
- Judge orders caesarean if needed for mentally ill mother to be (Guardian): https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/feb/11/judge-orders-caesarean-if-needed-for-mentally-ill-mother-to-be
Jointly instructed by mental health and acute health Trusts in obstetric care planning and successfully obtaining declaration for lawfulness of caesarean section on pregnant sectioned patient to protect safety of patient, baby and staff.
- Judge allows man to 'die with dignity' despite objections (BBC): https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-36606772
Represented acute Trust in difficult dispute between clinicians and family in relation to end of life care for dementia patient. Court endorsed care plan to safeguard patient’s best interests despite evidence from his family as to historical expressions of wishes in different circumstances.