Kate Luscombe

Partner

Kate is a longstanding member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme, and a member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association. Kate is a peer reviewer for the Ministry of Justice and is committed to ensuring strict quality standards are met by mental health practitioners.

Andrea Spyrou

Partner

Andrea is a leading solicitor within the field of forensic mental health law and specialises in the representation of clients detained in high and medium secure hospitals.  She conducts her own advocacy before First-tier Tribunal hearings but also works closely with specialist counsel on legally complex hearings lasting many days.

Lara Patrick

Partner

Lara qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and is a long standing member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.  In 2007 Lara was made a partner of the firm she qualified with, before moving on to Head of Department at the largest provider of publicly funded services

Francesca Gabbitas

Head of Mental Capacity Department

Francesca specialises in the areas of Mental Capacity, Community Care and matters dealt with under the inherent jurisdiction. Francesca is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (welfare) accreditation scheme and is an Accredited Legal Representative.

Rhiannon Jones

Mental Capacity Consultant Solicitor

Rhiannon undertakes Court of Protection and Community Care work and is based in Cornwall. Rhiannon is experienced in the Court of Protection with Health and Welfare cases including acting for the Protected party and other family members.

Bita Saharkhizian

Mental Capacity Paralegal

Bita graduated from the University of Surrey studying Law as a Bachelor’s degree, consequently undertaking the Legal Practice Course gaining a distinction combined with an MSc in ‘Law, Business and Management’ at the University of Law.

Angela Smith

Mental Capacity Consultant Solicitor

Angela specialises in Mental Health law and Mental Capacity law and routinely provides advice in respect of the complex overlap between these two areas of law. Angela has extensive experience in Court of Protection matters relating to health and welfare disputes over residence, care and contact and in s.21A applications challenging authorisations granted under the deprivation of liberty safeguards regime.

Frances Rattray

Mental Capacity Consultant Solicitor

Frances trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 1998, cross-qualifying as a solicitor in 2007.  She has higher rights of audience in all proceedings in England and Wales.  Committed to representing those confined within the mental health system and disadvantaged by mental illness, she began exclusively to practice mental health law in 2004.

Lucinda Broad

Mental Capacity Solicitor

Lucinda graduated from the University of Kent, Canterbury, with a 2:1 in Law. She went on to study the BVC at The Inns of Court School of Law and qualified as a Solicitor under the QLTT scheme in 2012. Having initially practiced in Mental Health Law, Lucinda now specialises in Mental Capacity Law (Health and Welfare) and assists in applications to the Court of Protection to review deprivation of liberty standard authorisations.

Mental Health Team

Fatima Boujettif

Partner

Fatima qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

She has been a Criminal Duty Solicitor since 2005 and represents clients at Police Stations and Courts.

Tolu Ipinmoye

Consultant Solicitor

Tolu qualified as a mental health solicitor in 2012. Prior to qualifying Tolu worked as a mental health nurse practitioner for six years within an NHS Trust in a rehabilitation setting for people with enduring mental health problems.

Peter Wusu

Consultant Solicitor

Peter is a specialist mental health solicitor accredited under the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme since 2001 dealing with a cross section of cases, ranging from clients detained in general acute settings to those detained in conditions of maximum security.

Soni Mandair

Consultant Solicitor

Soni has specialised in Mental Health law since 1994 and been a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation scheme since 1996

Anthony Stewart

Consultant Solicitor

Antony qualified as a General Nurse in 1986. His NHS nursing career progressed to him moving into the management of Community and Mental Health Services at a senior level.

Peter Wusu

Consultant Solicitor

Peter is a specialist mental health solicitor accredited under the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme since 2001 dealing with a cross section of cases, ranging from clients detained in general acute settings to those detained in conditions of maximum security.

Sam Rowlands

Consultant Solicitor

Sam is a solicitor and member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme. Prior to working in the field of mental health law, he had specialist experience of representing prisoners before the Parole Board.

Magdalena Wiazowska

Mental Health/ Mental Capacity Paralegal

Magdalena obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from London South Bank University, followed by a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance Law from the University of Westminster. She completed a Legal Practice Course in July 2017 with an overall commendation.