Solicitor (qualified in Australia)
Oxford , City of London
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Lisa is a solicitor based in our Mental Health team. Lisa has over 15 years’ experience working in the field of mental health. Prior to joining Reeds, Lisa worked for a number of well-known solicitors firms in London where she gained experience in mental health law and public law. Lisa has also worked as a psychologist in a variety of settings including prisons, the NHS and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. She now advises and represents a cross section of civil and restricted clients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 and assists clients, from our offices based in Oxford and in London. Lisa regularly represents clients at First Tier Tribunal, Hospital Managers hearings and Care Programme Approach meetings. This includes clients detained under Section 2, Section 3 and Community Treatment Orders, and those detained under forensic sections.
Lisa has a particular interest in representing clients with complex and challenging cases – this includes representing clients whose criminal matter has been disposed of by the Court via a hospital order (Section 37/41), as well as clients who are on remand (Section 48/49) or serving a sentence (Section 47/49) and are transferred from prison to a mental health hospital. Lisa also advises clients who are in prison suffering from mental health difficulties and may not be receiving the treatment they require.
Lisa also advises and assists in complaint matters relating to unlawful detention and the administration of unlawful treatment and provides advice on public law remedies including securing compensatory awards for clients. Further, Lisa advises and assists clients who wish to judicially review decisions made by public bodies including the Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) and detaining authorities regarding decisions that impact a client’s progression, such as refusal of escorted or unescorted leave.
Lisa believes that the law should be used as a safeguard for protecting the most vulnerable in society and fights fiercely for all of her clients ensuring they have a fair hearing and access to legal advice throughout all stages of their detention.
Accredited Panel Member – Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Scheme