Solicitor & Head of Mental Health
Areas of law:
Mental Health, Court of Protection
Kate is a solicitor, and heads up the mental health team, based at our office in Gloucester. Kate joined Reeds in 2018, having previously worked for a Legal 500 Top Tier Firm assisting in the expansion of their national mental health department.
At Reeds, Kate specialises in all aspects of mental health law, and is authorised to represent clients detained under the Mental Health Act before the First-tier Tribunal. This includes advice, assistance and representation to both unrestricted and restricted forensic patients detained under the Mental Health Act. Kate also provides advice and assistance to nearest relatives and family members, and has vast experience in dealing with s.117 after-care disputes, displacement proceedings, children and young adults, consent to treatment, and high secure work.
Kate also undertakes work in the Court of Protection, bringing applications under Section 21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She is regularly instructed to act on behalf of P by the litigation friend, including the Official Solicitor.
Kate has been a member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association (MHLA) since 2014, and in 2018, was honoured to be elected as Chair of that organisation. She prides herself on the thorough preparation of her cases, which is aided by her exemplary organisational skills. Her clients benefit from her ability to simplify proceedings and explain the law to them in simple terms that they can understand, and this is particularly so for those who are vulnerable, young, or who have fluctuating capacity.
Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme
Committee Member of the MHLA since 2014
Chair of the MHLA, 2018 – Present
FtT Case 2015: 3-day Tribunal Hearing with seven witnesses for a pre-1983 patient seeking Conditional Discharge, having spent 34 years in detention.
FtT Case 2016: Successful transfer of a patient who had been detained in the High Secure Estate for 37 years to conditions of medium security. The patient had suffered a decade of failed attempts to move notwithstanding earlier extra-statutory recommendations.