Molly Fensome-Lush

Solicitor

Cardiff

Areas of law:

Court of Protection

Molly is a solicitor in the Court of Protection Team based in Cardiff.

Molly achieved a First Class Honours degree in Law in 2015 and a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course in 2016, both of which she undertook at Cardiff University. She joined Reeds in April 2021, having specialised in Court of Protection matters since 2017.

Molly has extensive experience in bringing applications under Section 21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in connection with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) framework which applies when someone is placed in a care home or hospital and cannot consent to being there due to lacking capacity. Molly regularly brings cases to the Court of Protection on behalf of the individual or by their Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR) in order to challenge these arrangements on the basis that they are either not in the individual’s best interest or that the individual may in fact have capacity. Molly also acts in and advises on cases of deprivations of liberty taking place in the community.

Molly is experienced in representing individuals who lack capacity to make complex welfare decisions with regard to issues such as care, residence, sexual relations, contact and treatment decisions. Molly is regularly instructed by family members in these cases, or to act on behalf of the person who lacks capacity by a litigation friend, including the Official Solicitor.

Molly is a Law Society Accredited Legal Representative – one of only three in South Wales – meaning that in certain types of Court of Protection cases, she is able to represent the vulnerable adult directly without the need for a litigation friend.

Molly also won ‘Rising Star of the Year’ at the Wales Legal Awards 2020.

Memberships

Court of Protection Practitioners Association in Wales (CoPPA Cymru).