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Areas of law:

Court of Protection Solicitors

Molly is a solicitor in our Court of Protection Team.

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.

Rising Star Winner of Wales Legal Awards 2020Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accredited Solicitor - Law Society

Court of Protection Solicitor

Molly has extensive experience in bringing applications in connection with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) framework. Molly acts on behalf of the vulnerable individual (“P”) through advocate litigation friends or the Official Solicitor in order to challenge these arrangements. She also advises on cases of deprivations of liberty taking place in the community.

Molly is experienced in representing individuals who lack capacity in complex welfare disputes involving sensitive issues such as care, residence, sexual relations, contact, marriage and social media. 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 regularly advises difficult points of law or interlinked issues, including the interface between the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended) and Adult and Children’s services.

Molly prides herself on her attention to detail and is meticulous in the preparation of all her cases. Molly’s personable and empathetic approach enables her to deal with the most sensitive of issues, breaking down complex legal arguments and making sure vulnerable adults are able to understand and participate in proceedings as much as possible.

Accreditations & Awards

Molly has received the Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation and is a Law Society Accredited Legal Representative. This recognises expertise and experience in working with vulnerable people and their families.

Molly is currently also working towards her Law Society Mental Health Accreditation given the significant overlap between the two jurisdictions.

Molly won ‘Rising Star of the Year’ at the Wales Legal Awards 2020, recognising professional excellence and an individual ‘who stands heads and shoulders above their contemporaries in Wales’.

Molly’s team were shortlisted for the Excellence in Access to Justice Award at the Cardiff and District Law Society Annual Awards in 2019.

 

Memberships

Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA).

Notable Cases

Re HS (2020) – acted on behalf of a vulnerable adult with functional neurological disorder who wanted to amputate her leg due to experiencing chronic pain with no known cause. Successfully argued P ad capacity to conduct proceedings and to make decisions about her residence and care.

Re AS (2021) – acted on behalf of a complex young lady with autism and a learning disability. Successfully argued that the Court of Protection still retained jurisdiction to make decisions about P’s residence upon her discharge from the Mental Health Act 1983 following her detention.

Re MP (2022) – acted on behalf of a gentleman removed from his family due to an alleged murder/suicide pact.