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8November 2017

New solicitor joins us

November 8th 2017|Latest News|

Further to us advertising positions in our mental health and court of protection teams, we are pleased to confirm that Gareth Miller joined the firm on 23rd October 2017. Gareth will be supporting both the mental health and court of protection teams. He qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and has previously worked as a […]

11August 2017

PA/Admin assistant

August 11th 2017|Latest News|

Further to us advertising a position for a PA/Admin assistant on 5th July, we are pleased to confirm that the position has been filled. We were inundated with applications and are grateful to all those people who took the time to submit their CV to us.

5July 2017

Opportunity in our mental health tribunal team

July 5th 2017|Latest News|

A position has arisen for a PA/admin assistant to work full time in our busy mental health tribunal team.

The job will involve supporting the lawyers in the department, by managing their diaries, typing up correspondence and documentation, dealing with telephone calls, and greeting clients who call into reception.

Experience of working in a solicitors’ office and/or […]

23May 2016

Legal Aid of the Year Awards

May 23rd 2016|Latest News|

We are delighted that Philippa Curran has been named as a finalist in the mental health category for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards. The winner will be announced on 7 July 2016. Keeping our fingers crossed!

26April 2016

Lexcel Success

April 26th 2016|Latest News|

Preston mental health law specialists, odonnells solicitors, have successfully passed the reassessment to retain the Lexcel quality mark. Designed specifically for the legal sector, Lexcel is a rigorous independent assessment of a firm supplying legal services which covers management, business planning, file review, training and supervision. Lexcel accreditation provides the public with a powerful tool […]

14March 2016

Welcome Tracey

March 14th 2016|Latest News|

We are delighted to welcome Tracey Rimmer to our MHT team. Tracey bring essential qualities of maturity and experience in addition to a deep practical knowledge of the Mental Health Act to our busy tribunal department.

Many former patients and mental health professionals will know Tracey from the 18 years she spent with the NHS in […]

14January 2016

Welcome Lucy and Kirsty

January 14th 2016|Latest News|

We are delighted to welcome Lucy Gorst and Kirsty Nickson to our growing Court of Protection team. Lucy joined us in November and Kirsty in January to provide very valuable assistance to Philippa Curran and Ruth Muncaster in relation to Court of Protection welfare and financial matters.

14January 2016

Bon Voyage Ruth

January 14th 2016|Latest News|

We are sending our best wishes to Ruth Muncaster as she departs on her three month trip around Asia, New Zealand and the USA. We did not hesitate to give Ruth this extended leave to embark on such an adventure, in recognition of her hard work, knowing that she will make the most of this […]

27November 2015


November 27th 2015|Latest News|



 When I succeeded in securing the conditional discharge of RB before the MHT back in 2011 my argument was a simple one; RB had capacity to make choices, he was provided with […]

25September 2015

Latest in COP authorisation of deprivation of liberty

September 25th 2015|Latest News|

Judgement has been handed down by Charles J in Re NRA and others, which continues the Re X case law.

P does not have to be a party to all applications for welfare orders to authorise a deprivation of liberty.

Where there is a suitable family member or friend, they will be appointed as a Rule 3A […]