JOHN O’DONNELL RETIRES AS A DIRECTOR – BUT IT’S STILL “BUSINESS AS USUAL”. Many of you will already have heard of John’s retirement as a director of odonnells solicitors at the end of December 2016. We wish to reassure those who have come to rely on his expertise, that this does not mean that John has [...]
Many congratulations to Philippa Curran on being named the LAPG Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year for mental health!
We are thrilled that our partner and head of Court of Protection was announced as the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in the mental health category on Thursday night. At an event hosted by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, Philippa was presented with her award by Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, OBE, and interviewed [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
An article has been published on the Lancashire Business Review site giving more information about Lucy Gorst and Kirsty Nickson who have recently joined the firm. To read the article follow this link: Lancashire Business Review
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.
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 [...]
WONDERFUL NEWS RB V SoS OVERRULED. PATIENTS WITH CAPACITY CAN NOW CHOOSE WHETHER TO ACCEPT RESTRICTIONS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE AMOUNT TO A DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY. 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 [...]
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 [...]