Advocacy for all

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Here at Punch Robson, we are passionate about mental health advocacy, and firmly believe that everyone deserves to be treated fairly – whatever their circumstances.

That’s why we’re delighted that years of hard work and experience have paid off for two members of our team, who have been accredited as experts in the field of mental health.

Legal Clerks Angela Strike and Louise Shaw have both passed a challenging examination and interview to be appointed as members of The Law Society’s Mental Health Panel – taking our total number of panel members to five.

The Panel recognises the expertise in the area of mental health law and allows for representation of vulnerable patients before the Mental Health Tribunal.

Angela was thrilled with the appointment. She said: “I have years of experience working in the area of mental health and I am pleased that this is now recognised, allowing me to represent patients before the Mental Health Tribunal.”

Louise added: “I am passionate about helping vulnerable members of society, and I am really pleased to have been successful in my application.

“This appointment enables me to use my advocacy skills in representing patients before the Tribunal and allows me to expand my work in this area of the law.”

Angela and Louise join Partner and head of department Graeme Downs, Associate Solicitor Julie Brown and Solicitor Rachael Hart as members, further strengthening our mental health and capacity department.

The department has also expanded in the area of mental capacity law. Julie said: “We are pleased to have been able to significantly increase the number of cases we deal with involving the Court of Protection and Mental Capacity.

“It is clear that there is an increasing need for specialist solicitors in this area to provide advice and represent individuals and family members who find themselves involved in such cases. Such matters can be very difficult for all involved but our team are experienced in dealing with matters in a sensitive manner, ensuring that we work hard to achieve the best possible outcome.”

If you’d like to chat to our mental health and capacity team in confidence, call 01642 233980 to find out how we can help you.

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