Mental Health

Mental health legislation is extremely specialised. Our team advises on all aspects of mental capacity and mental health, giving clear, reassuring guidance to clients. Our experts work with social services, mental health foundation trusts and care homes with sensitive legal issues.

Safeguarding vulnerable individuals

Our highly experienced deputyship team has specialist expertise in dealing with applications to the Court of Protection. We are authorised to act as a corporate deputy to safeguard the welfare and finances of vulnerable individuals.


In recent years the remit of disability discrimination has expanded to include a number of previously unacknowledged or under recognised conditions. The public sector equality duty has been introduced to eliminate mental health discrimination both within public authorities and for anyone who uses a public service. Our Mental Health team can help formulate policies and procedures to ensure public bodies are compliant and adopt best practice. In addition, we offer training in this specialised area to clients.


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Jennifer Mellani, Healthcare Specialist Lawyer

Jennifer Mellani

Health, Social Care and Deputyship - Legal Services Manager

Jennifer is a specialist Healthcare Lawyer who led on transactions stemming from some of the major reforms in the NHS including: the “Transforming Community Services Agenda”, Personalisation Agenda and Direct Payments, Health and Social Care Act reforms. She also acted in her past in-house role as an advocate for the “...

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Ifeoma Njoku

Health, Social Care and Deputyship - Solicitor

Ifeoma advises clients in respect of adult social care, mental health matters, Court of Protection and Judicial Review applications, Immigration and Human Rights as well as complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman. Ifeoma is an advocate and represents clients in both the court of protection and county court thereby saving ...

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Robin Donaldson

Health, Social Care and Deputyship - Solicitor

Robin is a solicitor in the Health and Social Care Team. He advises on all areas relating to adult social care including the Care Act 2014, safeguarding, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, integration between NHS bodies and local authorities, the Mental Health Act 1983, forced marriage, Ordinary ...

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