Jane is an experienced solicitor who has practiced in Reading over the last thirty years. She specialised for twenty years in mental health work, and for over ten years conducted cases in the Court of Protection, including the High Court.
Jane has extensive experience of representation when issues of mental of mental capacity arise. She has acted for relatives, for the individual or as an agent for the Official Solicitor who frequently represents the patient. This included challenging decisions made by public bodies and cases involving family disagreements about the best interests of a vulnerable person.
Jane’s current role is as a consultant to colleagues in the department.
Alice joined Albin & Co Solicitors in December 2015 having previously worked in a Surrey law firm. Alice gained her Higher Rights of Audience in civil cases in 2017. She is a qualified supervisor in both the Court of Protection and Mental Health Departments.
Alice specialises in Mental Capacity Law and is currently working towards gaining the new accreditation in this area. She has experience representing both “P” and their family members in the Court of Protection. Alice has experience in all health and welfare matters in the Court of Protection including challenging DOLs orders under Section 21(a) of the Mental Capacity Act as well as other orders when P is at home. Alice also has experience in other matters around care, medical treatment, consent to sex, relationships and contact. Alice is able to advise on Welfare Deputyships as well as one off decisions.
Alice is also a specialist in mental health law and has been a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme since January 2015. She represents clients in both civil and restricted cases. Alice enjoys representing people from all walks of life. Alice particularly enjoys representing children and adolescents detained under the Mental Health Act and has a good understanding of the additional legal considerations when representing young people. She is comfortable at conducting hearings at all levels of security. Alice is regularly appointed by the Tribunal to represent clients who lack capacity to instruct a solicitor. She has a particular interest in representing clients who are subject to both the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983.
Alice is also able to assist clients in Care Programme Approach Meetings, Care and Treatment Review Meetings, Hospital Managers’ Hearings and with issues with Section 117 aftercare arrangements.
Alice is a member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association and Liberty.
In her spare time Alice enjoys yoga, running, swimming and travelling.
Catherine studied law at Kings College, London. After graduation she worked for the probation service and social services gaining experience in community care and social welfare law before qualifying as a solicitor in 2000. Catherine then specialised for some years in criminal law, with a special interest in cases with a mental health element.
Catherine began work in the field of mental capacity law and the Mental Capacity Act several years ago and more recently it has grown to be her main field of work. She is able to advise and assist in welfare and deputyship applications to the Court of Protection, DOLs and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Under our community care contract with the Legal Aid Agency Catherine can advise and assist on issues arising from assessments and provision of services under the Care Act, including attending review meetings where there is a dispute.