Jane is an experienced solicitor who has practiced in Reading over the last thirty years. She has specialised for the last seventeen years in mental health work, after a period teaching law to trainee social workers and nurses at Reading and South Bank universities and at Bracknell College.
Jane conducts cases in the Court of Protection, including the High Court, when individuals are said to lack mental capacity. She acts for the individual, for relatives or as an agent for the Official Solicitor who will frequently represent the patient. This may be to challenge a decision made by a public body or because of a family disagreement about the best interests of the vulnerable person.
Jane is a long-standing trustee of the Berkshire Carers’ Service.
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.
Alice specialises 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 regularly conducts hearings at all levels of security.
Alice is also able to assist clients in Care Programme Approach Meetings, Hospital Managers’ Hearings and with after-care arrangements.
Alice also specialises in Mental Capacity Law. She is able to advise and assist in welfare applications to the Court of Protection, DOLs and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Alice is currently working towards gaining the new accreditation in Mental Capacity Law.
In her spare time Alice enjoys running 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.