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Head of the Mental Health Department
Emma Kent is a Mental Health Solicitor who has considerable experience in representing clients before the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) having practised in the area for over 5 years and advocated in over 250 cases.
Emma has been an accredited Law Society Mental Health Panel Member since December 2012 and is also a member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association. Emma undertakes a broad range of work and represents clients detained in all levels of security across the South of England at Tribunals and Hospital Managers’ Hearings.
Emma is also able to advise and assist clients at Care Programme Approach Meetings and assist clients who are subject to Community Treatment Orders who wish to challenge their section.
Nicola is a law graduate from The University of Nottingham who qualified in 1999. She specialises in both Crime and Mental Health Law. Nicola was a partner at a large Bristol practice before relocating to Reading in 2003 for family reasons.
Nicola qualified as a Duty Solicitor in 2001 and obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2004. She is able to represent clients at all stages of the criminal justice process. She has dealt with a wide range of cases throughout her career, including Manslaughter, Murder, Possession of Firearms, Rape, Robbery, Child Neglect cases and many others. Nicola conducts trials herself in the Magistrates Court wherever possible and engages senior Counsel where appropriate for Crown Court cases.
Nicola was a member of the Legal Aid Agency Crime Peer Review Panel between 2016-2017. Peer review panels assist in determining what constitutes competence and ensure standards are maintained among the profession. Nicola was appointed a member of the Legal Aid Agency Mental Health Peer Review Panel in 2017, having obtained a rating of Excellence in an independent peer review of her own work.
Nicola has been a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel since the year 2000. She has extensive experience representing clients at Tribunals and Hospital Managers’ Meetings. Nicola has practised widely in local hospitals, medium secure units and High Security Hospitals.
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, acting for relatives or for the individual 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 longstanding 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.
Bartek joined Albin & Co in August 2017 as a Trainee Solicitor, to work in the Criminal and Mental Health departments. Previously he worked for an Oxfordshire firm for 3 years, in the Criminal department, and in that time gained his Police Accreditation and Legal Practice Course qualification.
Bartek has also attained a Distinction in his Masters in Law, and coupled with his passion to succeed for his clients makes him a formidable opponent for the Police and Prosecution.
Bartek enjoys helping people from his local area with their legal issues, and has also run a children’s football team in his community.
He also trains in Muay Thai and goes to the gym, when time will permit.
He speaks, reads, and writes fluently in Polish, so is well positioned to assist anybody whose first language is Polish, and may have difficulties with technical words in English.
Andrew qualified as a Solicitor on 4 January 1999. He Joined Albin And Co in November 2016
Although Andrew has considerable experience in other areas of Law such as Criminal law. He is now a specialist in Mental Health Law.
In Andrew’s own words “I have been practising in mental health law since 1999. I have a very busy mental health case load with repeat clients . My clients value my representation due to my caring approach and my open door policy of speaking to mental health clients 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. I have had my same telephone number since 1999 and this has been circulated to thousands of clients over a number of years ( business cards) and clients and other professionals are encouraged to telephone me whenever they like. Clients value the fact that they can speak to me at any time. This very rarely abused.”