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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.
She has been a member of the Legal Services Commission Crime Peer Review Panel since 2006. This panel assists in determining what constitutes competence in Criminal Law and ensuring standards are maintained among the profession.
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 Manager’s 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.
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 Manager’s 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.
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.”
Alice joined Albin & Co Solicitors in December 2015 having previously worked in a Surrey law firm.
Specialises in mental health law Alice has been a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme since January 2015. She has represented detained patients at a range of hospitals in both Tribunal and Hospital Manager’s Meetings.
Alice is also able to assist clients in Care Programme Approach Meetings and with after-care arrangements.
Alice is hoping to extend her knowledge in both criminal and family law.
In her spare time Alice enjoys running and travelling.