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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.
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.
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.
Natasha is a paralegal in our mental health department. Natasha is a law graduate from Leeds Beckett University. Natasha joined Albin & Co Solicitors in October 2018.
Natasha has had a long standing interest in Mental Health Law and is now working towards gaining law society accreditation in mental health. Natasha has extensive experience working with mental health professionals and the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) from her previous role as a Mental Health Act Administrator.
Natasha is able to help with Case Programme Approach Meetings, Hospital Managers’ hearings and providing legal advice and assistance with mental health matters.
In her spare time Natasha enjoys playing netball socially and competitively in local leagues.
Natasha is a native speaker of Shona and Ndebele.