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Kate specialises in Court of Protection personal welfare cases, including deprivation of liberty applications, and representation of patients before the mental health tribunal. Kate studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Leeds, followed by her legal qualifications at what was then the College of Law in York. Following a year working in a high street law firm Kate obtained a training contract at a firm in Birmingham, where she remained for six years after qualification. There, Kate led on Court of Protection personal welfare work, and represented patients before the mental health tribunal. She further advised on community care and public law issues. Kate also advised and represented local authorities, care homes and housing associations in her areas of expertise.
Kate chose to move back to her home county of Yorkshire in 2015 where she continued to grow her practice and case load solely in Court of Protection and mental health work at a national firm, before deciding to form MJC Law with Conor Maguire and Lauren Crow. Kate can advise in the following areas:
- Court of Protection and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Personal welfare applications, including serious medical treatment
- Deprivation of liberty applications
- Personal welfare deputyships
- Cross jurisdictional applications
- Mental health and the Mental Health Act 1983
- Advice and representation before the first tier tribunal (mental health) to patients and their families
- Nearest relative displacement applications
- Section 117 aftercare disputes
- The interface between the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court
Kate accepts instructions from litigation friends, advocates and RPRs as well as family members, other interested parties and detained patients. Kate is a member of both the Law Society’s mental capacity accreditation scheme, meaning she can act as an accredited legal representative, and the Law Society's mental health accreditation scheme.
Kate has represented clients in the county court, High Court and Court of Appeal, and has been involved in a number of reported cases including:
- B v A Local Authority  EWCA 913
- Re B: (Capacity: Social Media: Care and Contact)  EWCOP 3
- Re X (Deprivation of Liberty)  EWCOP 25
- SCC v LM & Ors  EWHC 1137 (COP)
- EM v SC  EWHC 1518
- RK vBCC  EWCA Civ 1305
- A Clinical Commissioning Group v AF & Ors  EWCOP 16
Kate is also the qualified Mental Health First Aider for the firm.