Lucinda receives instruction at all tiers of the Court of Protection in Welfare and Financial matters. She acts frequently for the official solicitor, and regularly advises and trains local authority legal and social care departments on the law.
Lucinda is well-versed in handling matters in which care and court of protection proceedings overlap. She has extensive experience in DoLS challenges but her practice has evolved over the years to include matters of complexity including: capacity to consent to sexual relations, historic physical abuse, sexual abuse, honour-based violence, forced marriage, chronic alcohol consumption, experimental treatment, mental health and learning disability.
In addition, Lucinda has advised and acted in matters concerning vulnerable adults who have capacity but who may require protection through invoking the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.
When Court of Protection matters throw up unlawful practice, Lucinda will provide clients with advice and representation in Human Rights Act claims.
She also takes instructions from local authorities to advise on disputes over ordinary residence and will draft submissions for determination by the Secretary of State. Lucinda has advised and represented local authorities in applications for judicial review.
Lucinda draws on her expertise in representing Family law clients with mental health difficulties (or who lack capacity and require the assistance of the Official Solicitor), children through their guardians and professional social work clients. A firm grasp of Civil procedure built during her early years in practice has prepared her well for navigating the rules, guidance and legislation to be applied in the Court of Protection in both England and Wales.
Keen to promote awareness of the legal and practical framework in the Court of Protection, Lucinda often delivers training to legal professionals, best interests assessors and social workers, and will respond readily to requests for seminars and workshops for practitioners hoping to expand their knowledge of this area.
Lucinda is also an accredited mediator and is a member of the panel for ‘Mediation in the Court of Protection,’ a More details are available here.