Tammy has been a qualified Solicitor since 1991. She has always had an interest in Human Rights and was involved in some high profile cases when she practiced in London, including representing the families of British soldiers who died in a "Friendly Fire" incident during the Gulf War.
Tammy has relocated to beautiful Dorset, and now specializes in representing those who are detained under the Mental Health Act at their appeals against their detention, at Tribunals and Managers Hearings to ensure that the individual's rights are upheld. She is a member of the specialist Mental Health Act Tribunal Panel which is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Many of her clients find that they are not listened to, are marginalized and suffer from prejudice in society. Her aim is to ensure that through a high quality service they are listened to and their rights protected and enforced.
Free legal aid by way of public funding from the Legal Services Commisison is available for representation at Mental Health Review Tribunals.
Important new changes in the law relating to Mental Health started on the 3/11/08 when the Mental Health Act 2007 made amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983. The main changes are -
1. A new broad definition of mental disorder.
2. The introduction of a new "appropriate treatment test".
3. The creation of supervised community treatment via the new Community Treatment Order .
4. Amendments to the provisions for displacing and appointing nearest relatives.
5. New roles for professionals who work under the Mental Health Act.
The new Code of Practice emphasises the importance of respect for individuals, and that patients must be given the opportunity to be involved in planning, developing and reviewing their own treatment and care to help ensure that it is delivered in a way that is as appropriate and effective for them as possible. It supports the making of “Advance Decisions” (living wills) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and highlights that even where someone is detained under the Mental Health Act such views should be recorded and considered.
Tammy can help by advising on how the new legislation affects you, and help in ensuring that your rights are upheld. Tammy can also assist you to draft an Advance Decision and ensure that your views and wishes are not ignored.
Mon - Fri: 9AM - 5.30 PM
Weekends - by appointment.
Out of hours - do leave a message on Tammy's mobile
(07961 053639) and she will get back to you as soon as she can.