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Director at Richard Charlton Solicitors, Folkestone Kent. Practice particularly in law and in proceedings involving the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act, especially in the Court of Protection and in Mental Health Tribunal. Frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor in mental capacity matters
President of Mental Health Lawyers Association ("MHLA") in 2014 - 2015. Chair of MHLA 2001 - 2014. Selected as the first Mental Health Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2004; and in 2015 shortlisted for the Law Society Excellence Awards in the Human Rights category. Appointed Law Society Mental Health Panel Assessor in 2012 and Welfare Mental Capacity Assessor in 2017. Previously Director Legal Aid Practitioner Group and member Law Society & Disability Committee and senior peer reviewer for Ministry of Justice. Conducted in excess of twenty legally reported cases in this area of law including case of Re UF  EWHC 4289 (COP) which forced the Government to restore free legal aid in Court of Protection proceedings to those deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act. Given evidence as an expert in this field of law to parliamentary committees and to the High Court. Listed in Chambers as leading practitioner since 2004.