My role

I am a Solicitor Advocate (civil higher rights) and joined Anthony Collins Solicitors in November 2016 to continue the development of my career in the field of healthcare regulation. My role is to support clients when there is a regulatory crisis and deliver quality services, working with the most vulnerable in our society.

My experience

I have considerable experience of representation of those in the healthcare sector, including undertaking complex inquests, Court of Protection and mental health work predominantly for NHS trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and those in the private care sector. I am also a very experienced advocate in disciplinary tribunals and represent clients involved in regulatory proceedings, including prosecutions and attendance at Police and Evidence Act (PACE) interviews.

My specialisms

  • Governance and regulation investigations
  • Advocacy in High Court
  • Advocacy before disciplinary tribunals
  • Complex inquests
  • Defending and prosecuting before regulatory tribunals
Richard Handley Inquest

Many of us who have been following the unfolding Inquest, are not surprised that the Coroner found gross and significant failures on the part of those caring for him.

CQC prosecution
CQC prosecution

The CQC’s prosecution earlier this month of an Essex Care home comes as a salient reminder of the need for providers to act promptly.

The CQC requests fire safety reviews
The CQC requests fire safety reviews

Naturally, everyone is horrified and concerned about the tragic events surrounding the Grenfell Tower fire. In light of the recent event, the CQC itself will be scrutinised and will be expected to take robust enforcement action where it finds a breach of the relevant regulations.

CQC consultation – providers in the spotlight
CQC consultation – providers in the spotlight

Building on the previous focus on quality and governance, the CQC has made a clear statement that the question of whether a care provider is “well-led” now extends beyond the front-line, to those ultimately responsible for services.

Under lock and key
Under lock and key

The programme focused on the plight of young people with complex learning difficulties and/or autism who are still being looked after in institutionalised settings.

Radio 4's 'File on Four'
Radio 4's 'File on Four'

Unfortunately, what the programme did not do is highlight the good care and practice that is delivered by social care providers and their care workers everyday across the country.

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