Katie is a Partner and leads the Court of Protection team.
Katie is a specialist practitioner with extensive experience representing individuals who lack capacity (both on the instruction of the Official Solicitor and Independent Mental Capacity Advocates) as well as family members, care homes and healthcare organisations in complex health and welfare proceedings before the Court of Protection. Katie routinely provides advice and representation in relation to deprivation of liberty issues and wider community care issues. She also has experience in seeking damages for breaches of the Human Rights Act. In addition, Katie regularly provides training to charities and public bodies regarding their mental capacity policies and the implementation of changes in the law.
Prior to joining Ashfords, Katie led the led the health and welfare team within Foot Anstey’s mental capacity practice.
- Private client: Acting for P, an elderly woman who had suffered a stroke, in Re P (Mental Capacity Act 2005: Best Interest Test)  EWCOP B26 (http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2017/B26.html) on the instruction of her advocate and litigation friend in a dispute concerning whether she should remain residing in a care home or receive care from her family.
- Private client: Acting for a young woman with a diagnosis of moderate learning disability on the instruction of the Official Solicitor in Court of Protection proceedings concerning her capacity to marry.
- Scottish Local Authority: Acting for a Scottish local authority in Court of Protection proceedings concerning a young man placed in England.
- Care Provider: Advising a large regional care provider on its mental capacity policy.
- Private client: Acting for the husband of an elderly woman diagnosed with dementia and residing in a care home to achieve her return to the family home with a comprehensive package of care.