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Mackintosh Law


Mackintosh Law is a specialist law firm providing expert legal advice and representation to disabled clients in the niche areas of mental capacity and community care.

Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) is the Sole Principal of the firm. Nicola is nationally recognised as a leading lawyer advising and conducting complex casework for disabled clients. Together with her team the firm provides an exceptional specialist service to vulnerable clients.

Mackintosh Law has contracts with the Legal Aid Agency to carry out mental capacity cases in the Court of Protection, and community care and public law casework (judicial review) for clients entitled to legal aid. We also accept instructions from privately funded clients.

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16 February 2017 – S.O.S – Save Our Social care system
A new report from Age UK released today has concluded that we are living on borrowed time to save the social care system for older people. See the complete report here:

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-news/borrowed-time-for-care/

16 February 2017 – Accredited Legal Representatives (ALRs)

The Law Society’s new scheme for accrediting legal representatives in welfare cases in the Court of Protection has now been given approval and will be launched shortly.

ALRs will be directly appointed by the Court to meet with the person who is the subject of the proceedings in the Court of Protection about their welfare, investigate and read relevant records and advise before then reporting to the Court. We see this as an important step in ensuring that vulnerable people are advised and represented by practitioners who meet high standards of expertise and who have a proven track record, and that people whose cases are before the Court about their welfare have access to quality advice.

14 November 2016 – New Guidance – Participation of vulnerable persons in proceedings in the Court of Protection – Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) has taken the lead in formulating guidance as to how best to facilitate participation of vulnerable people in the Court of Protection. The guidance is invaluable for practitioners and all those working in the Court to ensure that P’s voice is heard and is at the centre of the process.

http://www.familylaw.co.uk/system/froala_assets/documents/1245/Practice_Guidance_Vulnerable_Persons.pdf

12 October 2016 – Amnesty Legal Aid Report
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur45/4936/2016/en/

5 October 2016 – Mental Health Act v Mental Capacity Act
Is P ineligible to be detained under the deprivation of liberty safeguards?
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2016/B2.html

30 September 2016 – A new era in the Court of Protection

A County Council v (1) AB (2) JB (3) SB [2016] EWCOP 4 – Placing P at the centre of the process.
Guest Post: Facilitating participation of ‘P’ in Court of Protection proceedings
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2016/41.html
https://courtofprotectionhandbook.com/category/case-management