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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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29 November 2017 – Legal Aid debate in the House of Commons: Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) recognised
“I pay tribute not only to Members of the House who have taken an interest in the subject, but to the practitioners out there in the country. My law centre is watched over by Sue James, who was legal aid lawyer of the year after 25 years of practice and setting up other law centres in London. It is the dedication of people such as her, Carol Storer of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group and Nicola Mackintosh that has in effect, despite the Government’s best efforts, kept the legal aid system going in this country over this period. However, it is absolutely at breaking point.”
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17 October 2017 – Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation
We are delighted to announce that Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon), Laura Dawson and Melissa Law have today been confirmed as Accredited Legal Representatives within the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation scheme.

13 October 2017 – The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 rankings are released

Mackintosh Law is a ‘recommended’ firm in the Court of Protection.

Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) is listed in the elite “Leading lawyers” list, the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017’s guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.

9.10.2017 – Manifesto for Legal Aid – 2nd edition published

We live in extraordinary times, where the justice system is broken and the rule of law is at real risk. The new edition of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group’s Manifesto for Legal Aid provides pragmatic and clear ideas about how to reform the system to enable those most in need to access justice in a way which is sustainable, efficient, cost effective and fair.

A copy of the Manifesto which was launched at the LAPG conference on Friday 6 October can be downloaded here:

23 May 2017 – We walked the walk
We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who supported the Macklaw team and helped us to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust @macklawlondon #TheLondonLegalWalk

12 April 2017 – Mackintosh Law expands its team
We are delighted to announce that Melissa Law has joined our specialist mental capacity and community care team at Mackintosh Law.

Melissa joins Laura Dawson, assistant solicitor, who has developed a superb reputation for her expertise in Court of Protection work, and Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) who heads the team at the firm.

12 April 2017 – The London Legal Walk 2017
We are walking the London Legal walk on 22 May 2017 to raise funding for The London Legal Support Trust, an independent charity that provides free legal services in London & the South East. Read about the work they do here: London Legal support trust – about us

If you are able to sponsor us please use the link below:

5 April 2017Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published their report providing a review into disability inequality in Great Britain. Read the full report here: A journey less equal

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: Age UK – borrowed time

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.

Participation of P

12 October 2016 – Amnesty Legal Aid Report
Amnesty Legal aid report

5 October 2016 – Mental Health Act v Mental Capacity Act
Is P ineligible to be detained under the deprivation of liberty safeguards?

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