19 February 2014- Nicola Mackintosh appointed Honorary Queen’s Counsel
We are proud to announce that Nicola Mackintosh has been appointed Honorary Queen’s Counsel (QC) by Her Majesty The Queen.
The appointment is intended to recognise an extraordinary contribution to the law and its development outside usual legal practice in the Courts.
Nicola has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the legal rights of people with learning disabilities, people in mental distress, and clients with physical disabilities. She is co-Chair of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group and sits on the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee. She has taken some of the leading cases in relation to care home closures, access to health services free of charge, and protection of vulnerable people in the Court of Protection.
Nicola said ‘I feel extremely honoured to receive this appointment. There has never been a more important time for lawyers and all concerned with the justice system to speak out for people who cannot advocate for themselves. Legal aid is being drastically cut and access to expert advice on people’s rights is disappearing fast. We face a situation where only the rich can afford justice, something which we cannot tolerate. I will continue to do whatever I can to campaign and fight for the rights of everyone to justice under the rule of law’.