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About Us


Mackintosh Law was created by its Sole Principal Nicola Mackintosh in January 2011 with a commitment to providing a unique specialist law service to disabled clients. The firm has a national reputation for providing an excellent service to clients in its niche areas of law – mental capacity and community care.

Nicola was previously a partner in a two partner firm, Mackintosh Duncan from 1999, where she brought the landmark Coughlan case regarding entitlement to NHS funded continuing health care, as well as other leading test cases for mentally ill and disabled people and their rights to community care services.

This track record has continued and Mackintosh Law is highly regarded by clients and other lawyers for providing a high quality advice and representation for the most vulnerable sector of society. We provide advice and support to promote our clients’ basic well-being across all areas (physical, emotional, and social) and to inform them about welfare services to which they may be entitled. We specialise in advising about services which may help them to overcome or manage the effects of their disabilities to improve their quality of life and to live as independently as possible.

Mackintosh Law has developed a collaborative approach to clients’ cases so that each client benefits from individual personal attention, backed by the support of the entire team. Our lawyers are all highly trained and supported by legal assistants who know the details of your case.

We have a raft of expertise within our team and work with other independent professionals (doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and case managers) to obtain the best possible outcomes for clients.

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We pride ourselves on providing the best possible legal advice and giving practical advice about the available options. We help clients to work out what is important to them, and how to achieve this. Taking a legal case can be a daunting prospect and we support clients every step of the way. Where appropriate we can support clients through mediation.

In addition to her full time casework, Nicola has been a staunch campaigner for access to justice, particularly for disabled and other vulnerable people over many decades. She is co-chair of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, and is a member of the Law Society’s Council.

She also sits on the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee and its Access to Justice Committee.

In 2014 Nicola was appointed by the then Lord Chancellor as Honorary Queens Counsel (QC) (Hon) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the development of community care law, and her work in promoting access to justice for disabled people.

Nicola co-authored the LAPG’s Manifesto for Legal Aid in 2015 which was launched at the House of Commons. She is a member of the Bach Commission’s Review into Legal Aid. She is also a member of the ad hoc Court of Protection Rules Committee which is reviewing and updating procedures in the Court of Protection.

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Mackintosh Law provides its services from 103 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NL, which was the site of the former Cross Keys public house, later the Queen’s Head Inn, where John Harvard was born. The proceeds of the sale of the old Inn provided John Harvard with the means of creating his library and subsequently the college which is now Harvard University.

Mackintosh Law is a registered trade mark with the Intellectual Property Office.