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20/30 vision

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On 1 July Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) celebrated 30 years of casework and 20 years of running a legal aid practice.

A celebratory event was held at Southwark Cathedral to recognise the anniversary and highlight the legal issues faced by people who lack mental capacity, the barriers they often face and the vital role which legal aid funding plays.

An event booklet was prepared which provided examples of our work and it also featured a section on Pamela Coughlan. Her case was decided by the Court of Appeal in 1999 and focused on the right to NHS services for the most ill people in society. It also consolidated the principles in relation to promises made by public bodies and the circumstances in which they must be kept. Since the judgment many hundreds of thousands of people have accessed NHS services to which they are legally entitled.

Pam emailed Nicola yesterday to say:

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ANNIVERSARIES NICOLA!
What wonderful work, so many you have helped ,brought Justice for.
You amazing woman! An angel of hope and light in a formidable word .
much love
bless you
Pam

We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the success of the event and those that gave speeches in recognition of Nicola’s work.

 

 


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First 100 years

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Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) took place in a special walk ahead of the #LondonLegalWalk to celebrate the #first100years of women in law with some other legal legends. The walk was co-organised by @First100years who are leading a National campaign leading the 2019 centenary celebrations of #WomenInLaw following the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919.

First 100 years twitter link

https://first100years.org.uk/

 


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And I would walk 10,000 more.

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We walked the walk again and would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored us for this very worthy cause.


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12 June 2019

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Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) is referenced in the recent Metro article regarding the need to ensure that all possible steps are taken to ensure that P can communicate his/her wishes and feelings and has a voice in proceedings which directly affect them.

Metro newspaper 11 June 2019


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I would walk 10,000 metres…

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On June 17th 2019 a Mackintosh Law team will again be taking part in the London Legal Walk. This is a 10k charity walk through London to raise money for free legal advice charities.

You can read more about the London Legal support trust here – LLST

If you are able to make a small donation to help us to help others you can sponsor us here: Team MackLaw


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Mackintosh Law Limited

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On 1 February 2019 we will be incorporating.

Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) will be the Sole Director of Mackintosh Law Limited. The company is registered in England and Wales at Companies House, registration number 11067651.

The company will trade as ‘Mackintosh Law’. Mackintosh Law Limited is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the SRA number is 655500.

Mackintosh Law Limited will continue to provide legal services from the existing premises at 103 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NL.


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10 December 2018 – Legal aid advice network ‘decimated by funding cuts’

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Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) is featured in today’s BBC article on the deserts of legal aid provision.

Nicola is quoted as saying “Pre-LASPO, we had a network of advice centres, CABs, law centres and specialist high-street practices. It was not perfect, but it was pretty good. Now we have a complete decimation of the advice and representation network. Everybody recognises disabled people have rights but if you do not provide the advice and representation to them, those rights are theoretical in practice.”

The full article can be found here

 


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27 November 2018 – Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) – Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple Inn

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We are delighted that the Middle Temple Inn has called Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) as an Honorary Bencher. Nicola is the first female QC (Hon) to be called and it is a great privilege.

She was called at a ceremony on 27 November 2018 at Middle Temple Hall. In her speech Nicola restated her commitment to the rule of law and its application to vulnerable and disabled people in particular, including the vital importance of civil legal aid.

She will work with the Inn in the coming years to inspire students and others to continue to press for a just and inclusive legal system which affords equal access to the law for all.


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

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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


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5 October 2016 – Mental Health Act v Mental Capacity Act

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Is P ineligible to be detained under the deprivation of liberty safeguards?
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2016/B2.html


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