Fiona Easton-Lawrence

What Fiona can do for you

Fiona specialises in providing advice to commissioners and providers of healthcare on a wide range of legal matters.

One key aspect of her work is mental capacity law. Fiona advises clients on their obligations under the Mental Capacity Act and on Court of Protection proceedings (including how to try to avoid them).  Fiona has advised multiple Clinical Commissioning Groups and Trusts on Court of Protection cases, from (often urgent) serious mental treatment matters to complex welfare cases and Section 21A applications.  In this complex and constantly changing area of the law, emotions can frequently be running high.  Fiona understands the considerable strain these proceedings can have on all involved, from service users and family members to the healthcare professionals working to provide the best possible solution to complex problems.   

Fiona also advises and represents clients at Coroner’s Inquests, including in matters where civil proceedings have been initiated. Fiona seeks to provide straight forward and practical advice to her clients and takes care in supporting witnesses, recognising that the process can be daunting. 

Fiona provides Mental Health Act advice, and has worked with a number of Mental Health Trusts. Before she moved to Hempsons, Fiona spent one day a week working in-house at a secure psychiatric hospital so she understands the importance of prompt and practical advice that can be used “on the ground”.

Beyond these core aspects of her practice, Fiona has experience of the wide number of different types of law her team supports clients with and can advise on matters such as complaint handling, commissioning, information governance, regulation and the CQC, as well as a wide variety of other discrete queries (following a number of other interesting and unusual queries that clients have come to her with).

Main areas of expertise

  • Mental Capacity law and Court of Protection
  • Inquests
  • Mental Health law
  • Commissioning, including Continuing Healthcare
  • Complaints
  • Information governance

The clients she works with

  • Clinical commissioning groups
  • Mental Health Trusts
  • Acute Trusts
  • Care Trusts
  • Private Healthcare providers

Qualifications

  • Legal Practice Course (2011)
  • BA (Cantab) Law with ERASMUS year abroad (2009)

Professional memberships

  • COPPA Yorkshire & Humber – committee member

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