Clemmie advises and represents clients in matters relating to clinical decision-making, primarily mental health law, mental capacity law and inquests. She is instructed by NHS bodies, care providers and commissioners.

Having previously represented patients in the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health), Clemmie has a detailed understanding of psychiatric practice and the needs of clinicians for clear and realistic advice in managing complex and challenging situations. She has expertise in the related legal issues which arise in care delivery including governance, commissioning, complaints, human rights and public law.

The increasingly difficult interface of mental health and mental capacity law is a particular area of interest, and Clemmie often advises and provides training on the legal challenges of associated decision-making. For example, she has managed numerous complex and high-profile Court of Protection proceedings such as obtaining authority for obstetric care for detained patients.

Clemmie is a very experienced advocate and frequently appears in inquests on behalf of healthcare providers. She regularly delivers training to mental health and acute clinicians as well as legal teams, including for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Main areas of expertise:

  • Mental health law
  • Mental capacity law
  • Inquests

Main clients:

  • Mental Health Trusts
  • Acute Trusts
  • NHS Commissioners
  • Private care providers
  • NHS Resolution
  • Insurers

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