Mental Health Staff

One of the leading teams in the country.

Nicola Cho
"I am passionate about upholding the rights of mentally ill and vulnerable people and ensuring their voices are heard. All too often, their views are overlooked or ignored. I believe they should be at the centre of the decision-making process and will fight to achieve this for them."
Nicola specialises in mental health and Court of Protection work. She is a member of both the Mental Health Tribunal and Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Schemes. In addition to representing clients at Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers hearings, Nicola also acts for patients and their families in nearest relative displacement proceedings in the County Court. She also represents vulnerable people and their families in the Court of Protection, including in Deprivation of Liberty appeals. She is frequently instructed by Litigation Friends, including the Official Solicitor, to represent incapacitated clients in such cases. Nicola also acts for family members who wish to be appointed as deputies to manage the property and financial affairs of their incapacitated relatives.

Nicola Cho MA (Hons)

Solicitor

Head of the Mental Health Department

Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson LLB (Hons)

Solicitor

Daniel has worked for RMNJ as a paralegal previously and returned in 2015 after being Called to the Bar. Daniel qualified as a Solicitor in 2017 and is a member of the Mental Health Tribunal Accreditation Scheme with experience of representing clients at Tribunals, Hospital Managers hearings and in CPA meetings. Daniel represents clients at all levels of security with a special interest in forensic patients. Daniel also has experience in Litigation issues arisingĀ from mental health and human rights matters and assists with Court of Protection matters.

Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas LLB (Hons)

Paralegal

Kelly has several years experience working in the health and social care sector and joined the team following the completion of her Law degree at the University of Liverpool. In addition to taking initial instructions from clients who are subject to the Mental Health Act, Kelly is also able to represent them at Tribunals after she successfully achieved membership of the Mental Health Accreditation Scheme. She also represents patients at Hospital Managers' hearings and takes part in CPA meetings.

Emma Hickson

Emma Hickson

Legal Secretary

Emma co-ordinates Tribunals and other hearings and ensures the smooth day to day running of the department.

Richard Nicholas

Richard Nicholas

Consultant

Richard Nicholas specialises in Mental Health Tribunals and is a member of the Law Society MHT Panel. Richard also represents people with mental health problems in criminal cases. He frequently provides training and lectures in mental health and human rights issues to lawyers, NHS professionals and students. He also advises on Human Rights and Judicial Review as well as Nearest Relative applications in the County Court.

Kathryn Lamey

Kathryn Lamey

As a former IMCA, IMHA and Care Act Advocate, Kathryn is experienced in dealing with capacity issues, advising clients of their rights under the Mental Health Act, listening to their wishes and ensuring that these are taken into consideration by those involved in their care. She is able to deal with all aspects of Mental Health work including obtaining initial instructions, advising clients as their cases progress, attending CPA meetings and carrying out representation at hearings. Kathryn is a member of the Mental Health Tribunal Accreditation Scheme and has experience of representing clients at Tribunals and Hospital Managers hearings.

Azka Zubairy

Azka Zubairy LLB

Paralegal

Azka is an LLB Law with Spanish (Hons) graduate with experience in various areas of law. She has chosen to specialise in mental health and mental capacity law and is particularly interested in promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable and incapacitated people. As a paralegal, Azka assists with Court of Protection cases regarding clients' welfare matters as well as appeals against their deprivation of liberty. She also takes initial instructions from patients detained under the Mental Health Act.

Leigh Christie

Leigh Christie

Administrative Assistant

Leigh is the first port of call for client queries.