Donovan Newton Mental Health Solicitor Profiles
Solicitor – Mental Health/Mental Capacity Department
Mobile: 07977 114148
Simon qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and is a long-standing member of the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Scheme. Simon is a director at Donovan Newton Solicitors, which together with Malcolm Donovan he set up in 2003. He has worked tirelessly to establish Donovan Newton Solicitors as one of the leading mental health firms in the Midlands and has overseen the continued growth of the mental health department. He has also supported the establishment of the mental capacity department. Simon continues to manage the firm’s mental health law department.
Simon represents client at Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers' reviews. He advises his clients about all aspects of mental health law, including "nearest relative" displacement proceedings.
Away from work Simon enjoys spending time with his family. He has a keen interest in playing and coaching football, as well as listening to rock and heavy metal music.
Assistant Solicitor – Mental Health/Mental Capacity Department
Mobile: 07985 295954
Leanne qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and joined Donovan Newton Solicitors in 2015 in order to specialise in mental health law.
Leanne is an accredited member of the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Scheme and is therefore qualified to represent clients who are detained in hospital in proceedings before the Mental Health Tribunal. Leanne primarily represents clients at Mental Health Tribunal and Hospital Managers' reviews. Leanne also advises clients about "nearest relative" displacement proceedings.
Leanne is also an important member of our expanding Mental Capacity Act department and acts for litigation friends, RPRs and families in Court of Protection welfare proceedings.
When asked about her job Leanne commented ‘I enjoy meeting with clients and understanding their needs, I offer professional and practical advice in areas of law which require a great deal of sensitivity.’
In her free time Leanne enjoys spending time with her family, horse riding and socialising.
Head of Mental Capacity Department, Solicitor
Mobile: 07342 945 349
Daniel specialises in mental health and mental capacity law, having achieved accreditation in the Law Society’s mental health and mental capacity (welfare) schemes. He represents patients detained under the mental health act and acts for litigation friends, RPRs and families in Court of Protection welfare proceedings.
Daniel read law at Queen’s University, Belfast before completing his legal practice course at Northumbria University. He completed his training contract with a firm in the North East of England, during which he developed his specialism in mental health and mental capacity law. In particular he has an interest in the interface between the mental health and mental capacity act:
Later, Daniel relocated to the Midlands and joined Donovan Newton in August 2016, quickly establishing a busy workload across the region.
Daniel specialises in the following areas:
Court of Protection and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
Mental health and the Mental Health Act 1983
Daniel has been involved in a number of notable cases including:
Away from work, you will find Daniel watching, playing or talking about football, usually about Liverpool FC.
Mobile: 07711 950184
Rachel successfully completed her Law LLB Honours degree in London and went on to study the Legal Practice course (LPC) at the University of Sheffield in 2016. She was awarded a training contract shortly after completing the LPC where she developed a keen interest and desire to practice in mental health law. Her experience includes representing clients at Hospital Managers' reviews, attending Care Programme Approach meetings and preparing cases for the mental health tribunal. She assists both departments within the firm. Rachel is currently working towards her membership of the mental heath accreditation scheme.
Rachel assists clients detained under all sections of the Mental Health Act 1983. She is passionate about supporting the more vulnerable members of our society and provides professional legal advice to those who need it most to ensure that the best possible outcome can be reached.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures. She also enjoys going to the gym and long-distance running.