Amy commenced her career at Stephensons in June 2011 whilst studying her law degree at Edge Hill University. Amy successfully completed three summer student placements at Stephensons whilst completing her studies working in both the crime and civil liberties departments. She then graduated with an upper second class honours degree in 2014 and joined the regulatory department shortly after in May 2014 as a graduate paralegal.
Whilst in this role, Amy studied her Legal Practice Course part-time at Manchester Metropolitan University which she completed in June 2016, achieving a distinction. Amy was subsequently offered a training contract at Stephensons which she commenced in September 2017.
Amy then completed her training contract having undertaken seats in the regulatory, probate, and employment and discrimination department, prior to qualifying as a solicitor in September 2019.
Amy has a particular interest and experience in representing vulnerable children and adults with physical disabilities and mental health conditions. Amy frequently represents clients lacking capacity and is experienced in section 21A appeals against Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).
Amy is Westlaw certified having completed both her basic and advanced legal research training.
Outside of work, Amy enjoys baking and spending time with her dog, Betsy.
What others say
"Excellent Service - Amy Dutton is a credit to Stephensons
I worked with Amy Dutton on a variety of CoP cases, specifically in relation to s21a challenge for persons under DoLS. Amy was always quick and helpful in her responses, and was always willing to speak with me about cases before initialising challenges, helping me clarify statements and ensure that challenges were correctly filed. Amy went out of her way to ensure my clients and service users views and wishes were understood and heard by the courts and by social services. I would highly recommend Amy and Stephensons for any CoP cases."
"I was having problems with social services and I got in touch with Stephensons who then put me in touch with Amy... I would recommend Stephensons who I found very professional and gave good advice."
"Great experience having used the service for the first time. Amy was easy to contact, responded to emails, advised when necessary and concluded matters at the most appropriate time after exploring all options." - A review from an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate