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Jessica joined Stephensons in August 2018 in the interventions department and joined the Court of Protection and community care department in April 2022 as a graduate paralegal. She began her training contract in 2023.
Jessica assists the solicitors in the department with Court of Protection and community care cases which are often complex and sensitive, including:
- Assessing new clients for legal aid funding and drafting funding applications
- Drafting Court of Protection applications and documents within health and welfare proceedings, including witness evidence
- Assisting solicitors in the team with all aspects of litigation in the Court of Protection.
- Experience of assisting both clients lacking mental capacity via a litigation friend, and family members.
Jessica regularly works on complex health and welfare Court of Protection cases and her experience includes working on cases involving:
- Deprivation of liberty challenges
- Disputes about residence and care
- Disputes about contact with others, including safeguarding issues
- Cases concerning mental capacity to decide to engage in sexual relations
- Cases concerning mental capacity to decide to access the internet and social media, where restrictions are being considered/ have been put in place as part of a care package.
Jessica also has experience of assisting solicitors in the team with disputed property and affairs cases.
Prior to starting at Stephensons, Jessica obtained an upper second class (2:1) honours degree in law with criminology at the University of Salford in 2016. She subsequently completed the legal practice course on a full-time basis at the University of Law in 2017, obtaining a commendation.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading and walking her dog.