Mina Rai

Solicitor

Biography

Mina is a solicitor in the Court of Protection and community care department and is based in our central London office.

Mina specialises in community care and Court of Protection health and welfare matters and is a Law Society Capacity (Welfare) Accredited Legal Representative.

Mina qualified as a solicitor in 2014 and worked in London and Birmingham before joining Stephensons in 2016. Most of Mina's previous experience has been dealing with community care, Court of Protection and public law (judicial review) matters. Mina has also worked in a family law department dealing with issues relating to children and social services. Prior to becoming a solicitor, Mina's background was in the not for profit sector and voluntary sector and for a number of years she worked at Rights of Women which provided free legal advice to women on issues including domestic violence, sexual violence and immigration.

Mina regularly represents vulnerable adults and children with mental health issues, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and those who lack mental capacity to obtain care and support to meet their needs. This includes challenging unlawful assessments, obtaining the provision of care, treatment and/or suitable accommodation, obtaining support for carers and dealing with funding issues, including NHS funding. Mina often represents clients who lack capacity and are also subject to possession proceedings.

Mina also specialises in Court of Protection (health and welfare) matters. Court of Protection cases often address complex and sensitive issues including residence, care, sexual relations, contact, medical treatment decisions and deprivations of liberty. Mina is experienced in advising and representing parties in respect of capacity disputes, best interests and section 21A appeals against Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

Mina regularly acts on behalf of ‘P’ (by a litigation friend, including the Official Solicitor) and is instructed by professionals such as advocacy organisations and the Official Solicitor; she also accepts instructions from individuals and acts on behalf of family members. As an accredited legal representative, Mina can also act on behalf of P directly.

Stephensons have the benefit of a legal aid contract for community care (including Court of Protection welfare matters) in both London and the Northwest.

In her spare time, Mina continues to take an interest in the charity and not for profit sector. She has been a trustee for an international volunteering charity, Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange UK, and nia which provides services for women, children and young people experiencing violence.

Areas of specialism

  • Court of Protections welfare matters
  • Appeals against deprivation of liberty pursuant to s21A Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Community care
  • Judicial review