Eilish Ferry-KenningtonSolicitor

I joined EMG Solicitors in July 2017. I joined the well established Court of Protection Property and Finance Team. I bring with me experience of advising and representing clients in relation to Court of Protection health and welfare matters.

I originally studied BSc Geography at Liverpool University then MSc Environment and International Development at Manchester University. I later undertook the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University, gaining distinctions in both. After graduating, I worked in a legal aid firm with offices across the north east. My training included experience in the Housing and Police Misconduct departments but my the majority of my training contract was spent gaining experience in Court of Protection (Health and Welfare), Mental Health and Community Care. I qualified as a solicitor in March 2016 and continued to focus on these areas.

I have experience in representing clients who suffer cognitive impairments, learning disabilities and mental illness. I have represented patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act and their family members at Mental Health Tribunals.

In Court of Protection health and welfare matters, I have regularly represented adults who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves. This involves taking instructions from a litigation friend, who instructs a solicitor in the person’s best interests. I have often been instructed by the Official Solicitor as litigation friend. I have also acted for clients when a there is a health and welfare dispute about a family member. I have particular experience where a person is deprived of their liberty, for example it is thought to be in their best interests to reside in a care home, but they or a family member seek to challenge this decision.

I act for people at stressful times of life and often for those who have difficulties with communication. I know that it is important to adapt to each client’s own circumstances and have developed an approachable style while still ensuring that each client is fully advised.

In, 2016 I was a finalist at the Northern Law Awards in the ‘Trainee Solicitor of the Year’ category. I have been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Panel since April 2014. In October 2017 I attained Accredited Legal Practitioner status on the Law Society Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme.

Eilish qualified in March 2016.