Laura WilsonSolicitor

Job Role at EMG

I am a solicitor working in the Court of Protection – Health & Welfare team.

Experience

I undertook my training contract at a firm in Preston which specialised in mental health and mental capacity law. I was admitted on to the Law Society mental health accreditation panel in 2013 and admitted as a solicitor in 2014. After the senior partner retired in 2016 I took over running the Mental Health Department and the training of new employees on the Mental Health Act. I represented clients before the Mental Health Tribunal in hospitals throughout the north from Cumbria and Northumberland down to Cheshire. I have extensive experience of every aspect of mental health law from the most serious and complex restricted cases to s2’s, 3’s and CTO’s and of mental capacity law. I then returned to my home area of Newcastle and worked as a self-employed mental health representative before joining EMG in September 2021.

What do you like about working at EMG

When I was self-employed I missed being part of a work family and learning from colleagues and discussing ideas together. I missed helping my colleagues and them helping me. I wanted to work in a friendly environment with people who valued others equally, put the welfare and wishes of colleagues and clients at the forefront and who regularly socialised outside of work. That is what I have found at EMG.

Outside of EMG

I love to travel, meet new people and learn about different cultures. When not busy working or travelling, I enjoy going to concerts and listening to a variety of music from country to classical. I also like playing pool, walking in the countryside, visiting historical sites and following tennis. I have been lucky enough to go to Wimbledon and the Madrid Open and hope to be able to go to more tournaments both at home and abroad in the future.