Mental Health & Capacity Team

Floyd Porter

PartnerChartered Legal Executive (CILEX)Joint Head of Mental Health and Capacity Department
Floyd Porter
Qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1999Joined Miles & Partners 2009 | Became a Partner 2014
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Floyd is now one of the driving forces behind Miles & Partners burgeoning reputation at the leading edge of mental capacity law. Before becoming joint head of the mental health and capacity department, he worked closely with Miles & Partners founder Sophy Miles, one of the UK’s leading practitioners in mental capacity law, gaining invaluable experience in this increasingly important field.

Floyd practices primarily in proceedings before the Court of Protection, with an emphasis on representing relatives in health and welfare proceedings.

Before joining Miles & Partners, Floyd amassed more than twenty-five years’ experience in legal practice, eighteen of them in mental health law matters. He first practiced at a busy North London criminal law firm, as an accredited police station representative and criminal law clerk, also gaining experience in mental health law then specialised in mental health at a Leading human  rights firm, ultimately heading the mental health law department.

Floyd has extensive experience in representing patients detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act.

He is an Accredited Legal Representative in the Court of Protection under the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme and the Law Society Chief Assessor for the Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme.

Floyd is recognised in the 2020 Legal 500, with the following testimonials:

‘Floyd Porter quietly obtains the seemingly unachievable, through rational and determined representation of his clients’ interests’.

‘Andrew Bowmer, Floyd Porter and Kaileigh Hazeldine are an exceptional team with a strong background in mental health work. They stand out from other firms for their attention to detail and going the extra mile for their clients’.

Notable cases

At Liberty to Cruise

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Rachel Turner

PartnerJoint Head of Mental Health & Capacity Department
Rachel Turner
Qualified 2003Joined Miles & Partners 2012 | Became a Partner 2016
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Rachel specialises in cases in the Court of Protection and has regularly been instructed by the Official Solicitor as well as private individuals.

As a longstanding member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme, Rachel has extensive experience of clients detained under the Mental Health Act and is well placed to advise on the impact the Act may have on Court of Protection cases. Rachel has also run a number of successful judicial review cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Before joining Miles & Partners, Rachel was in private practice in a leading Legal 500 law firm where she established her reputation as a mental capacity lawyer.

Rachel also has experience overseas having worked as an adviser to Uganda Law Society (ULS), Uganda Ministry of Health and the Uganda branch of the World Health Organisation on the human rights aspect of the proposed revisions to mental health law. While in Uganda Rachel co-founded the Mikwano Children’s Trust, a small English registered charity supporting poor and orphaned Ugandan children.

Rachel is recognised in the 2020 Legal 500, with the following testimonials:

‘Rachel Turner has a great way of dealing with clients with mental health issues. I always feel clients are in safe hands with her’.

‘Rachel Turner is incredibly hardworking, has an excellent eye for detail and is extremely personable. Her knowledge of the area is impressive’.

Notable Cases

Transfer Deadline Expired | Duty To Consult Relative | Deprivation of Liberty

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Andrew Bowmer

Solicitor
Andrew Bowmer
Qualified 2008Joined Miles & Partners 2018
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Andrew Bowmer, a strong practitioner in mental capacity law, joined Miles and Partners on 5 February 2018. Andrew qualified as a solicitor in December 2008, drawing on his previous career working in central Government, including on local authority governance policy and direct experience of decision making in the public sector.

Andrew is frequently instructed by both family members and by the official solicitor on behalf of incapacitated adults in the Court of Protection in proceedings concerning the best interests of vulnerable adults. He has also acted for both family members and the official solicitor and other litigation friends on challenges brought under s21A Mental Capacity Act 2005 concerning the operation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.  Andrew has obtained declarations on behalf of a number of incapacitated adults that they have been unlawfully deprived of their liberty following placement decisions by local authorities.

In addition to his experience in the Court of Protection, Andrew has a breadth of public law experience covering housing and community care cases concerning vulnerable adults, including those facing eviction, those entitled to support from local authorities under the Children Act 1989 (either as children in need or having previously been in local authority care) and as adults or to support as asylum seekers.  Andrew has been instructed by the Official Solicitor in a number of cases involving local authorities pursuing the eviction of vulnerable adults who were at the same time the subject of Court of Protection proceedings.  He has an acknowledged experience which crosses public law and the specialised issues arising in the Court of Protection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew is recognised as a “rising star” in the 2020 Legal 500, with the following testimonials:

‘Andrew Bowmer is a great team player, unflappable and always courteous and a joy to deal with, even when under immense pressure.’

I was impressed by the way that Andrew Bowmer was able to communicate intricate information relating to the Mental Capacity Act/Court of Protection procedure, to a client who had complex intellectual difficulties’.

‘Andrew Bowmer is outstanding. His analysis is extremely thorough, he relates well to difficult clients and provides excellent, well-considered advice’.

‘Andrew Bowmer, Floyd Porter and Kaileigh Hazeldine… are an exceptional team with a strong background in mental health work. They stand out from other firms for their attention to detail and going the extra mile for their clients’.

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Kaileigh Hazeldine

Solicitor
Kaileigh Hazeldine
Joined Miles & Partners 2014
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Kaileigh is a solicitor specialising in mental health and capacity and her work mainly involves the law surrounding elderly people in care homes or community settings.

Kaileigh represents incapacitated adults and family members in decisions over mental capacity in the Court of Protection, and she is often instructed by Relevant Person’s Paid Representatives or the Official Solicitor.

The types of cases that Kaileigh has been involved in include:

  • challenges under s.21A Mental Capacity Act concerning the operation of the deprivation of liberty safeguards;
  • acting on behalf of the Official Solicitor where the mental capacity of an adult is in question by family members;
  • applications to the Court of Protection to revoke lasting powers of attorney where the wishes of the individual and their attorneys differ; and
  • issues where the choice of a care home facility for an incapacitated adult is under dispute between the local authority and family members.

Kaileigh is recognised in the 2020 Legal 500, with the following testimonials:

‘Kaileigh Hazeldine is highly experienced in COP matters and pragmatic both in and out of court, providing excellent support to counsel and clients alike, with a friendly and professional manner’.

‘Andrew Bowmer, Floyd Porter and Kaileigh Hazeldine are an exceptional team with a strong background in mental health work. They stand out from other firms for their attention to detail and going the extra mile for their clients’.

Other members of Mental Health & Capacity Team

Bansi Pattni

Trainee Solicitor
Bansi Pattni
Joined Miles & Partners 2016
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Harriet Brame

Assistant to Rachel Turner
Harriet Brame
Joined Miles & Partners 2017
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Jasper Blumenthal

Assistant to Andrew Bowmer
Jasper Blumenthal
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Floyd Porter

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Floyd Porter

Rachel Turner

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Rachel Turner

Andrew Bowmer

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Kaileigh Hazeldine

Solicitor

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Bansi Pattni

Trainee Solicitor

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Harriet Brame

Assistant to Rachel Turner

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Jasper Blumenthal

Assistant to Andrew Bowmer

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