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Rachel Turner

Joint Managing Partner
Joint Head of Mental Health & Capacity Department

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Expertise and experience

Rachel is a recognised expert in mental health and mental capacity and has been actively involved in shaping the development of the law in this area.

She usually represents vulnerable individuals and is often instructed by the Official Solicitor or an advocate, as well as acting for private individuals and their families.

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

  • representing people who lack capacity in Court of Protection hearings where they are decisions need to be made about their residence, care, contact with others, medical treatment, and whether they have capacity to enter into marriage or sexual relations;
  • representing clients before a mental health tribunal if they have been detained under the Mental Health Act;
  • clients whose movements are restricted by Ministry of Justice;
  • challenging the lawfulness of decisions via judicial review cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal, such as in regard to exclusion zones or deprivation of liberty;
  • securing compensation for unlawful detention in a hospital or care home.

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.

Legal 500

Rachel is recognised in the 2023 Legal 500 as a ‘recommended lawyer’, with the following testimonial:

‘Rachel Turner advised me and she certainly knows mental capacity law inside out. I valued her expertise and her insight into this particularly tricky and sensitive situation. She always responded promptly and there were some important deadlines which she helped to manage effectively’.

Chambers UK

Rachel was ranked in Band 2 in the Chambers UK 2023 Guide. In the Chambers UK 2022 Guide, she was commended for her ‘very good attention to detail’ and going the extra mile for clients.

Qualified as a solicitor
Joined Miles & Partners
Contributed to House of Lords Mental Capacity Act Select Committee regarding Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Contributed to Law Commission consultation on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty
Appointed an Assessor for the Law Society Court of Protection (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme
Assisted in the development of the Law Society’s Mental Capacity accreditation scheme
Became partner
Appointed an Approved Legal Representative
Contributed to Independent Review of the Mental Health Act
2019 - 2023
Ranked in Chambers and Partners UK
April 2022
Responded to the SRA's consultation on rule changes and wellbeing at work

Approach and ethos

It is important to ensure all aspects of a case are thoroughly investigated and everyone remains open to all options until a decision can be made in the best interests of the vulnerable person. I try to include my client as much as they are capable of and wish to be involved.

I try to remain courteous, calm and professional at all times, even when emotions and tensions run high and decisions sometimes have to be made quickly.

What clients say

Accolades, accreditations and memberships