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Joint Head of Mental Health & Capacity Department
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Recent and notable cases
Duty to consult relative
GP v Derby City Council (2012) EWHC 1451 (Admin), (2012) MHLO 58 Rachel Turner represented GP in a successful application for a writ of habeas corpus. GP claimed that he had been unlawfully detained when the approved mental health professional ...
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
Appointed an Approved Legal Representative
Contributed to Independent Review of the Mental Health Act
2019 - 2021
Ranked as a Tier 1 lawyer in Chambers and Partners
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
‘I was very satisfied with the overall level of service received from Miles & Partners. They listened to what I had to say and kept me updated on the progress of my case. The information and advice provided was fairly easy to understand, considering my moderate learning disabilities.
I would specifically recommend Rachel Turner who was the lawyer on my case. Do not let Rachel Turner retire or change career paths. Rachel rocks – she is the best lawyer I have ever had, and that covers her role within the hospital, during discharge and arranging the section 117 aftercare support package.’
Mental health and capacity law client advised by Rachel Turner
“[My relative] still has a long road ahead and many hurdles to clear but, through the magnificent, unwavering and committed support and representation you have provided, he will be forging ahead from the best and strongest place and position he could possibly have been in to achieve this.
I can never thank you both enough for all you have done for us.
My countless thanks to you both for your integrity, compassion and professional excellence.”
Anonymous mental health and capacity client
‘Rachel Turner has a first-class legal mind, and is conscientious, efficient, thoughtful and tenacious.’
‘Rachel Turner is a pleasure to work with, very competent and great with clients.’
2021 Legal 500
“Rachel Turner has a great way of dealing with clients with mental health issues. I always feel clients are in safe hands with her. She is incredibly hardworking, has an excellent eye for detail and is extremely personable. Her knowledge of the area is impressive.”
Legal 500 2020
“She is very thorough, and she listens to me and my concerns, and then gives me clear advice and reasoning. I really feel like I can raise anything without being judged.”
Chambers and Partners, UK 2019
“I hate using anyone else – they just do not compare!“
Independent Mental Capacity Act advocate
“Rachel Turner is unbelievably thorough and a very safe pair of hands which she combines with a first-rate knowledge of the law and practice in this area.”
Legal 500 2018
“I cannot fault the service of Rachel and her team. They were so friendly and helpful it made proceedings easy. I felt listened to and understood when raising my concerns and supported in addressing these yet knew I was receiving objective and appropriate advice.”
“I would definitely use your firm again. What I valued most was the feeling of personal integrity and fairness, and your willingness to answer our questions straightforwardly.”
“I would like to thank you and your associates for your diligent work in handling the case for my late son, last year, so compassionately. Your team’s work was very thorough and helped my family come to terms with the tragic events that happened. Having used your legal team for the last four years I would gladly use your services again and recommend you to others for the brilliant work you have done. On behalf of my family I wish you all the best of success.”
Accolades, accreditations and memberships