Rod is the managing solicitor. After qualifying in Suffolk he moved back to London in 1996 when he started his own practice. He has been a member of the Law Society’s specialist Mental Health Panel since 1996 and is a committee member of the Mental Health Lawyer’s Association. He is Chair of Hackney Co-operative Developments.
He was one of the first practitioners to bring a mental health case based on the Human Rights Act and has brought a substantial number of Judicial Reviews in mental health and community care, and has experience of taking cases all the way to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Rod also provides advice on NHS care and Care Home disputes and regulatory issues, safeguarding issues, LPAs and the appointment of Deputies (formerly known as Receivers).
Tom Lewenstein (Solicitor)
Tom joined the firm in May 2009 and specialises in litigation on behalf of mental health and community care clients, including claims in the Court of Protection, claims in relation to unlawful detention and other human rights abuses. He is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel and provides representation to detained patients at Mental Health Tribunals.
Tom also has experience of dealing with a wide range of matters in relation to mental capacity, including Lasting Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Deputyship.
Alice Livermore (Solicitor)
Alice specialises in community care and mental health law. She can offer advice and assistance regarding Lasting Powers of Attorney, advance decisions and other issues relating to mental capacity law, and had represented a number of clients in the Court of Protection.
Alice provides representation at Mental Health Tribunals, and is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel.
Belinda Adu (Solicitor)
Belinda qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and spent nearly two years working in the community care department of a large city centre firm in Liverpool doing a mixture of legal aid and private work. She was the conducting solicitor on a number of high profile cases involving the law relating to “age assessments” of young asylum seekers.
Parisa Khaneghah (Solicitor)
Parisa joined the firm in 2013. She is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel and provides representation at Mental Health Tribunals. She also carries out work in relation to mental capacity law, including representation in the Court of Protection. Parisa is also able to provide advice and assistance in community care cases.