Staff

Ronald Franks, Solicitor/Head of Department: Ronnie is responsible for LSA’s Mental Health Legal Representation Projects and a part-time legal member and convener of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.  He is a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Mental Health and Disability Sub Committee and Adults with Incapacity Specialist Accreditation Panel. He is the lead author of Greens Annotations to The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and editor of the Mental Health Section of Mays Scottish Social Work Legislation.

Karen Kirk is a solicitor advocate with many years of experience representing individuals with mental ill-health, their families and their carers.  She tutors at Glasgow Graduate School of Law in civil practice and has lectured extensively on mental ill health and incapacity law.  She appears as Safeguarder at Glasgow Sheriff Court on behalf of adults with incapacity and is frequently appointed Curator ad Litem for those incapable of instructing a solicitor before proceedings at the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. She is Accreditated by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Mental Health Law and also as a specialist in Incapacity and Mental Disability Law. 

Deirdre Hanlon has worked as a solicitor within the project for several years.  She served two terms as a part-time commissioner at the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and served as a board member for Advocacy Matters (Greater Glasgow).  She appears as Safeguarder at Glasgow Sheriff Court on behalf of adults with incapacity and is frequently appointed Curator ad Litem for those incapable of instructing a solicitor before proceedings at the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland

Collette Gallagher  is an Honours graduate from the University of Glasgow, and joined LSA in September 2012 having gained experience in private practice. She specialises in mental health and incapacity law with experience of providing representation before the Mental Health Tribunal Service and in the Sheriff Court, and is a notary public.


Stacey Carr, Paralegal:  Stacey is paralegal for the project and undertakes general legal secretarial work and reception when required.