Ronald Franks, Solicitor/Head of Department

Ronnie is responsible for LSA’s Mental Health Legal Representation Projects. He is a part-time legal member and convener of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland, and 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 Green`s Annotations to The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and the editor of the mental health section of May`s Scottish Social Work Legislation.

Karen Kirk, Solicitor

Karen 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.

Tatora Mukushi, Solicitor

Tatora is a solicitor who is qualified to work in England and Wales as well as Scotland. He has extensive experience of criminal litigation and human rights based civil litigation and advocacy. Within the Mental Health Legal Services Project he represents individuals in applications and appeals before the Mental Health Tribunal. He also appears in the Sheriff Court in relation to proceedings under the Adults with Incapacity Act, including welfare and financial guardianship, and he has litigated matters at the Court of Session. A large part of his work is advising on the issues often faced by adults with mental health or capacity issues, engaging with these challenges by taking a holistic approach. These issues include family law, employment, debt, housing and community care including self-directed support. Tatora also represents individuals before the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal, particularly where they have complex vulnerabilities. Tatora acts as a Curator ad litem at the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. Outside work, Tatora occasionally swaps legal manuals for literature and graphic novels.

Rachel Walker, Solicitor

Rachel joined LSA in June 2017 and has a background in children`s referrals and family litigation, litigating matters before both the Sheriff Appeal Court and the Court of Session. Within the Mental Health Legal Services Project at LSA she represents clients in both appeals and applications before the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. She also regularly provides advice and representation in the Sheriff Court in relation to Adults with Incapacity applications, including Guardianship and Intervention Orders, and family matters. Rachel`s work focusses on providing holistic advice to those who have mental ill health, their families and their carers. She has also been appointed as a Curator ad litem for proceedings before the Mental Health Tribunal.

Stacey Carr, Paralegal

Stacey is the project`s paralegal and undertakes general secretarial work, as well as assisting at reception when required.