Staff

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.

Suzanne Quinn, Solicitor


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.