Debbie Collins Health & Welfare

Call: 2007

Introduction

Debbie joined St Philips Chambers in 2007. She has had a varied career having qualified initially as a solicitor in 1998. Her specialisation has always been exclusively in family law and she has worked in both private practice and for local authorities (Birmingham City Council and Dudley MBC) as a senior solicitor. During this time, Debbie was a member of the Law Society Children Panel, both as a Children and local authority representative.

Since joining St Philips, Debbie has dealt with all areas of family law and been instructed on behalf of parents, grandparents, children, interveners and local authorities. Debbie also appears in the Court of Protection.

Debbie completed a shortened pupillage with Vanessa Meachin.

Prior to joining the legal profession, Debbie had a career in the National Health Service. She was a Nurse for 15 years, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1987. Debbie specialised in Ophthalmic Accident and Emergency, with other experience in general A & E, Neurology and Commumity Nursing.

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • CPE and LPC; University of Wolverhampton
  • BA (hons); University of Wolverhampton
  • LLM Child Law, University of Northumbria (2011)

Memberships:

  • FLBA
  • ALC
  • BAAF

Health & Welfare

Debbie is also a member of the Court of Protection Team. She has represented the Official Solicitor and family members and was recently lead by David Lock QC in a case where the vulnerable adult was determined to lack capacity in certain areas only, including decisions about where and with whom he wanted to live.

Reported Cases:

Notable cases (as instructing Solicitor)

YL (by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) (Appellant) v. Birmingham City Council and others (Respondents) [2007] UKHL 27

Whether a care home when providing accommodation and care to a resident by arrangements made with a local authority is performing "functions of a public nature" for the purposes of the Human Rights Act 1998

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