Senior Mental Health Solicitor
I qualified as a Solicitor in 1999 and now work exclusively in the field of Mental Health Law.
In the past
I studied Law at the University of Kent, obtaining a 2.1 degree.
I have always been interested in the area of Mental Health Law and whilst at the University of Kent I studied Mental Health as an option. I also became involved in the Mental Health Law Clinic which at the time was part of the well respected Kent Law Clinic.
I attended the College of Law in Guildford and undertook my training at Harman & Harman in Canterbury. I remained with Harman & Harman until I moved to Fairweathers in 2006.
In my work
I have undertaken Mental Health work since 1997 and have specialised solely in this area of law since 2003.
I act for clients detained under the Mental Health Act including representation at Mental Health Review Tribunals and assistance with Hospital Manager’s meetings. I primarily act for clients detained under section 2, section 3 and section 17A of the Mental Health Act. However, I have also acted for restricted clients detained under section 37/41 of the Act. I have previously successfully Judicially Reviewed a tribunal decision in a restricted case where the decision was quashed. At the re-hearing of the case my client obtained a conditional discharge.
I am extremely committed to this area of law and thoroughly enjoy the work I do. I find it challenging but rewarding.
I have been a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Review Tribunal panel since 2003.
I am a member of the Mental Health Lawyers’ Association.
In my spare time
I have a young family and I love nothing more than spending time with them. I also enjoy reading, yoga and have recently started a martial arts training group.
Rachel was excellent. Rachel was very understanding and caring. She displayed efficiency, empathy and genuine concern throughout. (Mrs C, Anonymous)
Very clear and easy to understand information provided, extremely approachable and friendly solicitor- Rachel Sackett. I was completely satisfied with the service you provided. (Mrs B, Anonymous)
Many thanks for your services; you helped me act in a very difficult situation where everyone seemed to be against (or did not believe) me. Once again Many Thanks. (Mr J, Ashford)
Rachel was so kind and understanding. I really felt she was on my side. Extremely easy to get on with. Extremely happy with the service. Thank you Rachel (Mrs M, Ashford)