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Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

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Gemma specialises in mental capacity and mental health law, inquests, and public law.


Gemma specialises in cases involving deprivations of liberty and mental health issues. She practises in the fields of mental capacity and mental health law, inquests, prison and police law, media, and public law, with particular expertise in social welfare matters.

Gemma regularly appears in the Court of Protection, acting for litigation friends including the Official Solicitor, local authorities, and family members. She appears on behalf of patients detained under sections 2 and 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983, with experience in cases involving the complex overlap with the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Gemma also represents parties involved in proceedings under the Mental Health Act outside of the Tribunal setting, including displacements of nearest relatives, as well as representing families at mental health-related inquests.

Gemma accepts instructions on behalf of prisoners at adjudications and Parole Board hearings, particularly where there are issues relevant to the Mental Health Act. She advises claimants in actions against the police and prison authorities, and represents families in inquests arising from deaths in custody.

She has worked with a number of senior members of Chambers on a broad range of human rights issues, including a challenge to the prohibition of same-sex marriage in a British Overseas Territory, and is instructed as junior counsel to Peter Carter QC in a number of ongoing cases arising from criminal proceedings in Trinidad & Tobago.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Gemma provided specialist welfare benefits advice and representation at the First-tier and Upper Tribunals on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support and Citizens Advice, and the Free Representation Unit. Gemma continues to provide representation on a pro bono basis in complex benefits cases, as well as training FRU’s volunteers and sitting on FRU’s Management Committee.

Gemma is licenced under the Direct Access Scheme and can accept instructions directly in appropriate cases across all aspects of her practice.


LLB 1st class honours, University of Bristol with study abroad at the Università degli Studi di Siena.
LLM Distinction, SOAS, University of London.
BPTC Outstanding, BPP University