Profile submitted by Nicola Mackintosh
Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) is the Sole Principal of Mackintosh Law, a specialist law firm with a commitment to providing a unique specialist law service to disabled clients. Ms Mackintosh is nationally recognised as a leading lawyer in Community Care, Health, Human Rights and Mental Capacity Law and for conducting complex casework for disabled clients.
Nicola has been a staunch campaigner for access to justice, particularly for disabled and other vulnerable people over many decades. She is co-chair of the LAPG and a longstanding member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee. She is also a member of the ad hoc Court of Protection Rules Committee which is reviewing and updating procedures in the Court of Protection. Nicola is an Accredited Legal Representative within the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation scheme.
Nicola brought the landmark Coughlan case regarding entitlement to NHS funded continuing health care, as well as other leading test cases for mentally ill and disabled people and their rights to community care services. In 2014 Nicola was appointed as Honorary Queens Counsel (QC) (Hon) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the development of community care law, and her work in promoting access to justice for disabled people. Nicola was instructed in the leading case addressing how best to facilitate the participation of vulnerable people in the Court of Protection. The judgment in A County Council v (1) AB (2) JB (3) EWCOP 4 has led to the issuing of formal guidance by Mr Justice Charles which is invaluable for practitioners and all those working in the Court to ensure that P’s voice is heard and is at the centre of the process.