Partner, Public Law
Angela Jackman worked on a Mental Capacity Act s21a challenge for AH who was under a DoLS authorisation and objecting to her placement in a care home. She had been placed about 20 miles from her home town which made it difficult for her to see her husband who had been placed in another care home there. As AH's paid RPR I had contacted Simpson Millar and found its service efficient and reliable right from the start. It was largely thanks to Angela's support and persistence that regular visits between husband and wife were instigated and, eventually, AH was moved to a care home in her home town where she is much happier and it is easier for husband and wife to meet up on a regular basis. Imogen Ridler
Angela joined Simpson Millar in April 2010 as a Partner. She is recognised as a leader in Education Law, Human Rights and Court of Protection; she was first ranked by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in 2003. She is an Accredited Practitioner under the Law Society’s Mental Capacity Welfare Accreditation Scheme.
Angela is quoted in Chambers and Partners UK 2018 edition as being “very experienced and very knowledgeable” and “an expert in deprivation of liberty and best interests matters, particularly with regard to mental capacity cases in the Court of Protection.”
In the previous year’s Chambers and Partners UK, she was described as “unquestionably a leader in her field" who "provides a Rolls-Royce service."
Angela is also an expert in Special Educational Needs matters with vast experience in handling Judicial Review claims. Sources say, "Angela is brilliant, both in terms of the scope of her knowledge and her success rate."
Angela is recognised in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 edition as an elite leading individual in the Education Law sector. She is also recommended for her work in Court of Protection and Human Rights.
For her work in Civil Liberties they comment, "Practice head Angela Jackman acted for two individuals in a judicial review challenging the NHS’ refusal to fund abortions for women in Northern Ireland. Well-known organisations such as British Red Cross, Refugee Council and Alone in London Service refer work to the practice, which includes the excellent Angela Jackman."
They also comment, "Angela Jackman specialises in Court of Protection, Community Care and Public Law matters, including acting in mental capacity disputes concerning best interests and deprivation of liberty applications and cases for vulnerable adults and children." She also has "unparalleled expertise in SEN cases."
Angela has had conduct of high profile cases including G v St Gregory’s Catholic Science College  EWHC 1452 concerning an unlawful school uniform and appearance policy which indirectly discriminated against African-Caribbean boys. She also has conduct of A and B v Secretary of State for Health  UKSC 41 which is currently before the European Court of Human Rights challenging the government’s policy in respect of providing abortion service on the NHS to women from Northern Ireland.
Angela is an experienced writer and trainer. She has been a lecturer and trainer for CLT, MBL Seminars Ltd, College of Law and Legal Action Group. She is currently a CPD Consultant and Senior Lecturer at The City Law School and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Angela co-wrote ‘Practical Education Law’, an Education Law text published by the Law Society in 2005. She co-writes regular Education Law updates for Legal Action Group and has written articles for legal journals, including New Law Journal and Education Law Journal.
She is the Secretary of the Education Law Practitioners’ Group which spearheads responses to government consultations on education law and legal aid issues. She is also a member of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee and an expert panel member of the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants.
Interests outside of work
Angela enjoys running, dancing and world music.
Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Winner 2009.
Law Society Excellence Awards 2014 – Highly Commended.
Lawyer of the Year, Modern Law Awards 2017/18.