Emerald Toogood

Court of Protection Solicitor

Career

Emerald joined Simpson Millar in July 2018, having been qualified as a Solicitor for just over a year. She worked in the healthcare sector for 10 years, seeking to understand and improve clinical outcomes and patients’ experiences.

Before joining Simpson Millar, she was an NHS Legal Services Manager, specialising in Clinical Negligence Litigation, Inquests and Mental Capacity Law.

Emerald is a Solicitor in the Public Law department specialising in Court of Protection and Medical Law.

She graduated from King’s College, London in 2006 with a BA in Classics, and went on to attain her MA in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of London in 2011. Her dissertation was on ‘Legal protections for autonomy in long-term care’.

Emerald also gained her Legal Practitioner’s Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP University Law School.

Emerald undertakes Court of Protection and mental capacity work in relation to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. She often visits clients who are deprived of their liberty in care settings to understand their care needs, preferences and hopes for the future.

She is keen to help her clients make decisions relevant to their care and lifestyle, by using visual aids and other communication techniques where appropriate, and instructing suitable medical, nursing and social care experts to help identify available options.

Emerald has a particular interest in cases where a person is deemed to lack capacity to make decisions about serious medical treatment.

She is a member of CoPPA, a voluntary organisation which promotes good practice and standards among law professionals working in the Court of Protection, as well as of the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Law Society.

Interests outside of work

Outside her work, Emerald plays the piano, viola and harp. She also enjoys sailing and tennis.

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