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Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, President of The Law Society talks to LexisNexis about her experience running a virtual law firm, and how innovative changes can help lawyers gain more job satisfaction.
About Lucy Scott-Moncrieff
Mental health and human rights lawyer Lucy Scott-Moncrieff is the managing partner of Scott-Moncrieff and Associates LLP, a virtual law firm with a national reach acting for legally aided and privately paying clients. The firm specialises in representing detained patients, life sentence prisoners and vulnerable children and young people.
Lucy was elected to the Law Society Council in the summer of 2002, and before that maintained a long connection with the Law Society through her membership of the Mental Health and Disability Committee which she joined in 1986. After joining Council Lucy became a member of the Society's Regulatory Affairs Board, Access to Justice Committee and Education and Training committee.
Lucy sits as a Mental Health Tribunal judge and provides training for those applying for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Panel. In 2005 she won the Mental Health Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award. She is acknowledged as a leader in her field in the Chambers Directory and the Legal 500 and many of her cases, including those before the ECtHR have been reported over the years. One of her clients was the first person to obtain a declaration of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act. The resulting remedial order altered the discharge criteria affecting all those detained under the Mental Health Act.
Lucy was a founder member of the QC Appointments Panel, was a commissioner with Postcomm from 2008 to 2011, and is an associate with Verita, which carries out investigations on behalf of public bodies. She is also director of two management and training companies.
In 2011 she won the Association of Women Solicitors' award for best manager of a legal aid practice
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