An international mental health legal expert with over a decade of experience championing human rights has been appointed to a leading Cardiff legal firm.
Jamie Lyall, who has worked in legal roles from London to Thailand, has joined CJCH Solicitors in the Mental Health Law and Court of Protection Team.
The 34-year-old was appointed to the role at the award-winning firm after gaining experience as a paralegal in Mental Health and Criminal Litigation Law at Norman H Barnett and Co Solicitors in the capital.
During his time at the firm, he advised numerous clients detained under the Mental Health Act, and represented clients with a range of mental health disorders, including paranoid schizophrenia, personality disorders, and learning disabilities.
Before this he worked in Thailand for three years, first for the Royal Thai Government, in Bangkok and Nonthaburi, as a translator and linguistic advisor, and for the British Embassy Bangkok as a consular assistant.
There he supported British Nationals in police stations, immigration detention and prison, using his language skills to assist and support them in dealings with the Royal Thai Police, Immigration Bureau and the Department of Corrections.
He is now hoping to use his international expertise to assist the Welsh firm, which has offices in Cardiff, Barry, Blackwood, Bridgend, Bristol, and London, and to make a “real impact” in the lives of people living with mental health issues.
He said: “I am delighted to have joined CJCH Solicitors as part of its industry renowned Mental Health Law and Court of Protection Team.
“At CJCH, the team really go above and beyond for their clients, approaching all cases compassionately and using their expertise to achieve the best outcome for each individual.
“Their person-focussed approach combined with their specialism in this legal area are what attracted me to the firm and made this the perfect fit for myself and my skillset.
“I am extremely excited to be working alongside this dynamic and rapidly growing team which is really making a difference in the lives of people living with mental health disorders.”
Amy Roberts-Rees at CJCH Solicitors said they were delighted to welcome Mr Lyall to the team and they looked forward to watching him progress and grow as part of the firm.
Amy said: “Jamie is an outstanding Mental Health case worker whose diverse professional history is certain to be an asset to the team.
“His determination to support human rights and enhance the lives of people living with mental health disorders is evident throughout his impressive career, so we look forward to seeing what he brings to the firm.”