Meet the team

 

 

Our friendly, professional legal team is here to help you. Meet the team leaders who run Reece Thomas Watson below and feel free to contact us for more information on how we can help you.

The Team

Kathryn Reece-Thomas

Solicitor and Director

 

Kathryn is a Director and founding member of Reece Thomas Watson. Kathryn was Head of Mental Health and a Prison law consultant for a prominent London Law firm prior to launching Reece Thomas Watson.

 

Kathryn is a Solicitor Advocate, having been granted Higher Rights in 2011, specialising in Prison and Mental Health Law with particular emphasis on Parole Board Advocacy and protecting the rights of the vulnerable detained in prison.

 

Kathryn has extensive practical complex case experience, representing those with a Life and IPP sentences and those detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act.

 

Kathryn frequently represents clients with complex mental health problems and learning disabilities who are detained in either hospital or prison. Kathryn offers a ‘holistic’ approach by representing clients in all aspects of Mental Health and Prison Law and frequently acts for clients having Parole Boards within Psychiatric Hospitals.

 

Kathryn’s expertise extends to all areas of Mental Health and Prison Law and, when coupled with her tenacious advocacy skills, has ensured she maintains a high success rate at hearings. She fights tirelessly to make certain that client’s rights are upheld and cases are progressed successfully.

 

Kathryn has delivered professional training to lawyers in both Mental Health and Prison Law.

 

Kathryn is a member of the Association of Prison Lawyers (APL), the Mental Lawyers Association (MHLA) and is an accredited Mental Health Panel Member.

 

 

Tel :     0203 841 8580

 

Email :  kathryn@reecethomaswatson.com

 

 

 

 

Sara Watson

Solicitor and Director

 

Sara is a Director and founding member of Reece Thomas Watson. Sara was Head of Prison Law and Mental Health at an established London firm leaving to launch Reece Thomas Watson.

 

Sara specialises in Prison Law, Mental Health and Criminal Appeals. She can act for clients in all areas of Prison Law and Mental Health.. Sara acts for lifers, IPP prisoners and those detained under the Mental Health Act with a particular interest in Forensic cases.

 

Sara has practical experience in all aspects of representation in Prison Law and has had a number of successful Tariff Reduction Review challenges.

 

Sara is committed to social justice and dedicated to the provision of high quality Legal Aid representation.

 

Sara is a committed advocate who defends her client’s case steadfastly. Sara engages well with her clients due to her pleasant demeanour and pragmatic approach. She specialises in assisting young and vulnerable clients and has achieved great success in forwarding their interests through her proactive approach to case work.

 

Sara has delivered professional training in Prison Law and Mental Health and is a member of the Association of Prison Lawyers (APL), the Mental Lawyers Association ( MHLA) and is an accredited Mental Health Panel Member.

 

 

Tel :     0203 841 8580

 

Email :  sara@reecethomaswatson.com

 

 

 

Faye Dyke

Solicitor

 

Faye is a Solicitor specialising in Prison Law and Criminal Appeals. She joined Reece Thomas Watson in September 2016 after qualifying as a Solicitor in August 2016.

 

Faye has a Mental Health Law background, and has practical experience in all aspects of representation within this area of law. Faye is a panel member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

 

Faye can represent clients in various Prison Law matters, and has a particular interest in representing vulnerable clients who suffer with mental health issues in particular representation of clients on IPP and EDS who have Parole Hearings and need community support from Mental Health Services on release. Faye has also assisted many offenders with re-categorisation on a private basis and is experienced with the challenges prisoners often face.

 

She is committed to delivering high-quality, tailored advice. Her passion for justice ensures that her clients’ wishes and rights are the central focus of her work. Faye also has a proven track record in successfully representing clients in adjudications resulting in Not Guilty findings or dismissal of charges. She has acted in complex matters and frequently calls witnesses to support her client’s case.

 

 

Over the years Faye has developed a keen interest in Human Rights and Civil Liberties.  She volunteers for New Bridge Foundation; a charity which aims to aid prisoner rehabilitation. She was appointed as charity trustee in October this year.

 

Email :  faye@reecethomaswatson.com

 

 

Anna Whittaker

Consultant Solicitor

 

Anna is a Solicitor with over 8 years experience in Prison Law. She mostly covers cases in the West Midlands, and her primary focus is on Parole and Recall work.

 

Professionally, Anna is interested in Prison reform, and this year she 'donated' her birthday to the Howard League for Penal Reform, to support their important work.

 

Email :  Anna@reecethomaswatson.com

 

Amy Nelson

Solicitor

 

Amy Qualified as A Solicitor in October 2016. She specialises in Immigration and Family Law matters. I strive to achieve the desirable result for all clients no matter the complexity in the case. I have vast experience in immigration matters ranging from Appendix FM applications, Nationality applications and European Union cases. I have a very high success rate and continue to strive to achieve the best possible results for all my clients.

 

I also have experience in Family and Child matters and have handled a number of divorce cases, financial orders and Child arrangement orders. Family Law can be a complex area of law and quite case sensitive. I have developed the skill and tenacity needed in order to provide the necessary solutions and to mediate on behalf of clients in this area of law.

 

I am fluent in Asante and Ga dialect. I am on Sahara Radio in Birmingham Every End of the month I give free and impartial Immigration and Family Law Advice. I am also on WBLS Radio on a weekly basis providing free immigration and Family advice.

 

Email :  amy@reecethomaswatson.com

 

 

Catherine Adams

Paralegal

 

Catherine joined the firm in November 2017 as a paralegal specialist in all aspects of Prison Law.  She is passionate about assisting her clients to obtain the best possible results within a system which prisoners often find it hard to make themselves heard.  She has a particular interest in acting for lifers and IPP prisoners.

 

Catherine graduated in Law from the University of Kent and was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 2012.  She spent three years working within the prison system on the Independent Monitoring Board at a High security prison.  The work she undertook was in the interests of maintaining humane and just conditions for those held in custody and helping to facilitate change for the better treatment of prisoners. She also worked extensively to assist the rehabilitation of Young offenders within a Young Offenders Institution.

 

She represents all of her clients in a professional and approachable manner.  She is extremely dedicated and hardworking.  She always seeks to produce her work to the highest of standards for her clients whether privately funded or covered by Legal Aid.  She is always seeking new challenges and aims to exceed expectations.

 

 

Email :  catherine@reecethomaswatson.com

 

 

Oneija Taher

Paralegal

 

Oneija is a Paralegal specialising in Prison Law and Criminal Appeals. She joined Reece Thomas Watson in September 2017, after graduating from the University of Greenwich with 2:1 Honours in Law. She regularly represents clients at Independent Adjudications before the District Judge, and assists with prisoners’ Licence Recall matters.

 

Oneija has a keen interest in safeguarding the human rights of the most vulnerable in society and is committed to ensuring those detained in prison are provided with access to justice.

 

Oneija recognises that the cuts brought in by LASPO, now more than ever demands for those competent, to deliver the best quality service to vulnerable clients. As Re-categorisation no longer falls within the scope of legal aid, Oneija recognises the harm this causes vulnerable clients who may wish to be transferred for safety reasons. She is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, and is devoted to fighting these cuts.

 

Oneija is enthusiastic and driven by her determination to ensure that the challenges that those detained often face, are reduced as much as possible. She ensures that the appropriate recourse is taken if there is an abuse of power.

 

Oneija was one of the very first Youth Panellists’ at YoungMinds and worked alongside the Trustees to ensure young people in the UK were receiving the best possible mental health support.

 

Oneija has a passion for advocacy, and was able to develop this skill by participating in the Blackstone’s National Criminal Advocacy Competition, as the lead Counsel during her final year at University.

 

During her spare time, Oneija enjoys pursuing her love for Fine art and regularly organises and teaches Bollywood dance classes to young teenagers who are at risk of offending.

 

Email :  Oneija@reecethomaswatson.com

 

 

Justinas Miknevicius

Paralegal

 

Justinas is a hardworking, enthusiastic, approachable person. He is willing to go the extra mile to achieve the right result regardless of the matter. He is passionate about working in the legal industry.

 

Justinas is a willing learner; he is an understanding individual who is willing to put in extra effort to help people.  Justinas feels very strongly about helping people particularly those who are vulnerable. Justinas firmly believes people should not be judged regardless of their background.

 

Justinas recently graduated from Brunel University, with a LLB Law Degree. He is currently studying his LPC at The University of Law – London, Bloomsbury. During his time at university Justinas was an active member of the Pro-Bono centre. Furthermore, Justinas has previous mental health law experience, assisting a variety of clients with diverse needs. Justinas’ friendly nature helps him to adhere to different clients needs.

 

Outside of work, Justinas is a keen gym goer, who enjoys Bodybuilding. Justinas also participates in sports; he is an avid basketball and football player.

 

Email :  Justinas@reecethomaswatson.com

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