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

 

 

 

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

 

Shenola Smith

Solicitor

 

Shenola qualified as a Solicitor in November 2016. She joined Reece Thomas Watson in August 2018 and specialises in Prison Law and Criminal appeals. She represents clients for a variety prison law matters including adjudications, re-categorisation, transfers, parole and representations for release following recall.

 

Shenola is very interested in Prisoners’ rights and enjoys the work she does on their behalf and is committed to ensuring that prisoners are able to progress through the prison system.

 

She is passionate about her work and she regards client care and attention of paramount importance. Shenola is extremely dedicated and hardworking and is happy to assist with any queries relating the treatment of prisoners and vulnerable prisoners in custody.

 

Outside of work, Shenola enjoys going to the gym, travelling and shopping.

 

Email :  Shenola@reecethomaswatson

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

Trainee Solicitor

 

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

Emma Kent

Solicitor

 

Emma the Head of the Mental Health Department at Reece Thomas Watson Solicitors. She is a highly experienced Mental Health Solicitor with over 8 years experience in the field. Emma has been an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme since 2012 and is an active member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association.

Prior to joining Reece Thomas Watson Emma was heading up a successful mental health department in the South of England where she achieved numerous positive outcomes for her clients.

 

Emma regularly represents clients before the Tribunal and at Hospital Managers Hearings. Emma has a particular interest in forensic cases and has extensive experience of representing clients detained in conditions of high security.

 

Emma has a strong sense of justice and will tenaciously fight for her clients to receive a fair hearing. Emma conducts her cases with a strong senses of professionalism combined with a compassionate approach  which enables her to secure the best outcomes for her clients.

 

In her spare time Emma enjoys travelling, all things fashion and cooking.

 

Email :  Emma@reecethomaswatson.com

 

Aysa Akram

Paralegal

 

Asya is passionate about assisting vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals to obtain justice. She is a fabulously committed, extremely hard-working individual who likes to take on challenges and exceed expectations.

Asya 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.

 

Asya is a paralegal who specialises in Prison Law and Mental Health. She is able to represent clients seeking advice with a professional and approachable manner. She believes that client care is at the heart of the work and will work hard for each client.

 

Asya has an interest in deportation of foreign national criminals and a passion for asylum law. She regularly advocates for clients at Independent Adjudications and has a proven track record for not guilty findings and dismissals.

 

In her spare time Asya enjoys travelling, fitness and reading.

 

Email :  Asya@reecethomaswatson.com

Lucy Waterstone

Paralegal

 

Lucy is a Paralegal specialising in Prison Law and Criminal Appeals. She joined Reece Thomas Watson in September 2018, after passing the bar with a VC from BPP earlier that year. She is a graduate from the University of Oxford, Balliol College, where she studied English Language and Literature, before converting to the law at City University in 2017. She is a Lord Denning scholar at Lincoln’s Inn and received the Advocacy Scholarship from BPP Law School in 2017.

 

Lucy has extensive experience of handling clients who have particular vulnerabilities, ranging from age and learning difficulties to serious mental health conditions. She has been commended for her strong communication skills when dealing with people of all backgrounds. She is keen to develop her reputation as a courageous and committed advocate for her clients, and regularly represents clients in Independent Adjudications before the District Judge. She writes representations for clients who have been recalled on licence, with a proven track record of having clients released on the papers or getting an oral hearing. She is a lateral thinker who tries to find solutions to the problems of clients, no matter how unusual.

 

Lucy has a background in immigration law, having volunteered as a legal advisor in Moria refugee camp, Lesvos, Greece, and working in a pro bono capacity with a variety of asylum law charities with a specific focus on women asylum seekers. Her interest in the rights of immigrating foreign nationals stems from her time spent in Bogota, Colombia, where she lived and worked for several years prior to converting to law.

 

She is a member of Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers; Young Legal Aid Lawyers and JUSTICE.

 

Email :  lucy@reecethomaswatson.com

 

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