Katarzyna Podkowik

Consultant, Senior Solicitor, Higher Court Advocate

mental health accreditation
Katarzyna is a Consultant Solicitor-Advocate in our Mental Health Department.

She is a Member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

Katarzyna advises, assists and represents patients detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983.

She specialises in representing patients detained under the forensic sections of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Katarzyna Podkowik has particular expertise in:

  • Advising, assisting and representing clients detained on civil and forensic sections of the Mental Health Act 1983;
  • Specialising in advising, assisting and representing Polish nationals and forensic/high secure patients before the First-tier Tribunals,
  • Advising and assisting mentally disordered inmates at Her Majesty Prisons;
  • Conducting Judicial Review, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal cases – reported in Richard Jones’ Mental Health Act Manual.

Katarzyna advises and represents either the individual detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 or their Nearest Relatives.

Where a patient has stated that they do not wish to conduct their own case or that they wish to be represented before the First-tier Tribunal or a patient lacks the capacity to instruct a solicitor for him/herself, Katarzyna is frequently appointed by the Tribunals Service under the provisions of Rule 11 (7) (a) or (b) of the Tribunal Procedure Rules 2008 to represent a patient before a Tribunal panel.


Katarzyna is involved in preparing and delivering courses to mental health nurses, mental health charities, doctors, mental health professionals, patients and their carers.

Katarzyna has also been involved in preparing a weekly Mental Health Newsletters providing practical guidance and assistance on complicated and ever-changing world of mental health law including Tribunal and Hospital Managers practice and procedure.


Katarzyna joined Mander Cruickshank Solicitors in July 2018 as a Consultant Solicitor.

  • GN Law
  • Peter Edwards Law
  • Scott-Moncrieff, Harbour & Sinclair Solicitors
  • Blavo & Co Solicitors

Professional Accreditations and Memberships

  • Accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme
  • A member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association
  • A member of the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates


  • Katarzyna is a fluent Polish speaker.

If you wish to contact Miss Podkowik please dial Mander Cruickshank on 01530 510666 and ask reception to transfer your call to her mobile phone. Alternatively, you are welcome to call her directly on 07999 542601.

Miss Podkowik can also be contacted via email: k.podkowik@mandersol.co.uk