Jaime joined Essex Law School as a lecturer in September 2017. Her primary expertise is in mental capacity law and the Court of Protection and she is currently researching the role of mediation in Court of Protection cases, including analysing its impact on the participation of vulnerable adults in court proceedings. Jaime also researches the intersection between mental capacity and adult safeguarding law, more specifically legal responses to domestic abuse of disabled adults, arguing that the law of adult safeguarding should focus on the perpetrators of abuse rather than restricting the adult vulnerable to abuse. Jaime is also interested in healthcare law more broadly, including clinical negligence, the law on assisted reproduction and professional regulation of healthcare. Jaime has used empirical socio-legal methods and vulnerability theory to explore these areas.
Jaime completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham for which she undertook empirical socio-legal research to investigate the balance between protection and empowerment of vulnerable adults in mental capacity law. She qualified as a solicitor at a leading healthcare law firm in London before commencing a PhD and worked as a solicitor at the British Dental Association. Jaime has previously taught at the University of Birmingham and UCL and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Jaime welcomes approaches from prospective PhD students for supervision in any of her areas of expertise. In particular, she would be interested in supervising projects with an empirical or socio-legal methodological approach and in areas including mental capacity law, access to justice (particularly in the Court of Protection), civil law responses to domestic abuse, adult safeguarding and clinical negligence.
LLB (Hons) Law - University College London
MA Medical Ethics and Law - King's College London
Legal Practice Course - BPP Law School
University of Birmingham,