Yesim is a consultant solicitor, she is committed to representing clients who are often vulnerable and feel powerless.
In 2011 Yesim successfully applied for accreditation as a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.
Over the past 7 years she has accumulated a wealth of experience representing patients before the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) and providing assistance at Hospital Managers hearings. She assists patients detained under the civil and criminal sections of the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the 2007 Act), and those who are detained at hospitals across the South / South East of England. This includes patients detained in general acute, medium secure and high secure hospitals. She has also represented nearest relatives in county court displacement proceedings and clients who are subject to complex court of protection matters.
In 2011, Yesim successfully appealed against a First-Tier Tribunal decision. In this case, the Judge had failed to properly address the statutory criteria and the First-tier Tribunal, in reviewing the decision, accepted that there had been a clear error of law and remitted the decision for reconsideration by a freshly constituted panel.
In 2012 Yesim advised and assisted a client who felt she was unlawfully medicated in hospital. A complaint was submitted to the Parliamentary Ombudsman who found the hospital had acted outside of the Code of Practice. The Ombudsman ordered the Hospital Trust to apologise to the client, pay her compensation and complete an action plan to ensure this error would not re-occur.