Colette Ward

Colette is a solicitor in the Court of Protection department. She qualified as a solicitor in 2017 and has had four years of experience working within the areas of mental health law and Court of Protection before moving to Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors in 2018.

As a member of the Court of Protection team, Colette specialises in dealing with health and welfare matters in the Court of Protection, including challenges to an urgent or standard authorisation which has been granted under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS), as well as more complex cases concerning a client’s capacity to make decisions regarding matters such as contact with particular individuals, decisions to travel out of the country, and social media use.

Colette is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and Paid Relevant Persons Representatives from various Advocacy services to act for incapacitated individuals. She also has experience representing family members in Court of Protection proceedings.

As a member of the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Scheme, Colette also represents clients detained under civil and forensic sections of the Mental Health Act 2007 at Tribunals, Care Programme Approach meetings and Hospital Manager hearings.


  • Paralegal, GT Stewart Solicitors (2014)
  • Trainee Solicitor, GT Stewart Solicitors (2016)
  • Assistant Solicitor, Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors (2018)
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