Davina Dorival

Davina is an experienced solicitor and supervisor within the Mental Health department. Davina qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and was joint head of the Mental Health department at her previous law firm before moving to Steel and Shamash in 2017. She is skilled in representing clients detained under civil and forensic sections of the Mental Health Act 2007 at all levels of security across the country. Davina also represents patients and Nearest Relatives at Tribunals, Care Programme Approach meetings and Hospital Manager hearings.

Experience & Areas of Expertise

Davina is experienced in Tribunal advocacy and has been instructed by high profile clients due to her reputation and sensitive handling of cases. She has successfully obtained compensation for clients who have been unlawfully detained. In 2013 to 2015 Davina was acknowledged by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Mental Health.


  • A member of the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Scheme since 2010
  • A member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association

In her spare time, Davina sits as an Associate Hospital Manager at a private hospital.

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