Gemma is a partner in the Capsticks Clinical Law department. She qualified as a non-practising barrister in 2004 and a solicitor in 2009. Gemma has been a solicitor advocate (Higher Rights – civil) since 2011. In 2014 Gemma was appointed as Assistant Coroner for West London.
Gemma began work at the GMC in the fitness to practise directorate and later gained experience of acting for NHS trusts when she joined Hill Dickinson solicitors in Manchester in 2007, providing healthcare advice, legal training and acting for NHS trusts at Coroner's Inquests.
Gemma joined Capsticks in 2010, specialising in healthcare inquests and enquiries following serious injury or death. Gemma has extensive experience of representing healthcare staff at inquests following a death in custody.
- W Primary Care Trust v (1) TB (an adult by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) (2) V (3) S Metropolitan Borough Council (4) C&W Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (5) W Metropolitan Borough Council (2009)  EWHC 1737 (Fam).
Thought to be the first reported case in relation to the deprivation of liberty safeguards. The Court considered the conditions for ineligibility within the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and determined that a woman suffering from a brain injury with an associated psychiatric disorder was eligible to be deprived of her liberty at a specialist care home.
'How an ASBO can allay aggression (in NHS organisations)', Health Service Journal, July 2009
'Unlawfully detained by the NHS (in relation to unlawful deprivation of liberty)', Health Service Journal, April 2010
BSc Heath Sciences & Clinical Evaluation, University of York, 2002
Post Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Birmingham, 2003
Bar Vocational Course, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2004