Amanda Ogilvie – Office Administrator


Amanda has many years experience in office administration, including time in a psychology practice and a small national charity. she shares the administration and practice support function with Allan.   

A keen supporter of the arts, Amanda also works in venue and event management.

Allan Cross – Office Administrator

Allan previously ran a London-based editorial recruitment company and has a depth of experience in administration systems, database management and client care. The administration role, which he shares with Amanda, is to support the legal team, act as a communications hub between clients, solicitors and the Tribunal service, and provide back-office IT and archiving services.

Outside the office, Allan is a keen cyclist, runner, sailor, skier and golfer.

Louise Gledhill – Practice Manager

  • Louise has lengthy experience working in the mental health field. She has been Practice Manager for Gledhill Gill Solicitors since the firm was established in 1998.
  • She has previously worked in social housing and as a qualified counsellor with adults and young women.

Sam Polson – Senior Consultant Solicitor

  • Sam is an experienced solicitor, admitted in 2001 and has been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 1999.
  • Sam represents clients at Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers hearings. Sam’ s clients include civil and forensic patients detained in low, medium and high secure hospitals as well as those discharged to the community and seeking after-care and absolute discharge.
  • Sam has undertaken cases, which have been subsequently reported and have had an impact on the development of case law in this very dynamic area. These include: R (on the application of B)V Camden LBC {2005}EWCH ; Robinson v London Borough of Waltham Forest Co/9360/2005.
  • Sam is available to represent clients in London, Essex, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Sussex and Kent
  • Sam is a member of the MHLA.

Neil Hickman – Senior Consultant Solicitor

  • Neil qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 and has been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 2010.
  • He has extensive experience in all areas of mental health law and previous experience in public and private family law.
  • Before re-training and qualifying as a solicitor, Neil previously worked as a mental health social worker for twelve years and as such has specialist mental health training.
  • Neil holds a Masters degree in Social Work
  • Neil is a member of the MHLA.

Rebecca Foley – Consultant Solicitor

  • Rebecca has been representing clients in mental health matters since 2010. She has been an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel since 2012, the same year that she qualified as a solicitor.
  • In 2013, Rebecca was a Finalist for for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year – Newcomer at the LAPG Awards.
  • Representing clients at Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers Hearings, Rebecca advises civil and forensic patients both in hospital and in the community throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Surrey and Berkshire.
  • Rebecca acts a mentor for law students seeking a career as a solicitor.

Elizabeth Beaney – Consultant Tribunal Representative

  • Elizabeth is a Mental Health Tribunal Representative. She has a wide breadth of mental health law experience and has specialised in this area since 2003.
  • She has extensive experience of representing clients at Tribunal hearings, Hospital Manager’s hearings and Care Programme Approach reviews. She has been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 2007.
  • Elizabeth is available to represent clients in the whole of Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, Berkshire and the Isle of Wight.
  • Elizabeth is a member of the MHLA.

Russell Parkes – Consultant Solicitor

  • Russell qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and became a partner at Heringtons Solicitors in 1989. He remained there until May 2014 when he joined our team at Gledhill Gill Solicitors.
  • Russell has been practicing Mental Health law for the last 25 years, initially representing patients also charged with criminal offences. Russell acquired his Higher Rights of Advocacy (Criminal) in 2004.
  • Russell was appointed as a part time Mental Health Tribunal Judge in 2002 and continues to sit regularly in the First Tier Tribunal. He has also been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 1999.
  • Russell sits as a Costs Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency and as an Assessor for the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 2012.
  • Russell is a member of the MHLA

Kayt Foster – Senior Consultant Solicitor

  • Kayt qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and has been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 2006 .
  • She has a wide experience in all areas of mental health law with previous experience in criminal and family work.
  • With a Masters degree in Child Law Kayt has a particular interest in child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Kayt is a member of the MHLA

Tam Gill – Principal Solicitor

  • Our Principal Solicitor, Tam Gill, qualified as a Solicitor in 2004 and has since specialised in mental health work. She has been an accredited member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 2004.
  • Ranked in Chambers UK 2019 – Band 1
  • Tam was appointed a Law Society Assessor for the Mental Health Accreditation Scheme in 2012.
  • Appointed LAA Peer Reviewer for Mental Health in 2016.
  • She previously held the post of Legal Aid Agency Independent Costs Adjudicator for 8 years from 2012.
  • Tam has previously been engaged as a Mental Health Act Commissioner for the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • In 2020, Tam was appointed as President of the Mental Health Lawyers Association. Tam has been an active MHLA Committee member for many years, and was Chair of the Association (2016-2018).
  • She has a particular interest in developing and delivering legal training and regularly provides fellow professionals with training on mental health law issues, in particular in relation to restricted work, case preparation and Tribunal advocacy.
  • Tam is a visiting lecturer at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (University of Sussex). She also delivers lectures and training to qualified doctors and social workers on specialist aspects of mental health law and procedure, including s12 and AC training to psychiatrists.