1 Garden Court

Gillian Downham

Year of Call: 1993

Practice Overview

Having practised in family law for many years and having been a member of the Mental Health Act Commission, Gillian now specialises in the chairing of reviews, investigations and tribunals.

She continues to chair complex mental health homicide investigations under Department of Health Guidance HSG(94)27.

She is founder and Director of a social enterprise not-for-profit limited company, Sequeli, which provides training for chairs of mental health investigation, domestic homicide reviews, children’s serious case reviews and adult safeguarding serious case reviews.

Gillian is a part-time tribunal judge of the First-tier (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) Mental Health in England and Wales. She has been appointed as a part-time chair of the new Mental Health Tribunal Service in Guernsey, Sark and Alderney where she has advised on the development of their new Mental Health Law.

  • Children (public law)
  • International family law
  • Reported Inquiries

    Report into the Care and Treatment of Richard Gray: published by Wiltshire Health Authority and Wiltshire Social Services - October 2001.
    Report into the Care and Treatment of Matthew Martin: published by Avon Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority (AGW SHA)- July 2003
    Report into the Care and Treatment of Sarwat Al-Assaf: published by Gedling Primary Care Trust, Nottingham - April 2004
    Report into the Care and Treatment of Patient A: published by Gedling Primary Care Trust, Nottingham - September 2005