Jessica Major is a Legal Director in the Healthcare Regulatory Team in Bristol and since 2004 has been advising healthcare organisations on a variety of healthcare regulatory matters.
Jessica has extensive experience in advising both providers and commissioners on matters relating to mental capacity and mental health issues including interface issues between the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Jessica regularly supports a variety of clients involved with complex Court of Protection applications concerning both serious medical treatment decisions and welfare disputes. Jessica has a particular interest in advising and training Providers and Commissioners on Deprivation of Liberty frameworks and their application.
Jessica's skills in this area also extend to advising health organisations on complex matters relating to children and disputes concerning best interests and consent to treatment.
She regularly supports NHS bodies during Serious Untoward Incident investigations and complex complaints.
Jessica also has particular expertise in advising Clinical Commissioning Groups on a variety of issues, in particular continuing healthcare and responsible commissioner disputes.
She also has a particular interest in patient confidentiality and information governance law, with expertise in the duties arising from the common law duty of confidentiality, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Jessica has an interest in medical ethics previously working as a legal advisor in the British Medical Association's Ethics department and has experience of sitting on NHS Trusts Clinical Ethics Committees.
She is an experienced advocate and trainer, regularly delivering training to clients and healthcare professionals in different settings on a variety of healthcare regulatory issues.
"Jessica Major has developed a strong reputation for her expertise in handling complex inquests as well as prison health cases." Chambers and Partners UK 2013 Edition, Healthcare: Mental Health, UK wide