Mental health

One of the largest dedicated mental health teams in the country

With a wide range of experience across all levels of mental health provision, from High Secure to community, we can answer your questions quickly, accurately and with practical advice.

Key services and issues

  • Applying legislation
  • Child and Adolescent Services, including the Zone of Parental Control and safeguarding
  • Compulsory treatment Community Treatment Orders
  • Deprivation of liberty, use of the Safeguards and challenges to authorisations in the Court of Protection
  • Homicide and other inquiries
  • Hospital Managers power of discharge and hearings
  • Inquests
  • Interaction of the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act, for example, on consideration of a section or eligibility under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Judicial Review Capacity and consent, including Advance Directives and Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Mental Health Tribunals
  • Policies and risk management
  • Section 117 aftercare and funding
  • SUI investigations
  • Training

Our work

  • Advice on the effects of doctors and social workers failing to maintain appropriate authorisations and the effect on actions subsequently taken under the Mental Health Act.
  • Advice/representation on behalf of commissioners of mental health services in disputes about funding.
  • Regular advice on issues for inquests, providing support for staff and representing trusts, up to and including Article 2 inquests with juries.
  • Representation of the Responsible Authority at Tribunals.
  • Successful challenge to a Tribunal decision to order deferred discharge when a Community Treatment Order was clearly contemplated.

 

This national group is a firm favourite with NHS and third-sector clients looking for reliable, multifaceted advice in the mental health arena. A good firm to work with and they have real market awareness.” – Chambers UK 2012

This team counts approximately one third of the UK’s 60 mental health trusts among its clients, and also represents charities such as Age Concern, Scope and Turning Point.” – Chambers UK 2011

They know our business & twin that perfectly with sector-specific knowledge.” – Chambers UK 2010

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Withdrawing clinically assisted nutrition and hydration: some clarity on mandatory court applications?

O'Farrell J handed down a judgment this morning confirming that it is not mandatory to bring before the Court of Protection the withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration from Mr Y, who suffers from a prolonged disorder of consciousness, in circumstances where the clinical team and Mr Y's family are agreed that it is not in Mr Y's best interests to continue to receive that treatment.

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