- Mental Health, Healthcare Litigation
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What John can do for you
John’s team specialises in providing advice on patient-related issues to a range of healthcare providers. Many problems he deals with relate to mental health, and this can range from helping trusts with issues about detention, across to inquests and related clinical claims.
Often advice is needed quickly, and the strength of John’s team is that they understand client’s needs to know their position straight away when problems come to light. They also have the back up of a national advisory team, and that is key when they are so often dealing with changing legislation. The DOLs procedures and the recent Rabone Supreme Court decision are good examples where the team has been at the forefront of providing seminars and other learning opportunities.
Inquests and related clinical governance issues are also important, and other areas like information governance are also a major part of what John does. In terms of well-known cases John was involved in the Bournewood and Clunis cases, and in a number of group actions such as Ledward and RAGE. Over recent years a lot of time has been spent working on homicide inquiries and other investigations for trusts with a number of these cases being reported extensively in the media.
John also provides clients and others with training, and for a number of years he chaired the Butterworths/ Lexis Nexis national healthcare law conference, and have spoken at their Adult Safeguarding Conference on mental health issues.
Main areas of expertise
- Clinical governance, inquests and inquiries
- Mental health and mental capacity (including the Court of Protection)
- Information governance
- Human rights
- Healthcare law
The clients he works with
- NHS trusts
- Mental health trusts
- Third sector health providers
- Professional organisations
“Superb for inquests.” (Chambers UK 2013)
“John Holmes is a standout lawyer at the firm, attracting praise for his intelligent and logical approach.” (Chambers UK 2011)
“John Holmes specialises in all types of clinical negligence claims, with a particular emphasis on those relating to mental health issues. Sources note that he ‘combines as supportive, helpful and reassuring service with wise, sensible advice.” (Chambers UK 2011)
We’ve highlighted the latest key legal developments within healthcare. The below snapshot of information covers land mark rulings from mental health to inquests and a number of other interesting developments in the legal world.
Welcome to our latest key legal developments where we have highlighted the latest updates within healthcare.
Newsflash: R (on the application of 1) Silviu Mitocariu, 2) Costica Lazarel) v Central & North West London NHS Founda...
Is there any legal obligation on NHS Trusts to make regular payments or give ‘pocket money’ to hospital in-patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 when they cannot meet any personal expenses themselves?
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.
“John Holmes has a great wealth of experience and is a superb source of advice for clients. ”
“He is very experienced and very approachable.”
“Very knowledgeable, responsive and fun to work with.”
“John Holmes is a steady hand, providing calm and reassuring advice across a range of issues.”
“John Holmes is always the calmest person in the room”