Our mental health department is headed up by former psychiatric nurse Rheian Davies who in 2011 was awarded the prestigious Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award for her Mental Health Work.
We cover all areas of Mental Health law including:
Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers Hearings
We advise and assist people of their rights and represent people at the Mental Health Tribunal and Hospital Managers hearings.
Appeals Against Mental Health Tribunal Decisions
We have been very successful in having decisions by the Mental Health Tribunal overturned, either by the Tribunal looking at the decision again or by making an application to the Upper Tribunal.
If you want to change your nearest relative or are a nearest relative facing displacement proceedings we can represent you in the County Court. We can also represent patients or nearest relatives in barring order hearings or Mental Health Tribunals.
Mental Health in the Higher Courts
Hospitals and Social services do not always get their decisions right. When that happens we can ask a judge to review their decisions in a process called ‘Judicial Review’ to decide whether they are lawful or not. Sometimes as a result of this we have won damages for clients.
Sometimes hospitals or care homes detain people against their will without following the correct procedure and therefore detain them illegally. We have a strong record of making ‘Habeas Corpus’ applications when this happens and if successful the court can release you and award damages.
Injuries Caused by Hospital Staff
If you have been injured as the results of an intervention by hospital staff we can represent you. Unfortunately, there is limited funding for this but if you have a good case we can consider funding a claim under a ‘No win, no fee’ arrangement and have won damages for clients injured for example in restraints.
Other areas include:
- Representation at Care Programme Approach/s117 Meetings
- Obtaining services for clients in the community with mental health needs
- Deprivation of Liberty provisions under the Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Court of Protection matters
For further info…
Please contact one of our team.