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Healthcare - medical law

Providing our healthcare clients with a 24/7 advisory service on a range of medical law issues, our expert health team includes award winning solicitor advocates, dual qualified doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who understand the practicalities of decision making in frontline healthcare services.

Our expertise arises from the employment of true specialists in the field many of whom holding positions within NHS trusts such as Non-Executive Directors, Heads of Legal Services and Company Secretary which ensures we have up to date knowledge of the service delivery.

We have an excellent reputation for providing technical legal advice in a clear, flexible and responsive manner on a range of issues including:

Consent to Treatment including:

  • Emergency applications for declaration of treatment out of hours
  • Applications for the withdrawal of ventilation or life sustaining treatment in respect of children and adults
  • Adults who lack capacity to make decisions and in relation to whom healthcare professionals must make decisions in their best interests, applying the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  • Children including their ability to consent to or refuse treatment.
  • Decision making in the context of provision of treatment having regard to religious and other beliefs

Mental Health Law & Capacity including:

  • All aspects of relevant mental health legislation including the impact of Human Rights Act, treatment of children in detention, assessment of capacity, best interest decisions, community treatment orders and confidentiality
  • Tribunal law procedure & representation.
  • Homicide inquiries and representation at inquests involving patients detained under the Mental Health Act.
  • Advising on patients’ capacity to manage finances, enter into sexual relations
  • Deprivation of Liberty and Restraint
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and applications to the Court of Protection

Providing training at a national level to newly appointed NHS chairs, non executive directors and lay members of NHS bodies on behalf of the Healthcare Financial Managers Association, members of our specialist team also provide highly rated training to frontline staff and managers on issues such as consent and confidentiality.  In addition we provide practical hands-on support to staff with complaints management and serious incident investigations.

"Leading practice for a range of health and welfare issues, including mental health and capacity, deprivation of liberty and consent to treatment matters. Acts for local authorities, the NHS and a variety of other public and private health and social care providers."

Chambers and Partners 2016