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Mental health solicitors

Our mental health solicitors have a national reputation as experts in the field of mental health law, acting for numerous mental health NHS trusts and a significant number of private sector psychiatric providers across the country.

We have specialist mental health offender care expertise, advising several medium and high security institutions and regularly conduct advocacy in jury prison inquests. Our work includes operation of the Mental Health Act, mental capacity law and safeguards including Court of Protection proceedings and issues regarding consent, confidentiality, admission, detention and treatment. We regularly advise on policy and provide representation at tribunals and inquests.

Our clients work in a challenging environment and are subject to a complex set of laws and regulations. They rely on our highly responsive lawyers for expert and clear advice and representation on difficult legal and practical issues relating to the treatment and detention of the mentally ill, whether in high, medium or low security hospitals or living in the community.

Our solicitors specialising in mental health law work closely with the clinical teams within our client organisations and understand the challenges which they face and the reputational issues for providers. Often this specialist advice is needed outside office hours, for which we offer a 24-hour helpline.

We also keep our clients up-to-date with legal developments through our monthly mental health law briefings, lectures, seminars and annual mental health law conference. We also provide mental health training specific to our client’s needs.

Our mental health law services

  • Mental Health Act
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Human Rights Act
  • Court of Protection proceedings
  • Safeguarding
  • Consent to treatment
  • Pre Inquest hearings and Inquests
  • Offender care
  • Representation at hearings
  • Judicial reviews
  • Policy review and preparation
  • Serious Incident Investigations
  • Reputational management advice
  • Information Governance.

Key contact

Meet our experts
Andrew Parsons
Andrew Parsons


+44 (0)20 7227 7282 Email Andrew