Mental Health

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We advise and represent those suffering from mental health problems who are being compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

The department is concerned about the individual rights and liberties of those being detained and will endeavour to exercise patients’ legal rights and advise them while in hospital detention, including scrutinising all forms of medical treatment.

Persons detained under the Mental Health Act are eligible for free legal advice and assistance. It may also be possible for a relative of someone detained to be eligible for financial assistance.

Our team can arrange appointments at any hospital at short notice and, while based in Cardiff, routinely assist clients at locations across the country. Please contact us to speak to a specialist.

We provide specialist advice, assistance and representation in relation to all aspects of Mental Health Law such as:

  • Representation at Mental Health Review Tribunals
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005 proceedings
  • The rights of a detained or voluntary patient
  • The rights of the Nearest Relative
  • Aftercare provision
  • Consent to treatment
  • Supervised discharge
  • Guardianship
  • Hospital Managers’ Hearings
  • Court of Protection
  • Human Rights Act issues