The ASW's [now AMHP's] consultation with the nearest relative under s11(4) can take place before a full assessment of the patient for the purposes of s3 has taken place, including before the two necessary medical recommendations have been obtained; the Act allowed for a flexible approach.
4th February, 1997
Before Forbes J
MR K GLEDHILL and MRS S PONTAC (appeared for judgment only) (instructed by Messrs Anthony Stokes, Kingston-upon-Thames) appeared on behalf of the Applicant.
MR C LEWIS (instructed by the Legal Department, London Borough of Richmond) appeared on behalf of the First Respondent.
MR T CROXFORD (instructed by the Hospital Managers, Tolworth) appeared for the Second Respondent.