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The internet resource on mental health law in England & Wales, primarily for mental health practitioners, to which anyone can contribute. From April 2006 to September 2010 this website was called Wiki Mental Health. The following are the main content areas:


1. Case law   2. Legislation   3. General information   4. CPD scheme
Regularly updated commentaries on the cases, with links to the full text judgments on Bailii. (Currently 1640 categorised cases)   The full text of, and a simple and up-to-date commentary on, the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and related legislation.   General articles to explain the concepts and terminology used in the caselaw and legislation sections; and practical guidance for lawyers   Online CPD scheme providing 12 points for £60: suitable for solicitors (SRA-accredited), barristers (established practitioners), psychiatrists, social workers and psychiatric nurses.


Recent updates on website
For further details of the updates below, click here:
03/03/15 (1): Event. Edge Training are running a DOLS Assessors Conference on Thursday 12/3/15 in London. The conference may be used as part of the annual refresher training for either BIAs or Ment...
2015-03-03 00:01:00
23/02/15 (1): MHLO Annual Review 2014 now available. Each year an Annual Review is published, which contains all news items, arranged thematically, which were added to Mental Health Law Online duri...
2015-02-23 00:01:00
15/02/15 (1): Website upgraded. The software running the website has been upgraded and a new mobile-friendly visual theme has been installed. Please get in touch if you run into any difficulties. S...
2015-02-15 00:01:00
14/02/15 (1): CPD scheme. The October 2014 CPD questionnaire is now online. Obtain 12 SRA-accredited CPD points for £60 (also compatible with the SRA's new CPD regime). Suitable for non-lawyer...
2015-02-14 00:01:00
12/02/15 (13): Sentence appeal. R v M (2014) EWCA Crim 1641, (2014) MHLO 143 — "The Advice on Appeal submitted on behalf of the applicant contains two grounds: first, that the judge was wron...
2015-02-12 00:13:00
12/02/15 (12): Tribunal rule 11 appointments. YA v Central and NW London NHSFT (2015) UKUT 37 (AAC), (2015) MHLO 18 — "This case concerns the appointment and duties of a legal representative...
2015-02-12 00:12:00
12/02/15 (11): Odonnells Solicitors, 'Capacity, the role of a welfare deputy and an effective remedy for patients detained under the MHA' (February 2015). See AMA v Greater Manchester West...
2015-02-12 00:11:00
12/02/15 (10): Withdrawal case. AMA v Greater Manchester West MH NHSFT (2015) UKUT 36 (AAC), (2015) MHLO 17 — Guidance on withdrawal and on the role of a welfare deputy.
2015-02-12 00:10:00
12/02/15 (9): Sentence appeal and Parole Board delay. R v Vowles; R (Vowles) v SSJ (2015) EWCA Crim 45, (2015) EWCA Civ 56, (2015) MHLO 16 — "There are before the court: (1) Sitting as the C...
2015-02-12 00:09:00
12/02/15 (8): LPA case. Re SB: Public Guardian v BB (2015) EWCOP 7 (2015) MHLO 15 — "This is an application to revoke a Lasting Power of Attorney for property and financial affairs because t...
2015-02-12 00:08:00
12/02/15 (7): LPA case. Re EG: Public Guardian v GB (2015) EWCOP 6, (2015) MHLO 14 — "This is an application by the Public Guardian to revoke a Lasting Power of Attorney for property and fin...
2015-02-12 00:07:00
12/02/15 (6): Community care case. R (Kent CC) v SSH (2015) EWCA Civ 81, (2015) MHLO 13 — "This case concerns the question of which of a number of local authorities should be responsible for...
2015-02-12 00:06:00
12/02/15 (5): Alex Ruck Keene, 'Bostridge and nominal damages - Court of Appeal decision now out' (Mental Capacity Law and Policy, 10/2/15). See Bostridge v Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (201...
2015-02-12 00:05:00
12/02/15 (4): Quantum. Bostridge v Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (2015) EWCA Civ 79, (2015) MHLO 12 — "The single issue in this appeal is whether the appellant, a mentally disordered patient u...
2015-02-12 00:04:00
12/02/15 (3): Lucy Series, 'If I was trying to get to the Court of Protection, I wouldn’t start from here' (The Small Places Blog, 12/2/15). See Re AJ (DOLS) (2015) EWCOP 5, (2015) MHLO 11
2015-02-12 00:03:00
12/02/15 (2): Alex Ruck Keene, '"Neary 2," or making Article 5(4) real' (Court of Protection Handbook Blog, 12/2/15). See Re AJ (DOLS) (2015) EWCOP 5, (2015) MHLO 11
2015-02-12 00:02:00
12/02/15 (1): DOLS case. Re AJ (DOLS) (2015) EWCOP 5, (2015) MHLO 11 — "This case raises a number of issues about the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and in particular the amendm...
2015-02-12 00:01:00
01/02/15 (1): Best interests case. Summary added (case already on MHLO). LB Redbridge v G (No 5) (2014) EWCOP 17, (2014) MHLO 53 — (1) Best interests: "I have to conclude that it is not in G...
2015-02-01 00:01:00
31/01/15 (8): Legal status of COP declarations. MASM v MMAM (2015) EWCOP 3, (2015) MHLO 10 — (1) The issue: "The point the case raises is a short but important one: namely the legal status o...
2015-01-31 00:08:00
31/01/15 (7): Lucy Series, 'Call the rozzers!' (The Small Places Blog, 28/1/15). See Cambridgeshire County Council 13 016 935 (2015) MHLO 9 (LGO)
2015-01-31 00:07:00
31/01/15 (6): Local Government Lawyer, 'LGO urges proper recording of capacity assessments under Mental Capacity Act' (28/1/15). See Cambridgeshire County Council 13 016 935 (2015) MHLO 9 (...
2015-01-31 00:06:00
31/01/15 (5): LGO decision. Cambridgeshire County Council 13 016 935 (2015) MHLO 9 (LGO) — LGO's summary: "Complaint from a woman that the council moved her husband into a residential ho...
2015-01-31 00:05:00
31/01/15 (4): Consent to medical treatment. Border v Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust (2015) EWCA Civ 8, (2015) MHLO 8 — "This is an appeal against an order ... which ... dismissed the claim...
2015-01-31 00:04:00
31/01/15 (3): Loss of capacity during retainer. Blankley v Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust (2015) EWCA Civ 18, (2015) MHLO 7 — "This case conc...
2015-01-31 00:03:00
31/01/15 (2): Loss of capacity during retainer. Blankley v Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust (2014) EWHC 168 (QB), (2014) MHLO 142 — "These cost...
2015-01-31 00:02:00
31/01/15 (1): Richard Mumford, 'What price liberty? Damages, DOLS and a cat named Fluffy' (UK Human Rights Blog, 29/1/15). See Essex County Council v RF (2015) EWCOP 1, (2015) MHLO 2
2015-01-31 00:01:00
30/01/15 (3): EPA case. Re RG: Public Guardian v PB (2015) EWCOP 2, (2015) MHLO 6 — "This is an application for the court to reconsider an order made on the papers, partially revoking an end...
2015-01-30 00:03:00
30/01/15 (2): ICLR report: [2015] WLR (D) 25. See R v Wells (2015) EWCA Crim 2, (2015) MHLO 5
2015-01-30 00:02:00
30/01/15 (1): Unfitness to plead case. R v Wells (2015) EWCA Crim 2, (2015) MHLO 5 — "In each appeal and application before the court, the defendant has been found unfit to plead: that is to...
2015-01-30 00:01:00
29/01/15 (3): Law Society Gazette, 'SDT: Lucia Shingirai Benyu and Ronnie Benyu' (19/1/15). See Lucia Benyu (strike off) and Ronnie Benyu (section 43 order) (2014) MHLO 138 (SDT)
2015-01-29 00:03:00
29/01/15 (2): Law firm closed down. Jimoh Adun of Nieko Solicitors (SRA decision: closure) (2015) MHLO 4 (SRA) — The SRA decided to intervene because Jimoh Adun had abandoned his practice at Niek...
2015-01-29 00:02:00
29/01/15 (1): Best interests case. LB Hillingdon v PS (2015) MHLO 3 (COP) — Faced with an impasse about contact between PS and M, Hillingdon asked the court to determine what was in PS's best...
2015-01-29 00:01:00

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The Small Places: recent posts
The Small Places is moving...

<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">...but <a href="http://thesmallplaces.wordpress.com/">it's only a click away</a&g...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-03-06 22:21:00
‘I was ever a fighter, so — one fight more’
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">A powerful judgment concerning the liberty of Ms Manuela Sykes has <a href="http://www.bailii.or...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-02-25 12:24:00
Preventable
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I imagine there is only one thing worse than your son or daughter dying at the age of 18, and that is learni...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-02-25 09:31:00
Some more messages on the Mental Capacity Act 2005
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">This is another post on evidence given to the <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/committ...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-02-19 15:45:00
Local authorities behaving badly
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">When <a href="http://www.bailii.org/eu/cases/ECHR/2004/720.html">HL was deprived of his...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-02-18 15:42:00
Same old same old: are supervisory bodies actually reading s39D?
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">We are now into the fifth year of the DOLS, and it seems that a third of supervisory bodies may not yet have...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-02-18 10:10:00
Against "mental age"
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Why do so many judgments from the Court of Protection use 'mental age' to describe people with learn...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-02-17 11:24:00
A message from Hammersmith and Fulham
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">A few weeks ago I posted <a href="http://thesmallplaces.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/a-message-from-pe...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-02-14 16:14:00
Discharges from detention by the Tribunal under the Mental Health Act 1983
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">The Care Quality Commission's <a href="http://www.cqc.org.uk/public/news/taking-action-impro...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-02-11 11:57:00
Does the public oppose 'euthanasia', or a loss of autonomy in end of life care?
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">ComRes has recently <a href="http://www.comres.co.uk/poll/1084/alert-mental-capacity-act-survey....
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-02-02 20:01:00
Framing the test of capacity to consent to sex
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">The Court of Appeal has just handed down a very important judgment on the nature of the capacity to consent...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-01-24 14:27:00
A secret court no more!
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">So unless you missed the Daily Mail’s <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-25409...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-01-17 18:33:00
Whose right is it anyway?
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This lovely postcard...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-01-17 16:50:00
Sign Age UK's petition to close the human rights loophole in care!
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I've written many times before on this blog about the utter disgrace that users of private and independe...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-01-15 11:10:00
Conference on Resource Allocation Systems
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div>One of the most read pieces on this blog was some research which found that Resource Allocation S...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-01-07 14:45:00
Fab PhD Studentships - Overcoming barriers!
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I get contacted fairly often by people asking about what it's like to do a PhD. &nbsp;I always tell...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-01-07 14:34:00
A message from Pembrokeshire
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Happy new year! &nbsp;As some of you may have already noticed, the <a href="http://www.parli...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2014-01-06 14:43:00
Happy Christmas
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal">It’s Christmas Eve.&nbsp; The cat has been bundled into the car...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2013-12-24 15:22:00
More questions than answers - on the 'forced caesarean' case
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">[Update 04/12/2013: The <a href="http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/media/media-releases/2013/judic...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2013-12-03 10:35:00
The Ombudsmen find maladministration causing injustice in a case involving the deprivation of liberty safeguards
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">One of the recurring themes that has come up before the <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/busine...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2013-11-28 14:53:00
Call for papers: SLSA Annual Conference Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law stream
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="tr_bq">Every year the <a href="http://www.slsa.ac.uk/content/view/17...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2013-11-27 16:01:00
Postcode lottery in DoLS review mechanism
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) an authorisation to detain a per...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2013-11-25 11:11:00
Fighting fund for LB
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">The post I wrote about <a href="http://thesmallplaces.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/lb.html">th...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2013-11-11 17:28:00
Judicial review of decision to close the Independent Living Fund succeeds
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Apologies for this fleeting post, but I wanted to bring to people's attention the Court of Appeal's...
noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2013-11-11 14:43:00
Detained patients' awareness of the mental health tribunal
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hot on the heels of the judgment in <a href="http://thesmallplaces.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/mh-v-u...

noreply@blogger.com (Lucy Series) 2013-11-05 10:07:00

Bailii: recent COP cases
MRJ (Reconsideration of Order) [2014] EWHC B15 (COP) (10 April 2014)

2014-04-10 00:00:00
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust v J [2014] EWHC 1136 (COP) (09 April 2014)
2014-04-09 00:00:00
Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group v IA (By the Official Solicitor As His Litigation Friend) [2014] EWHC 990 (COP) (03 April 2014)
2014-04-03 00:00:00
A Local Authority v TZ (No. 2) [2014] EWHC 973 (COP) (01 April 2014)
2014-04-01 00:00:00
London Borough of Redbridge v G & Ors (No. 2) [2014] EWHC 959 (COP) (26 March 2014)
2014-03-26 00:00:00
A Local Authority v B, F & G [2014] EWHC B18 (COP) (21 March 2014)
2014-03-21 00:00:00
AK (gift application) [2014] EWHC B11 (COP) (20 March 2014)
2014-03-20 00:00:00
RGS (No. 3), Re [2014] EWHC B12 (COP) (20 March 2014)
2014-03-20 00:00:00
P, Re (capacity to tithe inheritance) [2014] EWHC B14 (COP) (20 March 2014)
2014-03-20 00:00:00
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust v LM [2014] EWHC 454 (COP) (26 February 2014)
2014-02-26 00:00:00
London Borough of Redbridge v G & Ors [2014] EWHC 485 (COP) (26 February 2014)
2014-02-26 00:00:00
JS v KB & Anor (Property And Affairs Deputy for DB) [2014] EWHC 483 (COP) (26 February 2014)
2014-02-26 00:00:00
Westminster City Council v Sykes [2014] EWHC B9 (COP) (24 February 2014)
2014-02-24 00:00:00
ES, Re [2014] EWHC B6 (21 February 2014)
2014-02-21 00:00:00
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust v JB [2014] EWHC 342 (COP) (17 February 2014)
2014-02-17 00:00:00
A (A Child), Re (Rev 1) [2014] EWHC 920 (COP) (12 February 2014)
2014-02-12 00:00:00
DP (Revocation of Lasting Power of Attorney), Re [2014] EWHC B4 (COP) (11 February 2014)
2014-02-11 00:00:00
RC v CC & Anor [2014] EWHC 131 (COP) (30 January 2014)
2014-01-30 00:00:00
X, Y And Z (Minors) , Re [2014] EWHC 87_2 (COP) (24 January 2014)
2014-01-24 00:00:00
Practice Guidance (Transparency in the Court Of Protection) [2014] EWHC B2 (COP) (16 January 2014)

2014-01-16 00:00:00

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