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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 1673 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:
MHLA re-accreditation course.
The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running a Refresher and Re-accreditation course on Thursday '''9/7/15''' in Manchester. This new course will be suitable for those seeking re-accreditation...
2015-06-28 00:02:00
MHLA Legal Aid course.
The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running a Legal Aid and Peer Review course on Monday '''6/7/15''' in London, and on Friday '''10/7/15''' in Manchester. This course provides guidance on th...
2015-06-28 00:01:00
Capacity/housing case. R (MT) v Oxford City Council [2015] EWHC 795 (Admin), [2015] MHLO 47
— ''The claimant's application via his deputy to the defendant as homeless was rejected on the basis that his lack of capacity to make such an application meant that there was no duty under P...
2015-06-26 00:01:00
Unfitness to plead case. R v Wells [2015] EWCA Crim 2, [2015] MHLO 46
— "Where a defendant's disability impacts on his/her ability to take part in a trial but he/she is not otherwise affected by a psychiatric condition such as renders what is said in inter...
2015-06-24 00:02:00
Miscellaneous case. Re A [2015] EWHC 1709 (Fam), [2015] MHLO 45
— "The Local Authority applies for a secure accommodation order in respect of her under s.25 of the Children Act 1989. The Local Authority's case is that A is a danger to herself and oth...
2015-06-24 00:01:00
Facebook page.
Now that enough people like the page, it can now have a memorable link - <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="http://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthlaw"&...
2015-06-18 00:03:00
Detailed summary added to Re X case page.
See <a href="/Re_X_(Court_of_Protection_Practice)_(2015)_EWCA_Civ_599,_(2015)_MHLO_44" title="Re X (Court of Protection Practice) (2015) EWCA Civ 599, (2015) MHLO 44">Re X...
2015-06-18 00:02:00
Editable versions of section papers.
Following a request, rich text format (RTF) versions of forms A2, A3 and A4 (the section 2 detention papers) have been uploaded. If there is sufficient demand, other forms can be converted from PDF...
2015-06-18 00:01:00
Andy McNicoll, 'Councils' failure to make court applications leaving "widespread unlawful deprivations of liberty"' (Community Care, 17/6/15).
See <a href="/Re_X_(Court_of_Protection_Practice)_(2015)_EWCA_Civ_599,_(2015)_MHLO_44" title="Re X (Court of Protection Practice) (2015) EWCA Civ 599, (2015) MHLO 44">Re X...
2015-06-17 00:04:00
Ben Troke, 'Court of Appeal ruling means streamlined deprivation of liberty process is fatally flawed' (Community Care, 16/6/15.
See <a href="/Re_X_(Court_of_Protection_Practice)_(2015)_EWCA_Civ_599,_(2015)_MHLO_44" title="Re X (Court of Protection Practice) (2015) EWCA Civ 599, (2015) MHLO 44">Re X...
2015-06-17 00:03:00
Alex Ruck Keene, 'Re X - the Court of Appeal pronounces' (Court of Protection Handbook Blog, 16/6/15).
See <a href="/Re_X_(Court_of_Protection_Practice)_(2015)_EWCA_Civ_599,_(2015)_MHLO_44" title="Re X (Court of Protection Practice) (2015) EWCA Civ 599, (2015) MHLO 44">Re X...
2015-06-17 00:02:00
Deprivation of liberty procedure. Re X (Court of Protection Practice) [2015] EWCA Civ 599, [2015] MHLO 44
— ''This case concerned the hearings arranged by Munby LJ, the President of the Court of Protection, in relation to devising a streamlined and minimally Article 5 compliant process for the antici...
2015-06-17 00:01:00
New book: Matthew Graham and Jakki Cowley, A Practical Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (JKP 2015).
Foreword by Alex Ruck Keene. Available from <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VF1Q1JM/ref=nosim?tag=mentalhealthlaw-21&quot...
2015-06-12 00:04:00
39 Essex Chambers, 'Mental Capacity Law Newsletter' (issue 57, June 2015).
See <a href="/39_Essex_Chambers_Mental_Capacity_Law_Newsletter" title="39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Newsletter">39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Newsletter&l...
2015-06-12 00:03:00
39 Essex Chambers, 'Mental Capacity Law Newsletter' (issue 56, May 2015).
See <a href="/39_Essex_Chambers_Mental_Capacity_Law_Newsletter" title="39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Newsletter">39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Newsletter&l...
2015-06-12 00:02:00
39 Essex Chambers, 'Mental Capacity Law Newsletter' (issue 55, April 2015).
See <a href="/39_Essex_Chambers_Mental_Capacity_Law_Newsletter" title="39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Newsletter">39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Newsletter&l...
2015-06-12 00:01:00
Dept of Health, 'Section 67 of the Mental Health Act' (v4, 23/4/13).
This version contains updated contact details. See <a href="/MHA_1983_s67" title="MHA 1983 s67">MHA 1983 s67</a>
2015-06-11 00:02:00
Correction.
The correct telephone number for DH s67 references is 0207 210 5359 (not 5357). See <a href="/MHA_1983_s67" title="MHA 1983 s67">MHA 1983 s67</a>
2015-06-11 00:01:00
Social circumstances evidence. AF v Nottinghamshire NHS Trust [2015] UKUT 216 (AAC), [2015] MHLO 43
— "There is nothing in the law that ''requires'' the social circumstances report to have been written by a social worker or CPN and not a nurse, or requiring that the nursing report and soci...
2015-06-09 00:01:00
Job advert (ODonnells).
ODonnells Solicitors in Preston are seeking to recruit a mental health lawyer. Panel membership is not essential. For further details see <a href="/Job_adverts" title="Job adverts...
2015-06-08 00:02:00
Guardianship and DOLS case. KD v A Borough Council [2015] UKUT 251 (AAC), [2015] MHLO 42
— "Permission to bring this appeal was granted by the First-tier Tribunal (the FTT) because in the view of the judge it raises points upon which guidance is needed. Those points concern the...
2015-06-08 00:01:00
DH contact details.
New Department of Health contact details added for use when seeking Tribunal references. See <a href="/S67" title="S67" class="mw-redirect">s67</a>
2015-06-01 00:01:00
Just Giving, 'Paul's British Isles Walk: Walking through The British Isles for Big C' (April-May 2015).
Paul Veitch is a great mental health solicitor who has given permission this link to be included here. Introductory story from website: "Two years ago I was diagnosed with incurable bowel can...
2015-05-26 00:01:00
Alex Ruck Keene, 'The Court of Protection comes of age' (Court of Protection Handbook Blog, 7/5/15).
See <a href="/Re_MN_(An_Adult)_(2015)_EWCA_Civ_411,_(2015)_MHLO_41" title="Re MN (An Adult) (2015) EWCA Civ 411, (2015) MHLO 41">Re MN (An Adult) (2015) EWCA Civ 411, (201...
2015-05-24 00:02:00
Best interests case. Re MN (An Adult) [2015] EWCA Civ 411, [2015] MHLO 41
— "The function of the Court of Protection is to take, on behalf of adults who lack capacity, the decisions which, if they had capacity, they would take themselves. The Court of Protection h...
2015-05-24 00:01:00
COP costs case. LB Redbridge v G (No 6) [2015] EWCA Civ 446, [2015] MHLO 40
— ''The Official Solicitor unsuccessfully appealed against an order that Associated Newspapers Limited should pay (only) 30% of his costs. (1) The primary ground of appeal - that the COP Rules di...
2015-05-23 00:02:00
Negligence claim. ABC v St George's Healthcare NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 1394 (QB), [2015] MHLO 39
— ''The claimant's father had killed his wife, was detained under s37/41, and refused to allow the Trust to inform his pregnant daughter of his Huntingdon's disease diagnosis. She claimed...
2015-05-23 00:01:00
Taking Stock Conference, 16/10/15.
The 2015 Annual Taking Stock Conference (The Mental Health &amp; Mental Capacity Acts in Practice) will take place on Friday '''16/10/15''' at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. C...
2015-05-14 00:05:00
Legal Aid Agency, 'Keycard 51' (April 2015).
This document is helpful when working out financial eligibility for civil Legal Aid. In force 6/4/15. See <a href="/Legal_Aid#Guidance_documents" title="Legal Aid">Legal A...
2015-05-14 00:04:00
CQC, 'Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2013/14' (5/2/15).
See <a href="/CQC#CQC_-_Reports_on_MHA" title="CQC" class="mw-redirect">CQC#CQC - Reports on MHA</a>
2015-05-14 00:03:00

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

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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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