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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 1838 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:
Edge Training: DOLS: a new beginning? - London, 31/3/17
— This half-day course aims to provide a detailed overview and analysis of the Law Commission's recent proposals and draft legislation to replace DOLS with the Liberty Protection Safeguards....
2017-03-21 00:01:00
Edge Training: DOLS MH Assessor Annual Refresher Course - London, 24/4/17
— This refresher course has been designed to meet the needs of DOLS Mental Health Assessors. It will cover key topics that cause uncertainty or dilemmas for MH Assessors and go over the main basi...
2017-03-17 00:05:00
Edge Training: Best Interests Assessors Report Writing Course - Sheffield, 27/3/17
— This course is targeted specifically at qualified Best Interests Assessors (BIAs) and aims to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure robust and legally defensible assessmen...
2017-03-17 00:04:00
Gillian Weatherill, 'Introducing the "Liberty Protection Safeguards" - Latest on Reforming DoLS' (DAC Beachcroft, 13/3/17).
See <a href="/Law_Commission,_%27Mental_Capacity_and_Deprivation_of_Liberty%27_(consultation_from_7/5/15_to_2/11/15)" title="Law Commission, 'Mental Capacity and Deprivation o...
2017-03-17 00:03:00
Job advert. Ben Hoare Bell, Newcastle upon Tyne - Community Care Solicitor.
The deadline is 5/5/17. See <a href="/Jobs" title="Jobs">Jobs</a>
2017-03-17 00:02:00
Upper Tribunal case. LB v BMH [2017] MHLO 10 (UT)
— "The First-tier Tribunal decided that the patient should not be discharged from liability to be detained and to make no recommendation pursuant to section 72(3) and (3A) of the 1983 Act. P...
2017-03-17 00:01:00
Andy McNicoll, 'Law Commission reveals Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards replacement' (Community Care, 13/3/17).
See <a href="/Law_Commission,_%27Mental_Capacity_and_Deprivation_of_Liberty%27_(consultation_from_7/5/15_to_2/11/15)" title="Law Commission, 'Mental Capacity and Deprivation o...
2017-03-13 00:02:00
Law Commission, 'Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty' (Law Com No 372, 13/3/17).
This is the Law Commission's final report, which includes a draft Bill. Summaries and an impact assessment are also available on the Law Commission's consultation page. See <a href=&quot...
2017-03-13 00:01:00
Testamentary capacity case. White v Philips [2017] EWHC 386 (Ch), [2017] MHLO 9
— "The claimant, Linda Anne White is the testator's widow. They had married in 1988. They had no children together but each had been married before and each had three children from their...
2017-03-06 00:01:00
Peter Edwards Law, 'Legal aid agency undermine right of s21A appeal' (1/3/17).
This article discusses an email from the LAA (relating to a currently unreported case) which stated: "Unfortunately you will not be covered under the current certificate for the period in whic...
2017-03-01 00:01:00
Upper Tribunal capacity case. PI v West London Mental Health NHS Trust [2017] UKUT 66 (AAC), [2017] MHLO 8
— "The issue in this appeal was how the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) should react when, during the course of a tribunal hearing, it appeared that the patient no longer had capacity to...
2017-02-23 00:04:00
Northern Irish best interests/DOL case. Re NS (Inherent jurisdiction: patient: liberty: medical treatment) [2016] NIFam 9, [2016] MHLO 61
— "This case relates to an elderly lady, NS. She has been represented by the Official Solicitor (OS) throughout these proceedings. ... The case therefore first came to court when the Trust s...
2017-02-23 00:03:00
Northern Irish DOL case. Belfast Health and Social Care Trust v PT [2017] NIFam 1, [2017] MHLO 7
— "The court considers that four questions need to be addressed in this [Northern Irish] case: (a) Does PT lack capacity? (b) Is there a gap in the existing legislation, thereby perm...
2017-02-23 00:02:00
Mental health accreditation scheme.
(1) A new accreditation application form has been published (dated 17/2/17). The main changes are the removal of question 20 ("Please state the number of CPD hours attributable to mental healt...
2017-02-23 00:01:00
Updated DH contact details for seeking tribunal references.
The current details are as follows. Department of Health, Mental Health Legislation, Area 226, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS. Email: Fax: 0115 902...
2017-02-19 00:03:00
COPPA: Costs in the Court of Protection - Bristol, 22/2/17
— This training event will include an update on fixed costs and interim billing options in the Court of Protection, file management/time recording, and key cases in the Court of Protection. Times...
2017-02-19 00:02:00
Law and Compassion Research Network: Symposium on Law, Compassion, and Healthcare - London, 18/5/17
— A symposium exploring compassion in relation to law and healthcare - through presentations and discussion, with speakers from academia, practice, and the judiciary. Speakers: Sir Mark Hedley, P...
2017-02-19 00:01:00
Peter Edwards Law, 'The Signpost' (February 2017).
See <a href="/Newsletters" title="Newsletters">Newsletters</a>
2017-02-16 00:02:00
Lucy Series, Phil Fennell and Julie Doughty, 'The Participation of P in Welfare Cases in the Court of Protection' (Cardiff University, 16/2/17).
See <a href="/Court_of_Protection#Participation_of_P" title="Court of Protection">Court of Protection#Participation of P</a>
2017-02-16 00:01:00
Ministry of Justice, 'Transforming our justice system: assisted digital strategy, automatic online conviction and statutory standard penalty, and panel composition in tribunals: Government resp...
In the consultation document it was proposed to amend the <a href="/First-tier_Tribunal_and_Upper_Tribunal_(Composition_of_Tribunal)_Order_2008" title="First-tier Tribunal and Upp...
2017-02-15 00:01:00
Consent order (signed on 9/2/17, approved on 13/2/17).
Provided by Colin Challenger of Lamb Chambers. See <a href="/Devon_County_Council_v_Manuel_Martins_and_Teresa_Kirk_(2016)_EWCOP_45,_(2016)_MHLO_60" title="Devon County Council v M...
2017-02-14 00:04:00
Best interests (residence) case. Devon County Council v Manuel Martins and Teresa Kirk [2016] EWCOP 45, [2016] MHLO 60
— ''A consent order signed on 9/2/17, which followed an application notice dated 23/1/17 and the death of Manual Martins on 1/2/17, led to the publication of this judgment of 10/6/16, together wi...
2017-02-14 00:03:00
Daily Telegraph, 'Ian Brady begins "unique" High Court fight over tribunal lawyer' (14/2/17).
See <a href="/Ian_Brady" title="Ian Brady">Ian Brady</a>
2017-02-14 00:02:00
Sue Reid, 'Touching picture of sibling devotion that was BANNED until now: Pensioner who was jailed by a secret court can finally tell the story of how she tried to protect her brother because,...
See <a href="/Devon_County_Council_v_Teresa_Kirk_(2016)_EWCA_Civ_1221,_(2016)_MHLO_51" title="Devon County Council v Teresa Kirk [2016] EWCA Civ 1221, [2016] MHLO...
2017-02-14 00:01:00
Habitual residence case. Re DB [2016] EWCOP 30, [2016] MHLO 59
— "DB and EC are two men born and raised in Scotland. Each has a profound learning disability and complex behavioural problems. They have both been receiving treatment in the same specialist...
2017-02-12 00:01:00
SRA website: Wadsworth, Victoria Barbara - 320364.
This sets out two SRA decisions: (1) prosecution, 13/5/14, and (2) control of practice, 27/6/14.. See <a href="/Victoria_Wadsworth_(strike_off)_(2016)_MHLO_58_(SDT)" title="Victor...
2017-02-11 00:03:00
John Hyde, 'Lawyer invented medical firm to raid £25k legal aid funds' (Law Society Gazette, 18/1/17).
details. See <a href="/Victoria_Wadsworth_(strike_off)_(2016)_MHLO_58_(SDT)" title="Victoria Wadsworth (strike off) [2016] MHLO 58 (SDT)">Victoria Wadsworth (strik...
2017-02-11 00:02:00
SDT case. Victoria Wadsworth (strike off) [2016] MHLO 58 (SDT)
— ''Since 2007 Victoria Wadsworth had been in charge of a law firm's mental health department, and had invented another firm called "Healthy Minds" to pretend to write medical repor...
2017-02-11 00:01:00
Mental Health Law Reports.
Kris Gledhill has kindly provided short summaries of 24 cases from 2016. The full reports can be purchased from Southside Online Publishing. See <a href="/Text:MHLR_2016" title="T...
2017-02-09 00:02:00
Immigration case. ASK v SSHD [2017] EWHC 196 (Admin), [2017] MHLO 6
— "The issue in this case concerns an allegation that in 2013 the Claimant - 'ASK' - was unlawfully detained in an Immigration Removal Centre pending removal from the United Kingdom...
2017-02-09 00:01:00
Criminal appeal case. R v Holloway [2016] EWCA Crim 2175, [2016] MHLO 57
— "The applicant was charged with attempted murder and wounding with intent. Two consultant psychiatrists decided that he was fit to stand trial. He was initially represented by solicitors a...
2017-02-08 00:03:00
Extradition case. Korcala v Polish Judicial Authority [2017] EWHC 167 (Admin), [2017] MHLO 5
— "This extradition appeal involves essentially two questions: (i) If a person has been found incapable of committing a criminal offence in the country in which he was tried because of menta...
2017-02-08 00:02:00

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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="">it's only a click away</a&g... (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... (Lucy Series) 2014-02-25 12:24:00
<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... (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=" (Lucy Series) 2014-02-19 15:45:00
Local authorities behaving badly
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">When <a href="">HL was deprived of his... (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... (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... (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=" (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=" (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=" (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... (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=" (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... (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... (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... (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... (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... (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... (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=" (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=" (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=" (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... (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="">th... (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... (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=" (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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