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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 1767 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:
Deputyship/DOL case. A Local Authority v M [2015] EWCOP 69, [2015] MHLO 135
— This judgment dealt with various issues including deputyship, deprivation of liberty, and disclosure.
2016-02-08 00:02:00
COP costs case. Re M (Costs): A Local Authority v M [2015] EWCOP 45, [2015] MHLO 134
— Court of Protection costs judgment.
2016-02-08 00:01:00
Job advert deadline extended by two weeks.
See <a href="/Campbell_Law_Solicitors,_Newport_Pagnell_-_Mental_Health_Tribunal_caseworker" title="Campbell Law Solicitors, Newport Pagnell - Mental Health Tribunal caseworker&quo...
2016-02-02 00:02:00
Legal Aid/freezing order case. Lord Chancellor v John Blavo [2016] EWHC 126 (QB), [2016] MHLO 6
— ''There was a strongly arguable case that John Blavo was party to an arrangement whereby false claims were submitted to the LAA in many thousands of cases, there was evidence of a less than scr...
2016-02-02 00:01:00
Browne Jacobson, 'Money no object! Deprivation of liberty for 16/17 year olds, (bottomless?) resources and (endless?) state imputability' (29/1/16).
See <a href="/Birmingham_City_Council_v_D_(2016)_EWCOP_8,_(2016)_MHLO_5" title="Birmingham City Council v D (2016) EWCOP 8, (2016) MHLO 5">Birmingham City Council v D (201...
2016-01-31 00:02:00
Deprivation of liberty case. Birmingham City Council v D [2016] EWCOP 8, [2016] MHLO 5
— ''(1) A parent cannot consent to the confinement (i.e. the objective element of <a href="/Article_5" title="Article 5">Article 5</a> deprivation of liberty) of a...
2016-01-31 00:01:00
MHLA: Panel course - London, 14/3/16 and 15/3/16
— The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running their Panel Course on Monday 14/3/16 and Tuesday 15/3/16 in London. The MHLA is an approved provider of the two-day course which must be attend...
2016-01-30 00:02:00
MHLA: Panel course - Leeds, 2/3/16 and 3/3/16.
— The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running their Panel Course on Wednesday 2/3/16 and Thursday 3/3/16 in Leeds. The MHLA is an approved provider of the two-day course which must be atten...
2016-01-30 00:01:00
Sentence appeal case. R v Fletcher [2015] EWCA Crim 2007, [2015] MHLO 133
— ''The appellant unsuccessfully sought a restricted hospital order in place of an IPP sentence.''
2016-01-28 00:02:00
Legal Aid case. R (Sisangia) v Director of Legal Aid Casework [2016] EWCA Civ 24, [2016] MHLO 4
— ''This was a claim for false imprisonment and assault arising out of arrest and detention by the police. Paragraph 21 of Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the <a href="/Legal_Aid,_Sentencing_and_...
2016-01-28 00:01:00
Conditional discharge/DOLS case. MM v WL Clinic [2016] UKUT 37 (AAC), [2016] MHLO 3
— ''Charles J refused permission to appeal his earlier decision (the main point of which was that, for the purposes of Article 5, a restricted patient with the capacity to do so can give a valid...
2016-01-27 00:11:00
Anonymity case. R (C) v SSJ [2016] UKSC 2, [2016] MHLO 2
— ''(1) There is no presumption of anonymity in proceedings which are about the compulsory powers of detention, care and treatment under the 1983 Act: in each case the judge must decide whether o...
2016-01-27 00:10:00
PELT: Deprivation of Liberty made simple - Hoylake, 7/6/16.
— Peter Edwards Law Training are running a course entitled "Deprivation of Liberty made simple - including MHA or MCA?" on Tuesday 7/6/16 in Hoylake. Cost: £125 plus VAT. See <a rel...
2016-01-27 00:09:00
PELT: Introduction to Forensic Patients - Hoylake, 2/6/16.
— Peter Edwards Law Training are running a course entitled "Introduction to Forensic Patients - A journey through the system" on Thursday 2/6/16 in Hoylake. Cost: £125 plus VAT. See &l...
2016-01-27 00:08:00
PELT: Mental Health Act Masterclass - Hoylake, 17/5/16.
— Peter Edwards Law Training are running a course entitled "Masterclass - Mental Health Act - Legal Update" on Tuesday 17/5/16 in Hoylake. Cost: £125 plus VAT. See <a rel="nofo...
2016-01-27 00:07:00
PELT: Introduction to Care Act for those working with MHA or MCA - Hoylake, 26/4/16.
— Peter Edwards Law Training are running a course entitled "Introduction - Care Act for those working with MHA or MCA" on Tuesday 26/4/16 in Hoylake. Cost: £125 plus VAT. See <a rel...
2016-01-27 00:06:00
PELT: Court of Protection Masterclass - Hoylake, 19/4/16.
— Peter Edwards Law Training are running a course entitled "Masterclass - Court of Protection Legal Update" on Tuesday 19/4/16 in Hoylake. Cost: £125 plus VAT. See <a rel="nof...
2016-01-27 00:05:00
PELT: Depriving Children and Young People of their liberty lawfully - Hoylake, 14/4/16.
— Peter Edwards Law Training are running a course entitled "Depriving Children and Young People of their liberty lawfully" on Thursday 14/4/16 in Hoylake. Cost: £125 plus VAT. See <...
2016-01-27 00:04:00
PELT: Introduction to MCA and DOLS - Hoylake, 5/4/16.
— Peter Edwards Law Training are running a course entitled "Introduction - MCA and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards" on Tuesday 5/4/16 in Hoylake. Cost: £125 plus VAT. See <a rel=&...
2016-01-27 00:03:00
PELT: Introduction to the Mental Health Act - Hoylake, 29/3/16.
— Peter Edwards Law Training are running a course entitled "Introduction to the Mental Health Act" on Tuesday 29/3/16 in Hoylake. Cost: £125 plus VAT. See <a rel="nofollow&quot...
2016-01-27 00:02:00
PELT: Introduction to using Court of Protection - Hoylake, 11/3/16.
— Peter Edwards Law Training are running a course entitled "Introduction to using Court of Protection including s. 21A Appeals" on Friday 11/3/16 in Hoylake. Cost: £125 plus VAT. See &...
2016-01-27 00:01:00
ICLR summary available for Rochdale MBC v KW Court of Appeal decision.
See <a href="/Rochdale_MBC_v_KW_(2015)_EWCA_Civ_1054,_(2015)_MHLO_71" title="Rochdale MBC v KW (2015) EWCA Civ 1054, (2015) MHLO 71">Rochdale MBC v KW (2015) EWCA Civ 1054...
2016-01-23 00:01:00
Office of the Public Guardian, 'Local authority deputyship responsibilities' (Practice Note no 01/2016, 14/1/16).
Summary from Government website: "The practice note explains the Office of the Public Guardian’s (OPG) guidance on local authority deputyship responsibilities, including important informatio...
2016-01-22 00:02:00
British Psychological Society: Beyond Psychiatric Diagnosis - London, 22/6/16
— The BPS are running a free event aimed at solicitors, barristers, judges and politicians, entitled "Beyond Psychiatric Diagnosis: Legal, Scientific, Humanitarian and Practical Implications...
2016-01-22 00:01:00
DOLS book. Steven Richards and Aasya Mughal, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook (Books Wise Publications 2015).
See <a href="/Books#Mental_Capacity_Act" title="Books">Books#Mental Capacity Act</a>
2016-01-21 00:01:00
Inquest case. R (Speck) v HM Coroner for District of York [2016] EWHC 6 (Admin), [2016] MHLO 1
— "Drawing these strands together, my conclusions were as follows. First, that the duty of the coroner was limited to a duty to investigate those matters which caused, or at least arguably a...
2016-01-17 00:01:00
Neutral citation number and parties' names added to UT case. WH v Partnerships in Care [2015] UKUT 695 (AAC), [2015] MHLO 132
— ''The tribunal, having decided that the appropriate treatment test in <a href="/S72" title="S72" class="mw-redirect">s72</a>(1)(b)(iia) was met, refuse...
2016-01-12 00:01:00
December 2015 update.
A thematic summary of all updates from December 2015 is available on the <a href="/December_2015_update" title="December 2015 update">December 2015 update</a> page.
2016-01-07 00:01:00
ESRC: Building the Care Act - Keele, 22/1/16.
— This is the first of three ESRC-funded "Safeguarding Adults and Legal Literacy" (SALLY) seminars investigating the impact of the Care Act. Entitled "Building the Care Act: eviden...
2016-01-06 00:01:00
Upper Tribunal case. Case HMW/1678/2015 [2015] MHLO 132 (UT)
— ''The tribunal, having decided that the appropriate treatment test in <a href="/S72" title="S72" class="mw-redirect">s72</a>(1)(b)(iia) was met, refuse...
2016-01-03 00:03:00
New book.
Alex Ruck Keene (''ed''), ''Assessment of Mental Capacity'' (4th edn, Law Society 2015. See <a href="/Books#Mental_Capacity_Act" title="Books">Books#Mental Capacity Act&lt...
2016-01-03 00:02:00
CLT: Court of Protection training for paralegals
— CLT Paralegal have launched an online practical distance learning programme, written by Caroline Bielanska, designed to minimise risk and increase productivity for non-qualified staff working i...
2016-01-03 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="">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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