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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 1823 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:
New edition of book.
<span class="plainlinks"><a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="http://www.mentalhealthlaw.co.uk/Special:Link/http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1...
2017-01-15 00:01:00
MHLA: Panel course - Leeds, 2/3/17 and 3/3/17
— The MHLA is an approved provider of the two-day course which must be attended by prospective members of the Law Society’s mental health accreditation scheme. Price: £300 (MHLA members); £39...
2017-01-06 00:04:00
MHLA: Panel course - London, 27/2/17 and 28/2/18
— The MHLA is an approved provider of the two-day course which must be attended by prospective members of the Law Society’s mental health accreditation scheme. Price: £300 (MHLA members); £39...
2017-01-06 00:03:00
MHLA: Foundation course - Manchester, 20/2/17
— This course is aimed at new practitioners and those intending to attend the Panel course in the near future. Attendance at the Foundation course is strongly recommended in order to achieve a so...
2017-01-06 00:02:00
Job advert. Campbell Law, Milton Keynes - Paralegal.
Campbell Law are seeking a paralegal to work in mental health, mental capacity and community care law. Closing date 3/3/17. See <a href="/Campbell_Law,_Milton_Keynes_-_Paralegal" title...
2017-01-06 00:01:00
Ministry of Justice, 'The recall of conditionally discharged restricted patients' (4/2/09).
details. See <a href="/Recall#External_links" title="Recall">Recall#External links</a>
2016-12-30 00:03:00
Department of Health, 'Recall of mentally disordered patients subject to Home Office restrictions on discharge' (LAC(93)9, 14/4/93).
details. See <a href="/Recall#External_links" title="Recall">Recall#External links</a>
2016-12-30 00:02:00
Ministry of Justice, 'Restricted Patients 2014 England and Wales: Statistics Bulletin' (29/4/15).
details. See <a href="/Statistics#Ministry_of_Justice" title="Statistics">Statistics#Ministry of Justice</a>
2016-12-30 00:01:00
Sex case (from 2014, but published on Bailii yesterday). R v GA [2014] EWCA Crim 299, [2014] MHLO 148
— "Section 1(2) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides that 'A person must be assumed to have capacity unless it is established that he lacks capacity'. When capacity to consent is...
2016-12-29 00:01:00
Edge Training: MCA and Tenancy Agreements - London, 24/2/17
— This course will consider how staff should assess mental capacity in relation to tenancy agreements and the key case law in this area. It will also consider the legal validity of tenancy agreem...
2016-12-28 00:05:00
Edge Training: Hoarding and the Law - London, 8/5/17
— This one-day interactive course for mental health and social care professionals reviews the different manifestations of hoarding and the possible origins of this behaviour, and then considers a...
2016-12-28 00:04:00
Edge Training: DOL in children and young people - London, 15/5/17
— This course aims to update staff working with children, young people and those in transition with the latest case law and developments in relation to deprivation of liberty. The course will con...
2016-12-28 00:03:00
Edge Training: DOLS Authorised Signatories - London, 26/5/17
— This course aims to provide guidance on the role of signatories and to update designated signatories in relation to the latest case law around their specific role within the DOLS procedures Ple...
2016-12-28 00:02:00
Edge Training: Hoarding and the Law - London, 6/10/17
— This one-day interactive course for mental health and social care professionals reviews the different manifestations of hoarding and the possible origins of this behaviour, and then considers a...
2016-12-28 00:01:00
Negligence case. Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust [2016] EWHC 3275 (QB), [2016] MHLO 56
— "On 25th August 2010 Ms Henderson ('the Claimant') stabbed her mother to death. She was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time, and her condition had recently worsened....
2016-12-27 00:02:00
Deprivation of liberty case. SSJ v Staffordshire County Council and SRK [2016] EWCA Civ 1317, [2016] MHLO 55
— "The issue in this case is whether, in order for the United Kingdom to avoid being in breach of Article 5(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights, it is necessary for a welfare order...
2016-12-27 00:01:00
Ben Troke, 'Court of Protection and deprivation of liberty update - a "perfect storm" coming?' (Browne Jacobson website, 15/12/16).
See <a href="/Newsletters#Browne_Jacobson" title="Newsletters">Newsletters#Browne Jacobson</a>
2016-12-19 00:01:00
Medical treatment case. Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University LHB v RY [2016] EWHC 3256 (Fam), [2016] MHLO 54
— "On 12th October this year the applicant Health Board applied to this court for declarations both as to 'capacity' and 'best interests' under the Mental Capacity Act 2005,...
2016-12-18 00:01:00
Job advert. Peter Edwards Law, Hoylake - MHT paralegals.
See <a href="/Jobs" title="Jobs">Jobs</a>
2016-12-16 00:01:00
Healthy London Partnership, 'Mental health crisis care for Londoners: London's section 136 pathway and Health Based Place of Safety specification' (December 2016).
See <a href="/MHA_1983_s136#External_links" title="MHA 1983 s136">MHA 1983 s136#External links</a>
2016-12-15 00:02:00
Criminal appeal case. R v Fuller [2016] EWCA Crim 1867, [2016] MHLO 53
— ''(1) IPP sentence quashed and replaced with a restricted hospital order. (2) Request for anonymisation refused.''
2016-12-15 00:01:00
PI trust case. OH v Craven [2016] EWHC 3146 (QB), [2016] MHLO 52
— "This brings me back to the focus of my concern. The firm of solicitors who have acted in the successful litigation will have established a relationship of trust and confidence with the cl...
2016-12-09 00:01:00
Ben James, 'Grandmother freed after judges overrule six-month jail term' (The York Press, 9/11/16).
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...
2016-12-06 00:06:00
Solicitors Journal, 'Police who handcuffed barrister in RCJ offer £100,000 and apology' (14/10/10).
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...
2016-12-06 00:05:00
Patrick Sawer, 'Grandmother freed after being jailed for refusing to return elderly man from Portuguese care home' (Telegraph, 8/11/16).
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...
2016-12-06 00:04:00
Colin Challenger, 'Lamb Chambers prevails in dementia care Court of Appeal case' (9/11/16).
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...
2016-12-06 00:03:00
Contempt of court case. Devon County Council v Teresa Kirk [2016] EWCA Civ 1221, [2016] MHLO 51
— "In the circumstances of the present case, where a party was facing the likelihood of a prison sentence for contempt, but where that party, whom the court accepts had genuine and sincere o...
2016-12-06 00:02:00
Contempt of court case. Re M: Devon County Council v Teresa Kirk [2016] EWCOP 42, [2016] MHLO 50
— "This is an application made by a Local Authority for committal for contempt of court... The backdrop to this application is a long-running case in the Court of Protection concerning MM. ....
2016-12-06 00:01:00
Legal Aid forms page updated.
This page has been updated, including with a link to the current Form CW1&amp;2 (MH). See <a href="/Legal_Aid_forms" title="Legal Aid forms">Legal Aid forms</a>
2016-12-04 00:01:00
Northern Irish DOL case (from 2014). JMCA v The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust [2014] NICA 37, [2014] MHLO 147
— "Treacy J held that the supervision of this appellant was with legal authority and lawful and that the 1986 Order did authorise the guardian to take the impugned measures in the circumstan...
2016-11-29 00:02:00
Northern Irish DOL case. Re NS (Inherent jurisdiction: patient: liberty: medical treatment) [2016] NIFam 9, [2016] MHLO 49
— "The applications are brought to the court under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court [in Northern Ireland]. The Trust sought a declaratory order in June to move NS from a h...
2016-11-29 00:01:00
Transcript replaced.
A transcript for <a href="/P_v_A_Local_Authority_(2015)_MHLO_140" title="P v A Local Authority [2015] MHLO 140">P v A Local Authority [2015] MHLO 140</a...
2016-11-28 00:01:00

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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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