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Mental Health Law Online

The internet resource on mental health law, and mental capacity law, for England & Wales. From April 2006 to September 2010 this website was called Wiki Mental Health. You can read a review of the site here.

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  • 10/01/18 (1): Edge Training: Understanding the Court of Protection - London, 22/1/18 — This one day course is designed to enable participants to feel equipped to attend the Court of Protection and to ensure they know what to expect; the best way to give evidence; the key court of protection roles; courtroom etiquette and terminology. The course will help delegates prepare to give evidence and deal with challenging questioning. A barrister in the field will give them tips on staying calm and composed under pressure and ensuring the evidence they give is fair, balanced and accurately represents application of the key components of the Mental Capacity Act to the Court of Protection judge. Speaker: Winsome Levy. Cost: Cost: £140 plus VAT (£168). See Edge website for further details and booking information. See Events
  • 14/12/17 (1): JR guide. Judiciary for England and Wales, 'The Administrative Court Judicial Review Guide 2017' (dated July 2017, published 7/11/17) — Extract from preface to the 2017 edition: "This Guide provides a general explanation of the work and practice of the Administrative Court. It is designed to make it easier for parties to conduct judicial reviews in the Administrative Court, by drawing together into one place the relevant statutory provisions, rules of procedure, practice directions, and case law on procedural aspects of judicial review. It provides general guidance as to how litigation in the Administrative Court should be conducted in order to achieve the overriding objective of dealing with cases justly and at proportionate cost. The Guide has been prepared with all Court users in mind, whether they are persons who lack legal representation (known as “litigants in person”) or persons who have legal representation. We invite all Court users to follow this Guide when they prepare and present their cases."

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Online CPD scheme providing 12 points for £60: suitable for solicitors (SRA-accredited), barristers (established practitioners), psychiatrists, social workers and psychiatric nurses

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Books

You can purchase selected mental health law books via the links below (we benefit when you buy from Amazon having come from this website).

Recently added

Book Amazon About Audience Information
Hamish Arnott and Simon Creighton, Parole Board Hearings: Law and Practice (LAG 2014) Amazon. Parole Board🔍 Lawyers🔍 Published in January 2014 but still (in 2017) the best book on the subject.
Alex Ruck Keene et al, Court of Protection Handbook: A User's Guide (2nd rev edn, LAG 2017) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Court of Protection🔍 Court users🔍 You can purchase the revised second edition in paperback, or read the free Kindle supplement to the second edition. The supplement contains the following headings: capacity; best interests; informal decision-making and the role of the Court of Protection; case management; the participation of P; pub
Alex Ruck Keene et al, Court of Protection Handbook: A User's Guide (2nd rev edn, LAG 2017) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Court of Protection🔍 Court users🔍 You can purchase the revised second edition in paperback, or read the free Kindle supplement to the second edition. The supplement contains the following headings: capacity; best interests; informal decision-making and the role of the Court of Protection; case management; the participation of P; pub

Recommended

See also: Mental Health Law Online's Annual Review

Book Amazon About Audience Information
Brenda Hale, Mental Health Law (6th edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2017) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 · Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Recommended🔍 Book review by Alex Ruck Keene, 1/5/17
Richard Jones, Mental Health Act Manual (20th edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2017) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 · Recommended🔍 The book everybody needs to have.
Richard Jones, Mental Capacity Act Manual (7th edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2016) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Recommended🔍
Sarah Johnston, Sophy Miles and Claire Royston, Mental Health Tribunal Handbook (LAG 2015) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 · Recommended🔍
Peter Bartlett and Ralph Sandland, Mental Health Law: Policy and Practice (OUP 2013) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 · Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Recommended🔍
Phil Fennell, Penny Letts and Jonathan Wilson, Mental Health Tribunals: Law, Policy and Practice (Law Society, 2013) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 · Recommended🔍 Foreword - Review - 20% discount

All books

You can also Browse the books (e.g. search for all books by an author on a particular topic).

Book Amazon About Audience Information
British National Formulary (Pharmaceutical Press, 73rd edn 2017) Amazon. Psychiatry🔍 Psychiatrists🔍
Luke Clements et al, Community Care and the Law (6th edn, LAG 2017) Amazon. Community Care🔍 Review by Alex Ruck Keene
Brenda Hale, Mental Health Law (6th edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2017) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 · Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Recommended🔍 Book review by Alex Ruck Keene, 1/5/17
Alex Ruck Keene et al, Court of Protection Handbook: A User's Guide (2nd rev edn, LAG 2017) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Court of Protection🔍 Court users🔍 You can purchase the revised second edition in paperback, or read the free Kindle supplement to the second edition. The supplement contains the following headings: capacity; best interests; informal decision-making and the role of the Court of Protection; case management; the participation of P; pub
Alex Ruck Keene et al, Court of Protection Handbook: A User's Guide (2nd rev edn, LAG 2017) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Court of Protection🔍 Court users🔍 You can purchase the revised second edition in paperback, or read the free Kindle supplement to the second edition. The supplement contains the following headings: capacity; best interests; informal decision-making and the role of the Court of Protection; case management; the participation of P; pub
Richard Jones, Mental Health Act Manual (20th edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2017) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 · Recommended🔍 The book everybody needs to have.
Claire Wills-Goldingham et al, Court of Protection Made Clear (Bath 2016) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Court of Protection🔍 Court users🔍
Christine Hutchinson and Neil Hickman, Focus on Social Work Law: Mental Health (Palgrave 2016) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 Social workers🔍
Claire Barcham, The Pocketbook Guide to Mental Health Act Assessments (2nd edn, OUP 2016) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 Social workers🔍
Robert Brown, The Approved Mental Health Professional's Guide to Mental Health Law (4th edn, Sage 2016) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 Social workers🔍
Tony Zigmond and Nick Brindle, A Clinician's Brief Guide to the Mental Health Act (4rd edn, RCPsych Publications 2016) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 Psychiatrists🔍
Law Society, Deprivation of Liberty: Collected Guidance (Law Society, 2016) Amazon. Deprivation of liberty🔍
Richard Jones, Mental Capacity Act Manual (7th edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2016) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Recommended🔍
Steven Richards and Aasya Mughal, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook (Books Wise Publications 2015) Amazon. Deprivation of liberty🔍
Alex Ruck Keene (ed), Assessment of Mental Capacity (4th edn, Law Society 2015) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 Lawyers🔍 · Psychiatrists🔍
Nick Brindle et al, A Clinician's Brief Guide to the Mental Capacity Act (2nd edn, RCPsych Publications 2015) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 Psychiatrists🔍
Matthew Graham and Jakki Cowley, A Practical Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (JKP 2015) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍
Daniel Moseley and Gary Gala (eds), Philosophy and Psychiatry: Problems, Intersections and New Perspectives (Routledge 2015) Amazon. Psychiatry🔍 · Academic🔍
Frances Patterson et al (eds), Judicial Review: Law and Practice (Jordans, 2015) Amazon. Judicial review🔍
Department of Health, Code of Practice: Mental Health Act 1983 (2015) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍
Sarah Johnston, Sophy Miles and Claire Royston, Mental Health Tribunal Handbook (LAG 2015) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 · Recommended🔍
Michael Butler, A Practitioner's Guide to Mental Health Law (Wildy, Simmonds and Hill 2014) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 Lawyers🔍
Richard Harper, Medical Treatment and the Law: Issues of Consent (2nd edn, Jordans 2014) Amazon. Medical treatment🔍 · Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍
Nazreen Pearce and Sue Jackson, Urgent Applications in the Court of Protection (2nd edn, Jordans 2014) Amazon. Court of Protection🔍
Tony Harrop-Griffiths et al, Dementia and the Law (Jordans 2014) Amazon. Elder law🔍
Gordon Ashton and Caroline Bielanska, Elderly People and the Law (Jordans 2014) Amazon. Elder law🔍
Peter Bartlett and Ralph Sandland, Mental Health Law: Policy and Practice (OUP 2013) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 · Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Recommended🔍
Hamish Arnott and Simon Creighton, Parole Board Hearings: Law and Practice (LAG 2014) Amazon. Parole Board🔍 Lawyers🔍 Published in January 2014 but still (in 2017) the best book on the subject.
Jonathan Butler, Mental Health Tribunals: Law, Practice and Procedure (2nd edn, Jordans 2013) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍
Denzil Lush, Cretney and Lush on Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney (7th edn, Jordans 2013) Amazon. Powers of Attorney🔍
Bernadette Mcsherry and Ian Freckelton (eds), Coercive Care: Rights, Law and Policy (Routledge 2013) Amazon. Academic🔍
Richard Murphy and Philip Wales, Mental Health Law in Nursing (Learning Matters, 2013) Amazon. Nurses🔍
Phil Fennell, Penny Letts and Jonathan Wilson, Mental Health Tribunals: Law, Policy and Practice (Law Society, 2013) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 · Recommended🔍 Foreword - Review - 20% discount
Kris Gledhill, Defending Mentally Disordered Persons (LAG 2012) Amazon. Criminal lawyers🔍
Phil Fennell, Mental Health: Law and Practice (Jordans, 2011) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍
Mark Neary, Get Steven Home (Lulu, 2011) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 All🔍
Steven Richards and Aasya Mughal, Working with the Mental Health Act (3rd edition, Matrix Training 2010) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍
Tony Maden and Tim Spencer-Lane, Essential Mental Health Law: A Guide to the New Mental Health Act (Hammersmith Press, 2010) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍
Larry Gostin et al (eds), Principles of Mental Health Law and Policy (Oxford 2010) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 · Academic🔍
David Hewitt, The Nearest Relative Handbook (2nd edn, Jessica Kingsley 2009) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍 Social workers🔍 · Lawyers🔍
Christopher Johnston (ed), Medical Treatment: Decisions and the Law: the MCA in Action (2nd edn, Bloomsbury 2009) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Medical treatment🔍
Steven Richards and Aasya Mughal, Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (2nd edition, Matrix Training 2009) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍
Peter Bartlett, Blackstone's Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (2nd edn, Oxford 2008) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍
Ministry of Justice, Mental Capacity Act 2005: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Code of Practice (2008) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍 · Deprivation of liberty🔍
Paul Bowen, Blackstone's Guide to the Mental Health Act 2007 (OUP 2007) Amazon. Mental Health Act 1983🔍
Department for Constitutional Affairs, Mental Capacity Act 2005: Code of Practice (2007) Amazon. Mental Capacity Act 2005🔍
The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders (World Health Organisation 1992) Amazon. Psychiatry🔍 Psychiatrists🔍

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