From Mental Health Law Online
- Section 2 papers left on ward and not received by MHA administrator until 9 days into section. Settled for £1000 after letter before claim (2005).
- Hospital thought unrestricted CPIA 1964 s5 began when the Secretary of State specified the hospital rather than on the date of the court order. The first purported renewal was therefore carried out after the section had expired (as were the subsequent renewals). Trust admitted liability and the case was settled for £9000 after letter before claim (2007).
- NR's discharge of guardianship application under s23 ignored. Patient assaulted while in care home. £5,000 for unlawful detention, £1,375 for assault and £8,000 legal costs paid. See Former soldier held against will in care home 'treated like dissident in Stalin's Russia', Daily Telegraph, 18/12/08
- Damages for negligent dosage of Lamotrigine. Patient settled negligence claim for £450,000 (including £60,000 general damages) with liberty to apply for future damages. See Alexandra Johnstone, 'Damages for Negligent dosage of Lamotrigine', RadcliffesLeBrasseur MH Law Briefing 160, December 2010
- R (Dr McLaughlin) v LB of Camden (Admin Court, 2006): 'In a group action involving 20 clients, 6 Claimants with mental health problems issued Judicial Review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of Camden Council’s decision to close a Mental Health Day Centre. The challenge was on grounds of failure to consult, to assess needs and a breach of Article 8 rights. The Council conceded there was a failure to consult and settled. The Day Centre was reinstated and a full consultation process embarked on.' Details taken from: Bindmans website
See also Mental health law in the media
Re XB (advance decision, Theis J)
- Steve Doughty, 'Father of two with motor neurone disease wins right to die by blinking his eye after judge's landmark ruling' (Daily Mail, 1/5/12)
Re GR (deprivation of liberty, Hedley J)
- Jerome Taylor, 'Judge scrutinises ill man's removal from foster home' (Independent, 21/10/11)
- Sarah Cassidy, 'Foster parents told to stay away from "autistic" man' (Independent, 11/2/12)
Liam Brunskill (DOL/best interests)
- Stephen Lewis, 'Autistic teenager Liam Brunskill in adult care wrangle' (York Press, 10/8/11). According to the article, City of York Council plans to refer this residence case to the Court of Protection
- Stephen Lewis, 'Liam Brunskill’s family ready to move to fund court hearing' (York Press, 17/8/11). According to the article, a COP hearing was due to be heard 'within the next 28 days' at Leeds Civil Justice Centre.
Re SJ (Deprivation of liberty, Ryder J)
- Amelia Hill, 'Court of Protection case to be reported in real time after landmark legal ruling' (Guardian, 8/8/11). Deprivation of liberty case.
Re P (Cancer treatment, Baron J)
- Daily Mail, 'Judge gives go-ahead for medics to sedate and restrain woman with hospital phobia who needs cancer treatment' (8/7/11). 'A High Court judge has given medics permission to sedate and restrain a mentally-ill woman who has a phobia about hospitals but needs treatment for bladder cancer.' (quotation from article)
Re P (Persistent vegetative state, Charles J)
Re L (Palliative care, Peter Jackson J)
- Press Association, 'Judge rules to move disabled woman' (29/6/11). The court approved a palliative care plan involving a move from hospital to a hospice.
Re P (Sterilisation, Sir Nicholas Wall)
- Daily Mail, 'Mother withdraws bid to sterilise 21-year-old daughter with significant learning difficulties' (21/4/11), Jerome Taylor, 'Court to rule on sterilisation of pregnant woman' (Independent, 14/2/11), Tim Ross, 'Woman with learning difficulties could be forcibly sterilised' (Telegraph 14/2/11). These articles relate to an application by a mother for the sterilisation of her daughter during a caesarian section operation: according to the articles, at a preliminary hearing in February 2011 the case was adjourned for expert evidence, but by April 2011 the daughter had given birth and the mother had withdrawn her application.
- Press Association, 'Mother sterilisation bid withdrawn' (20/4/11)
Judgments now available
The following are cases which previously appeared in this 'forthcoming judgments' section:
- Re P (MHA): R (Sessay) v South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (2011) EWHC 2617 (QB)
- Re P (bodily samples): LG v DK (2011) EWHC 2453 (COP)
- Re MIG and MEG (Article 5): Re P and Q; P and Q v Surrey County Council; sub nom Re MIG and MEG (2011) EWCA Civ 190
- Re RK (Article 5): Re RK; RK v BCC (2011) EWCA Civ 1305
- Cheshire (Article 5): Cheshire West and Chester Council v P (2011) EWCA Civ 1257
- Re M (Minimally-conscious state, Baker J): Re M; W v M (2011) EWHC 2443 (Fam)