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The Law Society is the representative body for all solicitors in England and Wales, and administers the Mental Health Accreditation Scheme for solicitors and their employees.

See also

Accreditation schemes

Practice notes and guides

  • Law Society MHT practice note. Law Society, 'Practice note: Representation before mental health tribunals' (31/8/22) — This practice note contains information under the following headings: (1) Introduction; (2) The right to legal advice and representation before the tribunal; (3) Communication with the client; (4) Taking instructions; (5) Your duties towards your client; (6) Representing children and young people before the tribunal; (7) Good tribunal practice; (8) More information. A tracked changes version is available on MHLO showing the changes since the 12/12/19 version. The main changes and additional information relate to: capacity to make an application; CAMHS; medical records; PHEs in Wales; welfare deputy and withdrawal; updated links. At some point between 29/9/22 and 5/10/22 inclusive the following text was added to the introduction (though the document is still dated 31/8/22): "The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary also provides easy read mental health tribunal information."
  • Financial abuse. Law Society, 'Guide: Financial abuse' (13/6/23) — "This guidance is aimed at all solicitors who advise clients who are or may be at risk of financial abuse, in particular those conducting private client work involving estate and financial planning, property transactions, execution of wills or lasting powers of attorney (LPAs). It may also be useful to other professionals working with adults at risk of financial abuse, and to carers, families and friends."

External links

Mental Health and Disability Committee

Other links

  • News: Judicial review update: expedited hearing and civil contracts to be extended - 3/9/10 - Existing civil legal aid contracts will be extended by a month due to the Law Society's JR of the tendering process for family legal aid contracts (the judgment in which is expected on 24/9/10). It appears (from the news item) that the extension applies to all civil contracts including mental health, but further detail will be published on the Law Society website.


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