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Mental Health Law Online

The internet resource on mental health law, and mental capacity law, for England & Wales. You can sign up for free email updates, the online forum and the CPD scheme (which provides 12 hours for £60 and is suitable for lawyers and non-lawyers). The abbreviations are similar but MHLO, MHLA and MHLR are all different.

The main content of this website has been divided into Case law (2348), Legislation (378) and Resources (1,032), together with separate Information pages (328) to link everything together.

  Forum topics


The Magic Book is a database of contact details which currently contains 303 pages.

  News and updates

All the latest updates to the website can be seen on on the MHLO updates forum category. The five most recent appear here.

  • 13/06/24: Consolidated version of UT Rules — A consolidated version in PDF format has been published on the website. At first glance it looks more accurate than (e.g. see rule 5A). See external links section of Tribunal Procedure (Upper Tribunal) Rules 2008.
  • 13/06/24: Case (DOL in police cell). Surrey Police v PC [2024] EWHC 1274 (Fam) — (1) The High Court authorised deprivation of liberty under its inherent jurisdiction in a police cell while a hospital bed was being found. (2) The judge endorsed guidance advocated by the Official Solicitor for future cases that involve an application to the court to authorise the deprivation of an individual's liberty in the police station either under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court or section 4A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. (3) The local authority was ordered to pay the OS's costs.
  • 10/06/24: Event. MHLA: Panel course (online, 8-9 July 2024) — The Mental Health Lawyers Association is an approved provider of the two-day course which must be attended by prospective members of the Law Society’s accreditation scheme (formerly called the 'panel'). Cost: £300 (member), £390 (non-member), £270 (group discount). See MHLA website for further details and booking information.


No open consultations.

  To do

Things that will end up with their own MHLO pages, when I have time...

  Email updates

Choose occasional and/or monthly update emails. To sign up, please go to the email updates subscription page.


The CPD scheme is primarily aimed at mental health solicitors, and is an ideal way to evidence your continued competence, but is also suitable for barristers, psychiatrists, social workers and psychiatric nurses. For £60, you can obtain 12 CPD credits.


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