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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 (2344), Legislation (377) and Resources (1,022), together with separate Information pages (328) to link everything together.

  Forum topics


The Magic Book is a database of contact details which currently contains 300 pages.

  News and updates

All the latest updates can be seen on on the MHLO updates forum category. Here are the most recent:

  • 21/02/24: Case (Article 2 and prison investigation). R (MN) v SSJ [2024] EWHC 333 (Admin) — "This claim concerns the requirements of Article 2 when there is an independent investigation into a near suicide by a prisoner which causes life changing injuries to that person. The Claimant seeks to challenge the Defendant's decision to leave important questions as to the procedure to be adopted for the independent investigator to recommend, rather than requiring public hearings with powers of compulsion from the outset."
  • 21/02/24: Event. Hill Dickinson: Mental Health Providers Forum (online, 6/3/24) — "In this forum, we will be discussing recent case law which is significant for all involved in mental health to be aware of, the Chief Coroner’s Annual Report with learning and practice points arising from this, important new guidance in relation to discharge planning and commissioning of services, and discussion of potential MHA reform in Wales." Cost: free. See Hill Dickinson website for further details and booking information.
  • 21/02/24: Event. Hill Dickinson: MCA and DOLS - the latest updates (online, 12/3/24) — "We will be shining a spotlight on the area of capacity in relation to sexual relations, discussing withdrawal of treatment cases involving children, and we will finish with a more practical session and round up of some common pitfalls and best practice points in bringing Court of Protection applications." Cost: free. See Hill Dickinson website for further details and booking information.

To do

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