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Expert Mental Health Lawyers

Advice and representation for patients and families on all aspects of detention, treatment and the individual’s rights under Mental Health Law.

Cartwright King has extensive experience in advising on mental health law. Our specialist team of lawyers take a clear and client focussed approach to each case working with sensitivity and understanding. We put our clients’ rights and best interests at the heart of every case.

Our lawyers are members of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme, which means they have been independently examined as experts in Mental Health Law.

We provide advice on all aspects of Mental Health Law.

We have extensive experience of all sections under the Mental Health Act, including:

  • Section 2 detention for assessment and treatment
  • Section 3 detention for treatment
  • Section 7 Guardianship
  • Section 17 A Community Treatment Orders
  • Section 37 Hospital Orders and Section 37/41 Hospital Orders with Restrictions
  • Section 47 on transfer from prison and Section 47/49 transfer from prison with restrictions
  • Sections 38, 48 and 45A
  • Representation at the Mental Health Tribunal and Hospital Managers Meetings
  • Advice on Nearest Relative powers
  • Working with independent experts to examine and present medical, forensic and scientific evidence
  • Appeals to the Upper Tier Tribunal of decisions by the Mental Health Tribunal
  • Advice on proceedings to displace a Nearest Relative
  • Advice on aftercare following discharge from hospital
  • Significant expertise in advising on complex forensic cases in the high secure hospital estate

In addition we have a team of specialist Mental Capacity lawyers who can provide advice and assistance in Mental Capacity Law matters including applications to the Court of Protection and the interface between Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.

In most cases clients are entitled to free legal representation under the legal aid scheme.

Legal Aid is available for work in respect of Mental Health Tribunals. Following an assessment, Legal Aid may be available for other mental health law advice and assistance we give.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, our Mental Health lawyers are adopting Skype video calling where appropriate and continue to be available by email, SMS and telephone, to continue providing excellent legal services to you. We are also using telephone conferencing and cloud meetings for Tribunal hearings where these are available with the Tribunal Service.


Cartwright King has offices in BirminghamBedfordDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondonManchesterMiddlesbrough
NorthamptonNottingham, and Sheffield.


For further information please get in touch with our dedicated team.

You can always call us on 0845 894 1622 or email on


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