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Mental Health Solicitors

Health & Welfare


Mental health solicitors with compassion

Cartwright King’s specialist Mental Health Solicitors understand the complexities and issues involved in mental health cases and that this can be a distressing time for those affected. That’s why our dedicated team offers a fully focused, compassionate approach to your case to ensure that wishes are heard and understood and your legal rights are met.

Our team of Mental Health Lawyers are extremely proficient, covering many topics under the jurisdiction of Mental Health Law. Our solicitors are, therefore, qualified to represent and guide cases across all sections. Whether you are looking for support from tribunals and hospital hearings to those seeking discharge, transfers and alternative aftercare.

Regardless of your reason for our expertise, we endeavour to cut through the legal jargon, providing straightforward options for your case. Let our specialists shoulder the burden, guiding you through your unique case with their years of experience.

For sensitive, straightforward legal support, get in touch with our Mental Health Team today.

We can also help with…

  • Sections 38, 41(5) Notional Hospital Order, 45A and 48
  • Representation at the Mental Health Tribunal and Hospital Managers Meetings
  • 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
  • Advising on complex forensic cases in the high secure hospital estate

Our Mental Health Lawyers Can Support You

At Cartwright King, our Mental Health solicitors are passionate about protecting people’s human rights, regardless of their situation.  We work tirelessly to safeguard our mental health clients, in an attempt to end all unwarranted intrusions. 

From individuals who are detained in general psychiatric hospitals and high secure hospitals to charities and organisations representing a mental health patient’s interests in test cases or litigation interventions, we can act on your behalf.  

For those who have mental health problems, learning disabilities or are vulnerable people, our solicitors can explore every legal option to ensure the boundaries of Mental Health Law are challenged. However, our specialities do not end here. We are able to team up with our fellow solicitors in other sectors, including Family, Child Care and Employment Law, to ensure your needs are met seamlessly.

Benefit from a free, initial telephone conversation

Legal issues involving mental health require a sensitive, supportive approach. Cartwright King’s compassionate solicitors offer a free, initial discussion. With your liberty at stake, there’s no substitute for speaking to a specialist solicitor.

We’re here to ensure that you’re not alone. For immediate action, contact us today for your free* initial discussion. 

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

Why choose Cartwright King?

We listen, we understand and we genuinely care about protecting the legal rights of vulnerable individuals. 

The wellbeing of you or your loved one comes first at Cartwright King. Our specialist Lawyers are members of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme, which means they have been independently accredited as specialists in Mental Health.

This means that you will benefit from trusted advice and representation that empowers you to face mental health disputes with a strong legal backing.

We’re committed to defending your legal rights and ensuring that you’re treated with respect and dignity throughout your case. When you need us most, we’ll be there to offer sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance.  

We’re a trusted, resourceful Legal 500 top tier law firm with specialist solicitors that are calm under pressure, giving you legal counsel that you can count on, no matter how complex your case.

Legal Aid Requirements

For mental health cases, you might be able to secure Legal Aid for representation before the Mental Health Tribunal, without being subject to a means test. For matters not brought before the Tribunal, your eligibility for Legal Aid is subject to a means test.

Our Mental Health Lawyers are happy to assist all clients in understanding the eligibility criteria. Whether you meet the requirements for financial support or not, we will be able to advise and represent you in your case.

Coronavirus and the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has made changes to the Mental Health Act complaint process in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The CQC is prioritising complaints from or about people who are currently detained on an inpatient ward in hospital and aims to ‘identify ways to help support people through Mental Health Act monitoring, resulting in a quicker resolution to a complaint or concern’.

All other complaints will be reviewed, but may be paused due to coronavirus. You can email enquiries@cqc.org.uk or call 03000 616161 to make a complaint.

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Frequently asked questions.

Yes. Under specific sections of the Mental Health Act, a person can be forced to remain in hospital, even if they object to being held. 

However, this can only happen if you have been assessed by a team of health professionals. Cartwright King’s Mental Health Team can help you challenge a decision that keeps you in hospital against your will.

It is the duty of a medical professional to seek a person’s informed consent before administering treatment for a physical or mental health condition. However, under the Mental Health Act there are certain circumstances where treatment can be given without an individual’s consent, when that person has been detained.

Treatment can only be applied for a mental disorder without consent. Medical treatment administered for a physical illness, without an individual’s consent, is prohibited – unless a physical problem is a symptom or underlying cause of a mental health condition.

Cartwright King can advise on the complex consent to treatment provisions.

A person that is held in hospital under the Mental Health Act, still has certain legal rights. These rights include:

  • Access to information about why you have been held in hospital
  • Appealing to a Mental Health Tribunal to challenge your section 
  • Seeking help and support from an advocate
  • Meeting with hospital managers

Our Mental Health Lawyers are trained and qualified in delivering legal advice and holding consultations wherever our clients need us. Even if you are currently being detained in a hospital, our solicitors can help you exercise your rights and liberties. By taking a critical eye to all the documents regarding your treatment, they are determined to help you understand your legal rights. Get in touch with our experts today to arrange your free, introductory consultation.

It is possible that you may be eligible for legal aid, giving you access to free, quality legal advice and representation from our Mental Health Lawyers. Legal Aid is available for those who have been detained under the Mental Health Act; however, individuals are also able to apply if a Mental Health Tribunal is ruled or if they qualify from the results of a means test. 

Relatives of detained people may be able to receive financial assistance under Legal Aid. Regardless of your reason for seeking a Mental Health Lawyer, it is recommended to check your suitability for funding. At Cartwright King, we can help you understand the official criteria and represent you if you do qualify.