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managing the Mental Health Act during the Covid-19 Pandemic

17 June 2020

This webinar took place on Wednesday 17th June 2020 and is now available on-demand.

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Following concerns being raised nationally about the impact of the pandemic on certain aspects of assessing and treating patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, “Legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic” was published on 19 May 2020.

This webinar will explore the content and application of the guidance particularly for example in relation to the use of remote technology.

We will also consider some of the relevant recent case law including:

  • BP v Surrey County Council & Anor [2020] EWCOP 17
  • A Healthcare B NHS Trust v CC [2020] EWHC 574 (Fam)
  • VE v AO & Ors [2020] EWCOP 23

Lastly, we will provide a brief overview of the Coronavirus Act 2020 – Schedule 8 makes amendments to the Mental Health Act (NOT YET IN FORCE AT THE TIME OF THIS INVITE)

The webinar will be chaired by Mark Barnett, Partner at Browne Jacobson with contributions from Becky Fitzpatrick, Partner at Browne Jacobson and Ed Pollard, Senior Associate at Browne Jacobson.

Please feel free to send in any questions you may have in advance.

The webinar is available on-demand, with links shared on our website and LinkedIn page.


our speakers

Mark Barnett

Mark Barnett


Mark Barnett specialises in clinical negligence and healthcare law, dealing with inquests, cases in the court of protection and advising health and social care clients on the Mental Capacity Act, DoLS and Mental Health Act.

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Rebecca Fitzpatrick

Rebecca Fitzpatrick


Specialises in all aspects of mental health and general healthcare law. Vast majority of practice that leads to court involvement is in the Court of Protection (mental capacity issues), the High Court (complex treatment cases, eg involving children), the Administrative Court (judicial review, human rights and community care issues) and the Coroner’s Court.

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Ed Pollard

Senior Associate

Ed specialises in Healthcare Advisory including Inquests, Mental Health law, the Court of Protection, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, fitness to practice and data protection issues.

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The opinions expressed on this video are provided for the purposes of general interest and information and should not be relied upon. They contain only summaries of aspects of the subject matter at the time of publishing and do not provide comprehensive statements of the law. They do not constitute legal advice and do not provide a substitute for it. So why not talk to us and seek advice that's tailored to you? You can look up one of our experts on this website or call on 0370 270 6000.

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