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Legal update

1 December 2020 Mental Health Act detaining authorities

The Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship and Treatment) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 have been laid before Parliament and come into force today - 1st December 2020.

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Legal update

23 July 2020 Managing the mental health act (MHA) during Covid-19

Useful and comprehensive guidance has been issued for practitioners assessing and managing patients detained under the Mental Health Act (“MHA”) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Managing the Mental Health Act during the Covid-19 Pandemic

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.

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Patients' rights during Covid-19

We have received a number of queries from our health and social care organisational clients regarding specific rights of social and healthcare patients they are treating and caring for during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We therefore thought it would be of assistance to provide another free webinar exploring these issues and answering commonly raised questions.

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Legal and practical implications of the Coronavirus Act 2020 for healthcare organisations

We recognise that COVID19 has presented a huge array of challenges to our healthcare clients. Therefore, we are hosting a webinar to address the legal and practical implications of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the associated issues the pandemic has presented.

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Legal update

4 June 2019 Reminder to NHS Trusts to make Court of Protection applications promptly

The recent case of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust v PW [2019] EWCOP 673 is an important reminder to NHS Trusts that Court of Protection applications should be made promptly.

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Mental health, capacity and deprivation of liberty case law update - February 2019

In this video, Rebecca Fitzpatrick looks at some of the most leading cases in relation to the Mental Health Act and Deprivation of Liberty, including the Supreme Court’s important decisions of 'MM' and 'PJ' which consider the interaction between the Mental Health Act and deprivation of liberty in the community.

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Legal update

21 January 2019 Mental Health Act – a new age?

Those with a keen eye on mental health law will have seen that Sir Simon Wessely’s full report on the Mental Health Act was published on 6 December 2018.

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Legal update

2 January 2019 Welsh Ministers v PJ [2018] UKSC 66

This Supreme Court case considered the interplay between Community Treatment Orders under the Mental Health Act 1983 and deprivation of liberty.

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Legal update

2 January 2019 Hertfordshire County Council v AB [2018] EWHC 3103 (Fam)

This case considered whether the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction can be used to authorise a deprivation of liberty of a patient with capacity who is subject to a conditional discharge under the Mental Health Act 1983.

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