Mental Health Law

When it comes to Mental Health Law, we combine the sensitive needs of our clients, with a determination to protect their interests and wishes to ensure we provide a superior, professional, and holistic service. We provide advice, assistance, and support to patients and their relatives on all aspects of Mental Health Law.

Mental health law is a complex area, involving sensitive and emotionally charged issues.

We understand that a mental health diagnosis can be life changing, leading to legal consequences that affect personal freedoms, family, housing, care requirements, entitlement to benefits and immigration status.

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, our team work hard to challenge and reduce stigma, prejudice, and discrimination which individuals with mental health problems may face.

Recognised as leaders in this demanding area of the law, Simon Bethel Solicitors have a team of specialist lawyers who have specific expertise in representing people with mental health problems.  They are renowned for their commitment to human rights and have accreditation from the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

Legal Advice for People Living with Mental Illness

If you, or a close relative, have recently been diagnosed with a mental health condition, or you are living with a condition that is adversely affecting your quality of life and ability to make sound decisions, it is important you turn to an experienced mental health solicitor for appropriate legal advice and representation.

We understand that individuals being adversely affected by their mental health can often be left feeling vulnerable and isolated. It is not uncommon for them to have little or no understanding of their rights and entitlements. Used effectively, the law can protect and enhance their lives.

Our knowledgeable, and caring solicitors can advise and represent you in all aspects of mental health including claiming available benefits, providing representation at Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Manager Hearings, advice regarding voluntary inpatient admissions, compulsory treatment, detention and sectioning, lasting power of attorney, mental health aftercare, review tribunals and more.

When you feel ready to talk to someone, our team will sit with you to talk through your options in a way you can fully understand.

Our approach to Mental Health Law 

We understand how stressful mental health law issues can be.

Our team of mental health solicitors are recognised as leading practitioners in this field, offering a wealth of experience to help people affected by mental health problems. We will approach your circumstances with sympathy, dignity, and discretion to deliver you the help you need, at a time when you need it most.

They aim to provide practical and viable solutions to any challenge presented to them, with the view to avoiding unnecessary costs whenever possible. We work to avoid court proceedings, but when appropriate, we have a proven history of success.

When you instruct Simon Bethel Solicitors, you can be assured our team will handle your case with competence and confidence. We act in your best interests and intend to make the law work in your favour. Working closely alongside our clients and their families, our mental health team are also supported by other areas of our practice including criminal defence and family law.

Our holistic and tailored service is on hand to support you, no matter what your concern and we aim to deliver a service in a way that suits you. Based in Lewisham, London, we can be available in person, or over the telephone (between the hours of?) . Contact us to speak to a specialist today.

Our Mental Health Law Services: 

  • Mental Health Tribunal Hearings · Hospital Managers Hearings · Care Programme Approach Meetings · Voluntary inpatient admissions · Treatment and Progress · Unlawful Detention · Aftercare · Sectioning · Tribunal Appeals · Detained Patients · Applications for Immediate Release · Advising relatives of their powers · Human Rights Act Challenges · Consent to treatment provisions · CPA/Section 117 · Mental Health Act · Seclusion and Restraint
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