RadcliffesLeBrasseur has a national reputation as experts in the field of mental health law. It acts for numerous mental health NHS trusts and a significant number of private sector psychiatric providers across the UK.
The team's work includes operation of the Mental Health Act, mental capacity law and safeguards, issues regarding consent to treatment, detention, policy review and preparation, and representation at tribunals and inquests.
Its clients work in a challenging environment and are subject to a complex set of laws and regulations.
They rely on the team's lawyers for expert, clear and, quite often, rapid advice and representation on difficult legal and practical issues relating to the treatment and detention of the mentally ill, whether in high, medium or low security hospitals or living in the community. Often this specialist advice is needed outside office hours, for which they offer a 24-hour helpline.
They keep their clients up-to-date with legal developments through monthly mental health law briefings, lectures, seminars, and market-leading annual mental health conference. Partners also provide in-house training.