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Mental Health

Mental Health

If you are detained under the Mental Health Act, then you and your family should seek specialist help to ensure your rights are upheld. Professional legal advice from a mental health solicitor isn’t a cure for all ills, but it’s a great protection for the vulnerable.

The Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Act is a law that tells people with a mental health disorder what their rights are and how they can be treated.

The term is used to describe people who have:

  • a mental illness
  • a learning disability
  • a personality disorder
  • Being detained (also known as sectioned) and made to stay in hospital for assessment or treatment

It’s important that you know what happens to you when you’re detained, what your rights are, and where you can seek help.

How we can help

Howells has a long and proud tradition in mental health law. We preserve and exercise the rights of those who must contend with a loss of liberty and the impact of their illness. Clients don’t need to fear any stigma or second-class treatment – we’re absolutely committed to supporting you through and beyond detention, and remaining close by as you re-enter the community.

We can help with:

  • Representing patients and nearest relatives at Mental Health Review Tribunals or a Hospital Manager’s Hearing
  • Advising on all types of sections, including civil detention, criminal detention, and those who are conditionally discharged
  • Providing advice on your rights in and out of hospital
  • Advising on rights of nearest relatives
  • Requesting reviews or appeals of decisions made by the Mental Health Tribunal


We appreciate that worry about costs can be the biggest barrier to getting professional help – don’t let it stop you. Howells are one of the few firms in the region who can offer public funding (commonly known as Legal Aid) in this area. Anyone detained under the Mental Health Act is entitled to free assistance from a Solicitor. Relatives of those detained may also be eligible for help.

2 steps to contacting Howells:

Step 1

Call our New Enquiry Team on 0114 249 66 66 or email [email protected] for an initial chat about your situation.

Step 2

We’ll listen carefully to you, clarify what you’re trying to achieve, and then explain if and how we can help you. We will take some initial information and liaise with a legal professional regarding your case. If it looks like we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.

The Mental Health team

Our Mental Health team is headed up by the experienced and determined Peter Moxley. He leads a group that believes passionately in Howells’ core philosophy – that everyone should have equal access to the best legal advice. If you need their help, then they’re here for you.

Professionally, these are highly expert lawyers who want to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Personally, they are down to earth, friendly and approachable people whom you can talk to and confide in. They’ve seen and heard most things and understand the often devastating consequences of mental health issues on lives and relationships. They will listen and encourage and then use their technical skills to translate everything that they’ve heard and felt into positive action for you.

Peter Moxley
0114 249 6683