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.
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 mental health solicitor. Relatives of those detained may also be eligible for help.