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Mental Health

Experiencing more wrongs than rights? We’re here and we can help.

Mental health issues are hugely traumatic for both sufferers and their relatives. Unlike the sick or the elderly, it’s not just about care provision and getting the practical and financial support they need – it’s about basic civil liberties.

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.

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 6738