Mental Health

Specialist Areas

Members of the group receive regular instruction in cases involving mental health issues and appearances at MHRT hearings, along with mental capacity/Court of Protection cases.

Highly trained Mental Health Tribunal practitioners

Spires Barristers’ highly trained Mental Health Tribunal Team can advise and represent those who have been made subject to the compulsory detention powers under the Mental Health Act 1983. The team is very experienced at representing detained patients in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal, as well as in the higher appellate courts.

We also advise clients and solicitors on the diverse legal questions which arise when people are detained in hospital, for example in relation to compulsory medication, mixed-gender wards, transfers to and from prison, inquests concerning deaths in detention, consultation with patients’ nearest relatives as well as the legality of their detention.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Public Law clerks

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We advise clients and solicitors on the diverse legal questions which arise when people are detained in hospital.