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Mental Health

We now have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency and can therefore offer free Legal advice, subject to the eligibility criteria.

Applications to the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health Tribunal) are not means tested although advice on other types of cases is means tested. If you are not eligible for Legal Aid we can advise on private funding arrangements.

We advise and represent clients on applications to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT), formerly known as the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT), applications to hospital managers, aftercare arrangements, treatment and other issues affecting detained mental health patients and those under supervision in the community.

Our service is geared to resolving clients’ problems speedily and ensuring that their rights are respected. For this reason it is imperative for our clients to know their legal rights and obligations.

We believe that it is important for patients and their families to access professional legal advice given by solicitors who understand the legal complexities involved.

We are committed to upholding and asserting the rights of those subject to the Mental Health Act. We represent clients who seek their discharge from detention and those who no longer wish to be subject to the provisions of the Act.

We have a highly experienced, dedicated and specialist department. We pride ourselves as experts in Mental Health Law and we aim to combine a professional and efficient service with a sensitive and constructive approach to our clients and their problems.

We provide specialist advice, assistance and representation in relation to all aspects of the Mental Health Law [Mental Health Act 1983 as amended by the 2007 Act].

These include:

  • Representation at First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health)
  • Advising and assisting at Hospital Managers’ Hearings
  • Section Renewal Meetings
  • Advising on the rights of voluntary patients (informal)
  • Advising Nearest Relative of their Rights and Roles
  • Advising on Aftercare provisions
  • Attend to support at CPA meetings and Ward Rounds
  • Guardianship
  • Commissioning Independent Psychiatric and Social Circumstances Reports
  • Advising on Consent to Treatment Issues
  • Advise on the lawfulness of detention and appropriateness of treatment
  • Challenging the Decisions of Tribunals and Primary Care Trusts by way of Judicial Review Proceedings
  • County Court proceedings in relation to Displacement of Nearest Relative
  • Court of Protection
  • Restricted cases

Mental Capacity Act 2005 [Lack of Capacity Cases]

Our Mental Health specialist team can also assist clients detained in care homes or anywhere else on the basis that they lack capacity rather than mental illness. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 gives individuals in these circumstances the opportunity to seek to review or challenge their continued detention.

We can advise and represent you if ultimately an application is submitted to the Court of Protection.

Out of office visits

We travel to visit detained clients throughout the country within reasonable distance. Patients who are not detained or their relatives can be seen at our offices by appointment.

Denise Jackman

Solicitor – Mental Health Department

I am a solicitor with over 25 years’ experience in the legal profession. When a person is detained in a hospital it is a very distressing time for all concerned. I can assist you in regards to seeking discharge from hospital or ensuring you get the assistance you require within the community.

I can advise both detained persons and “nearest relatives” as to their rights under the Mental Health Act.

Funding is generally available for those detained in hospital and I can assist with this.

Contact us on 0191 246 8173 / for further advice or Click here to fill in our form.

Get in touch

Denise Jackman
0191 246 8173

McKeag & Co Solicitors, 1-3 Lansdowne Terrace, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1HN
Tel: 0191 213 1010
24 Hour Emergency Line: 07850 565543 (Crime only)