Richard Jones Consultant

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Contact Details

“Richard Jones is a go-to for his magisterial command of regulatory and criminal proceedings in the field, and is the author of the widely cited Mental Health Act Manual, now in its 20th edition. A client says: "My first point of contact will always be Richard Jones. He gives clear, concise advice which is always reassuring."”

Chambers and Partners 2019
Richard consults on Mental Health and Community Care law.

Main areas of Practice

Richard advises on all aspects of the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act as well as representing hospitals at Mental Health Review Tribunal Hearings. 

Significant experience

  • Commissioned by the Department of Health to propose revisions to the Department’s "Memorandum on the Mental Health Act 1983".
  • Appointed by Department of Health and Home Office ministers in 2005 to be a member of the Department of Health’s "Mental Health Act Implementation Advisory Group".
  • Richard was the legal adviser to the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health’s report on Self-Harm which was commissioned by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
  • In 1983 he was appointed by the Secretary of State to be a founding member of the Mental Health Act Commission and is currently a member of the Law Society's Mental Health and Disability Committee.

Other expertise

Richard is the author of the Mental Health Act Manual, the "Bible" of the Mental Health Act, now published in its 17th edition. It has been extensively cited in the High Court, and is used as a standard work of reference by lawyers and clinicians. He is also the author of the Mental Capacity Act Manual, now published in its sixth edition. Richard is a General Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Social Services and Child Care Law and is an Honorary Professor of Law at Cardiff University.

“He's the oracle in mental health law.”

Chambers UK 2018


Articles by Richard

Deprivation of liberty—issues of capacity and conditions


This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Local Government analysis on 12 April 2017. Click for a free trial of Lexis®PSL.

Greater clarity on the acid test in ICU and other hospital settings


The application of the acid test to patients who are being treated for physical disorders in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and other hospital settings.

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The relevance of previous incidents in disciplinary investigations

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Healthcare economic review lunch

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