“Advises NHS trusts on the full spectrum of mental health law issues. Regularly instructed in Court of Protection and human rights-related matters.”
Blake Morgan’s mental health experts have a national reputation for their expertise including Professor Richard Jones, the author of the leading legal texts in this area – the Mental Health Act Manual and the Mental Capacity Act Manual. Richard is ranked as the only star individual in Chambers and Partners 2014 for UK-Healthcare: Mental Health.
We provide advice to clients across the health and care sector on the full spectrum of mental health law issues. Our lawyers have particular experience in the following areas:
We offer clients a 24/7 help-line service providing urgent legal advice to health bodies, mental health providers and local authorities on mental health and mental capacity issues.
We provide training to staff at all levels on the application of the Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts. See our Training pages for further information.
We also have extensive experience of advising on safeguarding and information sharing issues.
Examples of clients for whom our mental health legal specialists have advised and acted include:
|Department of Health||Care homes|
|NHS England||Housing providers|
|Acute and Foundation Trusts||Mental Health Charities|
|Clinical commissioning groups||Private individuals and their families|
|CSUs and Social Enterprises contracting with the NHS||Health and social care regulators|
Examples of how our experts in mental health law have helped clients include:
Blake Morgan, acting on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, has successfully appealed a decision of the Upper Tribunal (on appeal from the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales) in the matter of Re PJ.
Employers are being urged to mark today’s National Stress Awareness Day by making sure they are tackling workplace stress among staff.
Businesses need to do more to encourage staff to put phones down, socialise together and make time for friends and family to help avoid mental health problems in the workplace.
Defining whether an individual is a risk of a deprivation of their liberty continues to create significant difficulties across the health and care sector.
In a landmark decision set out in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board (2015) , the Supreme Court expressed the view that doctors have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure patients are informed about any risks involved in the recommended treatments.
The application of the acid test to patients who are being treated for physical disorders in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and other hospital settings.
Eve Piffaretti discusses why there is a strong signal for practitioners to consider mindfulness as an alternative approach to early intervention to prevent and combat mental ill-health.
Consent law update - the case of Montgomery – v – Lanarkshire Health Board  UKSC 11 (" Montgomery") (judgment handed down on 11 March 2015).