mental health

With over 30 years of specialised experience we provide advice and representation on Mental Health issues.

We are members of the Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

We hold a Legal Aid Agency Mental Health Contract which means that we are able to provide free advice and representation up to and including Mental Health Review Tribunals.

We also represent patients at Managers Hearings where their compulsory detention in hospital is challenged.

We are able to travel to any location or hospital in the North of England.

We provide our clients with individual care, support and objective advice to ensure that they can express and exercise their own rights and independence.

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Elizabeth Forrest
Head of Department

Elizabeth became a partner in 2002 and has significant experience...

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Mike Wilson

Mike works for the firm as a specialist with a vast and detailed knowledge...

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Elizabeth Aisbitt

Elizabeth qualified as a solicitor in April 2016 and joined Meikles in 2018...

We provide advice and representation for patients detained under the Mental Health Act in the following circumstances:-

  • Detained in hospital for assessment (Section 2)
  • Detained in hospital for treatment (Section 3)
  • Detained in hospital for treatment by the Courts (Section 37)
  • Detained in hospital by the Courts with restrictions on discharge (Section 37/41)
  • Patients transferred from prison to hospital (Section 47)
  • Community patients subject to a Compulsory Treatment Order (Section 17A)
  • Patients Conditionally Discharged from hospital

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