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Mental Health

Dealing with Mental Illness is difficult no matter what the circumstances. The law surrounding this area is specialised and often viewed as extremely complicated. Here at Cygnet we aim to make the law as easy to understand as possible to ensure patients, their families or carers are given the correct care and treatment.

We can assist in a wide range of matters from advising a patient or nearest relative of their rights under the Mental Health Act all the way through to representation at a Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Court of Protection

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provided a framework for empowering and assisting those deemed to lack the capacity to make specific decisions for themselves. Since it’s enactment the law has been widely developed and is used frequently within decisions made by Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

We are able to advise and assist in respect of these matters which can be wide ranging from deprivation of liberty applications (whether by s21A or through the Re X procedure) to more complex matters concerning contact and sexual relations.

We are able to represent any person involved in these proceedings which can include the person themselves or their relatives. Additionally we have the skills to represent professionals acting in their roles as RPR or IMCA.

Our knowledgeable and approachable team are available at any time to discuss concerns and we are able to arrange a visit to hospital, care home or other location when attendance at the office isn’t possible. We have the benefit of a legal aid agency contract and therefore often our services can be provided free of charge

  • Sections 2, 3 , 37/41, 47/49 under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Community Treatment Orders or Guardianship
  • Mental Health Review Tribunals, Hospital Managers Meetings and CPA meetings
  • Advice and Representation at Court in relation to Nearest Relative provisions
  • Section 117 Aftercare provisions
  • Resolving disputes in treatment
  • Advice relating to the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Assistance in disputes relating to accommodation or any other dispute under the Mental Capacity Act
  • Representation in Court of Protection Proceedings

Meet the Mental Health Team

Sarah Jackson

Solicitor/Head of Adult Services Department’

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Charlotte Brown

Legal Assistant

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Rebecca Fox

Legal Assistant

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Amanda Parker

Legal Assistant

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