Mental Health

How can we help?

Mental Health Law is highly specialised and GN Law is one of the biggest providers of Legal Aid in the UK, helping patients detained under the Mental Health Act seeking discharge from hospital.

The GN Mental Health Team consists of several specialist Law Society Accredited Advocates who are supported by closely supervised Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals.

GN Law is based in North Finchley in London, acting for clients both locally and further afield, including in high secure hospitals.

Many of the cases our Mental Health Lawyers help with begin with a challenge against detention under the Mental Health Act, but we also seek to address many other legal issues which detained people may encounter like Community Treatment Orders (CTO) and Guardianship.

We pride ourselves in giving a high level of client care combined with a firm and professional approach when representing our clients’ legal needs. Our standard of service is evidenced by a high level of repeat instruction.

Our Mental Health Solicitors have an established history of conducting Judicial Review cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as well as taking appeals to the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber).

Our services include:

  • representing patients at First-tier tribunal hearings to challenge their detention under the Mental Health Act;
  • acting for patients and Nearest Relatives in displacement proceedings;
  • challenging treatment decisions;
  • acting for clients in prison who wish to be transferred to a mental health hospital;
  • challenging decisions made by the Ministry of Justice and by health trusts, including refusals to grant leave from hospital;
  • Advising and assisting families of those who have died in psychiatric care in respect of NHS Trust investigations and the Coroner’s inquest.

How does it work?

When GN Law represents your case, you can be assured it will be handled with the utmost competence. Working in your best interest, our aim is to make the law both simple and effective. The GN Mental Health team is supported by a team of lawyers who are specialists in other areas of law such as community care, housing, and family law. Therefore, whatever the issue, there will be experts available to help with your case.

Most of our clients in this area of law are entitled to Legal Aid funding. If you would like more information and advice, please contact our Mental Health Team on 020 8492 2290 or email us at

Are you eligible for Legal Aid?

For more information about Legal Aid and if you might be eligible, please feel free to contact us.

Contacts for the service

Head of Mental Health
Associate Solicitor
Associate Solicitor

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