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Mental Health Bulletin - Meet our Mental Health Team

Monday 2nd November 2015

Since 2006, our practice has been specialising in the legal representation of Mentally Disordered clients. Fifteen members of the GN team are Mental Health Tribunal panel accredited and the senior members of our team have conducted Mental Health work for 15-20 years.  

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Mental Health Bulletin - All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights

Monday 26th October 2015

World Mental Health Day 2015 took place on Saturday 10 October. The theme for this year was 'dignity'

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Mental Health - Key Changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015 Chapters 38-40

Monday 19th October 2015

Following on from our previous Newsletter which addressed Chapters 35 – 37 of the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015, we will now focus on Chapters 38– 40 and compare them with the relevant chapters of the Code of Practice 2008.

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Mental Health - Key Changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015 Chapters 35-37

Monday 12th October 2015

Following on from our previous Newsletter which addressed Chapters 23 – 26 of the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015, we will now focus on Chapters 35– 37 and compare them with the relevant chapters of the Code of Practice 2008.

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Mental Health Bulletin - Key changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015 - Chapters 23 - 26

Tuesday 6th October 2015

Following on from our previous Newsletter which addressed Chapters 19 – 22 of the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015, this article focuses on Chapters 23 – 26.

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Mental Health Bulletin - Key changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015 - Chapters 19 - 22

Monday 28th September 2015

Following on from our previous Newsletter which addressed Chapters 13 – 18 of the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015, we will now focus on Chapters 19 – 22 and compare it with the relevant chapters of the Code of Practice 2008.

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Mental Health Bulletin - Key changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015 - Chapters 13 - 18

Monday 21st September 2015

This article highlights key changes in Chapters 13-18 of the new Code of Practice.

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Mental Health Bulletin - Key changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015 - Chapters 4 - 12

Monday 14th September 2015

As you are aware a new Code of Practice for the Mental Health Act 1983 which has been published in 2015 replaced the previous Code.

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Mental Health Bulletin - Key changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015 – Chapters 1 to 3

Thursday 27th August 2015

This article highlights key changes in Chapters 1-3 of the new Code of Practice.

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Mental Health Bulletin - Key changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice

Monday 17th August 2015

The Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) has been subtantially revised.

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Mental Health Bulletin - Conditional Discharge New Rules

Tuesday 11th August 2015

In the recent case of Secretary of State for Justice v KC and C Partnership NHS Foundation Trust [2015] UKUT 0376 (AAC), Charles J confirmed that it is possible for a restricted patient to be conditionally discharged to a hospital or care home if they lack capacity; provided a standard authorisation is in place in accordance with Schedule A1 to the MCA 2005.

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Mental Health Bulletin - Hospital Managers’ Powers to Defer a Decision to Discharge

Sunday 19th July 2015

Chapter 31.38 of the old Code of Practice stated that Hospital Managers ‘may order the patient’s discharge from a specified date in the near future.

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Mental Health Bulletin - Meeting the needs of vulnerable clients

Monday 13th July 2015

The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors to help them meet the needs of vulnerable clients.

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Mental Health Bulletin - Section Papers

Monday 29th June 2015

Section papers must be completed correctly or the section may be invalid, this in turn may lead to an unlawful detention.

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Mental Health - The new HQ1 and Submitting Reports to the Tribunals Service

Monday 18th May 2015

This week Sania Dar talks about the aims of the new HQ1. 

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Mental Health Bulletin - A new approach to regulating mental health services

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Are you prepared for the CQC’s new approach to regulating mental health services? Christiana Joseph discusses the implications.

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Mental Health Bulletin - No Voice Unheard

Monday 27th April 2015

Hazel Metcalfe looks at a government consultation paper proposing further rights to those with autism, learning difficulties and mental health conditions and their families in relation to the care they receive.  

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December Bulletin

Monday 15th December 2014

In this edition :

  • Mental Illness and the use of police custody by Charlotte Butler-Brewster, Solicitor
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November Bulletin

Friday 28th November 2014

In this edition :

  • Is marriage becoming.. 'preserve of the wealthy', by Donald Galbraith, Solicitor/Director
  • Resolving finances in a divorce, by Phoebe Hill, Solicitor
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November Bulletin

Monday 10th November 2014

In this edition :

  • Is social media an appropriate arena to air personal family matters, by Cheryl O'Sullivan, Solicitor
  • Family Law in crisis...Access to Justice, by Donald Galbraith, Solicitor/Director
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October Bulletin

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

In this edition :

  • Study finds dementia care, ‘appalling’, ‘shocking’ and ‘unacceptable’, by Melissa Law, Trainee Solicitor
  • The impact of Cheshire West, by Natasha Hejabizadeha, Solicitor
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Will Aid Bulletin 2

Thursday 2nd October 2014

In this edition :

  • Review and changes to Inheritance Law by , Munazza Hollingsworth, Trainee Solicitor
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Will Aid Bulletin 1

Thursday 25th September 2014

In this edition :

  • Changes to the Intestacy Rules, by Natasha Hejabizadeha, Solicitor
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September Bulletin 2

Thursday 25th September 2014

In this edition :

  • Changes to the Intestacy Rules, by Natasha Hejabizadeha, Solicitor
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September Bulletin 1

Thursday 11th September 2014

In this edition :

  • Five Tips for solving your own crimes.Fact or Fiction? by Joanna Bennett, Trainee Solicitor
  • Vulnerable children and Section 136 by Sania Dar, Trainee Solicitor
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August Bulletin 2

Tuesday 19th August 2014

In this edition : 

  • Flexibile working for all  by Sarah King Consultant/Solicitor
  • Pets in the workplace  by Omiros Nicholas, Director/Solicitor
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August Bulletin 1

Tuesday 5th August 2014

In this edition : 

  • Azelle Rodney – in the line of duty or just plain murder?  by Luke Cowles, Solicitor 
  • Happy birthday - 65 Years of Legal Aid by Jalpa Vadgama, Solicitor
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July Bulletin 2

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

In this edition : 

  • Fall in the number of cases started by family courts  by Donald Galbraith, Solicitor/Director
  • Medication for those with Dementia by Maria Nicholas, Solicitor/Dorector
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July Bulletin 1

Thursday 10th July 2014

In this edition : 

  • Trick or Tweet  by Luke Cowles, Solicitor 
  • Met Police guilty of discrimination against their own officer. What next ?...by Andrew Guile, Director/Solicitor 
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June Bulletin 2

Tuesday 24th June 2014

In this edition : 

  • Racism, the police and the complaints system - Is it working? by Luke Cowles, Solicitor 
  • England...the World Cup...we can all learn....by Dave Duncan, Accounts Manager (...and part-time football expert)
  • Adoption by Donald Galbraith, Solicitor/Director
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June Bulletin 1

Monday 9th June 2014

In this edition : 

  • Changes to flexible working  by Sarah King Consultant/Solicitor 
  • Capacity to refuse treatmentand the Mental Health Act 1983 by Maria Nicholas Solictor/Director
  • Acas pre-consiliation servies comes into force by Sarah King Consultant/Solicitor
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May Bulletin

Wednesday 14th May 2014

In this edition : 

  • Will Aid Success by Rosalind Parry, NSPCC
  • Employment Tribunal Statistics by Sarah King Solicitor/Consultant
  • A Fair Cop by Andrew Guile Director/Solicitor
  • Without Prejudice Discussions by Sarah King Solicitor/Consutlant
  • Should the Court of Protection offer Guidance on how and when to involve the incapacitated person by Maria Nicholas Director/Solicitor
  • TUPE Regulations by Matthew Moore
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