From 1 August 2014, all legal representatives appearing before First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) Panels at hearings must be accredited members of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel if they are representing a legally aided patient.
The sanction for a non-panel member representative appearing at a hearing is that they will be in breach of their contract with the Legal Aid Authority so they will not get paid for the work.
We are delighted to inform you that we currently employ 12 members of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel who represent patients before the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) Panels. Our panel members are assisted in their case preparation by paralegals and trainee solicitors who are not yet accredited.
Posted on Friday, 17th October 2014