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Mental health & capacity

Mental health & capacity

One in four of us will encounter some form of mental health problem during our lifetime, either personally or because we know someone who is affected.  Difficulties can include securing treatment and support for individuals suffering from mental disorders, seeking their discharge once sufficient care has been given, or assisting individuals who do not have capacity to make decisions about their health, welfare and finances.

Our expert mental health lawyers have a leading reputation in the field of mental health and mental capacity law and success in securing appropriate care, challenging detentions (whether unlawful or unwanted), and bringing High Court actions for judicial review.

The Court of Protection team at Miles and Partners is recognised in the 2021 Legal 500, with the following testimonials:

‘Miles and Partners is unique due to the breadth and depth of experience it has in the Court of Protection. It has a specialist team that is able to bring real expertise and experience to matters of all complexities. In addition, Miles and Partners is highly professional and committed to representing some of the most vulnerable people in society.’

 ‘Very good service – bespoke approach to complex cases and the team is committed to its clients.’

 ‘Unlike some other firms, Miles and Partners deploys its senior and experienced staff to work on my cases. This means my clients are supported by lawyers who understand how to engage with people who lack capacity.’

In the Chambers UK 2022 Guide, the department was ranked in Band 2 , offering a ‘robust representation of vulnerable clients and families in Court of Protection proceedings’ with partner Rachel Turner, Floyd Porter and Andrew Bowmer all being ranked.

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We offer the same high level of care, compassion and sensitivity whether you are seeking advice about your own rights and entitlements or those of someone you care for, and we work closely with other legal departments and professionals to provide a holistic service.

Funding for legal advice or representation

We always consider whether you might be entitled to legal aid, which is most likely in cases at the Court of Protection and Mental Health Tribunal.

Once we understand your circumstances, we will advise what funding might be available and discuss which payment options might work best for you.

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