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Mental Health is an extremely specialised area of law and because of the serious nature, if you are formally detained under The Mental Health Act 1983, you are entitled to be represented and our work will be fully funded by the Legal Aid Agency. You do not have to pay anything for our services.
Our specialist mental health solicitors are here to provide thorough and confidential legal advice.

Youngs Law are leading experts in providing specialist advice and representation in Mental Health cases and advice in relation to all aspects of the Mental Health Act to patients and their relatives.

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Youngs Law have membership of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel which means that our lawyers maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of Mental Health Law.

Our team of Mental Health lawyers have extensive experience in providing advice and representation and is focused on protecting the rights of patients in hospitals and in the community. Our expertise is also recognised by the Community Legal Service.

Our team fights for the protection of your rights. We challenge the lawfulness of continuing detention and advise on High Court and Human Rights issues. We assist and advise on treatment, aftercare issues and community care. We attend Mental Health Review Tribunals and Managers’ Hearings providing assistance and representation.

In terms of detention under The Mental Health Act 1983 we can advise on the following: –

  • Section 2 Detention for Assessment and Treatment
  • Section 3 for Treatment
  • Section 7 for Guardianship
  • Section 17A Community Treatment Order
  • Section 37 Hospital Orders
  • Section 37/41 Hospital Order with Restrictions
  • Sections 38,48 and 45A Forensic Orders
  • Section 47/49 Transfer from Prison

We also give advice to: –

  • Nearest Relatives on their powers under The Mental Health Act. It may be possible for a relative of someone who is detained to be eligible for financial assistance under the Legal Aid provisions.
  • Advice regarding Applications to displace nearest relatives.
  • People who have been detained under The Mental Health Act outside the hospital are subject to Community Treatment Order or Conditional Discharge.
  • Vulnerable clients who have been deprived of their liberty and represent clients before the Court of Protection.

We provide professional, caring, supportive Legal Advice and representation to all our clients using our wealth of knowledge and experience. Advice can be given immediately over the telephone and appointments arranged at short notice, including at hospitals.

Free legal aid is widely available for advice and representation at Mental Health Review Tribunals. The relative of someone detained may be eligible for legal aid.


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For further information and confidential advice from our team of specialist solicitors, please contact a member of our team or call us on

033 33 582 587

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