BAY Legal Matters

with Graham Evans & Partners

The law and mental health

MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES ARE COMPLEX AND VARIED. HERE, STEVE BURNELL OF GRAHAM EVANS & PARTNERS TALKS ABOUT HOW EXPERIENCE MATTERS WHEN HELPING VULNERABLE CLIENTS

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     Far from a rare event, it is thought that up to 1.5 million people in the UK care for someone with a mental health problem, including looking after those with dementia.

I have specialised in Mental Health Law for the last 15 years and have found that the cases we deal with vary greatly. From mental health problems affecting young people to issues of post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia and even complex forensic mental health matters.

     Each client – and those who care for them – faces distinct challenges but what they all share is a right to be treated with utmost dignity and discretion.

     When a client instructs us on a mental health issue, they can be confident that their case will be handled by an experienced and understanding solicitor. We use clear language and work to our clients’ needs, for example, often visiting people in hospital, or at their convenience.

     Expertise in the Mental Health Law matters. As an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Law Panel, I often deal with vulnerable clients who have been unwell and are detained against their will.

     My team understands how to review case reports and even investigate cases in order to assess and ensure that clients receive the right level of support.

     We can advise those who are detained under both civil and forensic sections of the Mental Health Act 1983 and work with community-based mental health clients; representing clients at Mental Health Tribunal hearings and hospital managers’ meetings.

     The firm also holds a contract with the Legal Aid Agency to provide mental health law services, covering an area that extends from Carmarthen to Newport.

     Sometimes, the legal problems encountered by vulnerable clients extend beyond the mental health law field so the Mental Health law team often works closely with their colleagues who specialise in other areas of law, including criminal and family matters.

     It means that whatever the issue you or a loved one is presented with, we are on hand to help.

You can contact Steve at Graham Evans and Partners by calling 01792 655822 or emailing steveburnell@geolegal.co.uk

Graham Evans & Partners – Solicitors

Moorgate House, 6 Christina House, Swansea SA1 4EW  www.geplegal.co.uk

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