Mental Health

Here at Appleman Legal, we have a team of dedicated solicitors who are specialised in Mental Health Law. All our Solicitors are experienced advocates who are members of the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

Mind, the Mental Health Charity states that “1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Although the overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope; “ At Appleman Legal, we understand how mental illness can be debilitating, which is why we take pride in advising and represent clients who suffer from Mental Health issues and their family members.

We advise and represent patients who compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act in psychiatric hospital in conditions of low, medium and high security (Broadmoor and Rampton). We also represent patients who live in the community subject to a Community Treatment Order.


We can provide advice and representation in the following areas:

• Care Programme Approach (CPA) Meetings
• First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health)
• Appeals to the Upper Tribunal
• Associate Hospital Managers Meetings
• Section 17 Leave ( Application to the Ministry of Justice and Judicial Review )
• Appropriate Treatment (Medication and Psychological Intervention)
• Second Opinion and Instruction of Independent Experts.

The Mental Health department, led by Mental Health Panel Members, is proud of the level of care we give to our clients and their families. The team’s dedication to improving the quality of life for their clients is matched only by their expert knowledge in this area.

The department is concerned about the individual rights and liberties of those being detained and will endeavour to exercise patients’ legal rights and advise them while in hospital detention, including scrutinising all forms of medical treatment.

Free Legal Aid

Persons detained under the Mental Health Act are eligible for free legal advice and assistance. It may also be possible for a relative of someone detained to be eligible for financial assistance.


Our team can arrange appointments at any hospital at short notice and we can assist clients at locations across the country.

Please contact us to speak to a specialist. Please do not hesitate to contact our Mental Health Team Helpline on 0207 183 0335 where your call will be personally received by our specialist Mental Health legal representatives.