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Advising Clients with Mental Health Conditions

A practical guide to the legal issues
David Pickup
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Advising Clients with Mental Health Conditions is designed to aid solicitors in advising clients who have mental health problems, and their carers, and to assist the solicitors who represent clients at Mental Health Tribunals with the many other legal issues they may have.

The book provides practical advice on topics such as:

  • hospital admissions, discharge and client visits;
  • access to services, including complaints, for clients and their carers;
  • diverse legal needs, e.g. criminal, wills and probate, trusts and gifts, family, immigration, housing, employment and legal aid;
  • mental capacity law and the Mental Health Act 1983;
  • interaction between human rights laws and mental health; and
  • differences in mental health law and practice in Wales.

Clients with mental health conditions are entitled to the same quality advice and respect as any other client. This clear and practical book will provide practitioners with a guide to common legal problems that clients with mental health problems experience and how to approach them, to ensure vulnerable clients receive excellent advice.


1. Introduction; 2. Advising clients with mental health conditions; 3. Handling complaints and concerns about services; 4. Human rights and mental health; 5. Advising the carer and relative; 6. Mental capacity law; 7. Mental Health Act 1983; 8. The criminal law; 9. Habeas Corpus and judicial review; 10. Contract and tort; 11. Debt and money; 12. Legal aid; 13. Wills, probate, trusts and gifts; 14. Marriage and family matters; 15. Immigration; 16. Housing and benefits; 17. Children and young people with a mental health condition; 18. Employment; 19. Provision of services and funding on discharge from hospital; 20. Participation in society; 21. Law and practice in Wales; 22. Dealing with stress. 

About the Author

David Pickup is senior partner and head of the mental health department in his firm (Pickup and Scott Solicitors) and is an experienced representative at Mental Health Tribunals and sits as a part time tribunal judge.

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Mental health


June 2022


The Law Society




286 Pages