Mental Health Lawyers


What our clients say…

I really can’t praise you enough – I  am just so incredibly grateful for all the good advice and re-assurance you provided to me throughout what was an incredibly stressful and anxious time for us. Your immediate grasp of the situation and your ability to prioritise matters to attend to in such a tight timescale really sets you apart from most so-called professionals that I know.

Mental Health Law Client

It was very professional of [Switalskis] to attend the hearing even though [their client] wasn’t contesting and that the difference [between Switalskis] compared to other firms was very noticeable in terms of how [they] prioritise client care.

SB (Hospital Manager)

Our mental health solicitors advise people who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, and represent people at Mental Health Tribunal hearings and Hospital Managers’ meetings. We hold a contract with the Legal Aid Agency to provide mental health law services across the north of England.

Our mental health lawyers have expertise in all areas of mental health law, including:

  • civil sections of the Mental Health Act 1983
  • complex forensic mental health matters
  • human rights issues
  • community care issues
  • mental health problems affecting older people
  • mental disorders affecting young people

Because of the range of legal specialisms we are able to offer at Switalskis, we can offer a continuation of service for vulnerable clients whose legal problems extend beyond the mental health law field. Our mental health law team often works closely with other departments within Switalskis to provide a more comprehensive service.

For example, challenges can arise in mental health law which require a public law approach. There can be crossover in other areas of work too. Our mental health law team also works alongside our criminal lawyers, prison law solicitors and clinical negligence team to assist clients whose legal problems do not fall into one area of law.

Experts in mental health law

Our mental health law team includes seven lawyers accredited under the Law Society’s Mental Health Law accreditation scheme. This means their expertise and experience has been rigorously examined by independent experts.Department Head and Barrister, Michael Kennedy, is recognised as a leading expert in the field by both Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500 UK. Alongside his legal practice, he is an experienced trainer of professionals in the mental health field, including solicitors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers who hold and are working towards the Approved Mental Health Professional qualification.

Mental Health law services in Yorkshire and the north of England

Our Mental Health lawyers work in all areas of Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and other areas of the North West of England, as well as at Rampton Maximum Security Hospital.We provide advice and representation for clients detained under both civil and forensic sections of the Mental Health Act 1983, and also work with community-based Mental Health clients.

Contact our Mental Health Law team

If you need advice about detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and would like to talk to a mental health lawyer, call Leesa Hullah on 0800 138 0458

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