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Essex CO1 1DS

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Mental Health and Incapacity

Mental health law is highly specialised, and an area in which John Fowlers Solicitors has operated a successful department for many years.

We assist those suffering from mental health problems who are being compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended) and we attend hospitals in order to assist anyone in this situation.

The department is made up of very experienced practitioners, all of whom are members of the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority Mental Health Tribunal accreditation scheme, and they are also members of the Mental Health Lawyers’ Association.

We can advise on all issues which may arise in respect of:
  • Detention for Assessment (Section 2) Order
  • Detention for Treatment (Section 3) Order
  • Community Treatment Order (CTO, Section 17A)
  • Hospital and Restricted Hospital Orders (Sections 37/41)
  • Transfers to Hospital and Restriction Orders (Sections 47/49)

We can advise and represent clients on applications/referrals to a Mental Health Tribunal, applications to the Hospital Managers, after care arrangements, treatment and other issues affecting detained mental health patients, and those who are who are being supervised in the community.

We have extensive knowledge and expertise in assisting our clients at meetings with professional members of their treating team and attending CPA Meetings. We are also able to deal with ‘Nearest Relative’ issues in a caring and sensitive manner.

Paying for our work

John Fowlers has a mental health contract awarded by the Legal Services Commission. This means it can offer Legal Aid and act for clients free of charge in respect of all preparation work and representation at a Mental Health Tribunal hearing.

The Legal Aid available for assisting clients at Managers’ Hearing is means-tested. This means that some people will not qualify if their income or savings are too large. If you are ineligible for Legal Aid, we can advise on private funding arrangements.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly and approachable team, and always strive to give our clients an excellent service. If you have any queries about Mental Health Law, please get in touch through our details above.

Sharon Coomber is a true specialist in Mental Health Law. For more information about this area or for a consultation please contact her at or call 01206 715670.

Get in Touch

Sharon Coomber

T 01206 715670
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Tinashe Tandayi

T 01206 715670

  • "It has been really great to have you to call upon. You have been completely supportive both in person and on paper."

  • "Thank you for all your hard work and perseverance yet again."

  • "Thank you so much for all your help and advice. You have given us good advice and have been so proactive to sort all the problems out."

  • "Dear Sharon, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for representing me and for the outstanding work that you've done for me, especially in getting me off section"

  • "Karen who kept me sane so I felt valued....with sincere appreciation."

  • "I cannot thank you enough, Sarah and Karen, for all you have done for me over the last few months.  I know it is what you both do but I feel you went above and beyond, I felt safe in your care and that meant a lot during what was a difficult time for me."