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Protecting your mental health and human rights

Legal aid
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If you’re mentally unwell, you’re vulnerable.

Bishop & Light Solicitors have a dedicated team of mental health lawyers. Between them, they have over 50 years of experience in representing clients detained under all sections of the Mental Health Act. We aim to take your case up quickly and handle it with care.

We also specialise in many other aspects of mental health law including after care entitlement, advance directives and application for lasting power of attorneys. We can also advise the nearest relative of a detained patient, and can help with applications to change or appoint a nearest relative. We will also represent those with mental health issues charged with criminal offences.

Your rights in hospital

Under the Mental Health Act, hospitals have the power to keep you against your will. But this power can be challenged, and if you or someone close to you is being detained, we can provide representation at Mental Health Tribunals. We can also advise you on your rights before you go to hospital, or while you stay there under your own will.

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Court of protection

In cases of genuine mental illness, it’s important to get the support you need. We will help with your declarations and welfare applications, as well as representing people for deputyship and making applications for lasting powers of attorney.

Mental health and criminal law

Don’t be afraid to tell us if you have mental health issues. They could affect your plea or reduce your sentence in a criminal case. And if you’re already remanded or serving in prison and want to be taken to hospital, we’ll fight for your right to medical treatment.

Our services are available at very short notice.

We have offices in Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne and Bexhill.

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