Introduction to Representing a Client before a Mental Health Tribunal

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Course Overview

During this course experienced lecturer Steph Barber will offer viewers practical guidance on how to represent a client who suffers from a mental disorder at a Mental Health Tribunal.

Firstly, this course will provide practitioners with a useful introduction to the most common types of mental disorders including the nature of the condition, the most common symptoms, medications and treatments available. This basic understanding will assist viewers interact with their clients more successfully and discuss their issues with medical personnel, if required.

In addition, Steph Barber will emphasise the importance of relying on your own observations in respect of your client’s physical & physiological / behavioural issues and how to use this information to inform how you engage with the client. This will not only ensure that you understand your client’s instructions but that you fulfil your obligations to the client to the best of your ability.

Secondly, this course will ensure that viewers are familiar with the Mental Health Tribunal process, rules, powers and the circumstances in which you may need to ask the Tribunal to appoint you. Consideration will also be given to medical examination by Tribunal including disclosure, evidence and withdrawing an application.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch 1 hour recorded webinar
  • This course provides one CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Understand what a metal disorder is and the exclusions which apply
    • Be familiar with the following underpinning legislation and Codes as they relate to representing a client at the Mental Health Tribunal:
      • Mental Health Act 1983 as amended by 2007
      • Department Of Health’s Code of Practice Mental Health Act 1983
      • Mental Capacity Act 2005
      • Rules which relate to Tribunals
      • Mental Health Lawyers Association code of conduct
      • NHS Mental Health Trusts codes of conduct
    • Have a greater understanding of Tribunal procedure, rules and powers
    • Appreciate the scope of your duty of confidentiality and disclosure
    • Be able to ensure that your client has the capacity to provide instructions and that they understand the advice which you have provided
    • Be aware of the procedure should there be a conflict between your client’s instructions and what is in their best interest

What is the target audience?

  • Practitioners




About Instructor - Steph Barber

Steph Barber completed her legal training in the North West before setting up her own specialist commercial and medical negligence law firm. She sold her firm in 2000 and joined a progressive London charity as their in house counsel. Steph joined Law Hound to head up their commercial law department and has developed Law Hound's online legal services.

Steph enjoys travel and eating out in her spare time. Steph has lectured extensively on CPD courses, to the Court Service, Legal Services Commission and private practices on procedure and practice.

Course Curriculum

recorded webinars

  • webinar


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  • Good general overview however feel that it covered more ancillary issues and the focus was not in fact the representation element of Tribunal work.
    5 months ago
    3 years ago
  • Price
  • £ 60